INDIANA COMMISSION ON EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH CARE

The Indiana Commission on Excellence in Health Care shall study the quality of health care, including mental health, and develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for improving the health care delivery system. The commission shall do the following:
    (1) Identify existing data sources that evaluate quality of health care in Indiana and collect, analyze, and evaluate this data.
    (2) Establish guidelines for data sharing and coordination.
    (3) Identify core sets of quality measures for standardized reporting by appropriate components of the health care continuum.
    (4) Recommend a framework for quality measurement and outcome reporting.
    (5) Develop quality measures that enhance and improve the ability to evaluate and improve care.
    (6) Make recommendations regarding research and development needed to advance quality measurement and reporting.
    (7) Evaluate regulatory issues relating to the pharmacy profession and recommend changes necessary to optimize patient safety.
    (8) Facilitate open discussion of a process to ensure that comparative information on health care quality is valid, reliable, comprehensive, understandable, and widely available in the public domain.
    (9) Sponsor public hearings to share information and expertise, identify best practices, and recommend methods to promote their acceptance.
    (10) Evaluate current regulatory programs to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to facilitate patient safety.
    (11) Review public and private health care purchasing systems to determine if there are sufficient mandates and incentives to facilitate continuous improvement in patient safety.
    (12) Analyze how effective existing regulatory systems are in ensuring continuous competence and knowledge of effective safety practices.
    (13) Develop a framework for organizations that license, accredit, or credential health care professionals and health care providers to more quickly and effectively identify unsafe providers and professionals and to take action necessary to remove an unsafe provider or professional from practice or operation until the professional or provider has proven safe to practice or operate.
    (14) Recommend procedures for development of a curriculum on patient safety and methods of incorporating the curriculum into training, licensure, and certification requirements.
    (15) Develop a framework for regulatory bodies to disseminate information on patient safety to health care professionals, health care providers, and consumers through conferences, journal articles and editorials, newsletters, publications, and Internet websites.
    (16) Recommend procedures to incorporate recognized patient safety considerations into practice guidelines and into standards related to the introduction and diffusion of new technologies, therapies, and drugs.
    (17) Recommend a framework for development of community based collaborative initiatives for error reporting and analysis and implementation of patient safety improvements.
    (18) Evaluate the role of advertising in promoting or adversely affecting patient safety.
    (19) Evaluate and make recommendations regarding the need for licensure of additional persons who participate in the delivery of health care to Indiana residents.
    (20) Evaluate the benefits and problems of the current disciplinary systems and make recommendations regarding alternatives and improvements.
    (21) Study and make recommendations concerning the long term care system, including self-directed care plans and the regulation and reimbursement of public and private facilities that provide long term care.
    (22) Study any other topic required by the chairperson.