Upcoming Events

Location: Virtual
Jun 20

Rural Health Equity Toolkit and an Illinois Program in Action: June 20

Rural communities face unique challenges in addressing barriers to health and health equity. This webinar series will explore those issues while providing you with toolkits to support your efforts to advance health equity: Social Determinants of Health In Rural Communities toolkit and Rural Health Equity toolkit, both from the Rural Health Information Hub. You’ll hear about evidence-based models and resources, as well as promising solutions, to support implementation of programs that address social determinants of health (SDOH). The webinars will also cover the use of strategic framing and planning in developing rural community health programs to advance health equity, along with how to identify community priorities, foster multisector partnerships and build organizational capacity. Several Illinois small and rural hospitals will share their journeys to reduce SDOH and enhance equity in their communities.

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Location: Virtual
Jun 24

Health Equity in Action: Practical Strategies & Shared Learnings: June 24

As a hospital community, your efforts to advance health equity are having a significant impact on your patients, staff and communities you serve. Members have shared the importance of peer-to-peer learning—and that’s what this complimentary, three-part webinar series will offer. By attending, you’ll hear from hospital and health system leaders across the state about their successful health equity initiatives. IHA quality improvement (QI) experts will also present a QI framework and step-by-step approach that your organization can use to replicate the initiatives presented. 

In webinar 3, IHA experts will guide you through the QI framework that can be used to create a strategic action plan. We will center the QI approach on the four domains in the IHA Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report—Our People, Our Patients, Our Organization and Our Community. At the end of the series, you will have a blueprint for implementing health equity initiatives in your organization.  

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Location: Springfield, Illinois
Jun 27

2024 Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting: June 27

Discovering new approaches to familiar challenges can make a big difference. For small and rural hospitals, it can mean a stronger workforce, a healthier bottom line and a more inspired leadership team. With a fresh perspective, the strategic choices you adopt can foster growth and stability. This year’s IHA Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting is designed to inspire and empower leaders with clear, actionable steps to propel future growth. Join us in Springfield for our redesigned meeting that addresses today’s top issues in a compact, one-day agenda and minimizes your time away from the office. See our program brochure.

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Location: Virtual
Jul 16

Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA): July 16

In February, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a comprehensive plan to educate and promote patient access to the full rights and protections for emergency medical care afforded under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identified a new method for the general public to directly file complaints for alleged EMTALA violations.  

These changes bring heightened awareness and attention to hospital obligations under EMTALA. For Medicare-certified hospitals, adherence to EMTALA regulations and interpretative guidelines is critical to avoiding significant fines and the potential loss of Medicare participation. This webinar series through the Iowa Hospital Association will provide essential insights to ensure your hospital remains compliant with federal regulations and enhances patient care.

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Location: Virtual
Jul 25

Future-Proofing Your Organization: Agile Workforce Strategies and Data-Driven Decisions: July 25

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry faced unprecedented challenges. As we’ve acclimated to a new normal, it’s time to shift gears from reactive to prescriptive staffing practices. In this webinar, Chase Farmer, Chief Commercial Officer at Medical Solutions, will explain key considerations on predicting and meeting future workforce needs using cutting-edge data-driven methodologies. Farmer will dive into the benefits, challenges and solutions of flexible work arrangements. Adaptability and data-driven approaches aren’t just nice-to-haves—they’re crucial for your organization’s future stability and success. Join us to learn how to align your staffing strategies with your organizational goals. You’ll leave armed with knowledge on how to effectively meet the dynamic staffing demands of the healthcare industry.

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Location: Virtual
Jul 30

Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA): July 30

In February, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a comprehensive plan to educate and promote patient access to the full rights and protections for emergency medical care afforded under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identified a new method for the general public to directly file complaints for alleged EMTALA violations.  

These changes bring heightened awareness and attention to hospital obligations under EMTALA. For Medicare-certified hospitals, adherence to EMTALA regulations and interpretative guidelines is critical to avoiding significant fines and the potential loss of Medicare participation. This webinar series through the Iowa Hospital Association will provide essential insights to ensure your hospital remains compliant with federal regulations and enhances patient care.

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Location: Virtual
Aug 06

Hospital Workplace Violence Incident Response and Recovery: Aug. 6

With incidence of violence against healthcare workers increasing in recent years, hospitals are actively seeking ways to ensure the safety of all patients, staff and visitors on their premises. A result of the improvement plan from IHA’s 2023 Emergency Preparedness Exercise on violence in healthcare, this webinar will delve into the Essentials of Aggression Management (EoAM). EoAM is a comprehensive program that trains healthcare workers to recognize and defuse aggressive behavior before it becomes violent. 

The webinar will focus on the following elements of EoAM:

  • The EoAM aggression continuum identifying six behavioral changes between calm and physically violent.

  • Practical de-escalation and self-defense techniques at each level of the aggression continuum.

  • Positive recovery from incidents of workplace violence.

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Location: Virtual
Aug 13

Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA): Aug. 13

In February, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a comprehensive plan to educate and promote patient access to the full rights and protections for emergency medical care afforded under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). In May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identified a new method for the general public to directly file complaints for alleged EMTALA violations.  

These changes bring heightened awareness and attention to hospital obligations under EMTALA. For Medicare-certified hospitals, adherence to EMTALA regulations and interpretative guidelines is critical to avoiding significant fines and the potential loss of Medicare participation. This webinar series through the Iowa Hospital Association will provide essential insights to ensure your hospital remains compliant with federal regulations and enhances patient care.

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Location: Virtual
Aug 20

Empowering Rural Hospital Leaders: Best Practices for Growth: Aug. 20

Webinar 3: How to Build a Business Plan for Hospital Growth
Sponsored by Montrose Behavioral Health

Growing or starting a new service can be key to a rural hospital’s financial viability. Learn how to start the process with a business plan. This interactive session will dive into the essential components of a business plan focused on hospital growth. You’ll hear where to find new ideas; the “what” and “why” of a business plan; your first filters for any idea; how to learn about your customers and your competition; how to craft a strong marketing plan; and how to forecast financial results.

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Location:
Sep 26

Leadership Summit: Sept. 26-27

As outside forces seek to influence healthcare, the role of hospital and health system leaders to influence outcomes and set a strategic direction carries greater weight. Leadership that’s brave and bold is essential to adapting to big shifts underway, like AI’s potential to reimagine healthcare, and the potential for cyber actors to disrupt care delivery. This year’s IHA Leadership Summit will empower you to meet this leadership moment with thought-provoking sessions to guide you in defining healthcare’s future, with hospitals and health systems firmly at the center. 

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Location:
Oct 02

Medicare Boot Camp®—Utilization Review Version: Oct. 2-3

Dive into the complex world of Medicare regulations during HCPro’s popular Medicare Boot Camp—Utilization Review Version. IHA is again offering the intensive two-day program, updated each year, that focuses on Medicare regulatory requirements for patient status and the role of the utilization review (UR) committee. The course’s nationally recognized curriculum will provide you with a foundational understanding of Medicare regulations that are critical to proper compliance, correct reimbursement and stabilizing inpatient payments. 

This expert-led program will expand your Medicare knowledge by:

  • Teaching using the actual rules: You will learn how to find and apply CMS rules and guidelines to ensure Medicare beneficiaries are placed in the correct status and billed correctly for the services they receive;

  • Supplying you with the resources and skills needed to navigate the Medicare website and to research and prioritize your Medicare questions long after the boot camp ends; and

  • Examining case studies to help you understand the concepts and apply them to real-world situations.

You’ll learn key competencies, including how to:

  • Determine a patient’s correct inpatient or outpatient status under Medicare fee-for-service guidelines;

  • Conduct compliant utilization review of Medicare patients;

  • Implement condition code 44 or self-denial processes correctly and compliantly; and

  • Understand the role of a UR team in your organization and how it contributes to compliance and accurate reimbursement.

New for 2024, the course will cover:

  • Medicare Advantage plan coverage determinations, prior authorizations and internal coverage policy rules; and

  • New limited use Medicare Change of Status Form and related appeal regulations. 

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Location: Virtual
Nov 19

Empowering Rural Hospital Leaders: Best Practices for Growth: Nov. 19

Webinar 4: Do Well While You Do Good: Strengthening Rural Hospital Boards
Sponsored by Optum

Hospital trustees are hospital leaders, aligned with the mission and committed to the organization’s success. Yet, management and governance roles must be kept separate to meet external requirements and achieve organizational goals. Learn more in this interactive session focused on best practices for a hospital board’s structure and responsibilities. You’ll also hear case studies of challenging situations hospital boards have faced, so your trustees can prepare for and provide guidance on any issue that arises.
 

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Save the Date

The 2024 Leadership Summit will take place September 26-27. Please note our new location at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center in Oak Brook.

We look forward to seeing you in 2024!