Indiana General Assembly in Action

Jan 24 2017

Indiana General Assembly in Action

The Indiana General Assembly has begun the 2018 legislative session and is already off to a fast start to complete their business for the year by March 14. You can monitor bills or watch the General Assembly in action here.

In addition to SB 421, here is a list of topics we expect will be discussed during the short legislative session.

  • QMAs and Insulin Injections – Although no language has been introduced, there is discussion about allowing QMAs to do injectable insulin. If you’d like to learn more, this article (link to 2014-The Gereontologist) reviews a small study that found no quality issues with QMAs being allowed to do injections in a SNF setting.
  • Certificate of Need – The SNF building moratorium is set to expire July 1, 2019.  Sen. Ryan Mishler- R, Breman, has filed SB 190 to initiate a new concept for dealing with adding new nursing home beds in Indiana.
  • Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) – Chair of the House Public Health Committee has authored HB 1119 that will add licensed dentists, home health aides, and physician assistants to the definition of “health care provider” for purposes of a POST form.   It will also for the first time establish a priority order for who may provide consent if an adult is incapable of providing consent to health care with a few exceptions.
  • Influenza Information to Residents – Operators of housing with services establishments would have to provide residents with information about flu and flu vaccine under HB 1058 authored by Representative Bacon.
  • FSSA matters – Current law says the ombudsman reports the result of a complaint investigation to the complainant. SB 363 would require the consent of the resident or his/her legal representative before disclosing results of an investigation. It also corrects some outdated references and language in current law.