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Patient Safety in Indiana

In order to improve the quality of health care provided, Indiana has basic patient safety laws.  Primarily, all hospitals are required to electronically report six major types of “reportable events” to the state’s Department of Health within 15 days of the event.1  The reportable events include such things as surgeries performed on the wrong patient or wrong body part, drug or device errors, medication errors, patient falls, and criminal incidents.2  Hospitals must also verbally report unusual occurrences and disasters, such as chemical poisoning or missing patients, to the Department within 24 hours.3

Further measures to enhance patient safety can be seen through the use of a patient safety data agency to collect and analyze patient safety data submitted to the agency by health care facilities, providers, or other individuals.4  A health care facility, health care provider or other individual may submit reports to the patient safety data agency of incidents include adverse drug reactions or hospital acquired infections.5  The patient safety data agency must notify the Department of Health of its findings, but may not provide the Department with patient identifying information.6  Any reports, records, or other materials submitted to the patient safety agency are confidential and privileged, and not subject to use in any judicial proceeding.  However, the patient safety agency may disclose patient safety or health care quality data, including information submitted by a health care facility or provider, as long as the information does not disclose the identity of the health care facility, provider or patient.7

 

Footnotes

  • 1. 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-1.4-2.2
  • 2. Id.
  • 3. 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-1.2-1
  • 4. Ind. Code §16-40-5-4
  • 5. Ind. Code §16-40-5-5
  • 6. Ind. Code §16-40-5-4
  • 7. Ind. Code §16-40-5-6

 

Patient Safety in Indiana

Subtopic Statute/Regulation Description
Ombudsman programs Hospital Requirements for Addressing Unusual Occurrences or Disasters – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-1.2-1 A hospital must have plans to address the review and reporting of unusual occurrences and disasters.  Unusual occurrences or disasters include...
Patient safety data reporting Hospital Requirements for Addressing Unusual Occurrences or Disasters – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-1.2-1 A hospital must have plans to address the review and reporting of unusual occurrences and disasters.  Unusual occurrences or disasters include...
Reportable Events – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-1.4-2.2 A hospital’s quality assessment and improvement program must include monitoring for reportable events.  Reportable events include the...
Sentinel and adverse event reporting: Accident (incl. falls) Reportable Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7 Hospitals are required to send to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data on the following healthcare associated infections: Central...
Requirements for Hospital Data Collection of Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-5 All hospitals in the state of Indiana are required to collect data on hospital acquired infections. Related Laws:  410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7...
Sentinel and adverse event reporting: Death Reportable Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7 Hospitals are required to send to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data on the following healthcare associated infections: Central...
Requirements for Certificates of Death and Stillbirth – Ind. Code Ann. § 16-37-3 The individual in charge of interment of a stillborn child or dead body must file a certificate of death or of stillborn with the local health...
Requirements for Hospital Data Collection of Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-5 All hospitals in the state of Indiana are required to collect data on hospital acquired infections. Related Laws:  410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7...
Sentinel and adverse event reporting: Fires (involving patient) Reportable Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7 Hospitals are required to send to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data on the following healthcare associated infections: Central...
Requirements for Hospital Data Collection of Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-5 All hospitals in the state of Indiana are required to collect data on hospital acquired infections. Related Laws:  410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7...
Sentinel and adverse event reporting: Infections (HAI) Reportable Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7 Hospitals are required to send to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data on the following healthcare associated infections: Central...
Requirements for Hospital Data Collection of Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-5 All hospitals in the state of Indiana are required to collect data on hospital acquired infections. Related Laws:  410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7...
Sentinel and adverse event reporting: Medication errors Reportable Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7 Hospitals are required to send to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data on the following healthcare associated infections: Central...
Requirements for Hospital Data Collection of Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-5 All hospitals in the state of Indiana are required to collect data on hospital acquired infections. Related Laws:  410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7...
Sentinel and adverse event reporting: Wrong-site surgery Reportable Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7 Hospitals are required to send to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data on the following healthcare associated infections: Central...
Requirements for Hospital Data Collection of Healthcare Associated Infections – 410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-5 All hospitals in the state of Indiana are required to collect data on hospital acquired infections. Related Laws:  410 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-7...
Malpractice reporting: Self-report Requirements for Provision of a Mechanism to Amend, Access or Supplement Patient-Provided Personal Health Information by Medical Practice Sites – 844 Ind. Admin. Code 5-3-8 All medical practice sites must provide patients a clear mechanism to access, supplement, and amend patient-provided personal health information;...
Malpractice reporting: By peer review/medical board Requirements for the Use of Information for Internal Business Purposes – Ind. Code Ann.§34-30-15-21 The following entities may use information obtained by a peer review committee for a legitimate business purpose: Health care provider; Peer...