By Evan Reinhardt, Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care
House Bill 1275, signed into law by Governor Holcomb on April 29 and effective July 1 of this year, codifies requirements related to sepsis that affect hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians, schools and other key members of the health care space. The bill creates a task force chaired by the state health commissioner and shall have subcommittees for each health care setting to be utilized when developing guidelines for the treatment of sepsis.
The task force will study and identify evidence-based education and screening for the pediatric population and hospitals, review and research community-based approaches and disseminate best-practice materials for all health care settings. Important for providers and timelines for staff training may also be recommended by the task force. Methods for data collection, measurement, analysis, reporting and dissemination of the foregoing related to sepsis is also within the task force's purview. The initial deadline for completion of the task force's work is June 30, 2020 with a report from the State Department of Health on October 1, 2020.
While many provider groups already have best-practices for sepsis, some providers have yet to address sepsis in their day-to-day work with patients. As the task force begins to discuss best-practices for each setting, it will be important for providers to prepare staff to incorporate any new requirements into their internal training/competency programs and begin to utilize any recommended tools in the field.
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