IHA Regional Trustee Meetings Kick Off
8/24/2010

Central Iowa hospital trustees gained a primer on federal health care reform at the initial Iowa Hospital Association regional trustee meeting at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.  This marked the first of seven meetings focused on building Iowa hospital trustees understanding of health care reform and what it will mean for their individual hospital as well as for health care in Iowa.

“It was a great opportunity for us to hear from several experts on health care reform. It's certainly an evolving subject, and we were able to ask questions about the impact for our local hospitals and clinics. It was definitely well worth the time,” said Anderson, who has served as a Trustee for the medical center since 1990.

IHA President Kirk Norris presented to trustees from Des Moines, Nevada, Newton and Winterset.  Norris explained that with new health insurance options and expansion of the Medicaid program, it is clear that more Iowans will have access to health care coverage and this will impact hospital services.  Furthermore, Norris said changes to Medicare financing, quality initiatives and the government-incentivized implementation of electronic health records could profoundly impact how hospitals provide those services amid these new federal regulations.  Trustees had an opportunity to network during a dinner preceding the program.

Photo caption: At this week’s regional trustee meeting in Des Moines, IHA President Kirk Norris (center) is joined by hospital trustees (left to right) Dick Weidman and Mary Corkrean from Madison County Healthcare System in Winterset and David Anderson of Story County Medical Center in Nevada.

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