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By Joah Hogan|
|April 18, 2023

April 18, 2023

Hospital trustees receive certification from IHA
A group of 54 hospital trustees and 16 Iowa hospital boards were honored at the 2023 Iowa Hospital Association Governance Forum, April 14-15. The recognition occurred during IHA’s annual governance conference for hospital trustees and was followed later by a reception.

IHA's Hospital Trustee and Board Certification is a voluntary program recognizing trustees who have completed 12 hours of health care-specific education over a two-year period and confirm that individually and collectively their board is following governance best practices. Hospitals and health systems also are recognized as one-, two- or three-star boards, depending on the percentage of board members certified.

More than 300 trustees and 44 hospital boards across the state have completed the certification program requirements.


Kick off 2023 IHA PAC campaign with Tee Off Golf Classic
Following tradition, the Tee Off Golf Classic will kick off the 2023 IHA PAC campaign. The Tee Off Golf Classic is scheduled Monday, June 12, and will start with a lunch program at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. Closing remarks and prizes will be held at 4 p.m. The program and golf will be held at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona. Email Becky Anthony at IHA with questions.


Attendees also are encouraged to register for the 2023 Summer Leadership Forum so they can participate in the Forum Welcome Reception following the golf event and the educational sessions Tuesday, June 13.


Conner, MercyOne Newton Medical Center president, to retire
Laurie Conner, president of MercyOne Newton Medical Center and a member of the IHA Board of Officers and Trustees since 2017, announced her retirement effective Friday, April 28. Conner has been with MercyOne for 15 years and played a role in the acquisition and integration of Skiff Medical Center in Newton. During her tenure with MercyOne, she was administrator at MercyOne West Des Moines Medical Center and development officer at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center. Before joining MercyOne, Conner was the CEO of Dallas County Hospital in Perry.

Conner has been an active member of IHA, serving on many boards and councils including:

  • Council on Representation and Advocacy, 2005-2021.
  • ServiShare Board of Directors, 2006-2012.
  • IHERF Board of Directors, 2012-2017.
  • Council on Education and Member Services, 2013-2015, and chair since 2020.
  • IHA PAC Committee, 2018.
  • IHA Executive Committee, 2021-2022.
  • IHA Governance and Dues Task Force, 2022.

Conner will be missed for her support and activism with IHA and her colleagues.


COVID-19 coverage for uninsured individuals ending
The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and Iowa Medicaid announced that coverage for COVID-19 testing, diagnosis and vaccination services for uninsured individuals under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will end with the termination of the public health emergency Thursday, May 11. Contact Iowa Medicaid Provider Services or the appropriate managed-cared organization with questions.


HHS launches updated Health Partner Ordering Portal
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response unveiled an updated Health Partner Order Portal (HPOP) Monday. HPOP is used to order and report usage of COVID-19 therapeutic products. The updated portal provides an improved interface and workplace to manage products from multiple responses.

HPOP users must reauthenticate their accounts to log in to the enhanced system. Notices with links and the new URL were sent Monday.

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