YOUR ADVOCACY & POLICY ASSOCIATION When it comes to the healthcare legislative and regulatory arena, stakeholders often have many different agendas. We have one: better healthcare for the people of South Carolina. So, our approach to advocacy is simple: Whenever and wherever there is a debate on the future of healthcare, the South Carolina Hospital Association will be there. Traditionally, advocacy means reacting to proposed laws and regulations. And while it will always be vital to monitor proposals and respond swiftly, SCHA aims to play a greater role in shaping the policy and regulatory environment. In 2018, we played a key role in passing legislation to allow nurse practitioners to work at the top of their licenses, increasing healthcare capacity and access to highlyqualified clinicians. In 2019, we are committed to Make Hospitals Safe Zones by advocating for enhanced penalties for assaults on healthcare workers, who are four times more likely to be victims of workplace violence than workers in other industries. Opioid-related overdoses have been on the rise, and SCHA has played a major role in efforts to limit opioid access and improve services to treat addiction. In the 20172018 session, SCHA supported more than 10 bills that became law and improved the
environment for behavioral health treatment in South Carolina. A law allowing the denial of medical claims based on alcohol or drug consumption was repealed; community organizations were allowed to distribute opioid antidotes to save lives; the state’s prescription monitoring program was reformed; and addiction counselors received a defined certification from the state’s licensing department. Solid data, communicated effectively, helps ensure good decision-making, and SCHA has been instrumental in leading efforts for greater data transparency among health care organizations and other stakeholders. Member hospitals now have access to new data benchmarked against other state hospitals and health systems. “By the Numbers” is a quarterly report for hospital leaders to track how each facility compares to peers on measures that matter most for improving patient and community care.
SCHA 2018 Annual Report