March 15, 2018 - Quality Care Board Meeting (Re-scheduled for July 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM)


July 11, 2018 @ 1 p.m.



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Michael McCotter, Inspector General; Bill Diggins, Deputy Inspector General; Mark Kraus, SPSA Bureau of Compliance & Evaluation; David Friedland, Chairperson; Merlin Lehman, Board Member; John Pingo, Board Member; Cathy Lomasney, Board Member; Pamela S. Oller, Administrative Assistant

Called to Order

Meeting called to Order at 1:08 p.m.

Introduction of New Quality Care Board Members

Each new member gave a summarization of their background and how they qualify as a board member:

David Friedland appointed as the Chairperson

Cathy Lomasney

Merlin Lehman

John Pingo

Approval of Minutes

The minutes for February 9, 2017, May 11, 2017, September 25, 2017, and December 14, 2017 were reviewed by new board members.

Motion to approve the minutes for February 9, 2017, May 11, 2017, September 25, 2017, and December 14, 2017, - Cathy Lomasney

Motion Seconded - Merlin Lehman

All in agreement - provisional minutes listed above were approved with the understanding none of the current members were present/appointed during this period and cannot vouch for the authenticity or contents of the approved minutes.

Inspector General's Report

Inspector General McCotter welcomed the new board members. Introduction of Office of the Inspector General (OIG) staff present with a summary of their background and current responsibilities within OIG.

Inspector General McCotter reported the workload has increased over the past year by approximately 600 cases. The office is in the process of filling vacancies for Internal Security Investigator's, which will assist with the backlog of cases and the receipt of new cases.

Deputy Inspector General Diggins excused himself from remainder of meeting; as he is providing investigator training for new hires.

Inspector General McCotter discussed the OIG Audit and the mention of the Quality Care Board (QCB) overall. As of right now the board still requires three additional members. Encouraged the members to make suggestions of a potential board member from Southern Illinois region.

The protocol as a board member and as OIG staff were discussed. OIG staff are not voting attributes to the board. Per the statute, the QCB should meet at least 4 times per year. The board will receive (via State of Illinois email account) case reports of closed cases (i.e., death, substantiated, and/or unfounded/unsubstantiated with recommendations) to review before each meeting. Reiterated this is a case-by-case basis. Suggestions, concerns, and/or questions the Board may have regarding the reports can be discussed during the meeting. The first group of reports that will be sent out will be considered a subset to familiarize the board with the OIG reporting; thereafter, the board will receive the reports monthly.

Discussed the importance of following HIPPA and Confidentiality Rules. The board will receive information regarding the training for HIPPA and Ethics.

Discussed the use of a scorecard to provide agency transparency and the type of information reported on the scorecard as it pertains to OIG.

Discussed the case process briefly. This will be discussed in depth at another meeting.

Chairperson David Friedland inquired about having a physical meeting instead of a teleconference, with the next proposed meeting being scheduled for November 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. Was not decided if this would be a teleconference or "face-to-face" meeting.


Motion to Adjourn - Merlin Lehman

Motion Seconded - John Pingo

Meeting adjourned at 2:02 p.m.