IHA Daily Briefing: April 15

Submit Sexual Assault Treatment/Transfer Plans to IDPH
Updated Hospital-Specific VBP and HAC Reports Posted
CDC: Kratom Found in Opioid Overdose Deaths
June Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach Training

Submit Sexual Assault Treatment/Transfer Plans to IDPH
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently sent letters to hospital CEOs requesting submission of their treatment or transfer plan to show compliance with the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA). The plans are due 60 days after receipt of the notice. SASETA was significantly revised, effective Jan. 1, and further information can be found on the IHA webpage, the IDPH webpage and the Illinois Attorney General's webpage.


Updated Hospital-Specific VBP and HAC Reports Posted
Today, IHA made available to its member hospital CEOs, CFOs, CQOs and other finance staff, via the C-Suite on the IHA website, updated hospital-specific Medicare value-based purchasing (VBP) and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) program reports.  The reports, which include final results for 2018 and 2019, as well as estimates for 2020, are based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ fourth quarter 2018 update of its Hospital Compare website.


CDC: Kratom Found in Opioid Overdose Deaths
In its latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted an increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths which also involved kratom. In the U.S., kratom is marketed as an herbal or dietary supplement that the CDC says produces “stimulant effects in low doses and some opioid-like effects in higher doses when consumed.”

After analyzing more than 27,000 postmortem toxicology results from opioid overdose deaths (July 2016-Dec. 2017), the CDC found that 152 samples tested positive for kratom. The coroner determined kratom to be a cause of death in 91 of the 152 cases, including seven cases that had only tested positive for kratom. The CDC notes that the presence of additional substances cannot be ruled out.

In about 80% of the deaths that involved kratom, the decedents had a history of substance misuse. Approximately 90% of the cases had no evidence that the decedent was being medically supervised for pain management. Fentanyl and heroin were the two most common drugs identified with kratom use.


June Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach Training
Two Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Coach Trainings will be held in June. The first takes place June 25-26 in Edwardsville [Edwardsville Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) region]. The second training takes place June 27-28 training in Carterville (Marion IDPH region). This training is based on the PreventT2 curriculum developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional insights are from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Diabetes Prevention Program, which guides diabetes education sites to effectively deliver the National DPP program.

Expert DPP Master Trainers will lead the training using the recognized PreventT2 curriculum. Here’s what to expect:

  • An interactive classroom setting in a small-group format;
  • Insight from lifestyle coaches on best practices and real-life examples; and
  • Continuing education credits for nurses, dieticians and pharmacists.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the national DPP curriculum and evidence-based program;
  • Developing a goal-oriented plan by using motivational interviewing skills for behavior change;
  • Encouraging group participation and interaction, and facilitating commitment to activities and participant retention;
  • Learning the principles of behavior change, including motivational interviewing and facilitation techniques; and
  • Building skills that support the ability to guide behavior change efforts in others without prescribing personal actions or solutions.

Participation is limited to 18 people per session, two individuals per organization. Priority will be given to facilities that are in the Edwardsville and Marion IDPH regions with staff currently trained in diabetes self-management. Pre-registration is due by May 9. A letter of support from your organization demonstrating leadership commitment to initiating DPP is needed for pre-registration. If you are accepted, you will be sent a link to formally register.

There is no fee for the training, but there will be a $60 charge to cover the cost of food for both days. In addition, a condition of participation document will need to be signed prior to the training.  This document will include information on sharing data and completing surveys for IDPH and IHA.

Funding for this program is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health Improving the Health of Illinoisans through Chronic Disease Prevention (CDC-DP18-1815).