IHA Daily Briefing: April 16

Monday, April 16, 2018

IDPH Hospital Report Card Updated
Chopped Romaine Lettuce E.Coli Outbreak
Apply for Social Determinants Transportation Grant
Webinar: Diabetes Self-Management Programs Overview

IDPH Hospital Report Card Updated
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) has released an update of its Hospital Report Card. Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website reporting period of April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017 has been added for the following items:

  • Satisfaction survey responses;
  • Process of Care and Inpatient Quality, Process of Care measure of patients who did not get treatment for a preventable blood clot that developed while in the hospital; and
  • Emergency Department (ED) Services measures, including time from ED arrival to ED departure for admitted patients, admit decision time to ED departure time, ED arrival to ED departure for discharge patients, ED arrival to diagnostic evaluation by a qualified medical professional, and time from ED arrival to pain medication for long bone fractures.

Trend reports for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from 2016 also are available. Thrombolytic therapy (STK 4) and Venous Thromboembolism Warfarin Therapy Discharge Instructions (VTE 5) measures were retired following the December 2017 update.


Chopped Romaine Lettuce Causes E.Coli Outbreak
Illinois is one of 11 states reporting an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. To date, there is one identified case in Illinois and 35 cases total—22 hospitalizations and no deaths. The Illinois Dept. of Public Health is advising consumers to confirm the growing source of store-bought and restaurant-served chopped romaine lettuce prior to eating. If it is from the Yuma, Arizona region, or cannot be determined that it is not from the region, consumers should not buy it or eat it. Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.


Apply for Social Determinants Transportation Grant
Lack of transportation is a primary barrier to healthcare access, particularly for people with other social and economic disadvantages. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living will grant up to $35,000 each, to as many as 20 organizations for a six-month period, to develop local transit in which people with disabilities, older adults and caregivers actively participate in both advisory and decision-making capacities. Complete details can be found here.

A conference call will take place tomorrow, April 17, at 1 p.m. (CT) for interested applicants. The call in number is 866-809-4014; passcode: 8720883.

Applications are due May 4. Only non-profit or governmental agencies, including county or city government agencies, regional planning organizations, councils of government, and Tribal Nations that are involved in the administration, delivery or coordination of transportation, aging and/or disability services may apply.

For all questions related to this grant and the application process, please contact Virginia Dize, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, at 202-719-8889.


Webinar: Diabetes Self-Management Program Overview
On Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m., join IHA and diabetes program experts for a complimentary webinar on different approaches to diabetes self-management. Improving Patients' Health through Diabetes Self-Management Programs will give providers and health educators an in-depth look at three different diabetes self-management programs and information about the movement to help patients with diabetes through their communities.

Through the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the Illinois movement around "Take Charge of Your Diabetes" developed by Stanford University;
  • Learn how organizations have developed homegrown diabetes self-management programs;
  • Review the benefits of Everyone with Diabetes Counts – Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP);™ and
  • Learn about the benefits of diabetes self-management programs for diverse populations.

Funding for this program was provided by Illinois Dept. of Public Health State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (CDC-DP13-130504PPHF16). Continuing education credits are available. Click here to register.