IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 2

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022
Register: Equity, Inclusion Free Webinar on 8/16
Healthcare Transformation Capital Program Rules Adopted
Monkeypox Virus Declared a Public Health Emergency
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted

Register: Equity, Inclusion Free Webinar on 8/16
As hospitals make significant strides in addressing health equity, another component of this work calls on leaders to integrate equity and inclusion into their organization and their leadership approach. A complimentary webinar for IHA members—“Leading a Change-Ready, Inclusive Environment”—will discuss how to foster a positive workplace culture for all staff.

Change management consultant and author Kristie Tobias, MHA, will lead the webinar. Regarded as innovative and dynamic, Tobias has nearly 20 years of consulting and leadership experiences. She is a director at Huron and a national speaker. Her first book, Fearlessly Made You, came out in February 2021.

During the webinar, Tobias will focus on developing an intentional strategy and the commitment required to integrate equity and inclusion into your organization and leadership approach. She’ll also:

  • Describe the impact of building trust and inclusion;
  • Identify factors that can reduce trust, such as biases; and
  • Outline the role of leaders in a values-driven environment that provides psychological safety.

The Aug. 16 program, from noon to 1 p.m., is the final of the four-part “Moving Forward: A New Focus on Patient Care” series IHA is offering with other hospital associations. The webinar is designed for hospital and health system leaders. Register today.


Healthcare Transformation Capital Program Rules Adopted
The Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) jointly adopted final rules on Friday to implement the Healthcare Transformation Capital Investment Grant Program (Capital Program).

Capital Program final rules can be viewed in the Illinois Register Volume 46, Issue 31 by clicking here. The final rules begin on page 12,724. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will be posted on the HFS and CDB websites and applications may be submitted in the form and manner described in the NOFO. For background information on the Capital Program click here.

In 2019, IHA successfully advocated for the inclusion of $200 million to support hospital and healthcare transformation in the State’s comprehensive State capital initiative, along with the creation of the Capital Program as Section 20 of the Capital Development Board Act. The Capital Program complements the Hospital and Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives Program that was created under Section 14-12(d-5) of the Public Aid Code.


Monkeypox Virus Declared a Public Health Emergency
Yesterday, Gov. JB Pritzker issued a proclamation declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and the state of Illinois a disaster area with regard to the disease.

According to a news release, the declaration, which applies to the entire state, allows for the expansion and utilization of resources and further supports the coordination efforts of state agencies involved in responding to, treating and preventing the spread of monkeypox.

Specifically, the state of disaster proclamation gives the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) authority to expand vaccine and testing capacities with the help of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and via state and federal recovery and assistance funds. This proclamation will also aid in facilitating the complicated logistics and transportation of vaccines across the state to efficiently reach the most impacted communities.

The Governor’s Office says Illinois currently has reported 520 cases of confirmed or presumptive monkeypox virus, the third most in the country. The state has received more than 7,000 doses of vaccine from the federal government, with 13,000 additional doses expected in the near future.

For more information about moneypox virus, click here.


Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 5,096 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and no COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 1,450 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 162 patients were in the ICU and 52 patients were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 10,925 doses. IDPH reported that 78.1% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.3% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 77% have been fully vaccinated, while 85% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.6% have been fully vaccinated and 81.3% have received at least one dose.


Briefly Noted
Yesterday, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services issued guidance through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on a new optional Medicaid “health home” benefit for children with complex medical conditions. The new benefit is intended to assist state Medicaid programs in providing children with serious health concerns, such as cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, blood diseases and mental health conditions that impact their ability to function, with person-centered care management, care coordination and highly specialized treatment, and patient and family support. Click here to consult the state Medicaid director letter on the CMS guidance.

Providers looking for federal telehealth resources are encouraged to click here to access best practice guidance, as well as information on policy changes that took place during COVID-19, billing for telehealth during COVID-19 and health equity in telehealth. The website also includes guidance on how to begin offering care through telemedicine and how to set up and manage a workflow for virtual visits