IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 18

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
IHA Webinar on OSHA Recordkeeping Is 1/26
IHA Small/Rural Backgrounder PowerPoint for Advocacy
IHA Updated Sample Notice to Sexual Assault Survivors
Webinar: The New ABCs of CHNAs
Moderna: RSV Vaccine Effective in Older Adults
Illinois COVID-19 Data
Briefly Noted


IHA Webinar on OSHA Recordkeeping Is 1/26
Ensure your hospital can pass a surprise inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Attend a complimentary IHA webinar, “OSHA Recordkeeping in the Healthcare Setting,” on Jan. 26. The program, from noon to 1:30 p.m., is open to all IHA members courtesy of IHA’s Illinois Compensation Trust, a risk-pooling trust.

The webinar will focus on OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) on protecting workers in high-risk settings from COVID-19, which has been in place since March 2021. Compliance with OSHA recordkeeping requirements related to the NEP is critical as hospitals lacking accurate and complete recordkeeping documents may be subject to OSHA citations resulting in costly fines. 

The webinar will cover:

  • OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements for hospitals;

  • The impact of OSHA’s COVID-19 directives on recordkeeping processes; and

  • OSHA’s proposed recordkeeping rule change and how it could impact your recordkeeping program.​

Employee health nurses, risk managers, human resources staff and safety specialists are encouraged to attend the webinar. Continuing education credit is available for nurses. Register today.

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IHA Small/Rural Backgrounder PowerPoint for Advocacy
To spotlight the challenges facing small and rural hospitals—and their efforts to bolster community health—IHA developed a PowerPoint presentation with key points from IHA’s “Advancing Rural Health” backgrounder for members to use in meetings with legislators and other stakeholders. An IHA website account is needed to access the password-protected PowerPoint.

The presentation and backgrounder identify four main challenges impacting small and rural hospital viability:

  • Greater dependency on Medicare as a government payer, due to patient demographics;

  • The increase in outpatient care and corresponding decrease in inpatient care;

  • The significant shortages of physicians and mental health professionals; and

  • Their role as often the only providers of health-related services in their communities.​

At the same time, small and rural hospitals contribute $13.7 billion to the state economy annually and employ 16.1% of the state’s hospital workforce. To enhance community health, 45.3% of small and rural hospitals have rural health clinics, 22.1% offer fitness centers, 19.8% provide transportation services and 18.6% deliver healthcare in patients’ homes.

The backgrounder and PowerPoint presentation include a special focus obstetric (OB) services, noting the decrease in OB beds while identifying creative solutions that small and rural hospital leaders have adopted to continue to serve their patients. The presentation includes slides for hospitals to share their rural OB solution and community benefit or quality improvement photo and story.

We encourage small and rural hospital leaders to leverage the PowerPoint presentation, backgrounder and their key points in advocacy meetings. To prepare for legislative visits, see IHA’s legislative visits guide, “Legislative Relationships: The Cornerstone of Effective Advocacy.”

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IHA Updated Sample Notice to Sexual Assault Survivors
In June 2022, Gov. Pritzker signed Public Act (PA) 102-1097, amending the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA). The new law extended reimbursable follow-up care for survivors from 90 to 180 days. Additionally, survivors that are not the subscriber or primary policyholder of their insurance policy may now opt out of billing their private insurance for medical forensic services. If the survivor exercises this option, the bill should be submitted to the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) Sexual Assault Emergency Treatment Program for reimbursement.

To assist providers in communicating these changes to survivors, IHA has updated the Sample Notice to Sexual Assault Survivors. It is available here, on IHA’s website. Hospitals may modify this sample notice to meet their needs.

Governor Pritzker also signed PA 102-0699 last summer, which amends SASETA by increasing the reimbursement amount paid by HFS to hospitals, approved pediatric healthcare facilities or other healthcare professionals providing medical forensic services to a sexual assault survivor. As of July 1, 2022, HFS must reimburse such providers at a rate of at least $1,000. IHA encourages providers to ensure that they are reimbursed at the appropriate rate.
 
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Webinar: The New ABCs of CHNAs
Join Chicago-based analytics startup Metopio and health equity leaders from CHRISTUS Health on Jan. 26 at noon CT to explore how leaders at the Texas health system expanded their Community Needs Health Assessment (CNHA) strategy to enable CHRISTUS and community leaders to develop a comprehensive assessment and action plan to advance health equity.

Click here to register for the webinar, which will cover:

  • How CHRISTUS Health developed a framework to identify “Communities of Focus” and how to apply it to your service areas;

  • CHRISTUS Health’s process for using the CHNA to set a system-wide goal for reducing heart disease mortality;

  • Ways CHRISTUS is using the CHNA to bring attention to health disparities to different departments within the organization; and

  • Funding strategies to help advance work in communities.


Moderna: RSV Vaccine Effective in Older Adults
Moderna said yesterday that its vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) shows efficacy in adults 60 years and older. The vaccine was reportedly 83.7% effective against lower respiratory tract disease, defined as two or more symptoms.

There were no safety concerns identified during the clinical trial, according to the biotech company, which also said it plans to publish the full data set and share the results at an upcoming infectious disease medical conference. If approved, it would be the first FDA-approved vaccine for RSV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that RSV causes approximately 6,000 – 10,000 deaths among adults aged 65 and older each year.


Illinois COVID-19 Data
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) recently announced that it will follow the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and shift from daily reporting of new COVID-19 cases and deaths to weekly reporting. As of Jan. 1, daily case and death data are no longer being reported. IDPH will reports weekly data on Wednesday of each week for the previous week ending Sunday. IDPH will continue daily reporting of ICU bed availability and hospital admission data.


Briefly Noted
Nearly 16 million people have signed up for health coverage in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces since enrollment opened on Nov. 1, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This includes 3.1 million people who are new to the marketplaces, and the 12.8 million people who had active 2022 coverage and either made a plan selection for 2023 coverage or who were automatically re-enrolled.

The Illinois Dept. of Human Services (DHS) is raising awareness that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will return to pre-pandemic levels beginning March 1, 2023. DHS said, “With the end of emergency benefits, SNAP participants will see benefits reduced anywhere from $95 to $350 per person per month.” The Department noted that this is the result of a federal policy change and not due to changes in individual SNAP cases.