IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 20

Friday, January 20, 2023
Medicaid, CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding Series
FDA: Voluntary Recall of Discolored Epinephrine
CDC: Information, Education Key to Vaccination Efforts
New Research on COVID-19 Risks During Pregnancy
Illinois COVID-19 Data
Briefly Noted


Medicaid, CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding Series
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are hosting “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Continuous Enrollment Unwinding: What to Know and How to Prepare” partner education webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. CT.

This month’s webinar will focus on:

  • Guidance from the CMCS Information Bulletin released on Jan. 5, including key dates related to the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Condition.

  • Resources and messages for partners to help educate people enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP about the upcoming eligibility renewals.

Click here to register. Following registration a Zoom link will be provided.

The Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has also provided a messaging toolkit for healthcare providers in preparation for the end of the public health emergency. To protect coverage for as many people as possible, Medicaid members must update their address with HFS to ensure the department has updated addresses to send people their renewal forms. Click here to access the toolkit.


FDA: Voluntary Recall of Discolored Epinephrine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert this week highlighting the voluntary recall of three lots of Epinephrine (L-Adrenaline) USP, a bulk active pharmaceutical ingredient used to manufacture or compound prescription products. The recall was issued in response to customer complaints that the product was discolored.

While there have been no reports of adverse events associated with the product, the FDA said “the use of a finished dose product manufactured or compounded with this recalled product could result in less-effective product, and incomplete treatment of life-threatening conditions including, low blood pressure, heart failure, anaphylaxis, irregular heartbeat, and heart attack.”  


CDC: Information, Education Key to Vaccination Efforts
A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that of the 62% of previously vaccinated adults who have opted not to get a bivalent booster, they have not done so because they were unaware they were eligible (23%), they did not know where they could access the booster (19.3%) or they thought they had immunity against infection (18.9%).

The CDC recommends healthcare professionals use evidence-based strategies to convey information about booster vaccination recommendations, pointing to data that showed after viewing information about eligibility and availability, 67.8% of participants who had not received the bivalent booster dose indicated that they planned to do so. Additionally, in a follow-up survey one month later, 28.6% of these participants reported having received the dose. 


New Research on COVID-19 Risks During Pregnancy
A new study published in BMJ Global Health underscores previous research that found increased risk of serious complications and death for pregnant people with COVID-19.

Data was analyzed from 13,000 pregnant people in 12 countries, including about 2,000 who had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Notably, the study found that pregnant people with COVID-19:

  • Are 15 times more likely to be put on a ventilator.

  • Are seven times more likely to die.

  • Are nearly four times more likely to be admitted to the ICU.

  • Are 23 times more likely to develop pneumonia. 

Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 also had a higher risk of serious complications such as pre-eclampsia, blood clots and high blood pressure. Their babies were also at increased risk of being admitted to the ICU after birth, and had higher odds for preterm birth and low birth weight.


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
The Hill reported that, “Less than half of respondents in a new Gallup survey have favorable opinions of the U.S. health care system, with a majority saying it is only fair or poor.” This is the first time since the survey was first issued in 2001 that less than half of respondents said the system was excellent or good.

A new strain of gonorrhea resistant to multiple antibiotics has been found in Massachusetts, according to USA Today. Health officials were reported as saying this strain has not been seen before in the U.S., and the Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner called it a “serious public health concern.”