IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 25

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Webinar: Caring 4 Our Caregivers Initiative
Grant Opportunity: Championing Children’s Health
Federal Telehealth Policy Updates
FDA on Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Products Supply
Illinois COVID-19 Data
Briefly Noted


Webinar: Caring 4 Our Caregivers Initiative
Burnout and suicide were on the rise among healthcare professionals prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the public health crisis only exacerbated these issues among our frontline heroes. Their lives revolve around putting others first and their own needs last, but as we move forward, it is imperative our healthcare professionals are given the tools necessary to help combat burnout and relieve stress.

As part of this effort, you are encouraged to join IHA and the SuFi Psychology Association’s Saloumeh DeGood, PsyD, for a webinar focused on healthcare provider wellness and how the simple Caring 4 Our Caregivers Initiative can be implemented in your organization to support staff wellness. 

The Wellness in Healthcare: A Simple Program to Implement webinar will take place on Feb. 3 from 9-10 a.m., and is open to providers in all healthcare settings. Click here to register for the webinar, which will highlight:

  • Information about the Caring 4 Our Caregivers Initiative, which is aimed at providing access to a stress relief program for frontline healthcare workers;

  • An overview of how hospitals can participate in this initiative;

  • Strategies used to implement evidence-based stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, visualization and deep breathing; and

  • A discussion around wellness in Graduate Medical Education and a suggested program for residents.


Grant Opportunity: Advancing Children’s Health
The Illinois Dept. of Human Services' (IDHS) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Healing Illinois program, which is designed to improve the health and wellness of children across Illinois through the advancement of racial equity and racial justice.

IDHS will announce one $5 million award through the Healing Illinois program, to fund racial healing activities. These include initiatives to advance conversations about race, racial healing circles, restorative justice circles, community arts projects and other activities that promote racial healing across Illinois.

Click here to view the Notice of Funding Opportunity, including eligibility standards, timeline, and other requirements and related information. The application deadline is Feb. 17, 2023.


Federal Telehealth Policy Updates
Federal legislation continues to expand and extend telehealth services. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 extended many telehealth flexibilities authorized during the COVID-19 public health emergency through the end of 2024. Click here to learn about recent telehealth policy updates related to rural health, behavioral health and other telehealth access options.


FDA on Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Products Supply
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued guidance to help increase the supply of ibuprofen oral suspension products in hospitals and health systems amid record high demand. The guidance was released by the FDA for outsourcing facilities compounding certain ibuprofen oral suspension products, noting, “temporary flexibility is needed to help ensure that treatment options are available to hospitals and health systems during this period of increased demand.”

Due to the ongoing “tripledemic” of COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus and influenza, the FDA has received reports of increased demand for pediatric fever-reducing medications, including ibuprofen oral suspension products. As a result, some hospitals and health systems have experienced challenges obtaining these medications to treat pediatric patients and adults who are unable to swallow solid oral dosages.

The FDA said that while it has also received reports of challenges obtaining acetaminophen oral suspension products, it is not currently addressing these reports, “due to additional considerations.”


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
According to The Hill, President Biden recently issued a presidential memorandum on medication abortion, directing the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, “to consider new guidance to support patients, providers and pharmacies that want to access, prescribe or provide mifepristone.” Mifepristone is one drug used in medication abortions. Click here to view the memorandum.  

A record-breaking 16.3 million people signed up for healthcare coverage in ACA Marketplaces during the 2022-2023 open enrollment season, according to a press release issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This is a nearly 50% increase in HealthCare.gov signups since President Biden took office, and represents 3.6 million people who are new to the Marketplaces for 2023.