IHA Daily Briefing: July 21

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
IHA Leadership Summit: Jon Meacham to Deliver Keynote
LaHood Introduces Bill to Strengthen Medicare ACOs
Large Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy in 2020
New CDC-OMH Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index
Register for Aug. 6 CMS Rural Listening Session
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
Recording: Healthcare Staffing Webinar from IHA Partner

IHA Leadership Summit: Jon Meacham to Deliver Keynote
What can we learn from history’s greatest leaders, whose successes and failures have shaped our world? Jon Meacham, one of the nation’s most prominent scholars, will unveil key lessons at the 2021 IHA Leadership Summit—EMERGE—on Sept. 23.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s keynote address, “Hope Through History,” will explore:

  • The parallels between our present moment and past crises such as the Great Depression and World War II;
  • The defining moments of leaders like President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill; and
  • Guidance for leaders navigating today’s challenges.

“Hope Through History” is also the name of Meacham’s renowned podcast, produced in association with The HISTORY Channel. Additionally, both Fox News and HBO have adapted the historian’s books into documentaries.

Meacham specializes in lending historical context to the issues that impact modern Americans. He believes in using the past not as GPS, but a “diagnostic guide.”

Other sessions at this year’s Summit will cover organizational finance, expansion of care delivery and staff burnout. Hospital and health system leaders can attend the signature event live at the Westin Lombard, or participate virtually via livestream. Learn more about registration options and continuing education credits on our events page.

Register by Sept. 9 for the discounted in-person registration rate.


LaHood Introduces Bill to Strengthen Medicare ACOs
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-18) introduced IHA-supported legislation to encourage participation in the Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program by, among other policies, increasing the percent of shared savings beginner participants receive; modifying risk adjustment; modifying performance metrics to ensure participants are not competing against their own success; and providing greater technical support to program participants. The Value in Health Care Act (H.R. 4587) is also supported by the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges and Federation of American Hospitals.

Last week, Rep. LaHood introduced another IHA-supported bill that would make a technical correction to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program that supports the training of nurses and other allied health professionals at hospital-based nursing schools. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13) is an original cosponsor.


Large Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy in 2020
In 2020, life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population was 77.3 years, declining by 1.5 years from 78.8 in 2019, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Health Statistics. This was the largest one-year decline since World War II, when life expectancy dropped by 2.9 years between 1942 and 1943.

Racial and ethnic disparities in life expectancy increased. Between 2019 and 2020, life expectancy decreased by 3.0 years for the Hispanic population (81.8 to 78.8), 2.9 years for the Black population (74.7 to 71.8), and 1.2 years for the White population (78.8 to 77.6). The White life expectancy advantage over the Black population increased by 41.5% between 2019 (4.1) and 2020 (5.8). Life expectancy for the Black population has consistently been lower than that of the White population, but the gap had been narrowing during the past three decades, from 7.1 years in 1993 to 4.1 years in 2019. The last time the gap in life expectancy between the White and Black populations was this large was in 1999.

The decline of 1.5 years in life expectancy for the total U.S. population was primarily due to increases in mortality due to COVID-19 (73.8% of the negative contribution), unintentional injuries (11.2%), homicide (3.1%), diabetes (2.5%), and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (2.3%).


New CDC-OMH Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health have launched the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to enhance existing resources to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at the greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minority Health SVI is an extension of the CDC Social Vulnerability Index, which is a platform that helps emergency response planners and public health officials identify, map, and plan support for communities that will most likely need support before, during, and after a public health emergency.

To learn more about social vulnerability and how the Minority Health SVI was developed, click here. To access the Minority Health SVI, click here.


Register for Aug. 6 CMS Rural Listening Session
The Chicago office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a rural listening session on Friday, Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. CDT. This listening session is for hospitals and healthcare professionals working in or with rural communities in Illinois.

Registration is required, and agenda items include a presentation from the Health Resources & Services Administration and information on the calendar year (CY) 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.


State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) posted data today that there were 958 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 1,404,466 with a total of 23,392 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 33,254 test specimens have been processed, with a positivity rate of 2.88%. The preliminary 7-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tests is 2.7%, and the 7-day test positivity rate is 3%.

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased from 601 patients to 572 patients in the past 24 hours. Of that figure, 118 patients were in the ICU, with 43 patients on ventilators.

A total of 13,013,705 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 19,963 doses. In the past 24 hours, 25,715 doses were reported administered in Illinois. Among Illinois adults 18 and older, 58% have been fully vaccinated, and 73.4% had received at least one dose. As of yesterday, for the first time, more than 50% (50.14%) of the total Illinois population have been fully vaccinated.

Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures showed more than 34 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. (a daily increase of more than 46,000 cases), with 607,289 deaths (a daily increase of 298).

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard showed more than 190.8 million COVID-19 cases globally (a daily increase of more than 132,000 cases), with more than 4.1 million deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 75 million cases and more than 1.96 million deaths.


Recording: Healthcare Staffing Webinar from IHA Partner
How can your hospital optimize staffing during COVID-19 and beyond? IHA Strategic Partner Medical Solutions offered staffing strategies for IHA members during a June 29 webinar.

If you were unable to attend, the webinar recording is available. Medical Solutions staff also reviewed unemployment statistics from the first quarter of the year, comparing nursing and other professions and provided bill rate data from the past three quarters.

Medical Solutions is one of the largest providers of total workforce solutions. Its experienced staff find and vets job candidates; help hospitals improve patient care and culture; and provide IT, payroll and clinical support.

To learn more about Medical Solutions, please contact Courtney Dobernecker at Courtney.Dobernecker@medicalsolutions.com or 402-225-0483, or Nick Hovermale at Nick.Hovermale@medicalsolutions.com or 402-704-1374.