IHA Daily Briefing: June 13

Monday, June 13, 2022
Register: Small & Rural Annual Meeting Is This Week
Complimentary IHA Webinar on Patient Trust on 6/14
Gov. Signs Mental Health Workforce Package
Monkeypox Resource Docs Provided by IDPH
State Veto Session Dates Announced
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted

Register: Small & Rural Annual Meeting Is This Week
Get solutions and get inspired at the 2022 IHA Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting this Thursday and Friday in Springfield. Join us in person—the first time in three years—to hear from leading experts in rural healthcare and to reconnect with colleagues.

There’s still time to register for this year’s meeting. By attending, you’ll gain new approaches to staff burnout, recruitment and retention, rural hospital viability, and more.

Paul Keckley, managing editor of The Keckley Report, will deliver the keynote address, “The Future of Rural Hospitals: Critical Factors for Growth and Sustainability,” followed by a reaction panel of:

  • Trina Casner, President and CEO of Pana Community Hospital;
  • William E. Davis, CEO of Crossroads Community Hospital; and
  • David Schreiner, President and CEO of Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital.

IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi will deliver his President’s Address and IHA Board Chair Ted Rogalski, Administrator of Genesis Health, will share insights into how small and rural hospitals are serving their communities.

For an inspiring end to the meeting, ultra-endurance competitor Urs Koenig PhD, MBA, MS, PCC, will inspire us with his unique perspective on leadership in “Extreme Leadership for High-Performing Teams.”

See our program webpage for information on continuing education credits and registration options.


Complimentary IHA Webinar on Patient Trust on 6/14
Quality improvement is often about adopting new processes and norms, but what about compassion? A complimentary IHA webinar on Tuesday will show how care and concern can be key differentiators in patient trust and their perception of quality.

The program, “Creating an Environment of Trust through Compassion,” will be from noon to 1 p.m. Karen Cook, RN, a coach and national speaker with Huron, will:

  • Discuss the value of compassion in healthcare;
  • Identify five moments of truth that impact a patient’s perception of quality; and
  • Highlight how to build your own resilience through compassion.

According to Cook, patients form their impression of healthcare quality through “moments of truth.” Cook will share strategies to ensure compassion is part of all patient interactions, which can strengthen patient- and family-centered care, enhance trust, and contribute to individual resilience.

The webinar is the second in a four-part series IHA is offering in conjunction with other hospital associations. The series, “Moving Forward: A New Focus on Patient Care,” is designed for hospital and health system leaders, including:

  • CEOs and CFOs;
  • CMOs, CNOs and CQOs;
  • Chief human resource officers;
  • Chief strategy officers;
  • Clinical leaders; and
  • Department leaders.

After Tuesday’s program, the final two webinars in the complimentary series are: “The Patient as a Consumer: How to Create Experiences Patients Actually Value” on July 12 and “Leading a Change-Ready, Inclusive Environment” on Aug. 16. Register today.


Gov. Signs Mental Health Workforce Package
Seeking to address the state’s shortage of mental health professionals and help build a robust, high-quality system of mental health services across Illinois, on Friday Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law SB 3617/PA 102-1053, creating various behavioral health workforce flexibilities and supports.

Notably, for clinical psychologist, social worker and clinical professional counselor licensure laws, the bill permanently waives certain licensure requirements for restoration of an inactive or expired license of less than five years, originally recommended by IHA and implemented via temporary Executive Order. Waivers for license restoration may only be used once. These clinicians and marriage and family therapists applying for Illinois licensure may also waive certain requirements after practicing for five years in another U.S. jurisdiction without discipline, instead of the current 10-year standard.

The Illinois Dept. of Human Services (DHS) must also administer a new grant program for community mental health facilities to provide behavioral health professional development opportunities, subject to appropriation. Additionally, a new advisory council is created to study behavioral health impacts on employment opportunities within minority communities.

Also required by the new law, by Jan. 1, 2023 DHS must establish a recovery tax credit program to provide tax incentives to qualified employers who employ individuals in recovery from mental health or substance use disorder and provide reasonable accommodations for at least 500 hours in the applicable calendar year.

Finally, the new law provides professional flexibility in Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Facilities.


Monkeypox Resource Docs Provided by IDPH
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) has made available resources intended to assist clinicians treating suspected monkeypox cases. The resources, including a clinic instruction document and monkeypox suspect case checklist, outline procedures for outpatient clinics, provider clinics, hospitals, urgent care facilities and alike, regarding basic infection control and prevention of monkeypox virus.

Additional questions are to be directed to your local health department or IDPH’s Communicable Disease Control Section at 217-782-2016.


State Veto Session Dates Announced
The Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives have announced the dates for the fall legislative veto session in Springfield. Both chambers will reconvene Nov. 15 – 17 and Nov. 29 – Dec. 1. The fall veto session is utilized to consider legislation vetoed by the Governor, but lawmakers also use the veto session to act on timely policy measures and legislation that were not finalized during the spring legislative session.

In case you missed it, you can click here to access an overview of the key bills and issues IHA worked on during the General Assembly’s spring 2022 legislative session.


Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,071 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, and no COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 1,144 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 117 patients were in the ICU and 31 patients were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 11,336 doses. IDPH reported that 77.9% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.1% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 76.7% have been fully vaccinated, while 84.7% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.2% have been fully vaccinated and 81% have received at least one dose.


Briefly Noted
A new law signed by Gov. Pritzker last week is intended to expand access to HIV- and AIDS-related care and prevention. House Bill 4430 allows pharmacists to dispense both pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis drugs (PrEP and PEP) without a prior referral from a doctor. According to a media release from the Governor’s office, when taken correctly PrEP has been shown to reduce risk of contracting HIV by up to 99%; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently estimates that less than 20% of those eligible for or possibly benefitting from PrEP take the medication. By providing administration and dispersal options from pharmacists, House Bill 4430 seeks to make prophylactic drugs more accessible and protect Illinoisans from HIV/AIDS.

Invermectin isn’t effective as a treatment for COVID-19, according to a New York Times article on a study of more than 1,500 COVID-19 patients. According to the article, “People on ivermectin felt unwell for an average of 10.96 days, while people on the placebo took 11.45 days—a difference of about 12 hours. There was no statistically significant difference in the risk each group faced of going to the hospital. One death was observed during the trial—of a volunteer who received ivermectin.”