IHA Daily Briefing: June 14

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
IHA Partner: How to Meet Changing Staff Expectations
Register: IL Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship
State Veto Session Dates Announced
TJC Webinar on Direct Data Submission Platform on 6/28
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted

IHA Partner: How to Meet Changing Staff Expectations
With hospital staffing turnover at 26%, a dynamic response to changing staff expectations can boost your ability to attract and retain talent. A recent blog post from IHA Strategic Partner Medical Solutions, “Talent Priorities in a Post-Pandemic Workforce,” identifies two key expectations of healthcare professionals.

Expectation #1: Continued support for mental health and well-being
A survey by the American Nurses Foundation found a generational gap in the percentage of nurses who feel emotionally unhealthy: 46% of nurses under age 35 compared with 19% of nurses ages 35 and over. At the same time, 81% of younger nurses do not believe their organization cares about their well-being. Medical Solutions encourages hospital leaders to:

  • Provide a continuous stream of resources;
  • Support an open, positive culture around these services; and
  • Positively reinforce this support so staff are empowered and unashamed to use them.

Expectation #2: A compelling work/life balance with flexible working options
Another gap exists across the economy: A 54% difference between employees’ desire for workplace flexibility and organizations supplying it. According to Medical Solutions, flexibility strategies must be mutually beneficial for organizations and their staff. The lack of flexibility could cause some staff to leave your hospital or their profession altogether. Medical Solutions suggests offering:

  • Flexible shifts or assignments; and
  • Internal mobility.

Medical Solutions—an IHA Strategic Partner since 2018—is a leader in total workforce solutions. As a single point of contact for hospitals, Medical Solutions’ managed services program offers a streamlined approach to contingent workforce processes, such as managing prescreening and interviewing of job candidates, along with compliance and invoicing.

If your hospital is considering travel nurses and clinicians to help meet evolving workforce trends, contacting Mike Daeges at 402-986-5153 or mike.daeges@medicalsolutions.com.


Register: IL Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship
Professionals across the healthcare spectrum will come together on July 12, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., to discuss best practices and lessons learned relating to antimicrobial stewardship during the annual Illinois Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship. Click here to register for the virtual event and to access a detailed event schedule and information on the speakers.

The Summit targets healthcare professionals including physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, quality directors, infection preventionists, facility leadership and public health professionals across inpatient, outpatient and long-term care settings. Event highlights include:

  • A summary of the regulatory and national landscape for antimicrobial stewardship;
  • Application of national guidelines and best practices for implementing and evaluating facility antimicrobial stewardship programs;
  • A review of past successful antimicrobial stewardship programs and lessons learned; and
  • Identification of tools and resources for implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs.

Questions can be directed to Antibiotic.Stewardship@Hektoen.org.


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.


TJC Webinar on Direct Data Submission Platform on 6/28
On June 28 at 11 a.m., The Joint Commission (TJC) will hold a live webinar on its new direct data submission platform that accredited hospitals will use for TJC’s ORYX initiative.

ORYX integrates performance measurement data into the accreditation process, aligning measures as closely as possible with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The webinar will address accreditation data submission timelines for calendar years 2021 and 2022, the new direct data submission platform onboarding process, different resources available to hospitals, and planning considerations for meeting key dates for onboarding.

Registration is required.


Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,879 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, and 21 COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 1,192 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 122 patients were in the ICU and 35 patients were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 11,024 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
Guidance intended for HIPPA-covered healthcare providers and health plans was issued yesterday by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, providing information to help these entities understand how to use remote communication technologies for audio-only telehealth in compliance with the HIPAA Rules.

New research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explored brain changes associated with Limbic-predominant Age-related TDP-43 Encephalopathy (LATE) and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was recently published in Acta Neuropathologica and according to NIH, “LATE is a recently recognized brain disorder that mimics clinical features of Alzheimer’s, which is the most common form of dementia. People who have LATE sometimes also have one or more coexisting brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s, and in those cases, they are more likely to have worse symptoms.”