IHA Daily Briefing: June 21

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
6/22 CMS, HHS Continuous Enrollment Unwinding Webinar
Over-the-Counter Drug Recall Due to Child Poisoning Risk
REGISTER: HNI Panel to Explore the Health Equity Gap
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted

6/22 CMS, HHS Continuous Enrollment Unwinding Webinar
Are you interested in learning about strategies and best practices other states and stakeholders are undertaking to prepare for the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) are hosting a webinar tomorrow, June 22 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT covering different topics related to the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding.

As part of CMS and HHS’ monthly webinar series, the June 22 webinar will focus on:

  • Strategies to engage states and local stakeholders;
  • Actions states can take to keep people connected to health insurance coverage; and
  • Strategies and best practices on how states and stakeholders are working to prepare for the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding.

You can register for the entire series of monthly Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding partner education webinars by clicking here.

You can also access the recording, transcript and slide deck from the first partner education webinar held May 25, “What to Know and How to Prepare,” on the CMS National Stakeholder Calls webpage. Additional resources can be found on the Unwinding and Returning to Regular Operations after COVID-19 informational webpage.

Over-the-Counter Drug Recall Due to Child Poisoning Risk
Citing poisoning risks associated with faulty child-resistant packaging, more than 400,000 bottles of over-the-counter medicine have been recalled, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced late last week.

Aurohealth has recalled around 137,300 units of Walgreens brand acetaminophen and recalled about 25,660 units of Kroger brand arthritis pain acetaminophen, due to failure to meet the requirements in the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Specifically, “The packaging of the products is not child resistant, posing a risk of poisoning if the contents are swallowed by young children.” Additionally, about 209,430 units of Kroger brand aspirin and ibuprofen have also been recalled due to issues with the child-resistant packaging.

REGISTER: HNI Panel to Explore the Health Equity Gap
There is still time to register for Health News Illinois’ June 22 live event, “Closing the Health Equity Gap.” Tomorrow, a panel of experts will discuss what is being done to address gaps in health outcomes across Illinois and our nation. The conversation will focus on what barriers remain, before turning the dialogue to the future.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Omar Lateef, CEO, Rush University Medical Center;
  • Ayesha Jaco, Executive Director, West Side United;
  • Shannon Andrews, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Cook County Health;
  • Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis; and
  • Theresa Eagleson, Director, Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services.

Registration and networking for tomorrow’s event will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will take place from 9 – 10 a.m. The live event will be held at MATTER, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza #1230, Chicago. Per MATTER policy, COVID-19 vaccination is required. Click here to register.

Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,722 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and no COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 1,137 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 137 patients were in the ICU and 45 patients were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 8,779 doses. IDPH reported that 78% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.2% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 76.8% have been fully vaccinated, while 84.9% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.3% have been fully vaccinated and 81.1% have received at least one dose.

Moderna’s and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children under age 5, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s June 18 recommendation that children 6 months through 5 years of age receive a COVID-19 vaccination. This population is the last group of people in the U.S. to be permitted to receive coronavirus immunizations. Pfizer’s vaccine is administered in three doses while Moderna’s is administered with two doses.

Briefly Noted
Black medical residents leave or are terminated from training programs at far higher rates than white residents, according to a STAT investigation. According to STAT, as a result “many Black physicians have been unable to enter lucrative and extremely white specialties such as neurosurgery, dermatology, or plastic surgery.” According to the article, this plays a critical role in why no significant diversity gains have been reflected in these fields, even though medical resident spots have increased nationally.

Arati Prabhakar, a physicist and former Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has been selected to serve as President Biden’s next top science adviser, the White House announced today. The President signaled his intent to nominate Prabhakar to serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and once confirmed, she would serve as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Prabhakar has been previously confirmed by the Senate, serving as leader of National Institute of Standards and Technology.