IHA Daily Briefing: May 10

Thursday, May 10, 2018

EPA Seeks Medication Takeback Partners
Extinguish Burnout and Find Joy in the Workplace
Registration Open for ILPQC Training
Briefly Noted

EPA Seeks Medication Takeback Partners   
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is accepting applications for its fiscal year 2019 Medication Takeback Program. Currently the EPA has 14 existing Medication Takeback community partners and is seeking to expand upon those partnerships. The program will provide funding to communities or organizations for the safe disposal of opioids and other harmful medications collected from residents.

Communities and organizations interested in being part of the Medication Takeback Program should complete and submit the online application by June 1, 2018 for collections beginning on July 1, 2018. More information about the safe disposal of medicine can be found here.


Extinguish Burnout and Find Joy in the Workplace
Burnout in the healthcare industry is not just a problem, it’s an epidemic.

Nurse fatigue and burnout are on the rise, resulting in low morale and high turnover rates. Physicians too are also feeling the toll of their labor, noted by a marked increase in the physician suicide rate.

Luckily, there is a way to fight the epidemic; it’s by restoring joy in the healthcare workplace.

Joy in the workplace builds engaged teams with enhanced physical and psychological safety leading to better patient experiences and improved outcomes.

Attend the Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) annual culture of safety workshop on June 6-7 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville to learn how to develop your journey towards a safer, more joyous workplace.

June 6 is open to all healthcare providers and features a day-long workshop on The Joy Factor: Embracing Joy at Work to Improve Patient Safety and Ignite Passion and Productivity by Kris White, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A, faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The complete agenda can be found here.

June 7 is for MAPS PSO members only and features a workshop on Training and Educating Your PSO Workforce. Review the complete agenda here.

While both days are complimentary for all MAPS Members, IHA members, non-MAPS PSO members and outside healthcare providers can attend day 1 for $244 for the first participant; $144 for each additional participant. Continuing education credits are available for nursing.

More information, including presenter bios and registration, can be found here.


Registration Open for ILPQC Training
The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) will be hosting training opportunities for Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (IPLARC) in Springfield on May 31 and Chicago on July 30. All hospital team members participating in ILPQC initiatives are welcome to attend and all Wave 1 IPLARC Teams should send at least one team member to either training.

For more details and information on how to register please click here.


Briefly Noted
Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed May 10, 2018 to be Children's Mental Health Day in Illinois. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. Illinois Dept. of Human Services (DHS) is raising awareness for children's mental health and partnering with providers across the state for awareness day events. See DHS’ press release for details.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on the E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce. As of May 8, there have been 149 reported cases of E. coli infections from people in 29 states; two cases are from Illinois. The CDC is urging consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce, unless they can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its Quality Payment Program website to allow Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) clinicians to check their eligibility at the group level. As a reminder, for performance period 2018, MIPS-eligible clinicians and groups must have billed more than $90,000 in Medicare Part B allowed charges for covered professional services under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), and furnished covered professional services under the PFS to more than 200 Medicare Part B beneficiaries.