IHA Daily Briefing: May 11

Wednesday, May 11 2022
Temporary Shortage of Contrast Media Affects IL Hospitals
IHA Small & Rural Meeting: Hotel Discount Ends 5/17
REMINDER: Register for Health Equity Action Day
CDC: Historic Spike of Gun Homicides
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted

Temporary Shortage of Contrast Media Affects IL Hospitals
IHA is monitoring the global shortage of GE Healthcare’s iodinated contrast media Omnipaque™ (iohexol), caused by the closure of the primary production plant in China. GE Healthcare is the nation’s largest source of this contrast dye, and hospitals across Illinois report being affected by the shortage.

GE Healthcare says hospitals should expect increased supply in the next two weeks, with additional supply available by the end of June. Full supply is expected to return by late summer.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) provides a list of recommendations to providers outlining shortage mitigation strategies.

IHA is working with the American Hospital Association, which is in communication with the White House and relevant federal agencies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reporting shortages of GE Healthcare’s iohexol and iodixanol intravenous contrast media products for computed tomography imaging.

Additionally, IHA has reached out to the Illinois Dept. of Insurance and third-party payers to make sure they understand the challenging circumstances hospitals are facing and to address potential coverage concerns.

Hospitals experiencing critical care needs are urged to notify their current GE Healthcare account manager to escalate their request for additional supply. Although there is extremely limited supply, GE Healthcare has a process in place to allocate for special circumstances.

IHA Small & Rural Meeting: Hotel Discount Ends 5/17
Get ready for the 2022 IHA Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting by booking your hotel room at IHA's discounted rate. The early-bird deadline at the Crowne Plaza Springfield is Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. Use code XY7 when booking online or by phone at 217-529-7777.

This year's meeting, Inspiring Connections, offers opportunities to network with colleagues from other hospitals—a hallmark of this IHA signature event on June 16-17. You'll also hear from leading experts on issues that grew from the pandemic: staff burnout, recruitment and retention, and rural hospital viability.

Top sessions include:

  • “The Future of Rural Hospitals: Critical Factors for Growth and Sustainability,” the keynote address by Paul Keckley, managing editor of The Keckley Report;
  • “Burnout Affects All of Us: Solutions to Restore Well-Being in Healthcare” by Dr. Jessica Gold of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis;
  • “HRSA Resources to Support Rural Hospitals” featuring Tom Morris, MPA, a key official from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); and
  • “Inspired Leadership" by bestselling author Rich Bluni, RN.

Military peacekeeper and ultra-endurance competitor Urs Koenig PhD, MBA, MS, PCC, will close the meeting with an inspirational session, “Extreme Leadership for High-Performing Teams.”

See our program webpage for information on continuing education credits, IHA's hotel discount and registration options. Register today.

REMINDER: Register for Health Equity Action Day
IHA’s Health Equity Action Day is just two days away! If you haven’t already signed up to join us Friday, May 13 from 9 – 11:30 a.m., we encourage you to register today. Please help us spread the word—share this invitational flyer with your colleagues, staff and professional network, as well as in your internal newsletters, organizational correspondence and digital platforms.

During the morning we will hear from our keynote speaker, policy expert and bestselling author Heather McGhee, and be inspired by videos and follow-up panel discussions on successful health equity initiatives at four Illinois hospitals. We’ve also provided a resource document outlining independent activities that hospital and health system leaders can use to facilitate conversations and engagement on topics including health equity, health disparities and achieving quality patient care.

CDC: Historic Spike of Gun Homicides
Firearm homicides rose 35% during the first year of the pandemic, according to new information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC found that guns were involved in nearly 80% of all homicides and 53% of all suicides in 2020. This is the highest firearm homicide rate since 1994, widening disparities by race, ethnicity and poverty levels.

In a report by POLITICO, Thomas Simon, associate director for science in the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention said, “Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increases in firearm homicide rates and persistently high firearm suicide rates in 2020, combined with increases among populations that were already at high risk, have widened disparities and heightened the urgency of actions to prevent violence.”

The CDC suggests the findings represent important public health concerns and advises communities to “implement comprehensive violence prevention strategies to address physical, social, and structural conditions that contribute to violence and disparities.”

Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 6,158 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, and 11 COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 861 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 86 patients were in the ICU and 19 patients were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 12,268 doses. IDPH reported that 78% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.8% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 76.7% have been fully vaccinated, while 85.4% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.2% have been fully vaccinated and 81.5% have received at least one dose.

Briefly Noted
Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. have died due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, a number equivalent to the population of Delaware, Montana or Rhode Island disappearing over the course of two years. POLITICO explores this further in a recent article, offering four compelling charts to help illustrate the enormous impact of COVID-19 on our country.

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation’s Office of Health Policy recently released an issue brief analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare workforce. Utilizing data from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, the report provides an analysis of pre- and post-pandemic workforce challenges, such as shortages, maldistribution, and related mental and behavioral health concerns. The brief contains an overview of federal initiatives to support the healthcare workforce during the pandemic, and identifies preparatory actions and opportunities to prepare hospitals and the healthcare workforce for future crises.