IHA Daily Briefing: May 12

Thursday, May 12 2022
IHA Health Equity Action Day: Join Us Tomorrow
Register: Risk Management Society Annual Meeting on 5/20
FEMA 5/13 Webinar on Public Assistance Applications
HFS: Abortion Covered by Medical Assistance Program
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted

IHA Health Equity Action Day: Join Us Tomorrow
Recharge your efforts to advance health equity by attending IHA's second annual Health Equity Action Day—tomorrow, May 13, from 9-11:30 a.m. Designed for all IHA members, the day will celebrate your successes while guiding our collective path forward on one of the most important issues of our time.

Register now to be part of this impactful day, featuring bestselling author and policy expert Heather McGhee. Her highly anticipated keynote address will illuminate the costs of racism in healthcare and across all facets of society.

IHA's 2022 action day will also feature:

  • A focus on what heath equity is—and what it isn't—to identify why it matters for everyone;
  • Results of the 2021 Racial Health Equity in Healthcare Progress Report (Progress Report) completed by hospitals;
  • Launch of the 2022 Progress Report and additional learning collaboratives; and
  • Videos highlighting successful health equity initiatives at four Illinois hospitals, followed by a panel discussion with the leaders of each initiative.

In recognition of the event, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a proclamation declaring May 13 the “Illinois Health and Hospital Association's Health Equity Action Day.” Breaking down barriers to equitable healthcare matters to government and community leaders, the patients and communities you serve, and all of us.

After the virtual morning programming, IHA encourages hospital leaders to engage in on-your-own activities with your staff. See IHA’s comprehensive list with suggested activities.

Register for this can’t-miss event and share the connection information with others in your organization so as many people as possible can participate.


Register: Risk Management Society Annual Meeting on 5/20
The 34th annual meeting of the Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ISHRM), “Caring for the Caregiver,” will bring to life current topics in risk management related to current case law, the role of ethics in helping healthcare professionals manage difficult situations and more.

Register for the May 20 meeting at the I-Hotel in Champaign to gain insights into risk management issues across the spectrum, including techniques to enhance the wellness of clinicians and staff, ways to address the toll of COVID-19 on providers’ mental health, and implementation of an early resolution program.

A networking dinner at 7 p.m. on May 19 will precede the meeting. Registration is open to both members of ISHRM and non-members. IHA is sponsoring the meeting.


FEMA 5/13 Webinar on Public Assistance Applications
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hosting a webinar for hospitals on May 13 from 1-2 p.m. to further discuss the deadlines for applying for public assistance under the COVID-19 public health emergency. New information will be available for those who attended the webinar in April. Information for accessing the webinar is below:

Zoom Link: https://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1612590502
Password: 0522

As a reminder, FEMA announced a deadline of July 1, 2022 for the submission of a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. FEMA has further set an interim deadline of Dec. 31, 2022 for the submission of project applications seeking 100% reimbursement for COVID-19 work completed between Jan. 20, 2020 and July 1, 2022. Further information can be found here.


HFS: Abortion Covered by Medical Assistance Program
The Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services released a provider notice reminding providers that the medical assistance program covers reproductive healthcare, including abortion services. Under Illinois state law, abortion services under the medical assistance program will continue to be covered even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. All claims for abortion services must be billed directly to the Department, including claims for managed care plan enrollees.


Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 5,686 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, and six COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 880 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 85 patients were in the ICU and 21 patients were on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 11,885 doses. IDPH reported that 78.1% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.9% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 76.8% have been fully vaccinated, while 85.5% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.3% have been fully vaccinated and 81.6% have received at least one dose.


Briefly Noted
In 2021, nearly 14,000 more people died of overdose deaths than in 2020, according to provisional data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, drug overdoses were deadlier than ever last year, at nearly 108,000 deaths; about two-thirds of those deaths involved fentanyl or another synthetic opioid.

A KFF analysis found that between 5.3 million and 14.2 million people could lose Medicaid coverage after the public health emergency ends and the federal continuous enrollment requirement is discontinued. According to a news release, the biggest losses are expected to be among groups that experienced the largest increase during the pandemic, including “adults made eligible for coverage by the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, other adults eligible for Medicaid other than due to a disability, and children.”