IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 1

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
More Than 2,500 Hospitals Face Readmission Penalties
Adult/Adolescent SANE Training in Oak Lawn
Briefly Noted

More Than 2,500 Hospitals Face Readmission Penalties
An analysis by Kaiser Health News indicates 2,583 hospitals across the U.S., including 111 in Illinois, face penalties in federal fiscal year 2020, which begins today, under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. The penalties, totaling $563 million, will be deducted from Medicare payments to the hospitals. The penalties are based on the frequency of readmissions within 30 days of Medicare patients who had originally been treated for heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, hip and knee replacement or coronary bypass graft surgery.

Critics of the program, including some academics and the hospital industry, continue to raise concerns about the program’s methodology and value. “Is the value of the program to improve care or just to enact penalties on hospitals?” Akin Demehin, director of policy at the American Hospital Association, told Kaiser Health News.

Reducing readmissions is a key focus of the Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). IHA and 130 Illinois hospitals are part of this unique initiative with the hospital associations and hospitals in Michigan and Wisconsin to prevent patient harm. The HIIN has several upcoming program offerings focused on social determinants of health and care coordination.

IHA partnered with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, to create a readmissions implementation playbook, highlighting the great work their team has done to implement Individualized Care Plans (ICP). Over 800 ICPs have been created with a cost savings of over $4.9 million, 61% reduction in emergency department recidivism and 53% reduction in readmissions. Request a download of the readmissions implementation playbook today to learn how your organization can institute ICPs.


Adult/Adolescent SANE Training in Oak Lawn
The Office of the Attorney General has announced it is offering an Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training Dec. 3-5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center’s EMS Academy in Oak Lawn.

This training is for emergency room nurses, mid-level providers and physicians performing sexual assault medical forensic examinations. The program, which counts toward SANE certification, has a 16-hour online training component that must be completed by Nov. 27.

Applicants must have a license in good standing, have a minimum of one year of clinical experience, acknowledge the requirements of the training including submitting a recent resume, and have an identified mentor who has received specialized training in the care of both acute and non-acute sexual assault patients and is performing those exams on a routine basis.

See the training invite letter for more information. Applications must be received by Oct. 29.

For additional information or to be added to the email distribution list for upcoming SANE trainings, please contact Jaclyn Rodriguez, BSN, BS, RN, SANE-A, SANE Coordinator, Office of the Illinois Attorney General.


Briefly Noted
The Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) announced that its annual safety net determination for federal fiscal year 2020 has been completed. HFS safety net status determinations for Oct. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2020 are available here.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recently established a Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs) program, a new network of research centers that will work together in a coordinated, multidisciplinary effort to develop more durable, broadly protective and longer-lasting influenza vaccines. According to a press release, the CIVICs network will develop so-called universal influenza vaccines; conduct multidisciplinary research that supports the development of vaccine candidates through testing in preclinical studies, clinical trials and human challenge studies; and explore approaches to improve seasonal influenza vaccines, such as by testing alternative vaccine platforms or incorporating new adjuvants (substances added to vaccines to boost immunity)