IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 6

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 
CDC: Homicides, Anxiety, Depression Rise during Pandemic 
Register: IRMS/ICT Webinar on COVID-19, Workers’ Comp 
Oct. 7 & 13 Telehealth Webinars 
Healthcare Marketing/PR Conference Next Week 
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates 
Briefly Noted

CDC: Homicides, Anxiety, Depression Rise during Pandemic
The nation’s homicide rate increased by nearly 30% during 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest increase in over a century according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics.

Nationally, the homicide rate jumped from 5.8 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019 to 7.5 per 100,000 in 2020. In Illinois last year, the homicide rate went from 7.7 deaths per 100,000 population to 10.7 per 100,000, an increase of nearly 39%.

CDC yesterday issued a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on trends in anxiety and depression severity scores among adults during the pandemic. Nationwide, average anxiety severity scores increased 13% from Aug. to Dec. 2020 and then decreased 26.8% from Dec. 2020 to June 2021. Similar increases and decreases occurred in depression severity scores (14.8% and 24.8%, respectively).

In most states, including Illinois, the average anxiety and depression severity scores similarly increased from Aug. to Dec. 2020 and decreased from Dec. 2020 to June 2021.

CDC says mental health services and resources, including telehealth behavioral services, are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Register: IRMS/ICT Webinar on COVID-19, Workers’ Comp
Workers’ compensation courts weigh certain criteria before determining if COVID-19 claims are compensable. Get insight into this emerging issue during a Nov. 4 webinar hosted by Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) and Illinois Compensation Trust (ICT)—and open to all IHA members.

Attorney M. Anne McAtee will lead “COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Case Legal Update” from noon to 1:30 p.m. She will discuss:

  • Current and future litigation process in Illinois and Iowa;
  • New case law regarding COVID-19 and vaccine side effects; an
  • New general case law.

McAtee practices law at Hopkins & Huebner, P.C. in the Quad Cities, where she represents hospitals, cities and other organizations in workers’ compensation claims. She has extensive experience with cases involving complex medical issues.

The complimentary webinar will benefit nurses, human resources specialists and staff involved in occupational safety. Continuing education credit is available for nurses and human resources personnel.

For more information, please see our flyer. The program is open to all IHA members. IRMS and ICT are part of IHA Insurance Solutions. Register today.


Oct. 7 & 13 Telehealth Webinars
The Illinois Telehealth Initiative (ITI) has two virtual forums scheduled in the coming week to provide telehealth education. This Thursday (Oct. 7) from 12:00-1:00 p.m., ITI and eHealth Initiative are hosting a webinar spotlighting Medical Legal Partnerships, featuring SIU-School of Medicine and Land of Lincoln Legal Aid. Speakers will highlight how technology can help medical-legal partnerships address social determinants of health, such as safe and affordable housing, unemployment benefits, and immigration status.

On Oct. 13 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., a webinar on Digital Device Innovations will feature Omron Healthcare, FitBit and Samsung. In 2020, more than $14 Billion was invested in digital health, and during the first half of 2021, the amount of investment was already above this level, at $14.7 Billion. This rapid expansion in the development of digital devices raises questions that the webinar will address through panelists who represent key digital health players, who will share their insights along with their companies’ products.


Healthcare Marketing/PR Conference Next Week
There's still time to register for the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR) fall conference, held Oct. 14-15 in Alsip. The conference is open to both ISHMPR members and non-members.

The in-person event will feature sessions on the top issues in healthcare marketing and PR. The keynote address is “Building Physician Loyalty: The Power of Hearing the Referring Physician Voice.” Other sessions will focus on content and digital marketing, developing your marketing team, podcasts, medical storytelling, strategies to increase revenue, consumer engagement, and online reputation.

ISHMPR's Pinnacle Awards will be awarded during a dinner reception on Oct. 14. The conference will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago-Alsip, which is offering a discounted room rate for attendees. Register today.


State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,932 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, including 54 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,643,993 cases, including 25,153 deaths. In the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 124,578 specimens for a total of 32,629,332. As of last night, 1,747 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 425 patients were in the ICU and 223 patients were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests is 2.1%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity is 2.6%. The latest daily case positivity rate is 2.35%.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 30,623 doses, with 23,061 doses administered in the past 24 hours. IDPH reports 64.4% of adult Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 81.8% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 62.8% have been fully vaccinated, while 80.3% have received at least one vaccination dose.

Tuesday’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures showed more than 43.7 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. (a daily increase of more than 71,000 cases; seven-day moving average of more than 97,000 cases), with 702,360 deaths (a daily increase of 1,032).

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard showed more than 235.6 million COVID-19 cases globally (a daily increase of more than 396,000 cases), with more than 4.81 million deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 90.6 million cases and more than 2.22 million deaths.


Briefly Noted
The Pritzker administration announced this afternoon that the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is now accepting applications for the second round of Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives funding. The deadline to apply is Nov. 19. For more information on the application process, go to HFS’ website.