IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 11

In Today’s Issue
Register: Free IHA Webinars on Workplace Violence in Oct.
SASETA Compliance Update
Governor Announces Change in Healthcare Leadership
Modern Healthcare Awards: Support Illinois’ Healthcare Leaders
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Adds ASL Services
COVID-19 Information
Briefly Noted


Register: Free IHA Webinars on Workplace Violence in Oct.
Two complimentary IHA webinars will focus on one of the biggest issues facing hospitals: workplace violence. “Surviving a Hospital Active Shooter: Train-the-Trainer” on Oct. 4 will outline actions to survive an active shooter considering the nuances of the hospital setting and “Creating a Workplace Violence Prevention Program” on Oct. 23 will present strategies to identify potentially aggressive or violent behavior before it escalates.

The active shooter webinar, from 10-11:30 a.m., addresses the alarming increase in such events in healthcare facilities. Active shooter incidents are up 66.7% since 2018, according to the FBI, with recent shootings at hospitals in Oregon, Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma.

Expert presenter Michelle Walsh-Fernandez, security director at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, Calif., will lead the program, covering:

  • Behavioral assessment and active shooter incident prevention strategies; and

  • A four-step active shooter response training program for hospitals.

The webinar will benefit hospital staff responsible for safety and staff education. Click here to register.

Held from 10-11:30 a.m., the workplace violence prevention webinar will feature violence prevention and safety efforts of Illinois hospitals and health systems. Presenters are:

  • Anthony A. Bucki, DNP, MSN, RN, Director of Emergency Services, Morris Hospital;

  • Rachel Kelley, MHA, BSN, CHCM-HC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President Patient Care Services, Horizon Health; and

  • Keith G. McGlen, CPP, CHPA, Vice President, Security and Emergency Management, Carle Health.

The webinar will benefit hospital staff responsible for safety and workplace violence prevention programs. Click here to register. Both programs are exclusively for IHA members.

Contact us with questions.


SASETA Compliance Update
In July, IHA submitted comments on proposed rules published in 47 Illinois Register 7235 regarding approved treatment and transfer plans under the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA). Specifically, IHA sought clarification for hospitals as to whether new treatment and transfer plans were due Jan. 1, 2024, and whether plans currently on file with the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) need to be resubmitted.

In response, IDPH stated that all hospitals currently have an up-to-date approved plan. Any hospital may submit a change in its plan at any time and does not have to wait for a request from the Department. Transfer or treatment plans submitted by hospitals in 2022 as requested by IDPH are good for three years pursuant to subsection 545.35(e) of the rule, and the Department will request new plans in 2025.

Contact us with questions.


Governor Announces Change in Healthcare Leadership
Gov. JB Pritzker has tapped Illinois Dept. of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Grace Hou to serve as Deputy Governor for Health and Human Services, replacing outgoing Deputy Governor Sol Flores. The transition was announced last Friday, with a media statement noting that Deputy Governor Flores’s final day will be Oct. 13 and Secretary Hou will begin as the new Deputy Governor on Oct. 9. Hou has served as DHS Secretary since March 2019.

Dulce M. Quintero will serve as the Acting Secretary of DHS, also beginning on Oct. 9. Quintero is the current Assistant Secretary of Operations at DHS, having been appointed to that role in 2019 by Gov. Pritzker.  


Modern Healthcare Awards: Support Illinois’ Healthcare Leaders
Public voting is now open for Modern Healthcare’s annual “100 Most Influential People Awards.” The program honors individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and Modern Healthcare senior editors to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact. Nominees represent all sectors of the healthcare industry including senior-level executives; high-level government administrators and executives; elected officials; academics and thought leaders.

Click here to support Illinois’ healthcare leaders in the 2023 Modern Healthcare “100 Most Influential People Awards.” Voting closes on Sept. 18.


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Adds ASL Services
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last Friday the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has now added American Sign Language (ASL) services nationwide for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. HHS said “the expansion is part of an ongoing effort to expand accessibility to behavioral health care for underserved communities.”

To connect directly to a trained 988 Lifeline counselor in ASL, callers who are Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened can click the “ASL Now” button on 988lifeline.org and follow the prompts. Direct dialing to 988 from a videophone will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, ASL callers can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) from their videophone to reach ASL services.


COVID-19 Information
Since the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11, IDPH is releasing updated COVID-19 data every other week. Click here for the most recent hospitalization update. IDPH will continue to report the weekly number of people with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals from emergency departments, deaths and vaccinations, as well through the dashboard of the Illinois Wastewater Surveillance System.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has approved and authorized for emergency use updated COVID-19 vaccines that are formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.  The FDA said these vaccines have been updated to include a monovalent (single) component that corresponds to the Omicron variant XBB.1.5.


Briefly Noted
The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services issued a fact sheet last Friday providing key information on the process for the first round of negotiations for the Medicare Drug Pricing Negotiation Program. On Aug. 29, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced the first 10 drugs covered under Medicare Part D selected for negotiation.