IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 21

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022
IHA Leadership Summit: Workforce, Equity, Innovation
CDC Survey on Maternity Care Practices Closes 10/17
CMS Seeks Input on Advanced EOBs
FDA: Cybersecurity Risk with Insulin Pump System
Monkeypox Infection Control Clinician Advisory
Illinois COVID-19 Update
Briefly Noted


IHA Leadership Summit: Workforce, Equity, Innovation
Just about a week away, IHA Leadership Summit will help guide your efforts to lead and shape your organization for future success. The Sept. 29-30 IHA signature event will zero in three key pillars: the future of workforce, health equity and digital innovation.

The Summit will bring leading national experts to the Westin Lombard to identify the questions you should be asking and the approaches you should be considering to make progress on:

  • Building a strong company culture that will attract and retain employees;

  • Advancing health equity so all patients can achieve the best health outcomes; and

  • Adopting new ways to connect with patients digitally to meet their expectations.

On the future of workforce, talent strategist and company culture expert Steve Cadigan will present “The Future of Work: Building a Winning People Strategy.” Cadigan is LinkedIn’s former vice president of talent.

Focusing on health equity, Daniel E. Dawes, JD, executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, will discuss “Leveraging the New Determinants of Health to Improve Patient Outcomes.”

Dr. Ted A. James, MD, MHCM, FACS, medical director and chief of breast surgical oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, will dive into “Leading Digital Innovation in Healthcare.”

Reactor panels of hospitals leaders from across the state will offer a close-to-home perspective on the three pillars, adding another dimension to the education and engagement of this year’s Summit.

We encourage hospital and health system leaders organization-wide to attend—from the C-Suite and board leaders to clinical and department leaders. See the full Summit agenda and register today.

Contact us with questions.


CDC Survey on Maternity Care Practices Closes 10/17
Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites all eligible hospitals across the country to complete the national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). The mPINC survey assesses maternity care practices and provides feedback to encourage hospitals to make improvements that better support breastfeeding. The questions focus on specific parts of maternity care that affect how babies are fed.

The CDC’s 2022 national mPINC survey will close on Oct. 17. Hospitals must complete their survey to receive a Hospital Report and be included in state, regional and national level data.

All hospitals that have been screened by Battelle, the agency conducting the survey on CDC’s behalf, and deemed eligible have been sent an email with a link to complete the survey. If your hospital has not yet received a link to complete the survey or has other questions please email mPINC@cdc.gov.

The CDC sends a report to every participating hospital showing specific areas of care where changes can be made to support breastfeeding mothers. Doctors, nurses and hospital administrators can use mPINC data to celebrate strengths as well as improve care practices and policies to better support their maternity patients.
To learn more about the mPINC survey and frequently asked questions visit CDC’s website.


CMS Seeks Input on Advanced EOBs
On Friday, the U.S. Depts. of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the Departments) published in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) on the Advanced Explanation of Benefits (AEOB) and Good Faith Estimates (GFE) required for insured individuals under the No Surprises Act (NSA). The Departments are seeking input on future requirements for the transfer of data between providers and payers, data privacy concerns related to AEOBs and GFEs, and the potential overlap between AEOB content requirements and payer Transparency in Coverage internet-based self-service tool requirements that are required for plans years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2023.

The Departments first outlined AEOB and insured individual GFE requirements in the interim final rule No Surprises Act: Implementing Regulations Part 1. On Aug. 20, 2021 the Departments delayed enforcement of these requirements until notice and comment rulemaking occurs. NSA summaries and resources are available on IHA’s Price Transparency webpage. Comments on this RFI are due Nov. 15, with the Departments using this RFI for information and planning purposes.

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FDA: Cybersecurity Risk with Insulin Pump System
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert yesterday cautioning medical device users about a potential cybersecurity risk associated with the Medtronic MiniMed 600 Series Insulin Pump System. Medtronic has also issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction, informing users about the cybersecurity risk and offering actions and recommendations for users.

According to the FDA, there is a potential issue associated with the communication protocol for the pump system. This could allow a nearby, unauthorized person access to the pump system, potentially compromising the pump’s communication protocol. This could cause the pump to deliver too much or too little insulin.

While the FDA noted it is unaware of any reports related to this cybersecurity vulnerability, it is working with Medtronic to identify, communicate and prevent adverse events related to this cybersecurity vulnerability. Medical device users with additional questions about this cybersecurity risk should contact Medtronic at 1-800-646-4633, option 1.


Monkeypox Infection Control Clinician Advisory
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending healthcare personnel adhere to all recommended infection prevention and control measures, including recommended PPE, to reduce the risk of monkeypox virus transmission in healthcare settings.

The CDC noted that while reports of occupationally acquired monkeypox infection in healthcare personnel (HCP) remain rare in this outbreak, most reports involve healthcare personnel sustaining a sharps injury during specimen collection or not using recommended PPE.

CDC recommendations included in the advisory extend to infection prevention and control; cleaning and disinfection; safe specimen collection; and healthcare provider exposures, among other resources.


Illinois COVID-19 Update
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 3,438 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 16 COVID-19 deaths.

Most recent IDPH hospitalization data show 1,173 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 158 patients were in the ICU and 57 patients were on ventilators.

The most recent update on the seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily in Illinois is 24,878 doses. IDPH reported that 78.4% of Illinoisans (18 years and older) have been fully vaccinated, while 86.6% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 12 years and older, 77.3% have been fully vaccinated, while 85.3% have received at least one vaccination dose. For the Illinois population 5 years and older, 73.9% have been fully vaccinated and 81.6% have received at least one dose.


Briefly Noted
A good night’s sleep lends important support to immune function, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. A news release from the NIH said that while immune function and sleep have long been linked, researched have found that sleep reduces inflammation and “can have a protective effect against a variety of conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and dementia.”