Legislation to Delay Medicare Sequestration Signed by President

President Joe Biden has signed legislation that will delay a 2% across-the-board cut in Medicare payments for the rest of calendar year 2021.  The bill was passed Tuesday night by the U.S. House of Representatives, having been passed by the Senate in March. 

CHA had been advocating for the delay in communications to the Connecticut congressional delegation. The measure represents another piece of relief from the financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The planned cuts were part of an automatic annual budget cut that took effect in 2013, which Congress paused last year in response to the pandemic.

 

AHA Teams up with the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Health-ISAC) on Cyber Threats

AHA and the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Health-ISAC), a non-profit member organization for sharing cyber threat intelligence and best practices, released a joint white paper this week to help senior healthcare leaders understand and respond to certain cyber risks to their enterprise networks.  The paper also presents an analysis of characteristics that allowed the SolarWinds Orion performance-monitoring platform to access multiple public and private networks.

Healthcare is a prime target for these threats because of the volume and sensitivity of data it produces and its dependence on data for patient care.  The white paper is written for both technical and non-technical leaders.  Through its detailed analysis of the SolarWinds compromise, which began unfolding in December 2020, it explains the strategic business risk and the technical cyber risk exposure presented by certain enterprise-wide IT systems.

 

 

Healthcare Workers Invited to Share Their Inspirations for National Hospital Week Song

As National Hospital Week (May 9-15) approaches, with the theme Inspiring Hope through Healing, the AHA plans to honor the entire healthcare community for all of their work.  AHA is collaborating with Musicians on Call to produce an original song and video inspired by the words of healthcare workers.  To contribute to these and other efforts during National Hospital Week, AHA invites healthcare workers to share online or via social media with the tag #hospitalweek what has inspired them throughout the pandemic.  AHA will share these responses both through the song, video, and other activities during National Hospital Week.  Click here to share your thoughts and get involved.

 

 

Education Updates

Post-Hospital Care for the Infant with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

This presentation will review the inpatient management of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the transition to outpatient care, touching on the long-term outcomes for infants with NAS, possible interventions, and the need for further study. The presentation, by Matthew Grossman, MD, Quality and Safety Officer at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, is intended for physicians, nurses, social workers, quality professionals, and other healthcare professionals and executives responsible for the care of women and families impacted by trauma and addiction. This session is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) education series.

There is no fee for this event.

  • Click here to register for this Tuesday, April 20 session

 

Perspectives from Persons in Recovery: Navigating Away from Stigma for Opioid Use Disorder
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

Patients with substance use disorders experience stigma at many different touchpoints in the healthcare system.  This is especially true for patients who have children.  This presentation will help medical professionals challenge their beliefs about people who have Substance Use Disorders and how they can either help or harm both the patient experience and ultimately, patient care. The session is appropriate for physicians, nurses, social workers, quality professionals, risk managers, healthcare executives, and all healthcare professionals working with women and families impacted by trauma and addiction. This session is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) education series.

There is no fee for this event.

  • Click here to register for this Wednesday, April 28 session

 

Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy
Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

The session will review the epidemiology of substance use in reproductive-aged women.  Ariadna Foray, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, and Audrey Merriam, MD, attending physician and Assistant Professor in the department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Yale University and Associate Residency Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, will present.  The program will address current medication-assisted therapies used in pregnancy for women with a history of opioid addiction and their impact on neonatal outcomes.  The session is appropriate for physicians, nurses, social workers, quality professionals, risk managers, healthcare executives, and all healthcare professionals working with women and families impacted by trauma and addiction.  This session is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) education series.

There is no fee for this event.

  • Click here to register for this Thursday, May 6 session

 

High Reliability at the Sharp End
Wednesdays, through June 16, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
(Please note one exception:  ICU Worker Safety session has been rescheduled to Thursday)
Virtual Sessions

This important unit-specific training series is focused on clinical areas where high reliability practice is critical.  High Reliability at the Sharp End will cover Intensive Care Units, Peri-operative Services, Labor and Birthing, Emergency Departments, and Ambulatory Services.  The series is designed in three parts, with each specialty covered in successive weeks.  The first part has just concluded and the second and third parts are open for registration as indicated below.

Each session in the series, which will be held from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., will provide continuing education credits, and will be recorded. 

Please note: Continuing education credits are awarded only to those who attend the live sessions, and not to those who view the recordings.

These sessions are offered only to CHA HRO members.

High Reliability Training: Healing the Workforce

Part two of the series focuses on worker safety and examines how high reliability practices and principles can keep workplaces safe.  Attendees will learn about high reliability tools, behaviors, and practices that are specific to worker safety in their area of their healthcare organization.

  • For Peri-op High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, April 21 session 
  • For ICU High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Thursday, April 22 session (rescheduled from Wednesday, April 14)
  • For Labor and Birthing High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, April 28 session 
  • For Emergency Department High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 5 session 
  • For Ambulatory High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 12 session 

High Reliability Training: Patient and Family Engagement

Part three of the series focuses on patient and family engagement and how high reliability practices and principles can be used to keep patients satisfied, engaged, and activated.  Attendees will learn about high reliability tools, behaviors, and practices that are specific to patient and family engagement in their area of their healthcare organization.

  • For ICU High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 19 session 
  • For Peri-op High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 26 session 
  • For Labor and Birthing High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 2 session 
  • For Emergency Department High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 9 session 
  • For Ambulatory High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 16 session

 

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