Healthcare Workforce Burnout on White House Radar

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD has released an advisory presenting strategies to address burnout in the nation’s healthcare workforce.  Murthy acknowledges drivers of stress like administrative burdens, worker shortages, and the uniquely traumatic experience of the COVID-19 pandemic are contributing to a critical breaking point in the nation’s caregiving professions.  In the 76- page advisory, Murthy recommends a comprehensive and collective approach to addressing the issue, including improving workplace and learning environments, increasing access to behavioral health resources, preventing workplace violence and promoting peer support and team-based care.  After the past two years’ service, in particular, Murthy asserts the nation has a moral obligation to address the situation, saying our nation’s health depends on the well-being of our healthcare workforce.

 

U.S. Senate Committee Considers How to Strengthen Healthcare Cyber Security

Citing the dangerous consequences of cyber attacks on the nation’s hospitals, the chairperson of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee led a hearing recently to consider ways to strengthen cyber security in the U.S. healthcare and education sectors.  In opening remarks the Committee chair described the dire consequences of attacks that lock out access to electronic medical records, prescriptions, and test results, delaying life-saving treatment for patients.  Strategies discussed include recruiting and training more cyber-security experts to support organizations, developing and sharing best practice strategies for information security, and the establishment of a cyber-security professional in the Department of Health and Human Services to act as a liaison and advocate.

 

Comments on Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Due in Mid-June

Hospital advocates have three more weeks to submit comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for FY 2023.  While there is a planned 3.2% rate increase in FY 2023, other cuts, including Disproportionate Share Hospital and other payment reductions, equal a net decrease in payments for many hospitals.  Advocates remain concerned about the impact of reimbursement reductions in a time when labor shortages are causing costs to skyrocket, and hospitals across the country are still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Specific comments about the proposed rule are due to CMS by June 17.  CHA will be submitting comments, addressing issues critical to Connecticut’s hospitals and health systems.  

 

Education Updates

Integrative Medicine and Substance Use Disorder: The Right Medicine at the Right Moment
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

Integrative medicine combines mainstream medical approaches with complementary/alternative treatments for which there is good scientific evidence.  Growing data indicates that food, movement, mind/body medicine and supplements play an important role in the treatment of pain, anxiety, and depression, all of which increase the risk of substance use disorder.  Learn about the opportunities and barriers to integrative medicine at this session.

This session is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series, and provides continuing education credit for a variety of professions.

There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.

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PROUD Enduring Recorded Sessions
On Demand
Virtual Sessions

As care providers, there is much to learn about helping families managing substance use disorders to be successful.  Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) includes an education series for healthcare and service providers, giving them tools to help individuals and families manage the many challenges they face.

The education series includes several recorded, one-hour sessions, open for a year from their recording date.  These sessions provide continuing education credit for a variety of professions, are free to participants (registration is necessary), and are available on demand to fit into busy schedules.

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