November 15, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 44
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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: Substantial
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Providers Urge Biden to Tackle 'Gridlocked' Hospital EDs and Life-Threatening Care Delays
Thirty-three provider groups penned a joint letter to President Joe Biden this week warning of “gridlocked” hospital emergency departments that are threatening patients’ lives and the well-being of shorthanded health care workers. The issue of boarding “has become its own public health emergency” for adult and pediatric care alike, the latter of which is being driven by a spike in mental health visits and, more recently, a “triple threat” of flu, COVID-19 and respiratory illnesses that have backed up children’s hospitals.

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CMS Releases Plan to Advance Health Equity Through Data
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) released a report on progress and future actions to improve data collection across CMS programs to advance health equity. In a blog post, CMS OMH Director LaShawn McIver, M.D., said priorities moving forward include collecting new health equity data elements across CMS programs; aligning health equity data to acceptable standards; gradually implementing health equity scores; equipping the field with new tools aligned to health equity goals; and providing public access to disaggregated data insights to drive action.
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Guidance for Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration yesterday released National Guidelines for Child and Youth Behavioral Health Crisis Care, which offer guidance and strategies to help communities address gaps in behavioral health crisis services for children and youth. The guidelines recommend that youth in crisis from mental health and substance use disorders receive care in the least restrictive setting possible, and if safe, at home and in the community. They also recommend crisis response systems partner with schools, community organizations and others across the continuum of care; be trained to respond to diverse needs; and reflect the diverse communities they serve.
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AHA Podcast Reviews Mid-Term Election Results and Potential Impact on Hospitals and Health Care
AHA’s Lisa Kidder Hrobsky, senior vice president of federal relations, advocacy and political affairs, talks with two veteran political consultants about key results from the House and Senate races and what their impact will mean for the next Congress.
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Step-A-Thon Competition Coming Soon

DCHA is launching a Step-A-Thon Competition across our member hospitals through the Healthy Hospital Initiative. Keep a lookout for more information on the step challenge that will take place January 3 - 31, 2023. The competition is for individuals or teams of up to eight. Get your walking shoes ready. More details coming soon.
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U.S. COVID Public Health Emergency to Stay in Place

The U.S. will keep in place the public health emergency status of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to still receive free tests, vaccines and treatments. The possibility of a winter surge in COVID cases and the need for more time to transition out of the public health emergency to a private market were two factors that contributed to the decision not to end the emergency status in January. The public health emergency was initially declared in January 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began, and has been renewed each quarter since for 90 days. But the government in August began signaling it planned to let it expire in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has promised to give states 60 days' notice before letting the emergency expire, which would have been on Friday if it did not plan on renewing it again in January. The agency did not provide such notice.
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WRTC and The LLF Combine Organizations

The Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) and The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (The LLF) announced that the new name of their combined organ procurement organization (OPO) will be Infinite Legacy. In June 2022, WRTC, the OPO serving Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and three counties in suburban Maryland, and The LLF, whose service area includes 20 counties in Maryland and the city of Baltimore, announced they signed a definitive agreement to merge the organizations in January 2023. The merger reflects an opportunity to bring together collective expertise, resources, and offerings to provide 9.4 million people with improved donation and transplant services. After the merger closes, Charlie Alexander will assume the role of CEO for Infinite Legacy and Lori Brigham will retire after 35 years of working in the donation industry.
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How Patient Experience is Driving Loyalty, Trust and Payment
As hospitals and health systems seek to identify the most effective strategies for engaging patients, it is important to make data-driven decisions. During this webinar on November 29 industry experts will share key trends regarding patients' expectations for their health care engagement and payment experiences. The session will provide insights into current health care communication trends, as well as some patient preferences that might surprise you. Key learnings include:
  • What drives patients to change providers
  • How positive and negative communication experiences impact a patient
  • An understanding of the different reasons that drive individual patients to action
  • The value of consistency across all patient engagement touchpoints
  • The expectations of personalized outreach
  • How to identify gaps in an engagement strategy
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Free Hoyas Tickets for Health Care Workers
The Georgetown Hoyas are extending an invitation to the MVPs of the community to enjoy a game for free this season. Health care workers can request up to four free tickets to cheer on the Hoyas at Capital One Arena on Saturday, November 26 v. the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus.
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Come work for DCHA, an amazing, growing association, as Senior Health Care Data Analyst for the Patient Safety & Quality Operations Department. The position will work on complex data exploration, analytics program design, analytics and reporting in support of priorities for improvement and strategic goals. The Senior Health Data Analyst is responsible for participation in the identification, collection, analysis, visualization, monitoring and reporting of industry data, statistics and related information which will enhance the Association’s ability to serve its members.
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Seizing the Conversation about Hospitals and Health Care

As part of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Seizing the Conversation initiative to balance the public narrative through a visible and consistent drumbeat of examples that illustrate the crucial role hospitals play in their communities, the AHA is seeking help in identifying Seizing the Conversation “ambassadors” from hospitals. The AHA is working with a group of hospital and health system ambassadors to tell the hospital story through op-eds, podcasts, blogs, audio news releases and other AHA-supported media opportunities. 
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Health systems are taking on the challenge of leveraging social determinants of health (SDoH), often with value-based contracts as their carrots and sticks. To be spared from penalties and collect incentives, all stakeholders align to optimize performance on quality and utilization measures that define their value-based care initiatives. Learn more about managing risk-based contracts with the inclusion of SDoH data to accelerate performance on quality and utilization measures as well as optimize health outcomes and advance health equity in your patient population.
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Resiliency Educational Sessions
DCHA is sponsoring a webinar series, powered by the Maryland of Healthcare Education Institute (MHEI), to support wellness and resiliency among our hospitals.
Compassionate Engagement, November 17, 2022 @ 5 pm
When so many of your leaders and staff are on threshold of burnout and moral injury, how can we encourage engagement in a compassionate manner? This session provides strategies for leaders and staff that if applied will create an environment through compassion that invites engagement at all levels of the organization.
The Fundamental Shift to Value-Based Care
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2022 March of Dimes Report Card
March of Dimes' annual report on infant and maternal health drops the U.S. from a C- to a D+, citing a 15-year high in the preterm birth rate. But it also offers some encouraging signs and solutions.

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Power of Diagnostics in Personalized Health Care  |  November 18, 2022  |  10 am
Personalized health care has the power to improve patient outcomes by individualizing the patient journey. It’s a concept that can be applied in both diagnosis and treatment. The panel of experts will explore the role of diagnostics as a critical element in health care decision-making and discuss its potential in supporting the rise of personalized health care.
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