September 20, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 36

Official Statement on Standards Review from The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission announced the beginning of a review of all their “above and beyond” requirements. As the public health emergency nears its end, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been reviewing the waived requirements to determine whether some should be permanently retired. The Joint Commission will similarly address the necessity of their own unique requirements. 
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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: Substantial
CDC's COVID-19 data that DC Health uses to measure levels of transmission.
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Three Ways to Close Gaps in Sickle Cell Disease Care

The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) outlines three recommendations to directly address the persistent gaps in Sickle Cell Disease Care and call out considerations of health equity. NICHQ is determined to turn these recommendations to actions. Improving outcomes for those living with SCD will require action at individual, institutional and systemic levels to ensure meaningful change for this historically marginalized population.

Join an Action Team to Develop Career Pathways System

Do you want to shape the District’s 21st century health care workforce? Join an action team working to develop the DC Health Care Workforce Partnership Career Pathways System. Action teams listed below are preparing to mobilize within the next few weeks through October. Action teams are open to members and non-members of the DC Health Care Workforce Partnership and you can join up to two teams.

Action Team 2: Health Care Industry Career Pathways
Co-led by Tina Sandri (Forest Hills DC) and Sheandinita Dyson (McClendon Center), this team will work to define key pathways in the health care industry and support alignment of curriculum to develop an industry validated and agile career pathways system.
Action Team 4: Funding Needs and Sources
Co-led by John Norman (DC Hospital Association) and Ruth Pollard (DC Health Care Workforce Partnership), this team will work to determine the necessary resources to develop, operate, and sustain the career pathways system.
Action Team 5: Align Polices and Programs
Co-led by Patricia Quinn (DC Primary Care Association) and Justin Palmer (DC Hospital Association), this team will work to identify local public polices, administrative reforms and employer practices that need review and revisions to align with implementation of the health care career pathways system.
Action Team 6: Measurement and Performance Design Process
This team will work to ensure that appropriate measures and evaluation methods are in place to support continuous improvement of the health care career pathways system.
Action Team 7/8 Advance Anti-Racism and DEI/Accessibility Practices
This team is power packed with a triad leadership of Abby Charles (Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation), Crystal Carpenter (Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth) and Neil Richardson (DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice). This team will work to define best practices for ensuring anti-racism and DEI/Accessibility as foundational elements of the health care career pathways system.
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LTCH Provider Preview Reports

The Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are available. These reports contain provider performance scores for quality measures, which will be published on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog during the December 2022 Refresh. The data contained within the reports are based on quality assessment data submitted by LTCHs from Quarter 2, 2021 through Quarter 1, 2022, and for the LTCH change in mobility measure, Quarter 4, 2019 and Quarter 3, 2020 through Quarter 1, 2022.
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2022 Will Be Most Financially Difficult for Hospitals & Health
Systems Since Start of Pandemic

More than half of hospitals projected to operate in the red through 2022, threatening patient access to care. A new analysis prepared by Kaufman, Hall & Associates shows that hospitals and health systems continue to face intense pressure on staff and resources while also dealing with rising expenses for supplies, drugs and equipment, as well as for the workforce. Left unaddressed, these financial challenges have the potential to jeopardize access to essential health care services for patients. The trends are expected to continue through 2022, with losses in the billions of dollars for hospitals and health systems, resulting in the most financially difficult year for the field since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.
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Give the Gift of Warmth This Season
No one should go without warm, dry socks, but too often, those living on the street do. Let's give the gift of warm and toasty feet; and warm the sole and soul this season. 
  • DCHA staff will drop off one box at each participating hospital or business by September 29. The box will be co-branded with your logo and DCHA’s logo and will be accompanied by a co-branded sign to be place on the wall above the box.
  • We are asking each Executive Assistant (EA) or designated point of contact (POC) to identify a high-traffic location at your hospital to house the donation box, such as the cafeteria, welcome desk, lobby, etc.
  • DCHA will promote the drive via all social media outlets and will work with your communications team to promote internally.
  • The official drive will take place between October 1–October 31.   
  • All donated socks will be picked up by DCHA by November 4 with the goal of having a photo-op for promotion. DCHA will share all photos with the EA or POC.
  • DCHA is partnering with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington for distribution to community members in need.
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Come work for the District of Columbia Hospital Association, an amazing, growing association, as Project Coordinator II for the Patient Safety & Quality Operations Department. This position is responsible for fostering the work of the Association and the Association's members through management of assigned projects, data analytics, and liaison activities in support of priorities for improvement and strategic goals. 
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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Hospital Earns Honorable Mention in the Patient Safety & Quality Poster Competition
Identifying Nurse Burnout in the Intermediate Care Setting Through Peer Intervention: Iowa Model of Evidence Based Practice
A rapid drop in staffing as a result of pandemic stress/burnout on nurses has led to increased fatigue and burnout of remaining nurses. There is evidence to correlate medical mishaps and errors with increased fatigue and burnout amongst registered nurses. Identifying and intervening when an RNs stress level begins to elevate allows for a decrease in stress, leading to long term increased job satisfaction and decreased burnout.
Identifying Nurse Burnout in the Intermediate Care Setting Through Peer Intervention
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Promoting Health Equity and Food Security Through Medically Tailored Meals
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Digital Solutions to Improve Maternal Care: Considerations for Hospitals
Hospitals and patients are seeking tools that support maternal health while offering greater convenience and efficiency, along with more comprehensive, culturally competent care. Digital solutions can support hospitals’ efforts as they work to improve patients’ outcomes and experiences.
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State of the District & Region 
September 30  |  9 am - 1:30 pm

This conference features panelists and speakers including prominent business representatives and leaders, health directors, higher education administrators, workforce development leaders, and regional and local elected officials. This year’s event will include a keynote speaker plus four panels, including the State of DC Health Panel presented by CareFirst and featuring Hon. Vincent Gray, Ward 7, DC Council Committee on Health; Mila Kofman, Executive Director, DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority; Jacqueline Bowens, President & CEO, DC Hospital Association; and Dr. Anneta Arno, Director, Office of Health Equity, DC Health.
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Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) is an organ procurement organization (OPO) responsible for facilitating the organ, eye and tissue donation process of deceased individuals. OPOs, like WRTC, work collaboratively with hospital partners, donor families, medical professionals, and community members to build the programs, systems and processes needed to make donation possible. As stewards of these life-saving gifts, OPOs bridge the gap between the generous donors and the 120,000 people on the national transplant waiting list.
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