Surge Capacity Strategies – Archive

(04/29/20) Primary Care is Being Devastated by COVID-19. It Must Be Saved
An article describing the crisis primary care practices are in amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, given significant revenue shortages from the steep reduction of routine visits and procedures. Some suggestions from the authors include developing a temporary fixed payment for services per patient per month and increasing the investment in primary care per dollar spent on health care.

(04/29/20) How To Care for Health Professionals During Crisis And Beyond
This article from the American Medical Association outlines some important considerations for organizations during times of crisis and offers suggestions and resources for planning for organizational changes to support the health workforce both during and after the COVID-19 crisis passes.

(04/28/20) AGS COVID-19 Policy Brief Offers Roadmap To Government Action in Oft-Overlooked Sphere: Assisted Living Facilities
This policy brief from the American Geriatrics Society discusses strategies for responding to COVID-19 in assisted living facilities. It is a follow up to their policy brief on nursing homes released April 8, 2020. Strategies discussed range from federal to local levels of response.

(04/28/20) We Asked All 50 States About Their Contact Tracing Capacity. Here’s What We Learned
An article from NPR discussing the current capacity of public health workers for contact tracing, including a breakdown of plans from 41 states on how to address the needed surge.

(04/27/20) Navigating the Workforce Implications Of COVID-19
Consultants from the Deloitte Consulting group outline strategies to address workforce issues that have arisen from the COVID-19 outbreak. These strategies include empowering the clinical workforce, improving telehealth usage and supporting remote work policies.

(04/23/20) Washington’s Health Workforce Sentinel Network Early COVID-19 Response Report: Dentist Offices/Dental Clinics
This report from the Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board and the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies details responses from dentist offices and dental clinics in Washington State on the impact of COVID-19 on their workforce and operations.

(04/22/20) Primary Care and the COVID-19 Pandemic
An article describing the state of primary care in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as offering suggestions for improving the primary care system in the future.

(04/22/20) COVID-19 News and Reports
A web page covering the multiple activities and projects regarding the health workforce and COVID-19 currently being undertaken by the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. This page is being updated regularly to highlight important changes for the health workforce in response to COVID-19.

(04/22/20) COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources For Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns
This toolkit provides information on topics such as federal regulatory and funding flexibilities, healthcare workforce training, licensure, liability protections and matching volunteer workforce needs.

(04/22/20) A Prescription To Boost America’s Health and Allied Health Workforce
An opinion piece by Nick Wyman, CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation America, describing strategies across the United States and internationally that can effectively be used during the COVID-19 crisis to address health workforce shortages and disparities.

(04/21/20) To Reopen The Economy For Good, Invest In A Preventive Health Workforce
An opinion piece by Jody Heymann, former dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Aleta Sprague describing the importance and potential strategies for developing and maintaining a strong public health workforce. Some of these strategies include redeploying furloughed and unemployed individuals, offering educational loan forgiveness incentivisation, and tuition reimbursement for new trainees.

(04/21/20) Health Care Workforce Is Recession Proof. Is It ‘Pandemic Proof?’
An article about the job threat that health care workers are facing–pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs–amid the worst disease outbreak in a century.

(04/21/20) Tracking the Virus May Require 300,000 Workers. We’re Nowhere Close
An article that argues that contact tracing is vital to opening the economy and containing outbreaks like COVID-19. Unfortunately, the workforce does not exist right now to do this.

(04/20/20) How To Read National Health Expenditure Projections In Light Of COVID-19: Uncertain Long-Run Effects, But Challenges For All
A blog post describing some of the possible changes in health expenditure following the release of CMS projections, which came before the COVID-19 outbreak. The post describes potential impacts on health expenditure for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers, insurers, and the overall federal deficit.

(04/20/20) Emerging Health Workforce Strategies To Address COVID-19
State city, and local health care organizations are also quickly implementing a number of health workforce strategies to address or prepare for increasing COVID-19 demand. This blog post discusses strategies that fall into two general categories that help to maximize and expand the current health workforce during the pandemic.

(04/17/20) Missing Staff, Makeshift PPE Rampant As COVID-19 Hits 34% Of Nursing Homes, New McKnight’s Survey Shows
An article about the continued devastation on the long-term care sector as the pandemic continues. While the profession is facing far more workforce challenges than usual, results of the Round 2 McKnight’s survey show resilience is also present, with moods reported as “a little shaky but confident overall,” and participants saying they were equipped to handle COVID-19 patients — up nearly 15% from two weeks prior.

(04/17/20) The COVID-19 Tsunami: The Tide Goes Out Before It Comes In
This blog post highlights the dire situation for primary care providers across the United States as the loss of revenue with the reduction of services in response to COVID-19 becomes increasingly difficult to surpass. Furloughs and bankruptcy are likely outcomes for a significant number of clinics.

(04/17/20) State Health Workforce Deficit Estimator
The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute For Health Workforce Equity has developed a State Health Workforce Estimator, an interactive tool that estimates the need for hospital based health care workers using surge staffing ratios, under different scenarios of COVID-19 patients’ demand and health worker attrition, by state and by profession. The purpose of these estimates is to help state and federal decision makers plan for spikes in demand by anticipating potential shortfalls of key personnel, such as respiratory therapists and intensivists, among others. The estimates may be used to consider re-deployment within health care organizations, as well as with in and across states. They may also help inform emergency health workforce policies, such as expansion of scope of practice regulations and expedited professional licensing.

(04/16/20) No Longer Invisible: The Critical Role Of Local Health Departments In Responding To COVID-19
A blog post that examines the vital role that local health departments play in preparing for and responding to crises such as COVID-19.

(04/15/20) What the Pandemic Teaches Us About Nursing Home Care
An article from Ashley Z. Ritter, an Associate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, which outlines some of the issues regarding safe operation of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(04/14/20) Webinar Series: Emergency Health Workforce Policies To Address COVID-19
The Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity has developed a pre-recorded mini webinar series to examine Emergency Workforce Policies to Address COVID-19. One of the greatest risks of COVID-19 is that inadequate PPE and understaffing of frontline health workers will lead to severe fatigue and low morale, which, in turn, will further exacerbate attrition. This webinar series will focus on actions that we can take now to avoid entering a vicious cycle of staffing shortages.

(04/14/20) ‘The Reality Is, It’s Incredibly Hard’
An article that states that preexisting staffing shortages and dismal pay are colliding with a crisis that’s testing the limits of the nurses and health aides caring for the sick and elderly.

(04/13/20) Health Workforce Sentinel Network Collecting Feedback On COVID-19 Workforce Impacts
An article about Washington’s Health Workforce Council recently opening the Health Workforce Sentinel Network for input on employers’ workforce needs and experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(04/13/20) How Will We Care For Coronavirus Patients After They Leave The Hospital? By Building Postacute Care Surge Capacity
A blog that examines the best way to expand capacity of postacute curing the COVID-19 pandemic.

(04/10/20) National Plan To Enable Comprehensive COVID-19 Case Finding and Contact Tracing In the US
A report from the Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University discussing the importance of recruiting and training a new public health workforce in order to implement large-scale rapid diagnostic testing and widespread contact tracing to reduce the burden of COVID-19 on the US healthcare system.

(04/10/20) Keeping Community Health Centers Strong During the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Essential To Public Health
An article about the importance of Community Health Centers and how they are essential to public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(04/08/20) American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Policy Brief: COVID-19 and Nursing Homes
A policy brief offering recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society regarding actions that federal, state, and local governments can take to address concerns of COVID-19 in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

(04/08/20) Ensuring and Sustaining a Pandemic Workforce
Leaders of federally funded and privately funded health workforce research centers came together to raise issues that must be addressed to ensure that we have the workforce we need to care for patients with COVID-19.

(04/08/20) COVID-19 Response and Blogs
Sheps Health Workforce NC is providing data on their blog about the availability of needed health professionals in the current pandemic. Stay up to date on their blog as they add more about various specialties and health professions.

(04/03/20) HWRC Research Activities to Address Workforce Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Health Workforce Research Centers (HWRCs) supported by the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) have provided assistance to states and other stakeholders to better inform workforce strategies. This resource brief offers summaries of contributions by the HWRCs to efforts in developing effective workforce strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(03/31/20) Create a Cadre of Community Health Workers to Fight COVID-19 in the U.S.
An article that examines the best way to use community health workers to create jobs and decrease the overall economic burden of disease during outbreaks.

(03/31/20) There Are Not Nearly Enough Nurses To Handle The Surge Of Coronavirus Patients: Here’s How To Close the Gap Quickly 
A blog that discusses strategies to lessen nurse shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some strategies discussed to close the gap are: incentivize nurses to serve in the most affected areas, reactivate licenses and allow nurses to practice across state lines, leverage the skill of nursing students, and relax scope of practice and oversight laws.

(03/11/20) Virtually Perfect? Telemedicine for COVID-19
This article explains the workflow and benefits of telehealth given the current circumstances around COVID-19.