Week 13 Newsletter

July 7th 2020 Updates

Surge Capacity Strategies
Primary care providers fear they are unprepared for the next wave of COVID-19. 

Health Workforce Policies and Guidelines
June saw the first gain in jobs for hospitals since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambulance services are facing difficulty obtaining reimbursement for care that does not require hospitalization. 

Fears remain about how continued cuts to health care spending may impact employment for providers and their continued ability to provide services. 

Health care providers and their patients are finding telehealth valuable and effective, with hope that the increased access allowed by the emergency COVID-19 legislation will be made permanent.
Long-term Care
The long-term care providers including skilled nursing and home health industries are changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increasing presence in the national conversation. 
Health Workforce Safety
There’s continued concern over the risks health workers face when treating patients with COVID-19.

Political strategies on how to maintain the well-being and safety of the health workforce are being proposed. 

Maintaining the Educational Pipeline
Some are optimistic about the challenges and innovations COVID-19 may bring to continuing medical education and the residency experience of the most recent class of physicians.
Regulatory Flexibility
As executive orders and emergency legislation have temporarily expanded scope of practice for many health care professionals, deciding which changes should be made permanent is an important consideration.
State Workforce Strategies
State and federal government are renewing their emergency declarations, as well as seeking to meet demands of COVID-19 spikes with an expanded health workforce.