Week 15 Newsletter
July 21st 2020 Updates
Surge Capacity Strategies
Issues meeting surge capacity are occurring in some areas of the country with the most COVID-19 infections.
There are calls to make workforce changes based on the important lessons learned from the pandemic so far.
Surge Capacity Resources
(07/20/20) South Carolina Hospitals Face Down COVID Surge
(07/18/20) With 4 in 5 Texans Living in a “Red Zone,” Coronavirus Hot Spots Are Moving Targets
(07/15/20) Southwest Florida Hospitals Boost Staffing Amid COVID-19 Surge
(07/16/20) Using Interfacility Transfers to ‘Level-load’ Demand From Surging COVID-19 Patients: Lessons From NYC Health + Hospitals
(07/16/20) COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need to Diversify Healthcare Workforce
Recent reports discuss the impact of the pandemic on recruitment and compensation for health care providers, particularly furloughed workers.
Financial support for health care providers is an important discussion while Congress debates the next federal relief package.
Health Workforce Policies and Guidelines Resources
(07/18/20) The Coronavirus Means Doctors, Nurses, and PAs Are Essential Workers — Until They Get Laid Off
(07/14/20) 2020 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives and the Impact of COVID-19
(07/14/20) Coronavirus Pandemic Flips Clinician Workforce Market
(07/17/20) Supporting Health Care Delivery in Low-income Areas During COVID-19
(07/14/20) For Pediatric Primary Care Providers, Federal Relief Funds During the Pandemic May Be Inadequate
(07/13/20) Pickup Truck Medicine: Saving Primary Care During COVID-19
Calls continue for maintaining the expansion of telehealth following the pandemic. Telehealth is proving to be popular among providers and consumers.
(07/20/20) Prioritizing Access to Care: Keeping Telehealth Options for All Americans
(07/16/20) Expanding Telehealth in a Post-COVID World
(07/14/20) Patients Want to Keep Using Virtual Care After COVID-19 Pandemic Ends, Survey Finds
(07/13/20) 8 in 10 Consumers Stated COVID-19 Made Telehealth “Indispensable” in Healthcare Delivery
(07/13/20) NY Providers Urge Measures to Sustain Telehealth Access Post-COVID
Nursing home patients continue to make up a large portion of COVID-19 deaths, and questions are being raised about the testing strategies being used to keep workers and patients safe.
Long-term Care Resources
A review of the methods used by the nation’s largest public hospital system to protect its workforce from COVID-19 has been published, as well as research about the effectiveness of universal masking to protect employees.
The well-being of health workers continues to be an important aspect of maintaining safety in the workplace.
Health Workforce Safety Resources
A recently released review discussed the role of state and local laws and regulations in the pandemic response for the nation’s largest public health system.