July 19 – 25, 2021

Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will hold its monthly meeting Thursday August 12 beginning at 10:30 am. The agenda, the July meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be re-sent, if needed, to the routine attendees on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held via our Ring Central conference call line.

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COVID-19 Pandemic

Information related to the pandemic can be found on our website under Current Events. We will continue to update information related to COVID-19 there.


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FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

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1. Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase

In the face of emergent threats, securing the homeland requires a whole-of-government approach to solving problems. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is convening experts across U.S. Government research organizations and states and localities to showcase how investments in research, science, and innovation are saving lives and moving the country forward.


JUNE 21 – Series 1: Enhancing Public Health Security and Resilience

JULY 12 – Series 2: Building Resilience and Innovation Equity

JULY 26 – Series 3: Mitigating Evolving Threats and Understanding the Convergence of Breakthrough Technologies

AUGUST 9 – Series 4: Building Whole-of-Government R&D Partnerships


2. The InfoGram

  • FDA no longer authorizes use of non-NIOSH-approved or decontaminated disposable respirators
  • DHS S&T showcases research and technology for resilience against pandemics, natural disasters and threats
  • FEMA webinar series on competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs
  • EMI releases 2022 schedule for Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program
  • Cyber Threats

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3. U.S. Fire Administration Digest: July 15, 2021

  • Fireshed Registry help address the growing wildfire threat
  • Prevent accidental and careless wildfires
  • National Fire Academy vacancy opportunities
  • Extreme heat adaptation
  • Home fire deaths 

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Course Offerings

1. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (Multiple Dates)
This 21-hour course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use.
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2. ICS 400 Advanced ICS (Multiple Dates)
This training is a 15-hour course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents such as unified command, multi-agency coordination systems, and emergency operations centers, as well as explaining how Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established and interface with emergency operations centers.
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3. G191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface (Multiple Dates)
This 8 hour course works best when delivered to Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Center personnel from the same community. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface.
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4. FEMA PER386 Whole Community Inclusive Economic Recovery Course (Multiple Dates)
An introduction to economic recovery planning using a method in which the entire community is empowered to work collaboratively in preparation, mitigation, response, and in recovery from a disaster.
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5. G205 Recovery from Disaster
Fairfax County is hosting the G0205: Recovery from Disaster Course has been scheduled and is available in the COVLC. This course provides an introduction to disaster recovery principles and includes current recovery practices and policies as outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Case studies and activities are included in the course to support participant learning. Access to and use of a variety of resources for recovery planning are taught in the course, including a FEMA online Community Recovery Management Toolkit (CRMT) and a Resource Library associated with the Recovery Pre-Disaster Planning Guide for Local Governments (RPPG-L) that contains links to model plans, templates, tools, lessons learned, best practices, and a range of supplemental reference materials and related pre-disaster planning and disaster recovery resources. Prerequisites: ICS 100 is a suggested prerequisite. IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview is strongly recommended, but not required.

Dates: October 6-7, 2021
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: VDEM-Room 2115, VDEM-McConnell PSTOCB (MPSTOC)

6. K0419 Shelter Field Guide Training for State and Local Communities – Virtual (Multiple Dates)
An introduction to economic recovery planning using a method in which the entire community is empowered to work collaboratively in preparation, mitigation, response, and in recovery from a disaster.
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1. What matters has changed: Why collaboration between supply chain, clinical and distribution partners is crucial

Respiratory season will be back with a vengeance. Are your facilities and supply chain ready?

As supply chain plays a bigger role in cost, quality and outcomes, collaboration is more important than ever. The acceleration of patient care into non-acute settings requires alignment with new stakeholders, broader capabilities and strategic partners.
Join Becker’s Healthcare to learn:

  • How to solve staffing and productivity challenges through standardized and automated operations
  • How to build an effective lab strategy with point-of-care diagnostic testing that helps provide a quicker, more accurate diagnosis and improve patient outcomes
  • How to prepare for respiratory season through collaboration with clinicians, supply chain and non-acute facilities to formulate and effective plan to help fight this flu season.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT
Can’t attend live? No worries,
 register now and we will send the recorded version for you to view at your convenience following the webinar.

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2. Private hospitals in Va. offer to open at least 58 beds for mental health-if state provides $8.5M in federal funds to pay staff

With Virginia’s mental health system in crisis, a private hospital system is offering to open 58 licensed beds for adolescents and adults with behavioral health disorders — if the state allots $8.5 million in federal emergency aid to pay for the staff.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association made the proposal on Saturday, the day after the state behavioral health commissioner temporarily shut down admissions to five of the state’s overcrowded, understaffed mental hospitals because they do not have enough employees to operate safely.
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Source: Michael Martz of Richmond Times-Dispatch

3. Tennessee halts all vaccination efforts aimed at youth

Amid pressure from state lawmakers, the Tennessee Department of Health is halting all youth vaccine outreach, according to an internal report and agency emails obtained by the Tennessean.

The move encompasses not just COVID-19 vaccination efforts, but all diseases. If the health department issues vaccine information, staff have been told to remove the agency logo. The department is also ending COVID-19 vaccine events held on school property. The decisions come directly from Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, reports the Tennessean.

The health department will also ensure teenagers don’t receive second COVID-19 vaccine dose reminders. Postcards will still be sent to adults, but teens will be left off the mailing list so the cards are not “potentially interpreted as solicitation to minors,” according to the report cited by the Tennessean.
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Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER”S Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

4. ‘Lesson for all’: Delta variant tied to high ventilator demand, say Mercy CAO

The delta coronavirus variant may increase demand for ventilators, Mercy Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Erik Frederick said in a series of July 8 tweets.

The Springfield, Mo.-based hospital has struggled to match staffing and supply with a sudden jump in ventilator demand amid a COVID-19 surge.  

Supply leaders had ventilators immediately delivered and a call for respiratory therapists was answered. 

“I believe this rapid escalation in demand for respiratory support should be a lesson for all in healthcare who have not yet experienced the delta variant,” Mr. Frederick wrote. “Be prepared and ensure your plan allows for quick access and delivery of additional equipment like our plan provided us.” 

“I hope our ongoing experience can continue to provide valuable information to our colleagues across the nation specifically in areas of low vaccination acceptance like ours,” Mr. Frederick concluded.

On July 8, Springfield, Mo.-based CoxHealth Hospital CEO Steve Edwards took to Twitter, writing, “Mercy running out of ventilators is not a management issue. It’s about how rapidly the landscape changes under the delta variant. Sicker, younger, quicker.” 

Source: Gabrielle Masson of BECKER”S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Hospitals get more time to comment on new OSHA rules, but not to comply

The U.S. Labor Department extended how long healthcare employers have to respond to new COVID-19 workplace safety rules, but not when employers need to implement the changes.

On July 8, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration extended the comment period for its emergency COVID-19 healthcare standards to Aug. 20. OSHA said it’s extending the comment period to give providers more time to offer feedback.

The move is one win for the American Hospital Association, which had requested OSHA to delay the comment period by 30 days. The AHA had also asked that the compliance deadlines be pushed back six months, but OSHA didn’t budge.

The rules, released June 10, include a requirement that healthcare employers give workers paid time off to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects. Most of the provisions had to be in effect within 14 days of the rule’s June 21 publication in the federal register, with remaining provisions being in effect within 30 days.

Source: Morgan Haefner of BECKER”S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Impact of COVID-19 to PPE Supply

The COVID-19 pandemic is the known cause of the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) like N95 respirators. Lesser known or discussed are the underlying dynamics that prevented the healthcare supply chain from quickly recovering from a generational spike in demand.

Read the latest HealthLeaders Fact File to learn more about:

  • COVID-19 vs PPE orders
  • Moving forward in the new normal
  • Strategies to effect change

Source: healthleaders

7. ‘Best of intentions can be misguided’: Hospitals criticize Biden executive order

Hospital groups pushed back against President Joe Biden’s latest executive order that targets hospital consolidation.

The order, signed July 9, asked the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to review and revise their guidelines on hospital mergers to limit harm to patients.

“Thanks to unchecked mergers, the ten largest healthcare systems now control a quarter of the market,” the executive order said, pointing to the closure of rural hospitals as particularly concerning.

In a July 9 response to the order, Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, said, “The best of intentions can be misguided. Ensuring access to needed medical attention for rural Americans is not going to be assured by excessive antitrust enforcement action of the FTC or Justice Department. Miring hospitals in legal and bureaucratic red tape will simply slow critical care to the bedside.”

Rick Pollack, president and CEO  American Hospital Association, also opposes the order. In a special bulletin posted July 9, he said, “It is important to stress that hospital mergers and acquisitions undergo an enormous amount of rigorous scrutiny from the federal antitrust agencies and state attorneys general.” He added that “health systems can be a particularly important option for retaining access to hospital services in some rural communities.”
Source: Morgan Haefner of BECKER”S HOSPITAL REVIEW