FROM THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, the American Hospital Association has worked closely with the CDC, and other federal, state and local partners to respond to this challenge and to make sure hospitals and health systems have the most up-to-date information.
As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, hospitals and health systems know our patients and communities are increasingly concerned whether and how the virus is spreading in communities. Hospitals and health systems are:
- Identifying, isolating and informing local public health officials about new cases of patients known or suspected of having the virus.
- Following CDC recommendations on how to best use and preserve existing supplies of personal protective equipment due to concerns about limited supplies.
- Protecting health care workers on the front lines, ensuring they have the personal protective equipment, training and support they need to provide care to patients.
For the latest news and information to effectively stay informed about and address the crisis, visit AHA.org/COVID19.
- Waivers Related to Workforce
In order to allow hospitals and health systems to expand the health care workforce, CMS has allowed additional flexibility by taking actions during the emergency.
- HHS highlights civil rights protections during COVID-19 emergency.
The Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, March 28, issued a bulletin to ensure that entities covered by civil rights authorities keep in mind their obligations under laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and exercise of conscience and religion in HHS-funded programs, including in the provision of health care services during COVID-19. OCR is particularly focused on ensuring that covered entities do not unlawfully discriminate against people with disabilities when making decisions about their treatment during the COVID-19 health care emergency. OCR enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in HHS funded health programs or activities. These laws, like other civil rights statutes OCR enforces, remain in effect.
- Special Bulletin: CARES Act Financial Resources to Assist Hospitals and Health Systems during COVID-19 Crisis
- 100 Million Mask Challenge - A national call to action to increase production of personal protective equipment (PPE).
ASHHRA members play a critical role in supporting and leading the hospital and health system workforce as they care for our communities. We are thinking of you during these unprecedented times. With the recent coronavirus outbreak, many organizations have provided helpful information on their web sites and on social media, including information on washing hands, what to do if someone is experiencing symptoms, when to wear / not wear masks, and links to the CDC and/or the WHO for the most recent information about the virus.
- Discuss COVID-19 (Coronavirus) issues such as remote work policies, staffing and other topics, or to share sample materials with your peers, join the ASHHRA Exchange discussions.
- On-Demand Education: Emergency Preparedness for HR Professionals
- COVID-19: Considerations for Health Care Human Resources and Operational Leaders
Helpful Links for Health Care HR Professionals:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions for Health Care Employers Prepared by Littler’s Healthcare Industry Practice Group
- Joint Commission Statement on Use of Face Masks Brought from Home The Joint Commission
While The Joint Commission has weighed in with their approval on employees utilizing PPE brought from home, the decision appears to limited to organizations who cannot provide their employees with the PPE that is routinely needed. Your organization's decision to allow employees to do so is an organizational decision that should not be taken lightly from a safety and liability perspective.
- COVID-19 FAQs for Obstetrician-Gynecologists, Obstetrics American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- Interim Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings CDC
- Information for Healthcare Providers: COVID-19 and Pregnant Women CDC
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers DOL.gov
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Government response to coronavirus, COVID-19 USA.gov
- Emergency and Disaster Prepareness USA.gov
- Workload Indicators of Staffing Need: User's Manual World Health Organization (WHO)
- Preparing for a Pandemic Harvard Business Review
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- COVID-19 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)