• Register Today: Vaccines & Remdesivir Allocation in the Age of COVID-19
Tuesday, June 2 from 12:30-1 p.m. EDT
Join expert faculty Alyssa R. Letourneau, MD, MPH, Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program as she discusses the importance of vaccinations and the future of treatments in the age of COVID-19. During the webinar we will review potential COVID-19 treatment options, including Remdesivir, and also discuss distribution of such limited-stock drugs within hospitals. The webinar will feature conversation on vaccinations, particularly for those who are immunocompromised, and the role hospitals can play in improving immunization outcomes.
• COVID-19 and the Rise of Telemedicine
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association is proud to present a webinar series on the expanded opportunities for Massachusetts providers to treat patients via telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us for Part 1 of this multi-webinar series, which will provide a high-level overview of the federal and state waivers that have enabled providers to increase their utilization of telemedicine, the “nuts and bolts” of the telehealth regulatory landscape, and best practices when building a telemedicine program.
• Emergency Department Telemedicine Reimbursement COVID-19 Update
The COVID-19 crisis has forced hospitals to create new ways to deliver patient care, especially in the ED. The burgeoning telemedicine industry has expanded significantly as hospitals and physicians have used telemedicine to carry out social distancing and increase access to care. Government and private regulations have been rewritten completely to support this expansion. This rapid evolution has helped to keep patients and providers safe while preserving the supply of personal protective equipment. Attend this webinar to learn the latest telemedicine adaptations in the ED and understand how to ensure compliant reimbursement and best practices to ensure your hospital’s success and survival.
Stories from the Healthcare Frontlines
• Insights from the Healthcare Frontlines of New York during COVID-19: A Discussion with Mark P. Jarrett, MD from Northwell Health
Please join us for this timely webinar to hear directly from the COVID-19 frontlines in New York. We will be joined by Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA, MS, SVP & Chief Quality Officer, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider. He will be sharing insights and lessons from the frontlines of care and strategies Northwell Health has used to adapt during this pandemic. The discussion, moderated by Valerie Fleishman, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at MHA, will include surge planning, capacity management, staff safety and wellbeing, and rapid innovation.
• Insights from the Healthcare Frontlines of Washington State during COVID-19: A Discussion with Mary Shepler of EvergreenHealth
Please join us for this webinar to hear directly from the COVID-19 frontlines in Washington State. We will be joined by Mary Shepler, RN, BSN, MA, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer at EvergreenHealth. Based in Kirkland WA, EvergreenHealth was the first health system in the country to care for COVID-19 patients. This timely webinar will feature insights and lessons for managing the COVID-19 surge. The discussion, moderated by Valerie Fleishman, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at MHA, will include strategies for surge planning, discharge management and staff safety and wellbeing.
• Insights from the Frontlines: Caring for the Caregiver During COVID-19
Please join us for this webinar to hear from the COVID-19 frontlines at UMass Memorial Health Care. Caregiver fatigue and burnout were a concern for hospitals before the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to the current crisis and planning for a surge of patients, while not knowing what the future holds are factors that only add to the strain on staff. The ability to care for caregivers will be critical as hospitals continue to sustain a high-level operations tempo through the surge and well into recovery efforts, while ensuring the long-term capacity to care for communities. This webinar will feature insights and strategies for caring for the caregiver during COVID-19. We will be joined by Thomas Ward, Wellness Program Manager at UMass Memorial Health Care. The discussion, moderated by Valerie Fleishman, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at MHA, will include specific tools and resources for supporting staff wellbeing.
• The Impact of COVID-19 on Health Disparities: Strategies for Addressing Health Equity
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected lower-income communities and people of color. The healthcare system has a role to play in addressing systemic disparities faced by these groups while providing access to critical healthcare services. Join us for an in-depth discussion with Thea James, M.D., Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center. We will discuss how COVID-19 has amplified existing health inequities and offer specific strategies for healthcare systems and leaders to address structural barriers to health equity during this pandemic and beyond.
Creating and Managing a COVID+ Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
During this Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ll be spotlighting how the behavioral healthcare system is adapting to the unique challenges of providing inpatient psychiatric care during a pandemic. Join the team from UMass Memorial Health Care system’s Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center (PTRC) to learn about creating, operating, and managing a dedicated COVID+ psychiatric unit. The team will discuss key issues such as making the decision to become a COVID+ unit, operationalizing the conversion, care and treatment of both patients and staff, delivery and management of patient care, and infection control and cohorting potential. As the state begins to transition to a two-tiered system for all psychiatric units, insights, and best practices from the PTRC will be beneficial to entities planning to create a COVID+ unit.
COVID Regulatory Updates
• COVID-19: What Healthcare HR Professionals Need to Know (Part 1)
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, our national employment landscape is rapidly evolving, particularly in the healthcare field. Human resources professionals play an integral role in supporting their company’s workforce during challenging times. This webinar series covers topics related to the changing policies and guidelines around healthcare human resources in light of COVID-19. Learn from expert faculty Kristin McGurn and Dan Klein on how to best support your healthcare staff during this global crisis.
• COVID-19: What Healthcare HR Professionals Need to Know (Part 2)
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, our national employment landscape is evolving rapidly, particularly in the healthcare field. Human resources professionals play an integral role in supporting their company’s workforce during challenging times. This webinar series covers topics related to the changing policies and guidelines around healthcare human resources in light of COVID-19. Learn from expert faculty Don Schroeder and Sommer Wiss on how to best support your healthcare staff during this global crisis.
• The Global Pandemic and Hospital Leadership: Best Strategies for Crisis Communication Now and After COVID-19
As your hospital’s team manages myriad issues during the COVID-19 crisis, there is a pressing need to get your communications just right with employees, patients, families, the public, and the media. Leaders must strike the right balance of providing accurate, timely information with reassuring people through an unprecedented time. In this briefing, we’ll discuss how you can help your leaders deliver a message that will resonate with their key audiences during the crisis and beyond.
• A Primer on Antitrust Issues Surrounding COVID-19
In these unprecedented times, hospitals are faced with disruptions in every aspect of how they operate, including how they collaborate with other providers, approach volatile labor markets, and manage procurement in an effort to meet COVID-related challenges. Because all of these activities may involve antitrust issues, it is important to understand how antitrust law applies to healthcare providers, particularly at a time when enforcement agencies have signaled that they are carefully watching the sector. Join us at this webinar to refresh your understanding of how the antitrust laws apply in healthcare and gain a practical understanding of how to prioritize compliance messaging and reinforce policies and procedure to ensures that you are effectively managing antitrust risk in a time of heightened enforcement.
• The Impact of COVID-19 in Serious Illness Care
This session will provide an opportunity for healthcare providers to learn strategies to respond to challenges in serious illness care due to COVID-19. We will discuss the role of palliative care and how clinical care, communication, and resilience all come into play. The webinar will feature a conversation between Patricia Noga, Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and Constance Dahlin, Chair of the Palliative Care Workgroup for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer and Prevention Control Network and a palliative care consultant. Clinicians from all areas of care are encouraged to attend and learn more about this issue, made all the more relevant because of the COVID 19 pandemic.
• Maximizing the Battelle N95 Decontamination System for Your Hospital’s PPE Needs
Join us for this webinar to learn how to best leverage the Battelle N95 Decontamination System to maximize the safe re-use of PPE in your hospital. The Battelle system, which uses FDA-approved N95 decontamination technology, is currently located in Somerville and hosted by Partners HealthCare. The system can decontaminate up to 80,000 masks per day. We will review how the Battelle system functions, as well as how healthcare systems can most effectively make use of the system from a logistical and operational standpoint with a focus on in-hospital processes for collection, labeling and redistribution. During the webinar, Phil Licari and Danielle Le Hals will share their experiences from Partners HealthCare on how to best use the Battelle system for optimal PPE decontamination and safety results. For more details about the Battelle system and questions about biological indicators, please reach out to Battelle directly.
• Contact Tracing in Massachusetts & the Role of Hospitals
Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to launch a large scale program to track people who have been exposed to COVID-19, called the Community Tracing Collaborative. Dr. Emily Wroe, Partners In Health’s Director of Implementation and Design with the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC), will present the state’s endeavor to implement contact tracing to manage the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Wroe will be joined by Kelly Driscoll of the COVID Command Center to discuss how the program interfaces with local Boards of Health and other command center activities. Learn more about how hospitals and health systems can play a role in the contact tracing initiative.
• Prioritizing Essential Care in the Wake of COVID-19: Best Practices & Strategies for Healthcare Systems
As health systems emerge and recover from the COVID-19 surge, patients seeking non-emergent care and forms of elective procedures will begin to return to facilities, many in an acute state. Healthcare organizations need to assess how they will re-engage with their patients and reschedule appointments and procedures, in a timely way, while managing potential flare-ups of the coronavirus. Leveraging analytics, evaluating capacity management, and taking operational considerations into account will be imperative for healthcare organizations as they develop their strategy and approach to recovery and regaining lost revenues. Join expert faculty as they discuss these critical issues facing healthcare systems.