Coronavirus COVID-19: Organizational Preparedness and Capacity Planning

See below for the latest AHA members-only information to help hospital and health system leaders respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Converting Alternate Care Sites

April 3

The American Society for Health Care Engineering COVID-19 website provides links to reports to help hospitals and health systems, states and municipalities looking to convert hotel rooms, arenas and closed hospitals to alternate care sites for patient care.

Priorities Checklist for State Leaders

April 3

Website provides a list of best practices in use by states across the country, including steps to take to slow the spread of the virus, how to build and sustain the health care workforce and develop a reserve supply of workers, protecting at-risk populations and more.

COVID-19 Resources for Hospitalists

April 3

The Society of Hospital Medicine website provides COVID-19-related blogs, webinars, a chat room, critical care resources and other tools for hospitalists.

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19

April 1

FAQs and considerations for patient triage, placement and hospital discharge.

HHS: COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist

April 1

HHS checklist can help identify gaps in COVID-19 response plans, includes staff education, monitoring and contingency plans; response configurations; resource monitoring and assistance; development of deferral and referral plans to adjust with outbreak demands.

COVID-19 crisis strategies for severe resource demands

April 1

Medical experts focus on tiered, proactive strategies to optimize resource use in the event the current COVID-19 outbreak spreads and creates severe resource demands. Strategies include preparing, conserving, substituting, adapting, re-using, and re-allocating resources; adjusting for staffing shortages; adapting emergency department operations; and developing critical care protocols for the COVID-19 patient.

Meeting ICU patient care demands during a pandemic

April 1

This guidebook from the Society of Critical Care Medicine includes action items, tips on pitfalls to avoid, templates from other health systems: How to build pandemic ICU surge capacity (Chapter 7, p. 93); Minnesota health care system: pandemic incident command considerations for healthcare facilities by stage (Appendix 3, p.171); and Mayo Clinic: scenario-based pandemic planning templates (Appendix 5, p.185).

WHO: Hospital Preparedness for Epidemics

April 1

Hospitals can use this comprehensive guide from the World Health Organization to review their preparedness for communicable disease epidemics, update their epidemic response plans and their capacity to implement these plans.

Six COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Facilities Leaders

April 1

The American Society for Health Care Engineering reviews key areas facilities leaders should review in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Healthcare Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge During the Covid-19 Response

April 1

This checklist is designed as a quick reference for health care enterprise management to consider important factors in a teleworking strategy that minimizes downtime and latency while supporting patient care, operational and IT security, and supply chain resilience.

CDC: COVID-19 Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool

April 1

CDC checklist highlights important areas for hospitals to ensure staff are trained, equipped and capable of identifying and caring for COVID-19 patients and preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the facility

CDC: Steps Health Care Facilities Can Take to Protect Staff, Patients and Public Against COVID-19

April 1

Get tips, links and essential information to improve safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

BoardBrief: Navigating the Challenges of COVID-19 (AHA Member Content)

April 1

This briefing highlights important questions and areas for board consideration in a practical seven-point framework.

COVID-19: Checklist for Discharging Patients with COVID-19

March 31

Use this document to guide health care regarding the decision to discontinue transmission-based precautions and discharging hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The checklist can guide the considerations for both actions.

Resource: Critical care training for non-ICU clinicians

March 31

This online training from the Society of Critical Care Medicine offers support for clinicians on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resource: COVID-19 open research dataset

March 31

This set of data for the global research community is intended to mobilize researchers to apply recent advances in natural language processing to generate new insights in support of the fight against this infectious disease.

Palliative care COVID-19 response resources

March 31

This Center to Advance Palliative Care toolkit includes communication tools, symptom management protocols, Medicare and Medicaid COVID-19 waivers and state COVID-19 policy tracker, patient and family resources and more.

CDC Pandemic Influenza Triage Tool

March 31

The Community Healthcare Decision Pathway provides an algorithm for community and health care leaders and other decision makers to assess resource availability and medical surge at the health care and community levels.

UW Medicine COVID-19 Policies and Protocols

March 31

UW Medicine is making its policies and protocols available on its website. These include screening and testing algorithms and policy statements, including minimizing aerosolizing procedures and room cleaning protocols.

AHA Advisory: FEMA Public Assistance Application Information

March 25

This document explains the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic as a national emergency, public assistance (PA) funding is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to eligible State, Territorial, Tribal, local government entities and certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations

Recording: COVID-19 Call with Leaders from Providence St. Joseph Health System in Seattle (AHA Member Content)

March 24, 2020

Short summary and audio recording of virtual meeting where Providence shared insights on their digital response to COVID-19.

Coronavirus Update: CMS and IRS Release New Information on COVID-19

March 11

CMS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released a number of new documents related to COVID-19. This includes: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) requirements; Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D requirements and flexibilities; cost-sharing for high-deductible health plans; respirator and facemask use for health care workers; and health and safety for home health agency (HHA) and dialysis providers.

News: House passes coronavirus funding package; CDC removes testing restrictions

March 4

The House passed H.R. 6074, which includes $950 million to help states, localities, territories and tribes conduct activities such as virus surveillance, lab testing and infection control; more than $3 billion for research and development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics; and provisions that would allow the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary to waive certain Medicare telehealth restrictions.

Letter: AHA Urges HHS to Take Regulatory Actions to Help Hospitals Respond to COVID-19

March 5

The AHA urges the Department of Health and Human Services to take a number of regulatory actions that would help hospitals and health systems better prepare for and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Among other actions, AHA urges HHS to enable broader use of telehealth and help preserve the supply of N95 respirators.

Coronavirus Update: Congress Reaches Deal on $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Spending Package

March 4

AHA Advisory announcing details of the $8.3 billion package Congress passed to address Coronavirus.

Talking Points: Hospitals and Health Systems – COVID-19 Response

March 3

Coronavirus talking points for hospitals and health systems.

Press Release: AHA, ANA Urge Congress to Quickly Fund Health Care Readiness for Coronavirus

Feb. 27

AHA and the American Nurses Association sent a letter to Congress asking for supplemental emergency funding.

Resource: ASHE COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Facilities

ASHE has created a resource page to assist health care facilities professionals in their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The resources cover critical operations such as air quality, safety and security, emergency preparedness and infection prevention.

Surge Capacity Planning

Facility Checklist for Reopening a Closed Hospital

April 3

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website provides a surge toolkit and facility checklist for reopening a shuttered hospital.

COVID-19 Critical Care Surge Resources

April 3

Surge Guides from this collection of resources from the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) focuses on plans, tools, templates, and other immediately implementable resources to help with COVID-19 preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts, concentrating on critical care surge.

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