Advocate Aurora Opens Wrigleyville Vaccine Heart • Nursing properties are experiencing an alarming turnover price • J&J vaccine hits Illinois
HOW TO GET A SHOT IN THE UNITED CENTER: The United Center’s mass vaccination facility will begin accepting appointments Thursday morning from all Illinois seniors over the age of 65, city and state officials said today.
When registration opens on Thursday at 8:30 a.m., around 110,000 appointments are available. These dates cover the first three weeks that the United Center website will be open. If there are still appointment slots available, all Illinoisans licensed under Phase 1B + (those under 65 with certain underlying health conditions) can schedule appointments starting at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 7th. READ MORE.
J&J VACCINE ARRIVING IN ILLINOIS The first shipments of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine are arriving in Illinois, according to the CDC. It is estimated that 83,100 doses will be administered this week.
“We are very satisfied with the increase. It will be available at many of our bulk Vax locations across the state of Illinois, ”said Governor JB Pritzker at an event in Aurora today. Illinois has 16 state-sponsored mass vaccination sites, many of which administer a brand of vaccine.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one shot and can be kept in a regular refrigerator for months or in a freezer for years. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses several weeks apart and are usually shipped frozen (in the case of Pfizer, in ultra-cold temperatures).
Merck will help manufacture the J&J vaccine and increase supply. The collaboration between the two rivals will come about as the immunization race tightens and governments try to increase supplies before dangerous new variants of the virus break out further. CONTINUE READING.
WRIGLEYVILLE VACCINE SITE IN THE WORK: Advocate Aurora Health plans to operate a vaccination facility at the American Airlines Conference Center adjacent to Wrigley Field, a source familiar with the operation that Crain has been confirmed to be.
It is unclear whether the doses administered at the site will come from their own allocation of 26 lawyers or from a separate supply, or how many recordings will be available.
“We are proud to partner with a potential Wrigley Field bulk vaccination site that may be approved by the City of Chicago,” Advocate Aurora Health said in a statement sent via email. “When the site is designated and vaccines become available to the city, Advocate Aurora Health would provide clinical staff and technical infrastructure.” CONTINUE READING.
NURSING HOME SEE BIG TURNOVER: Nurses who work in nursing homes had an average turnover rate of more than 100% in any given year, according to a study published in Health Affairs.
Ashvin Gandhi, assistant professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management and one of the authors of the report, described the turnover rates as “alarmingly high, higher than most people would have expected”.
High fluctuation rates are important, said the authors, because they are often associated with poorer quality of care. The sales rates can also be used to educate vaccination guidelines in nursing homes, Gandhi said.
“A one-time shot of vaccination may mean that many future employees are missing. We may have to keep returning to make sure that anyone who wants vaccinations can get them,” said Gandhi. More from modern healthcare.
SPECIALIZED GERIATRIC EMERGENCY CARE REDUCES MEDICARE COSTS, NORTHWEST STUDY FINDS: According to a study by Northwestern researchers, specialized emergency geriatric care would cut Medicare costs.
The study, published March 1 on JAMA Network Open, finds that providing dedicated geriatric emergency care results in lower Medicare spending of up to $ 3,200 per beneficiary. The report looked at nearly 25,000 Medicare benefit recipients treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York as of January 2013.
“It is estimated that 60 percent of Medicare patients arrive at the hospital via the emergency room,” said study author Scott Dresden, MD, medical director of the Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations (GEDI) at Northwestern Medicine programs for geriatric emergency rooms are being implemented. This means a considerable reduction in costs for patients and payers and at the same time leads to better care for older adults. “
More and more hospitals are running geriatric emergency room (GED) programs with specialized staff focused on transitional care for older adults to reduce unnecessary hospital stays and improve outcomes for this vulnerable patient population. Hospitalization increases the risk of infection and death for older patients. It also costs more, with the average inpatient hospital stay costing $ 13,800 per Medicare beneficiary, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
CHILD ADVERTISING CENTER FOR WORKING WITH LURIE ON SEXUAL ABUSE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN: The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) has entered into an agreement with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago to provide services to children who are concerned about sexual abuse or other serious abuse, the group said in a statement.
Services include child medical assessment, child and family psychosocial assessment, coordination with health professionals and cooperating agencies.
ChicagoCAC is a non-profit that aims to provide comprehensive, traumatized care to children by coordinating the efforts of child protection workers, law enforcement officers, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians.
“We are excited to partner with Lurie Children’s because they bring expertise in trauma-informed care and unparalleled experience in providing medical care to children and families,” said Jason Wynkoop, ChicagoCAC’s chief program officer, advocacy and investigation Explanation.
UofI COVID-19 TESTS WIN FDA APPROVAL: The University of Illinois’ saliva-based COVID-19 test, which the college system has been using to quickly test people on campus since July, has received OK from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
Emergency clearance from the FDA came on February 24, about six months after the university falsely announced that the test was approved under the umbrella of an August clearance given to the Yale School of Public Health. FDA clearance means the system can extend the test known as CovidShield beyond its universities.
Governor JB Pritzker is providing $ 20 million in CARES Act funding to conduct 1 million tests at the state’s 12 public universities and 48 community colleges. This is evident from a statement by U of I. CONTINUE READING.
ILLINOIS BLUES offers grants to improve maternal health outcomes: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois will award more than $ 350,000 in grants to six community organizations working to improve maternal health in the South and West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.
The organization will reinvest payments from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services for providing high quality care to Medicaid members.
The insurer also works with the Centering Healthcare Institute, a not-for-profit organization focused on achieving better health outcomes and improving the care experience for patients and their doctors. With a three-year scholarship, BCBSIL will transfer CHI’s CenteringPregnancy program to a number of State Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) focused on caring for underserved and vulnerable populations.
HILL-ROM DECLARES BARDY BUYOUT ENDING INCORRECTLY: Chicago-based hospital bed maker Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. has been accused of unjustifiably pulling the plug on a $ 375 million buyout of startup Bardy Diagnostics for changes in government reimbursement rates for its cardiac monitoring system.
Officials at Seattle-based Bardy asked a Delaware judge to force Hill-Rom to complete the deal, saying the proposed changes to the Medicare payment would not provide an adequate legal basis for the deal to be closed. Hill-Rom’s corporate headquarters are in Chicago. CONTINUE READING.
CHICAGOS ANDREA ZOPP TO JOIN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF HENRY FORD HEALTH: The Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has added four members to its board of directors and increased its board size to 17 members, half of whom are either black or women. Among the appointed: former head of World Business Chicago and venture capital investment manager Andrea Zopp. CONTINUE READING.
VILLAGEMD EXPANDS IN MICHIGAN: Chicago Primary Care Network VillageMD announced in a statement that it is expanding into Michigan and plans to open more than 15 new Village Medical practices in the state this year. The first two Village Medical clinics are located in Westland, Michigan. VillageMD now has 51 clinics, including practices in Austin, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Murray, Kentucky, Northfield, New Jersey, and Phoenix.
ESPERANZA OPENS VACCINE SITES IN SMALL VILLAGE, DOUGLASS PARK: Esperanza Health Centers is opening two vaccination centers in partnership with Enlace Chicago and Latinos Progresando.
The clinics are located in an Esperanza clinic near Douglass Park and at the Enlace Chicago headquarters in Little Village.
The locations are part of Protect Chicago Plus, the city’s stock-based vaccine distribution program.
CONVERGINT BUYS ADVANTAGE MEDICINE: Schaumberg-based Convergint Technologies announced in a statement that it has acquired Advantage Medical Inc., which uses wireless patient safety systems in acute care hospitals.
AMI increases the total amount of Convergint acquisitions to 41. Terms were not disclosed.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:
• • John Larsen was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of ATI Physical Therapy, based in Bolingbrook, after serving more than two years as a board member and member of the audit committee. Previously, Larsen held numerous C-suite positions in UnitedHealth Group divisions, including OptumCare.