Q-Sights Key Insights – Week 11

6/1/2020 – 6/5/2020

Supply Chain and Pharmacy

  • The seventh week of the QHR Health Supply Chain COVID-19 Warehouse program produced another large number of hospitals and lines ordered.

  • New items in the QHR Warehouse
    • Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers
    • Nasopharyngeal Swabs – 15cm

  • Continue to monitor HealthTrust’s COVID-19 Pharmacy Resource Center. You will find up to date information including items being placed into the McKesson Controlled Channel. If you have any questions or do not have a McKesson Controlled Channel account, please contact Stacy Richarz at sricharz@qhr.com or 863-617-4600.

Clinical Care

  • Accreditation survey activity update – The Joint Commission (TJC) Clinical Care begin regular survey activity in June. Expect changes to the survey process going forward as discussed in this TJC communication dated May 27, 2020.

  • CMS releases additional COVID-19 directives aimed at Nursing Home as it relates to Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes

  • Even if your facility is not accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC), in a position statement released May 29th, the TJC offers some practical guidance for resuming regular care delivery.

  • Every day stressors can elicit a wide range of emotional responses. Given our the long pandemic road we continue to travel and the additional stressors associated with COVID-19, it is time to take a step back and think about why our buttons might be easily pushed and how we can take the edge off of our collective emotional strain.

Finance/Reimbursement/FEMA

  • This past Friday, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was signed just this past week.

  • The Senate yesterday approved by unanimous consent the AHA-supported Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (H.R. 7010) to allow more leeway for small business loans during the COVID-19 crisis. The House passed the bill last week, and President Trump has signed it. 

  • The Paycheck Protection Program was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to provide loans to small businesses primarily to help keep their workers on the payroll. The legislation approved by the Senate yesterday extends the loan period to up to 24 weeks through Dec. 31, 2020, as well as the timeframe for repayment, if required. It also changes the parameters for potential loan forgiveness.

  • In addition, the legislation allows borrowers to use up to 40% of the loan on non-payroll expenses, and it provides different scenarios under which borrowers may be eligible for forgiveness, even if they are unable to retain or reinstate the same number of full-time equivalent employees. It also allows PPP loan borrowers who seek forgiveness of the loan to qualify for deferred payment of the employer’s portion of certain payroll taxes.

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