Operations & Performance Improvement

Children’s hospitals face huge challenges to improve patient outcomes, decrease costs and transform the delivery of care – like offering more coordinated care – while maintaining training programs for the next generation of pediatricians and specialists. Our resources help hospitals improve operational efficiency, including the environment of care and patient satisfaction, and drive costs out of the health care system.


Resources

Announcement or News
10 Things Healthcare Professionals Need to Know about U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Plans
November 25, 2020

With the possibility of one or more COVID-19 vaccines becoming available before the end of the year, here are 10 things healthcare professionals need to know about where those plans currently stand.

Announcement or News
How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations
November 25, 2020

CDC is making coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination recommendations for the United States based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Toolkit
COVID-19: Policy Resources for Children's Hospitals
November 20, 2020

This resource hub is designed to help you track policy-related resources helpful to your work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Article
Call Center Reorganization Improves Hospital Access and Patient Experience
November 18, 2020

Leaders from Driscoll Children’s explain how they integrated call center and communication technology to accelerate patient transfer, transport and admission process.

Article
Rare Set of Conjoined Twins Separated in 24-Hour Surgery
November 17, 2020

Nine-month-old conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela Bachinskiy are recovering at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, California, after surgeons successfully separated them in a marathon surgery in October.

Announcement or News
FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
November 13, 2020

The FDA has a page with several COVID-19 resources related to vaccine development and is continually being updated.

Announcement or News
Vizient COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
November 13, 2020

Vizient has several vaccine resources that are publicly available.

Announcement or News
Emergency Use Authorization for Bamlanivimab
November 13, 2020

Bamlanivimab is now authorized for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in outpatient adults and pediatric patients 12 years and older weighing more than 88 pounds (40 kg) with a positive COVID-19 test.

Announcement or News
Bamlanivimab Allocation Dashboard
November 13, 2020

This dashboard will be updated each distribution week until the FDA issues a revised EUA indicating the U.S. government involvement in the allocation and distribution process is no longer needed.

Announcement or News
Lilly Bamlanivimab Antibody Playbook
November 13, 2020

This Antibody Playbook provides information for state, territorial and local public health programs to plan and operationalize a bamlanivimab antibody response to COVID-19.

Article
Just Breathe: Resilience Technique Reduces Stress, Increases Team Cohesion
November 11, 2020

As children’s hospitals experience significant increases in stress and burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic, one institution focused on a breathing workshop that led to less anxiety on an individual level, and a culture transformation.

Analysis or Summary
Chart of Section 1135 Waivers for State Medicaid/CHIP COVID-19 Response
November 6, 2020

This chart summarizes approved state 1135 waivers of Medicaid and CHIP requirements and will be updated as CMS approves additional states' requests.

Article
Structuring Technology Around Patient Access
November 4, 2020

One children’s hospital laid the groundwork for improving patient access and as a result saw positive outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Article
Mindfulness-Based Training Can Help Those in Stressful Health Care Environments
November 4, 2020

A military veteran design mindfulness-based training to assist those in extreme stress environments.

Article
5 Guidelines to Bring Equity to Action
November 3, 2020

While data is important, this researcher says it’s time to do more than talk about racial disparities; it’s time to work on prevention and intervention.

Letter or Testimony
Federal Lawmakers Advocate for Children's Hospitals' COVID-19 Needs
October 30, 2020

Lawmakers sent letters to congressional leadership and HHS asking that additional funding and resources be allotted to children's hospitals during COVID-19.

Article
Research Uncovers How Night-Shift Work Causes Internal Clock Confusion
October 27, 2020

Researchers identified cell secretions during shift changes that disrupt body clock alignment and raise risk of health issues.

Article
4 Patient Families Explain What Children's Hospitals Mean to Them
October 27, 2020

In these challenging times, it's important to remind yourself why you do what you do. These four family stories show how you make a huge difference in their lives-a difference that could not be made without you.

Article
Children’s Hospitals Unite to Advocate for CARES Act Funding
October 27, 2020

Initial rounds of federal aid were based on Medicare participation, which excluded children’s hospitals.

Analysis or Summary
Congressional Relief Legislation and Children's Hospitals Requests in Response to COVID-19
October 23, 2020

Three congressional packages and one supplemental for COVID-19 relief have passed to date. Read more about them here.

Article
Leadership Tip: The Importance of Paying it Forward
October 22, 2020

Now more than ever, children’s hospital teams across the country continue to connect, collaborate and support each other.

Article
Leader's Perspective: Understanding COVID-19 and Kids
October 22, 2020

Children's hospital studies its pediatric coronavirus patients to learn what makes the infection unique and the role children play in its transmission.

Article
Leadership Tip: 5 Apps to Boost Your Productivity
October 14, 2020

Fully leveraging technology will increase efficiency and promote collaboration.

Analysis or Summary
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Timeline
October 9, 2020

President Trump issued a national emergency declaration that allows HHS to declare a public health emergency.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Submits Comments to CMS on CY 2021 PFS Proposed Rule
October 6, 2020

We submitted comments to CMS on the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.

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