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Insights for the C-suite

Running short on PPE? Contact these 9 types of local businesses now.

by Steven Berkow, VP of Provider Research and Abigail Hennen, Research Analyst March 31, 2020

Shortages of PPE (personal protective equipment) are a "double stressor." Departures from standard PPE practices to stretch limited supplies place hospital staff as well as patients at heightened risk for virus transmission. And the stress experienced by staff now starts even before such conservation measures are taken. Clinical leaders at institutions admitting COVID-19 patients report staff tensions rising as soon as they see PPE dwindling in supply closets, as all know how hard it is to re-stock PPE right now. The stress can be particularly pronounced for staff in high-risk groups and who have young families at home.

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10 takeaways: This week's 'dramatic, exponential' surge of COVID-19

Christopher Kerns , David Willis March 27, 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic is rapidly evolving, but we're here to help. We have compiled a list of ten key takeaways on COVID-19, consolidated from our webinar on March 26. Join us Thursday, April 2, for an update on where things stand.

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To combat COVID-19, should you team up with Walgreens? Lyft? (Or your competitors?)

by Colin Gelbaugh and Nick Hauger March 27, 2020

Recognizing the need for widespread collaboration during the COVID-19 emergency, hospitals are entering into novel partnerships to increase access to testing, expand inpatient capacity, bolster availability of supplies, and share best practices.

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How hospitals are communicating with patients and the community about COVID-19

by Anna Yakovenko, Colin Gelbaugh, and Nick Hauger March 19, 2020

As patients turn to their local health care providers for education about COVID-19, hospitals across the country are taking proactive steps to address community concerns and communicate how their normal policies and procedures have changed in preparation for a local outbreak. Read on to see examples of how hospitals are addressing top-of-mind issues and communicating emergency response plans to patients and the media.

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The 12 COVID-19 situations hospital leaders should prepare for now

By Rebecca Tyrrell March 17, 2020

The novel coronavirus poses significant clinical and operational challenges for hospital leaders. As projections about the severity and duration of global and domestic outbreaks evolve, leaders in the United States should look to early experiences in China, Italy, and Seattle to prepare.

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Nursing homes: The front line in the fight against COVID-19

Jared Landis March 10, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, one thing is clear: Nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are on the front lines of the fight. 

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Map: How ready is your state to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak?

by Christopher Kerns, with analysis by Nick Hauger, Kyle Campbell, and Andrea Martin March 5, 2020

By now, nearly every U.S. hospital and health system is knee-deep in preparing for a potential COVID-19 outbreak in their communities. Most executives I've spoken with are taking at least initial steps to ensure protocols designed for natural and other disasters are ready for execution should a local or regional outbreak occur.

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'Is primary care as we know it dead?' The question that stopped me in my tracks.

Rachel Woods March 4, 2020

Welcome to "Field Report," a new series where Advisory Board experts weigh in on what they are hearing from health care organizations across the county. In this edition, Rachel Woods explores the future of primary care—and why medical groups and health systems should break the one-size-fits-all primary care model.

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