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10 takeaways: The 'radical measures' health systems are taking to manage Covid-19's cost

Christopher Kerns , David Willis April 3, 2020

A lot has happened this week as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ramp up. To help navigate the developments, we have compiled a list of 10 key takeaways on Covid-19, consolidated from our webinar on April 2. Join us Thursday, April 9, for an update on where things stand.

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The surge capacity checklist: The steps to take now to prepare for Covid-19's peak

by Virginia Reid April 2, 2020

The most recent numbers project that the United States will face the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in just two weeks—and projected ICU bed shortages could reach over 18,000. Health systems are already facing dire shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), intensive care beds, and staff trained to care for COVID-19 patients.

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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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