A recently released national pulse survey from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General highlights key barriers and considerations of the hospital community as it addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey—Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a National Pulse Survey March 23-27, 2020—is intended to inform how federal and state agencies, the hospital community, and other health care stakeholders can adapt to the short- and long-term implications of this crisis. The survey asked participants questions about challenges, strategies, and support they need to address the COVID-19 crisis.
Key findings from the survey results include:
Additionally, the report found that hospitals across the country seek additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as more support from the federal government to manage their finances. Hospitals reported the need for rapid support from the federal government to increase Medicare payments and offer additional loans and grants to ensure they remain solvent.
Pennsylvania’s hospitals are committed to caring for every patient who walks through their doors, regardless of their health needs or insurance status. Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed an especially significant and unprecedented burden on the state’s hospital community, HAP continues to work with state and federal lawmakers to make sure that facilities have the resources they needs to respond to the ever-changing situation in the state. This includes ensuring that hospitals remain financially stable as many of them have retooled to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 patients.
For more information, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration.
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