About Emergency Department/Trauma
California’s emergency departments (EDs) provide critical health services to those experiencing trauma, injury, or acute medical conditions. EDs offer comprehensive care, do not require previous authorization, and are open 24/7 year-round. EDs are facing unprecedented patient volume, with a 42% increase in the past seven years. By improving access to care for primary and specialty services, emergency visits can be reduced. More focused state and federal policies will be required to reduce Californians’ health care risks and ensure equitable access to appropriate care levels before people need emergency care.
As a result of the closure of 29 Lags Medical Centers, which operate high-volume pain management clinics in California, emergency departments in 16 counties may see high numbers of patients needing prescription refills.
Emergency department (ED) staff are seeing an increase in youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis, including suicide, and in the moment it can be difficult to know what resources are available and where to direct families. To provide hospital staff with resources that can support patients and family members, and ease the already stressful ED environment, CHA will host a webinar on April 28 from 11 a.m. to noon (PT).
CHA and the California Bridge Program have partnered to provide members with a 15-minute on-demand video that explains the origins and benefits of the California Bridge Program’s highly successful opioid treatment model.
Opioid abuse is a long-standing problem in California.
The substance use disorder (SUD) crisis might seem insurmountable, but the CA Bridge Program has developed a model of care that saves lives and helps patients with SUDs get back on track. The 24/7 program is built upon three pillars: rapid access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), welcoming and destigmatized care and specially trained substance use navigators (SUNs) that connect patients to ongoing care and support.
The Department of Health Care Services is awarding grant funds to 212 general acute care hospitals through the Behavioral Health Pilot Project (BHPP).
The world has been so focused on COVID-19 that it seems summer — and wildfire season — have snuck up on us. An upcoming complimentary webinar only for CHA members, July 29 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., will focus on Wildfires During a Public Health Disaster: Incident Action Planning.
The California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS and STD Control Branch have released a Dear Colleague letter that identifies opportunities to increase testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Writing an After Action Report (AAR) and Improvement Plan from a real event can be challenging enough. Writing one for an ever-changing event that has no end in sight can seem impossible. CHA’s COVID 19: Mid-Response After Action Reporting Webinar will discuss how the midterm AAR can use lessons learned — not only in meeting regulatory, accreditation, and grant requirements — but to identify ways to better respond and what to share with partners that can also help the community response.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established a national emergency care contact center to simplify the emergency care notification process. The Community Care Centralized Notification Center is the mechanism by which community providers must now notify the VA of a veteran presenting at an emergency facility.
CHA will hold a complimentary member webinar on March 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. (PT), emphasizing how hospitals and health systems can best care for their communities during the evolving coronavirus outbreak.