In other national crises when lives were at stake, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks and World War II, the nation pulled together and largely embraced restrictions and calls to action. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the death toll heading toward 1 million Americans, many are placing their individual beliefs or desires ahead of public health and the national welfare. Healthcare professionals are caught in the middle of the fight over vaccines and masking mandates.
22 states claim CMS mandate will lead to harmful staff resignations
November 30, 2021
Citing the national shortage of nurses and other issues, 22 states have joined in two separate lawsuits demanding the Biden administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services halt their mandate of COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers.
Researchers recently identified predictors of high-cost hospital stays related to ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. The highest median cost of care is related to heart failure, followed by diabetes and COPD.
Employees and employers frequently believe HIPAA comes into play when asking about an individual’s vaccination status. It almost always does not. Although some states are considering legislation designating vaccination status as a separate protected class, private employers generally are free to ask employees about their vaccination status without running afoul of HIPAA or federal employment laws.
With federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates looming, burnout at record levels, and many baby boomers nearing retirement age, a national nursing shortage is approaching that could shut down critically needed care. The American Nurses Association recently sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, calling for the Biden administration “to declare a national nurse staffing crisis and take immediate steps to develop and implement both short- and long-term solutions.”
FDA nixes Biden plan of boosters for all vaccinated
October 7, 2021
In a highly unusual move, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, overruled her own vaccine advisory committee when they became mired in a far-ranging debate about COVID-19 booster shots that led to an end-of-the day vote not to recommend them for healthcare workers.
Case managers are combatting stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout on several fronts as the COVID-19 pandemic surges across many parts of the United States. They are fighting to help patients and families at a time when hospital resources are strained and care transitions are challenging. They are fighting their own grief as more patients die. They are combatting misinformation online and in person as anti-vaccine and anti-mask patients make their views loud and clear.
The delta variant wave of COVID-19 has led to signs of compassion fatigue among healthcare workers. Patients appear angrier, and the anti-vaccine misinformation is contributing to provider frustration and stress.