During the COVID-19 outbreak, we host webinars and podcasts featuring our members and experts from Vizient and the industry.

Our speakers provide their perspectives on the evolving situation and proposed treatment plans for COVID-19, as well as best practices to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Financial Foundations webinar series

Join Vizient and Sg2 experts in a three-part HealthLeaders sponsored webinar series focused on the financial aspects of recovering elective volumes, resetting staff and consumer access.

Ramp Up Elective Volume 

In this session of the webinar series, among the topics covered was how to develop models for operating income recovery, and reassessing portfolio balance and investment income.

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Staff Reset

In this session of the webinar series, among the topics covered was how to create flexible provider staffing models for the rebound, physician compensation and bonus structure with loss of volume, and executive and administrative overhead and compensation.

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The New Access Economy

In this session of the webinar series, among the topics covered was how to assess new demand models, expansion of and investment in virtual services as well as overall operational and clinical considerations in a new market.

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COVID-19 webinars

Organizing Locally to Respond to COVID-19 Surges

Experts from CentraCare Health, University of Colorado Health, and SCL Health shared insights into preparing for localized responses to expected fall surges of COVID-19.

Even as some COVID-19 hotspots start to subside, experts warn that a second wave could occur this fall. This session featured Nick Mickas, MD, medical director of clinical operations, John Muir Health who reviewed the potential indicators of additional surges and explain how to ramp back up quickly.

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Featuring Sara Hanif Mirza, MD, MS, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, this session focused on the various ways in which COVID-19 is manifesting and current knowledge on the latest treatment options.

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Sheryl L. Garland, MHA, FACHE, VCU Health System focused on the effects COVID-19 has had on social determinants of health and what innovative solutions organizations have put in place in order to support those patients and families affected.

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Tom Speigel, MD, MS, MBA, emergency department medical director, University of Chicago, Mark Rupp, MD, chief, division of infection diseases, Nebraska Medicine, Christopher Kim, MD, MBA, SFHM, associate medical director, quality, patient safety and clinical efficiency, University of Washington Medical Center, and Ilseung Cho, MD, MSc, chief quality officer, NYU Langone Hospitals discussed lessons they have learned from their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what practices they have developed that can be carried forward.

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Anand Joshi, MD, MBA, vice president, procurement and strategic sourcing from New York - Presbyterian Hospital shared supply chain leader insights and lessons learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and what organizations can do to carry them forward.

Beth Godsey, vice president, advanced analytics and informatics, Vizient, reviewed the PPE Conservation Impact Calculator - insights and lessons learned from the use of it.

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Kellie Goodson, MS, CPXP, Director, Programs, Vizient, shared information learned from a panel discussion with patient and family advisors. They shared their thoughts about the reopening of health care services, specifically elective procedures, and how they will make decisions in the “new normal”.

Cariline DeLongchamps, Manager, Patient and Family Centered Care, MUSC, discussed how her organization is implementing steps to increase patient confidence in their organization during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Madeline McDowell, MD, FAAP, Principal and Medical Director of Quality and Strategy, Sg2, reviewed the updates to the COVID-19 Surge Demand Calculator that now can model resurgence based on social distancing measures and reopening the country.

Dan Pfister, Supply Chain, and Mary Curran, Executive Director Center of Design, from the Cleveland Clinic, discussed the critical components required to restart elective surgeries.

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Stephen J. Swensen, MD, M.M.M., Former Director Leadership and Organization Development, Mayo Clinic Rochester and Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP, Manager, Work/Life Connections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center shared how they provide support to their staff, address PTSD and build staff resilience and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak..

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This session focused on the management of COVID-19 patients’ post-acute event including appropriate transitioning and continued follow-up. A representative from FEMA also presented during this webinar and was available for Q&A.

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Our speakers
  • Theresa Jenner, MSW, LICSW, CCM, Director of Social Work, Rhode Island Hospital (Lifespan)
  • Penny Gilbert, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, DNP student, Transitional Care Services, Enterprise Director, University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital
  • Abraham D. Gunn, Director, Office of Policy and Performance, Response Directorate, FEMA

Experts from MUSC Health and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority shared their experience with critically ill patients and respiratory management.. Lessons learned include how COVID-19 has disrupted the health system financial and operational state, how organizations are managing the unexpected change in revenue, what are the implications for the current and next financial year budget planning, and what challenges or barriers might be anticipated once the pandemic subsides. At the end of the webinar, we hosted a special session with lessons on intubation, ventilation and use of high volume O2.

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Our speakers
  • Edward C. O'Bryan, MD, CPE, Chief Medical Officer, MUSC Business Health
  • Robert 'Bob' Flannery, CPA, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority
  • Tom C. Krejcie, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, ACMO, Supply Chain, Pharmacy, and Laboratory Medicine, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
  • Thomas Spiegel, MD, MS, BA, ED, Medical Director, University of Chicago Medicine

A team from Providence discusses implementation of digital innovations to triage and treat both COVID-19 patients and persons under investigation (PUI). Highlights include collaboration on chatbots, telehealth virtual visits, remote monitoring and analytics to help establish impact and prepare and allocate resources.

The medical supply leadership from Yale New Haven Health framed three personal protective equipment (PPE) utilization strategies: reduce, re-use, reprocess protocols and strategies for extended use and sterilization, as well as key considerations for projecting/planning PPE use.

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Our speakers
  • Brad Batkoff, MD, FACC, SVP Clinical Svcs and Ops, Providence
  • Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence
  • Patrick A. Kenney, Medical Director, Corporate Supply Chain, Yale New Haven Health

During this webinar, two members shared details of their efforts to develop a robust organizational plan to address the surge in their communities. They highlighted standing up a command center sooner rather than later, developing a model to staff appropriately for surge, and shifting models of care to make room for surge capacity.

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Our speakers:
  • Michael Lin, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Rush University Medical Center
  • Dr. Paul Casey, MD, CMO, Senior Patient Safety Officer, Vice Chairman Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush University Medical Center
  • Sophia Peng, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of Colorado
  • Li-Kheng Ngov, MD, Division of Hospital Medicine, Assistant Director of Patient Safety, University of Colorado
  • Madeleine McDowell, MD, FAAP, Sg2
  • Meg Robb, Sg2

The University of Washington Medicine reviewed their latest updates on dealing with the virus. Nebraska Medicine discussed pandemic planning and modeling, along with clinical care issues and just-in-time training for your staff. The University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics shared how they are evaluating the numerous strategies either for direct antiviral management or management of disease progression.

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Our speakers:
  • Dr. Angela Hewlett, MD, MS, Nebraska Medicine
  • Dr. Mark Rupp, MD, Nebraska Medicine
  • Terry Micheels, MSN, RN, Nebraska Medicine
  • Frank Venuto, Nebraska Medicine
  • Dr. Kelly Caverzagie, MD, FACP, FHM, Nebraska Medicine
  • Christopher Kim, MD, MBA, SFHM, University of Washington Medical Center
  • Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MS, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics
Key takeaways:

During the webinar, experts from three member organizations discussed pandemic planning and modeling, staff training, and clinical care issues, in addition to numerous strategies either for direct antiviral management or management of disease progression. A summary of their remarks appears below:

  1. Clinical deterioration is noted around the second week of illness.
  2. Retrain staff on proper donning and doffing.
  3. Need to develop a very strong policy around PPE to address the following right away:
    1. Where kept, how requested, how distributed
    2. Dashboard to know how much PPE you have at any given time
    3. How to enforce this policy in a strong manner
  4. Develop criteria for extended use and re-use of N95s. (e.g., able to seal (test elastic bands), were not worn during aerosol generating procedure, and not soiled, damaged or moist)
  5. UV decontamination for 7 cycles; Use bag with handles to store masks so they don’t crease, and label sides of bag front/back so staff know which way to hang mask off handles. Label masks directly with name, date of first use, and tally marks for number of decontaminations.
    1. If using UVGI to decontaminate masks, paint room with reflective UV paint.
  6. Develop robust communication methods to staff and be as transparent as possible. Consider:
    1. Weekly FAQs and town hall meetings
    2. Organize all your information in a centralized location for staff, have someone with clinical knowledge organize the information so it can be easily accessed.
  7. Develop Craig’s list-like site for staff to ask for and offer services to fellow staff.
  8. Consider developing a daily contact with treatment teams to discuss appropriate therapy for COVID-19 patients and use COVID-19 pager for questions.
  9. Restrict all COVID-19 antimicrobial prescriptions to review and approval by an antimicrobial stewardship committee.
  10. To prepare for a community surge in your area, determine where you could utilize extra patient care space. (e.g. dorm rooms, ORs, conference space)

Experts from the Miriam Hospital (Lifespan) and University of Chicago Medicine shared updates on their experiences managing the COVID-19 outbreak in their facilities.

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Our speakers:
  • Maria Ducharme, DPN, RN, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer, Miriam Hospital
  • G. Dean Roye, M.D., FACS, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Miriam Hospital
  • Thomas Spiegel, MD, MS, BA, ED, Medical Director, University of Chicago Medicine

Emory infectious disease experts shared the latest information on COVID-19 contagion, an update from their Feb. 5 presentation.

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Our speakers:
  • Marybeth Sexton, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Kari Love, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Program Director, Emory Healthcare 

Experts from Emory and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) of America Outbreak Response Training Program share the latest details about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and outlined action steps that hospitals can take to address the spread of the virus.

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Our speakers:
  • Marybeth Sexton, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Kari Love, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, Program Director, Emory Healthcare
  • Jennifer Hanrahan, DO, MSC, chair of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Vizient members have exclusive access to expanded videos with member-only information. These videos can be found under the COVID-19 updates, on the clinical and pharmacy webinars tab, on our Disaster Preparedness page.

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COVID-19 podcasts

Modern Practice podcast

This exciting podcast series features medical experts sharing their ideas and approaches for the current COVID-19 outbreak, the latest strategic trends and clinical challenges. Hosted by Dr. Tom Villanueva and brought to you by the Vizient Medical Leadership team.

Sg2 Perspectives podcast

Sg2 Perspectives brings together Sg2 experts and health care industry thought leaders to discuss popular Sg2 publications, key event takeaways and other strategic topics - including COVID-19 - keeping health system leadership teams up at night.