Resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
ACAP RESOURCES ON CORONAVIRUS:
PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- CMS listing of Approved Section 1135 (Federal Disaster) Waivers
- The Center for Health Insurance Reform, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute: What Are State Officials Doing to Make Private Health Insurance Work Better for Consumers During the Coronavirus Public Health Crisis?
HOW ACAP PLANS ARE FIGHTING COVID-19
Prestige Health Choice Supports Local Families in Need
(May 27, 2020)– Prestige Health Choice is donating funds and goods to organizations in its seven-county Florida service area. The donations will help provide for the needs of those affected by the pandemic. The donations include $5,000 to Feeding South Florida Food Bank, which will provide 35,000 meals, and $5,000 to the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County to supply diapers, baby formula, and other necessary items. Prestige Health Choice has also supported the community with non-monetary donations of backpacks, diaper bags filled with baby products, and messenger bags to local homeless shelters and other community organizations.
Geisinger Launches New Mobile App to Assist Recovering COVID Patients
(May 27, 2020)–Geisinger launched a new mobile app to connect COVID-19 patients with providers and monitor their symptoms while they recover at home. Epic’s MyChart Care Companion allows patients to report their symptoms, temperature, and oxygen levels twice a day to a team of nurses. If their symptoms worsen, an automated alert is sent and the patient is contacted by a clinical nurse for further evaluation and, if necessary, a video meeting with a physician. All Geisinger patients who test positive for COVID-19 will have the option to receive a care kits with a mask, activities, and other items to self-treat at home. Coordinated in part with Geisinger Health Plan, these kits include a pulse oximeter to monitor blood oxygen levels, a digital thermometer, and acetaminophen to reduce fever and any muscle aches or pains.
AmeriHealth Caritas Donates $20,000 to Address Food Insecurity
(May 14, 2020)– AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana donated $20,000 to Feeding Louisiana to address food insecurity in the state. Louisiana has one of the highesta levels of food insecurity in the United States. According to Feeding America, one-in-six Louisiana households already struggled to put food on the table before the COVID-19 pandemic and one out of every four Louisiana children lives in a food-insecure household. The donation will provide 70,000 meals to communities in need across all 64 parishes of the state.
Commonwealth Care Alliance to Use Predictive Analytics to Improve COVID-19 Response
(May 12, 2020)–Commonwealth Care Alliance announced it will use Google’s Looker, a predictive analytics tool, to provide CCA clinicians with almost instant access to the critical information they need to deliver care during the COVID-19 pandemic. A dedicated COVID-19 monitoring dashboard allows CCA to determine which members are most at-risk for the virus based on factors such as age and pre-existing conditions. Over 400 CCA clinicians have received tailored action boards that consolidate clinical data, including COVID-19 information, and highlight the most urgent matters including environmental and personal risk factors.
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Supports Community Organizations Through $1M COVID Relief Fund
(May 12, 2020)– Cardinal Innovations Healthcare has announced the third round of awards as part of its $1 million COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund was established to support local responsiveness in a way that impacts the health, wellness and stability of vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19, placing a particular emphasis on initiatives that will make an immediate impact on the availability of social services and increase the community’s overall ability to serve those who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Over the course of three rounds of $20,000 grants, Cardinal Innovations has provided grants to more than 50 local organizations, including churches, food banks, housing support services, clinics and schools.
CalOptima Launches Program to Improve Infection Control Training in Nursing Homes
(May 8, 2020)– CalOptima committed more than $629,000 in a grant for a to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. As part of the training, nursing home staff will learn how to better screen facility visitors, use personal protective equipment (PPE) more effectively, correct common mistakes in cleaning rooms and public areas, and answer resident questions about COVID-19.
AlohaCare Gives Grants, PPE to Local Non-Profit Organizations Helping At Risk-Families
(May 5, 2020)–AlohaCare will donate $150,000 to local non-profit organizations that are helping at-risk families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation includes monetary contributions to food banks across the state; 28,800 masks for health care workers at community health centers; and a grant for a new online platform to help identify areas of need in Hawaii.
CenCal Health Procures PPE for Local Hospitals, Clinics
(April 27, 2020)– CenCal Health is in the process of delivering 100,000 disposable face masks, 100,000 disposable gloves and 20,000 protective gowns to local healthcare workers combatting the COVID-19 public health emergency. With this donation of personal protective equipment or PPE, CenCal Health continues its commitment to community health and safety even during this unprecedented event.
IEHP Teams Up with Local Agencies to Connect Uninsured Californians to Health Services
(April 27, 2020)– Inland Empire Health Plan is collaborating with local health officials to connect uninsured Inland Empire residents to health services through the 2-1-1 social service line. Residents who call the number with COVID questions will be routed to a health care professional. Nurses from IEHP and San Bernardino County Public Health are supporting 2-1-1 callers Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with answers to health questions and advice on how to access medical care related to COVID-19.
UPMC Launches Free Self Care App to Combat COVID-19 Stress
(April 27, 2020)– UPMC recently launched a free self-care app offering evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for stress management, anxiety, depression and more. The app– Brain Manager– a self-service, digital tool that was specifically designed to help users calm their minds and bodies by delivering evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques and training through a custom, personalized experience. App users complete mobile programs on stress and anxiety, all of which help boost emotional resilience and adaptability. UPMC says the app has logged more than 3,000 users since the start of April .
L.A. Care Commits $120 Million to Support Healthcare Providers
(April 16, 2020)— L.A. Care Health Plan committed more than $70 million to support healthcare providers who are working to fight COVID-19. The bulk of those funds will go to hospitals and providers, but roughly $13 million will go to community organizations, supporting testing and telehealth support for members and other individuals in interim housing settings, legal aid for community members facing eviction, and meal deliveries for up to 750 homebound members, among other services.
Amida Care Addresses Racial Disparity in COVID-19 Impact
(April 10, 2020)– Amida Care and the National Black Leadership Commission on Health (NBLCH), a nonprofit organization that promotes health and prevention of diseases within the Black community, are calling for urgent attention to address COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on the Black community. Across the nation, early data is showing that African Americans are disproportionately contracting and dying from the new coronavirus. In the state of New York, Black people account for 18% of deaths but are 9% of the population. Amida Care CEO Doug Wirth and C. Virginia Fields, CEO of NBLCH and ACAP’s 2020 Leadership in Advocacy Award Winner, penned an op-ed on racial disparity in healthcare for the New York Daily News.
Community Health Choice Employees Make Face Masks for Local Non-Profit
(April 10, 2020) — Community Health Choice employees, led by Vice President of Community Affairs Daisy Morales, made 159 face masks for Covenant House, a non-profit organization that helps homeless, runaway, and trafficked young people.
The Community Team made 159 face masks for the homeless youth at @CovenantHouse this week.
— Community Health Choice (@CHCTexas) April 10, 2020
IEHP Donates $50,000 to Support Local Food Banks
(April 8, 2020)– Inland Empire Health Plan gave more than $50,0000 to support local food banks during the pandemic. The plan donated staff resources to support continuity of local food bank operations. IEHP also sourced and donated 15,000 surgical masks to local medical groups experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment.
Just this afternoon, #TeamIEHP donated 15,000 surgical masks to local county medical associations, #RiversideCounty Medical Association and #SanBernardinoCounty Medical Association, for distribution to local physicians!
— IEHP (@IEHP_healthcare) April 9, 2020