Cook County Health (CCH) Board of Directors Meeting
July 31, 2020
Meeting was held remotely with audio only available for observer
Human Resources Committee reported that it took 90 days on average to hire, from the time of initial job posting to hiring. CCH's Employment Plan brought CCH into compliance with the Shakman decrees, Federal court orders, which prohibit political influence into the employment process, but adds steps to the hiring process. It was suggested that hiring steps be broken down to see if there could be improvement in hiring time and to compare the hiring time of CCH to other Chicago hospital systems. A request for the diversity breakdown of nurses was requested. Almost half of nurses are African American; Asian and White each make up about
one-fifth of nurses. HR actively recruits bilingual staff and reaches out to local groups and universities.
Managed Care Committee reported that as of July 2, 2020 CountyCare membership was 364,973 with 10.5% of these members using CCH clinics. July 2, 2020 numbers are an increase over June 3, 2020 numbers. August membership numbers are projected to be around 369,000 due to increased Medicaid members and IL Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) temporarily stopping the redetermination process during the Covid-19 crisis. HFS's May data showed CountyCare had a 31.9% share of the Cook County Medicaid market. At some future point HFS will startup the redetermination process again and Medicaid numbers will decline. During Covid-19 pandemic, CountyCare patients are getting care along with food, transportation, specialty care. James Kiamos, CEO Health Plan Services, is leaving CCH and this is his last report.
Quality and Patient Safety Committee presented a new Quality Dashboard, specific graphs with reference targets for data collection and monitoring. This dashboard now contains categories at CCH that need to be improved in the CMS Star Rating reports. These CMS reports let consumers compare hospitals based on quality ratings. An important area for CCH is clinical documentation to accurately record a patient's problems such as homelessness and other insecurities/illness/case complexity so as to get properly reimbursed for that patient's care. In the LOWN Institute Hospital Index, Stroger Hospital rated very high in Civic Leadership, Value of Care, and Patient Safety.
Report from Debra Carey, Interim CEO:
Items to Watch For in the Future:
Observed by: Michele Niccolai Meeting Length: 3 hour
*Link to the CCH Statement on Health Equity approved by the Board of Directors
Individual authors are credited at the end of each report.