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COVID-19: Hospital Planning and Response Tools

LHA Resources

HHS/CMS Resources

  • Onboarding Resource: HHS’ Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange has created a Healthcare Facility Onboarding Checklist to assist in quickly onboarding additional healthcare providers when hospital admissions and ICU occupancy increase rapidly.

CDC Resources

  • CDC Data Tool: The CDC launched the COVID-19 Data Tracker, a website showing data on U.S. laboratory testing and cases reported to the CDC from state health departments and territorial jurisdictions.
  • Surge-Capacity Tool: The CDC released a spreadsheet-based tool for estimating surges in demand for hospital-based services related to COVID-19.
  • On March 25, the CDC released an updated Checklists and Resources for hospitals and healthcare professionals preparing for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

AHA Resources

  • AHA Report: A new AHA report released on June 30 finds that the immense financial strain facing hospitals and health systems caused by COVID-19 will continue through at least 2020, with total losses expected to be at least $323 billion in 2020. The report estimates an additional minimum of $120.5 billion in financial losses, due in large part to lower patient volumes from July 2020 through December 2020, or an average of $20.1 billion per month.
  • Maternal and Neonatal Health Resource: A new AHA resource shares ways hospitals and health systems are caring for mothers and babies during the pandemic by examining labor and delivery policies, telehealth options for prenatal and postnatal care, breastfeeding, pregnant healthcare staff and racial disparities.
  • Hospital Action Plan: The AHA released a resource to helps hospitals and health systems think through, in under an hour, how to partner with other organizations to meet their needs during the pandemic. 
  • Tool for Nurse Leaders: On April 30, AONL unveiled a new resource to provide nurse leaders with practical tips and effective strategies for addressing challenges unique to a crisis.
  • Health Disparities: On April 28, the AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) released a new resource highlighting steps hospitals can and are taking to address disparities that arise during the fight against COVID-19.
  • AHA Fact Sheet: On April 24, the AHA released a fact sheet detailing the financial challenges facing hospitals and health systems as a result of COVID-19.
  • Compendium of COVID-19 Models: On April 9, the AHA released a “COVID-19 Models: Forecasting the Pandemic’s Spread that provides an overview of and links to 11 models that can help organizations address case projections and capacity planning, community vulnerability mapping and case mapping.

  • Caring for Patients with Limited Resources: On April 1, the AHA released a list of resources, tools and sample policies that hospital and clinical leaders may find helpful in developing their organization’s approach to caring for patients with limited resources or under crisis circumstances. In addition to resources related to clinical ethics and crisis standards of care, this compilation includes selected COVID-19 related protocols and educational tools from hospitals and specialty societies that grapple with challenging circumstances.


  • FEMA Preparedness Guidelines for Hurricane Season: This month FEMA issued COVID-19 pandemic operational guidance for the forthcoming hurricane season. Included in the document are considerations for hospitals in evacuation zones, including the need to develop plans for relocating patients as well as ventilators, dialysis machines and stockpiled PPE.
  • Preparedness in Pandemic Exercise Starter Kit: FEMA’s National Exercise Division and National Integration Center have collaborated to develop a Preparedness in Pandemic Exercise Starter Kit. This Exercise Starter Kit is designed to be shared across the whole community to help organizations and government agencies conduct their own planning workshops to navigate the complexities of preparedness, response and recovery operations during a pandemic. The Exercise Starter Kit includes a sample facilitator guide and conduct slides that are designed to be adapted and customized. Suggested discussion questions for the workshop build upon operational planning principles, FEMA’s COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for 2020 Hurricane Season


  • AHA Financial Impact Report: On May 5, the AHA released a new report that estimates a total four-month financial impact of $202.6 billion in losses for America’s hospitals and health systems, or an average of $50.7 billion per month. The estimate includes the costs of COVID-19 hospitalizations, canceled and foregone services, purchasing needed personal protective equipment and providing additional support to hospital workers.
  • Pandemic’s Early Impact on Hospital Finances: Hospitals’ already thin margins plunged into the red in March as non-emergency procedures and revenues fell and expenses for staff, supplies and building capacity rose to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 patients, according to a new report by healthcare consultancy Kaufman Hall. Based on data from more than 800 hospitals, median operating margins fell to -8% in March, down from 4% in February. Operating earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization fell 100% compared to the same period last year, or 13 percentage points in absolute change.
  • Rural Hospital Impact: On April 21, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Rural Health Task Force released a new report examining the immense challenges facing the U.S. rural healthcare system as highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and provided policy recommendations to address these challenges.


  • VA Response Plan: On March 23, the VA has released a comprehensive plan  to respond to COVID-19. The plan also includes strategies for alternative sites of care to treat veterans with COVID-19. View the latest VA COVID-19 updates online.


  • HHS Tabletop Exercise: COVID-19 fatality management tabletop exercise for use by government, private sector, and nonprofit organizations, including a toolkit with a Situational Manual and PowerPoint


  • Patient Surge Resources: On May 28, HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response released resources focused on establishing, funding and operationalizing medical operations coordination cells and alternative care sites. The agency aims to ensure load-balancing across healthcare facilities and systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available resources include a toolkit, tip sheet and a pair of webinars.
  • CDC Training Materials: The CDC has compiled in one location training materials for healthcare professionals related to the COVID-19 emergency, including webinars, videos and online courses. Topics include clinical care and infection control, PPE, nonpharmaceutical interventions to slow the spread, and emergency preparedness and response.
  • IHI Resources: The IHI is offering a free weekly Virtual Learning Hour dedicated to COVID-19 hosted by IHI President Emeritus Don Berwick and IHI CEO & President Derek Feeley. In addition, IHI released a compilation of resources and guidance and is providing access to select Open School online learning programs at no charge.

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