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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

  • Coordinating Medical Resources: The CDC released guidance for emergency medical planners and healthcare facilities to identify relief healthcare facilities and establish or use medical operation coordination cells to improve surge capacity and resource allocation during the pandemic. For more information, see the Federal Medical Operation Coordination Cell Toolkit. (July 12)
  • 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.

AHA Resources

  • Essential Surgery Roadmap: On Aug. 13, the AHA, along with several other healthcare associations, released a Joint Statement: Roadmap for Maintaining Essential Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic, which provides a list of principles and considerations to guide physicians, nurses, and hospitals and health systems as they provide essential care to their patients and communities and seek to ensure ongoing preparation to meet patients’ needs for recommended essential procedures.
  • 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.


  • 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


  • New AHA Analysis: A new analysis prepared by Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC and released July 21 by the AHA highlights the dire impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the financial health of hospitals and health systems. Without further government support, margins could sink to -7% in the second half of 2020, according to the analysis, with half of all hospitals operating in the red..


  • 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


  • 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.

Louisiana Hospital Association

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Phone: (225) 928-0026
Fax: (225) 923-1004