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Telehealth Webinar on November 3: Preparing for the New Normal

Tuesday, November 3, 1-2PM EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series Join Kathy Wibberly, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center, for a journey into past, present, and future of telehealth. Together, we will: Review best practices and lessons learned Examine what transpired over the past 6 months as …

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Pre-Launch Webinars: National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

As training centers and nursing homes around the country continue to join the Network and prepare to embark on their respective cohorts, we’re offering a series of pre-launch webinars to explore some of the key themes that will later be featured more deeply over the 16-week sessions. These interactive, pre-launch webinars will feature national experts …

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COVID-19 Workshop on October 29: Primary Care During a Crisis

Thursday, October 29, 10:30-11AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on alternating Thursdays, 10:30–11AM. The COVID-19 public health crisis had an unprecedented impact on the healthcare system across the country. The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) considers a three-phase approach for practices to best respond to the crisis, meet the needs of their patients, and …

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CMS Webinar: Staffing Challenges & Solutions: Insights from the Frontline

Tuesday, October 20, 2–3PM EDT Please join us for a National Learning and Action Network (LAN) event on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET. A LAN is a group of health care professionals and stakeholder organizations, convened by the QIO Program. The goal of the LAN is to improve patient care and population …

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Join the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Join an interactive community of practice to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control in nursing homes. Supported by the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Project ECHO is virtually bringing together small groups of peers and experts to learn about …

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Resources for Patients, Families, & Caregivers

Improve Health Equity During Hispanic Heritage Month From September 15 – October 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), along with the IPRO QIN-QIO, honors National Hispanic Heritage Month. This year, CMS OMH is prioritizing health for the nation’s 60 million Hispanics by encouraging annual flu shots and …

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Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15

Improve Health Equity During Hispanic Heritage Month This year, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) honors National Hispanic Heritage Month, we hope to focus on prioritizing health for the nation’s 60 million Hispanics by encouraging annual flu shots and sharing resources to help Hispanics take steps toward …

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CMS Call on October 7: Substance Use Disorder Treatment during COVID-19

Treatment for Substance Use Disorder During the Public Health Emergency Wednesday, October 7, 3PM-4PM EDT CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) to allow primary care providers, psychosocial support specialists, addiction medicine specialists, and other interested parties to ask questions on CMS’s actions to address the opioids crisis during the public health emergency …

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Telehealth Webinar on October 20: Telehealth for Physical Therapy

Tuesday, October 20, 1-2PM EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series Join us on October 20 as our speaker shares valuable insight about creating a telehealth service line for physical therapy. Travis Clappa, PT, Director of Community Relations at Rehabilitation Performance Institute in Owensboro, KY, will talk about his …

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Healthy People 2030: Building a healthier future for all

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) released the fifth edition of the Healthy People initiative, which builds on knowledge gained over the past four decades to address current and emerging public health priorities and challenges. Healthy People 2030 sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade. …

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Black Barbershop Hypertension Intervention Gets Telemedicine Update

The success of a barbershop hypertension intervention for Blacks continued with the addition of a telemedicine component to reduce costs and improve efficiency, according to a pilot study. Blood pressure fell from an average of 155.1/84.9 mm Hg at baseline to 126.4/75.0 mm Hg after 12 months among Black men who received the intervention. The …

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North Carolina Creates NCCare360

North Carolina has created the nation’s first statewide infrastructure connecting healthcare and human services called NCCARE360. Through a public-private partnership, the state developed this technology platform to coordinate whole-person care, uniting traditional healthcare settings and organizations that address non-medical drivers of health, often referred to as social determinants of health. The system is available in …

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Racial Disparities Persist in Hospice Care and End-of-Life Treatment

A study published in JAMA suggests that Black people are less likely to receive hospice care and more likely to receive intensive treatment in the last six months of life, regardless of cause of death, compared to White people. Researchers examined 1,212 fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries who died of natural causes between 2013 and 2015. Overall, …

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Pragmatic Framework for Establishing Meaningful Measurements for Equity

The authors of this commentary in the NEJM Catalyst digital journal outline a four-tier model that offers a framework for interconnected measures to advance equity for patients and healthcare staff. The lack of standards and benchmarks contribute to a fragmented equity landscape where: organizations stumble across and/or react to inequities rather than systematically and proactively …

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NHSN Webinars on Oct. 1 & 6: New Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Module Updates

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) offers two new features for long-term care facilities to track weekly influenza vaccination data beginning with the 2020-2021 influenza season for health care personnel and residents. Please join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a webinar on Thursday, October 1 or Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at …

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Behavioral Health & Opioids: September & October Updates

The field of behavioral health is always evolving, and our teams are constantly looking for opportunities to sharpen skills and learn new things. We regularly gather a variety of webinars, training opportunities, and resources on what’s happening in the field and these lists are just too good to keep to ourselves. Below is a curated …

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Register for Free Training on Coronavirus Testing in Nursing Homes

ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network presents a conversation with national experts on coronavirus testing in nursing homes. Coronavirus Testing in Nursing Homes October 1, 2020, 1:30 – 3:00 EDT Looking for more learning opportunities? Join an interactive community of practice to advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control in nursing homes. …

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Free Webinar Hosted by the National Kidney Foundation: Preventing Influenza Amid COVID-19

Wednesday, September 30, 11:30AM-12PM EST National partners, the National Kidney Foundation hosts a free webinar “Protecting Yourself and Your Patients: Preventing Influenza in the COVID-19 Era,” to discuss the implications of healthcare team immunization on people with kidney disease. Strategies for encouraging influenza vaccination will also be discussed. Influenza can be associated with serious illnesses, …

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Telehealth Webinar on October 6: The Impact on Care Transitions

Tuesday, October 6, 1-2PM EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series Materials Recording Slides On October 6, our speakers discussed the impact telehealth has on care transitions. First, Kelly Baxter, DNP, FNP-BC, ACHPN shared how a Palliative Care Telehealth Pilot helped meet a nursing home’s needs. Next, Roger Herr, …

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CMS Announces New Guidance for Safe Visitation in Nursing Homes

September 17, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revised guidance providing detailed recommendations on ways nursing homes can safely facilitate visitation during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. After several months of visitor restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, CMS recognizes that physical separation from family and other …

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Report Released: Independent Nursing Home COVID-19 Commission Findings

The independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes released its final report to CMS on September 16. The Commission report was created to conduct an independent review and comprehensive assessments of confronting COVID-19. This report contains best practices that emphasize and reinforce CMS strategies and initiatives, including those implemented by Quality Innovation …

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CMS & CDC Trainings & Live Q&A Sessions on COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management

Trainings The CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management training series covers 13 topics that your nursing home staff must know to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. These trainings are housed on www.QIOProgram.org for 24/7 access. New, pre-recorded trainings will be released every Thursday at 4PM EDT through September 2020. Live Q&A Sessions Live …

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COVID-19 Workshop on October 1: Surgery During the Pandemic

Thursday, October 1, 10:30-11AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on alternating Thursdays, 10:30–11AM. Join us on October 1 for a conversation with a person who recently had major brain surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear her perspective on the supportive hospital staff and the transition to follow-up telehealth visits with both her surgeon and …

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Disparities in U.S. hospitalizations for serious infections in patients with & without opioid use disorder (OUD)

In a research article published in PLOS Medicine (August 2020), patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) who are hospitalized for serious infections requiring prolonged intravenous antibiotics may face barriers to discharge, which could prolong length of stay (LOS) and increase financial burden. Researchers used the 2016 National Inpatient Sample, a nationally representative database of all …

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How Can Hospitals Improve the Health of their Communities?

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity are working with IBM Watson Health to develop a method to measure the impact of hospitals on community health and equity, for possible inclusion in the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals Program. The U.S. has experienced a decline in life expectancy …

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Respiratory distress the cause of most post-COVID hospital readmissions

This published article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (August 2020) describes a retrospective cohort study of COVID-19 positive patients who were hospitalized between February 27 and April 12, 2020. The main measures were readmission or return to the emergency department following discharge for COVID-19 infection. Of the 2864 discharged patients, 103 (3.6%) returned …

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CMS Announces CHART Model for Improving Rural Health

The CMS Innovation Center recently announced the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model to address disparities by providing a path for rural communities to transform health care delivery by leveraging innovative financial arrangements combined with operational and regulatory flexibilities. The Model aims to: Increase financial stability for rural providers by providing up-front investments …

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Housing Insecurity a Growing Problem

COVID-19 will have an unprecedented impact on homelessness, according to analysis by Dr. Brendan O’Flaherty, a professor of economics at Columbia University. Dr. O’Flaherty projects a 40-45% increase in homelessness this year compared to January 2019. This equates to nearly 250,000 additional people losing their housing, mostly due to lay-offs resulting from the economic impacts …

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Assessing Telemedicine Unreadiness Among Older Adults in the U.S.

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a rapid and massive shift to telemedicine to help protect patients and providers from infection. A JAMA Internal Medicine research letter asserts that an estimated 38% of older adults in the U.S. are not ready for telemedicine, mainly due to inexperience with technology. These findings are based on a cross-sectional …

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Receipt of Home-Based Care Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries

A research article in HealthAffairs (August 2020) states that there is untapped potential to expand home-based medical care to homebound and non-homebound seniors, which can lower cost of care and improve clinical outcomes. Estimates suggest there are about two million homebound seniors in the U.S. and about five million seniors who can only leave home …

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Health Equity: Where can I learn more?

View popular resources from our partners. Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): Office of Minority Health Health & Human Services (HHS): Health Disparities Partners The Community Guide: Health Equity Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: What is Health Equity? Rural Health Information Hub: Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit Social Determinants of Health …

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IPRO Webinars Sept 21 & 29: On-Site Home Dialysis in SNFs

Join the IPRO End-Stage Renal Disease Network of New England on September 29 from 11AM-12PM as we learn about on-site home dialysis in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Join us and learn about: Challenges that skilled nursing facilities face with residents undergoing dialysis Impact of on-site home hemodialysis (HHD) Obstacles that previously blocked the implementation of …

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COVID-19 Workshop on Sept. 17: CDC’s Influenza Resources & Infection Surveillance

Thursday, Sept. 17, 10:30-11AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on alternating Thursdays, 10:30–11AM. Join us to learn about the most current resources regarding the upcoming Influenza season and infection prevention and surveillance best practices. Materials Presentation Recording Have specific questions? Let us know and we’ll address them in our upcoming webinars. Email us at: …

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CMS Releases Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program Web-Based Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course for those who are new to the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP). This course is designed to provide a general overview of the program as well as a variety of links and resources for additional information. Specific topics …

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COVID-19 and Influenza Season 2020-2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused healthcare providers to change how they operate to continue providing essential services to patients. It is essential to ensure immunization services are maintained or re-initiated. Immunizations help protect individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks while reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season. Centers for Disease …

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CMS Stakeholder Calls: September 8-24

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. CMS COVID-19 …

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Telehealth Webinar on September 22: A Physician Office’s Transition Experience

Tuesday, September 22, 1-2PM EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series Join us on September 22 as Dr. Chris Campanile and Marisol Carcamo, Office Manager, describe how their office staff modified their practice to accommodate telehealth use and ensure their patients’ needs were met. Materials Recording

CMS Releases Interim Final Rule, Reporting Requirements Updates, and Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions

August 26, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s healthcare facilities are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). On August 25, 2020, an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) went on display at the Federal …

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CMS Launches National Training Program to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices

New training provides education on critical safety measures to keep residents safe August 25, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing an unprecedented national nursing home training program for frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management. The training is designed to equip both frontline caregivers and their management with …

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Nursing Home Strategies for COVID-19 Only Isolation of COVID-19 Residents

August 25, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Medicaid Informational Bulletin (CIB) that provides guidance to states on flexibilities that are available to increase reimbursement for nursing facilities that implement specific infection control practices, such as designating a quarantine or isolation wing for COVID-19 patients. Nursing facilities are particularly …

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Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19

Twice a month on Friday, 12:30–2:00 PM EDT Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their …

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Anticoagulation Forum Virtual Boot Camp: Sep. 25-26

September 25-26, 2020 The Anticoagulation Forum moved its course online and now you can learn from anywhere! View the same solid curriculum and bonus content on COVID-19 with 10.75 hours of continuing education (CE) credit. This program is delivered virtually by a phenomenal faculty including Dr. Scott Kaatz, Dr. Geoff Barnes, NP, Diane Wirth, and …

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Important CMS & CDC Nursing Home Training Series Change

Thursday, August 20, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transitioned the live nursing home infection control trainings to a pre-recorded, self-paced format. New Trainings Series The new CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management training series will include 13 topics …

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CMS Webinar on August 24: Medicare Care Compare

August 24, 2-2:45PM EDT Requires Login. You’ll get an email and appointment after registration. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making improvements to help people with Medicare find information about health care providers and services, as part of the eMedicare initiative to modernize and personalize your experiences with Medicare information. Care Compare …

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CMS Releases FAQs on MDPP Public Health Emergency Flexibilities

Do you have questions about the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Expanded Model Public Health Emergency (PHE) Flexibilities? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist MDPP Suppliers as they continue to provide services to Medicare Beneficiaries. If you have additional questions, please contact CMS by visiting …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls: August 21-27

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Lessons from …

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CMS Announces Resumption of Routine Inspections of All Provider and Suppliers, Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance to States, and Posts Toolkit to Assist Nursing Homes

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will resume routine inspections of all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers to improve the safety and quality of life of patients and residents. CMS had previously suspended certain routine inspections as part of its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic …

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Telehealth Webinar on September 8: Multi-Presentation Event

Tuesday, September 8, 1-2PM EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series Materials Slides Recording Telehealth During COVID-19 and Beyond: An Integrative Approach The first presentation will be from Brooke Yeager McSwain, MSc, RRT, Health Policy Lead at SPROUT, a national telehealth research collaborative. Ms. Yeager will discuss recent telehealth …

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CMS Call on August 18: Rural Health Open Door Forum

August 18, 3-4PM EDT Conference Call Information: Dial: 1-888-455-1397 | Passcode: 9375124 Join the Rural Health Open Door Forum on August 18 from 3-4PM. The forum will consist of opening remarks, announcements, and updates. The Conference Leaders will give an also update on the CHART Model and Physician Fee Schedule NPRM – Telehealth Proposal. The …

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CDC Webinar on August 20: 2020-2021 Influenza Vaccination

August 20, 2-3PM EDT | Free CE Credits Available Recommendations and Clinical Guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic Presenters will discuss updates to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the 2020-2021 influenza vaccination season. Topics include: Standards for Adult Immunization Practice Flu vaccination planning General vaccination guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic Guidance for …

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CMS Webinar on August 18: CHART Model Overview

August 18, 1–2:30PM EDT The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar on August 18, 2020 to provide an overview of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model. The CHART Model will test whether upfront investments, predictable capitated payments, and operational and regulatory flexibilities will enable rural health care …

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health is honoring National Immunization Awareness Month. Although vaccination rates are low among all adults in the U.S., research shows that racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected when it comes to receiving recommended vaccines. Many factors can contribute to lower vaccination rates, including …

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Learn More About 2020 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements

In 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continued its overhaul of the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program to continue the advancement of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) utilization, focusing on burden reduction, and improving interoperability and patient access to health information. As a reminder, below are detailed requirements for the 2020 Medicare …

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COVID-19 Workshop on August 20: Pain Management in COVID-19

Thursday, August 20, 10:30-11AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30–11AM. Join us as we discuss pain management during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll cover obstacles and and share insights. Materials Recording Have specific questions? Let us know and we’ll address them in our upcoming webinars. Email us at: QIO-info@ipro.org. Our Speakers Dr. Jeffrey …

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COVID-19 Workshop on August 27: Nursing Home Social Services and COVID-19

Thursday, August 27, 10:30-11AM EDT Starting August 27, our COVID-19 Workshop Series will continue on alternating Thursdays, 10:30–11AM. Join us to learn about the role of social services in nursing homes and how COVID-19 has impacted that role. Learn about the: Socio-demographic characteristics of people serving as social services directors Connection between social service staffing …

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CMS Webinar on August 12: Overview of the 2021 Proposed Rule for the QPP

Wednesday, August 12, 2–3:30PM EDT The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET to provide an overview of proposed policies for the 2021 performance year of the Quality Payment Program.   During the webinar, CMS subject matter experts will: Provide an overview of …

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