Susan Rohwer

FDA amends EUA for Moderna/J&J COVID-19 Booster Shots, Effective 10/20/2021 & Billing Codes

Effective October 20, 2021, FDA amended the emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines to allow for use of a single booster dose for certain populations. Get the most current list of billing codes, payment allowances and effective dates. More Information:CMS News Alert: CMS Reminds Eligible Consumers They Have …

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Rural Americans Share Personal Stories to Inspire Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines in Local Communities and Nationwide

New PSAs from the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative Speak to Those Still Hesitant About Vaccination Across Rural Communities In September 2021, incidence rates of COVID-19 in rural America were roughly 54% higher than elsewhere in the country according to the Rural Policy Research Institute. As this disparity and rates of vaccine hesitancy continue, the …

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CMS Launches Webpage to Share Innovative State Actions to Expand Medicaid Home and Community-based Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new “one-stop shop” for state Medicaid agencies and stakeholders on Medicaid.gov to advance transparency and innovation for home and community-based services. Home and community-based services allow people enrolled in Medicaid to receive services and supports in a preferred setting outside of an institution, such as …

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“Medicare & You” Handbook Now Available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese

Translated handbooks are available to order from Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the “Medicare & You” handbook is now available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The handbook is being released as part of this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment Period, which kicked off on October 15, 2021, …

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Pharmacists Can Play a Role Addressing Health Literacy

October, being designated both Health Literacy Month and American Pharmacists Month, is an appropriate time to recognize pharmacists’ roles in improving health literacy. Given the complexity of our healthcare system, it is not surprising that many individuals struggle to manage their health and treatment regimens, including medications. Of the 3.8 billion prescriptions written each year, one in five …

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AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program Winners Announced

In the midst of the pandemic, these homes have gone the distance to receive the prestigious AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. It is a rigorous three-level process that evaluates long-term care organizations’ capabilities against nationally recognized standards for excellence, making it one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective performance assessments available to providers.  Each progressive …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: October Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? New Data Highlight on Z Codes Now Available Medicare Advantage (MA) Report : Disparities in Health Care in MedicareAdvantage Associated with Dual Eligibility or Eligibility for a Low-Income …

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Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Takes Control of Infection Prevention with I CAN Program

Transitions Healthcare Capitol City in Washington, D.C. has its hands full! With 360 beds, it is a larger home that specializes in transitioning residents back to their homes. With an active rehab department and many short-stay residents, keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority. That’s why they adopted Infection Control Amplification …

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IPRO QIN-QIO presents: Infection Control Amplification in Nursing Centers (I CAN) a Case Study, Oct. 26, 2021, 3 PM EDT

Hear how a nursing home in Washington, D.C. uses the Infection Control Amplification in Nursing Centers (I CAN) program to enhance infection prevention and encourage staff to get vaccinated with support from the IPRO QIN-QIO. I CAN is a program for nursing homes can use to strengthen adherence to infection control practices by fostering a …

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IPRO QIN-QIO presents: NHSN Office Hours, October 14, 18, 20

In this session, our nursing home experts will do a brief review of changes to NHSN. Following our “small talk” you’ll have the chance to discuss any challenges you’re experiencing with our in-house experts. Register for any of these opportunities: Oct 14, 10:30 AM, EST Oct 18, 2:30 PM, EST Oct 20, 9:15 AM, EST

Health Equity Updates: October Newsletter

View the latest health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? An Equity Agenda for the Field of Health Care Quality Improvement The Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry Legislation Introduced for Medicare Pilot Program for Medically-Tailored Meals …

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