HHS’s We Can Do This: Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

The HHS COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing. Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based public health messaging, the campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their …

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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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Complete the Opioid & Pain Management Self-Assessment

An important focus of our work is spreading strategies for implementing opioid and pain management best practices. We are opening up our self-assessment to new initiative participants. If you’ve completed this assessment in the past, you do not need to complete this version. Complete the Assessment Who should complete this self-assessment? Please identify and forward …

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Four Ways to Improve Health Literacy at Your Health Care Organization

October is Health Literacy Month, when we take time to recognize the importance of creating equitable access to health care information for individuals, and the role health care organizations play making health literacy a priority.  The CDC has two definitions of the term, based on the Healthy People 2030 initiative: Personal health literacy is the degree …

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September 21 National Opioid and Substance Awareness Day Virtual Town Hall Event

September 21 12:00 – 3:00 pm EDT Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) kicks off National Opioid and Substance Awareness Day with a virtual town hall event from 12:00–3:00 pm EDT, where participants will learn from experts and from those with lived experience about substance misuse, treatment, and the impact of the COVID-19 …

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Sept. 23 Providing Health Literate Virtual Services Workshop

September 23, 2021 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET On September 23, 2021, join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy for a public workshop, Providing Health Literate Virtual Health Services, which will explore the challenges and opportunities virtual or telehealth services may pose to those with low health literacy. The …

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Sept. 17 Project Firstline Virtual Town Hall for Healthcare Workers

CDC Experts Will Discuss Updates to its Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic September 17 2:15 – 3:00 pm ET   CDC has updated its infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19). The updates …

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Sept. 17 Call with CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure and her Leadership Team on their First 100 Days

September 17, 2021 12:30 – 1:00 pm EST You are invited to join the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS), Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, and her leadership team, to hear key updates from her first 100 days in office. The Administrator’s vision is for CMS to serve the public as a trusted partner …

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CDC Updates Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Healthcare Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19). The updates primarily focus on recommendations for use of source control, SARS-CoV-2 testing, and quarantine for fully vaccinated patients and nursing home residents. …

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Get Involved with Falls Prevention Awareness Week

View Resources from the Maine Falls Prevention Coalition The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. The Maine Falls Prevention Coalition is committed to empowering all older adults throughout Maine to age well, and that includes avoiding falls. On September …

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CMS OMH Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

During September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month and the unique health care disparities that impact this population. As the largest minority population in the U.S., Hispanics comprise more than 18% of the total population in the U.S. In addition to being the …

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Sept. 9: CDC COCA Call on 2021-2022 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations and Guidance on Coadministration with COVID-19 Vaccines

September 9, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET Join the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity Call to hear presenters provide updates on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the 2021-22 influenza vaccination season and guidance for coadministration of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. Participation in this event is FREE. Free Continuing Education …

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Webinar on September 23: Panel on Rural Opioid Programs

September 23, 1PM Join the New York State Association for Rural Health and the New England Rural Health Association for a webinar panel presentation exploring the rural response to the U.S. opioid crisis. The panelists bring rural perspectives from various regions across the U.S. to the discussion. Participation in this event is free.  CME and …

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Health Equity Updates: September 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? Communicating About FDA Approval to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Biden-Harris Administration Invest over $19 Million to Expand Telehealth in Rural & Underserved Areas Bringing Heat & Light: A …

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Sept 22: Pioneer Network’s Envisioning the Future Symposium

September 22, 2021 Pioneer Network is proud to present the third in its series of four Symposia for 2021, each based on the theme, Envisioning the Future. In this symposium, the focus is on Finding Meaning & Purpose. Speakers include residents and innovators in the field who will draw on their experiences, including the collective experiences …

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CMS Hospital/Quality Initiative Open Door Forum

August 31, 2-3PM EDT Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Agenda **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Acting Chair – Emily Forrest (Center for Medicare) Moderator – Jill Darling (Office of Communications) Announcements & Updates FY 2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule IPPS Payment Updates LTCH Payment Updates Implementing Legislation …

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Joint HQIC Webinar on September 30: Exploring Sepsis Strategies Part 2

Save the Date September 30 11 PT 12 MT 1 CT 2 EDT This is the second session in a two-part series on sepsis. View the materials from Part 1 – Sepsis & Readmissions. Join the IPRO, Alliant Quality, and Telligen HQICs for the second session of our two-part series. This session will focus on …

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Webinar on Sept 8: The Hidden Truth About Emotional Exhaustion and COVID

September 8, 1-2PM EDT Burnout in healthcare has made headlines, but the data tell a more nuanced story. Although some healthcare workers have experienced crippling emotional exhaustion, others have felt more empowered. Safe & Reliable Healthcare has been measuring culture and engagement within healthcare since they developed the first culture survey for healthcare, SAQ in …

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Webinar on Sept 15: Suicide Prevention Month – Insights and Strategies for Reducing Suicide among Older Adults

September 15, 2–3PM EDT This webinar is intended to raise awareness about suicide and highlight strategies to help professionals, consumers, families, and communities understand the role they can play in promoting emotional well-being and preventing suicide. Speakers will discuss the impact of suicide in later life, the implementation of 9-8-8 for the National Suicide Prevention …

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StAT Learning Series for Hospitals

The new StAT (Standards, Approaches and Tactics for Infection Control & Prevention) Learning Series for Hospital Clinical Staff and Leaders includes a variety of interactive, self-paced learning modules on infection prevention and control in the hospital setting. The series of 15-minute learning modules is produced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The …

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Webinar with CE Contract Hours: Transitions of Care After Sepsis Hospitalization

August 18, 2-3PM EDT Nurses can earn 1.20 free RN CE Contact Hours for this course! Aggressive, early sepsis identification and treatment initiatives have decreased in-hospital mortality for patients with sepsis over the last two decades. However, management of sepsis survivors during the transition out of the hospital remains complex. Join Sepsis Alliance this Wednesday, August …

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Sept 1 Webinar: Partisan Divides and How to Improve Vaccination Rates

September 1, 3-4PM EDT CME, CNE, and Pharmacy Continuing Education will be offered. The Indiana Immunization Coalition is offering a webinar featuring Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA, President and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation.  He will discuss how partisan divides may be affecting herd immunity, and how to achieve the best public health outcomes. Brian …

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CDC August 23 COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Bootcamp on the Rapid Community Assessment

August 23, 2-4PM EDT  Registration closes on Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 8PM ET.   Pre-registration is required. This bootcamp is provided via Zoom. The meeting access link will be provided after pre-registration. Seats are limited to 200 participants.  You are cordially invited to attend a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Bootcamp on the Rapid Community Assessment (RCA) hosted by …

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CDC Webinar: Additional mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

August 17, 2-3PM EDT Registration is not required. Continuing Education is not offered for this COCA call. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for additional doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. People with immunocompromising conditions or who take immunosuppressive medications or therapies are …

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ODPHP’s 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium

September 8-9, 2021 The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and Trust for America’s Health are hosting the 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium. During this free, 2-day virtual event, attendees will hear from researchers, local and state health officers, aging directors, and policymakers from across the nation who are making a positive impact in the lives of older …

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Changes to Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms

Additional/Secondary Vaccination Series: First Update August 2021 What are the changes? In anticipation of recommendations for additional vaccine series, new questions on vaccine doses will be added to the data collection forms. The main changes are outlined below. Question #2 remains the same, except it asks about the primary vaccination series. Added question #4 for …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Video Series: Nursing Home Naloxone Best Practices

Our team of experts dedicated to Improving Behavioral Health and Appropriate Opioid Use meet regularly with health providers in our 11 states and the District of Columbia, to share and learn best practices for Opioid Use and Pain Management in their care settings. View the full webinar to learn more. Part 1: American Society of …

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Free COVID-19 Training and Resources for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management is a great resource for nursing home staff to put the latest information regarding infection control, COVID-19 preparedness, resident-centered care, vaccine distribution, and other important topics into practice.   These resources were designed to help nursing home teams access the free, on-demand trainings and celebrate the staff who complete them. Materials …

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New Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would like to share this announcement from our colleagues in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) developed the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to enhance existing resources …

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Hospital IPPS Final Rule Increases Payments to Treat COVID-19 and Improves Quality of Data Collection

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) is taking action to drive value-based, person-centered care, and promote sustainability and readiness to respond to future public health emergencies in our nation’s hospitals through the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/ Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System final rule released today. The final rule, effective …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: August 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? CDC and OMH Partner to Launch the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 (Updated) AHIMA releases Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) White …

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Get Vaccinated During National Immunization Awareness Month

This August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month and encouraging you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination rates for preventable diseases like pnemococcal pneumonia, flu, and hepatitis B have declined, …

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CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum: August 5

Thursday, August 5, 2-3PM EDT The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 2-3PM EDT. Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling Agenda (Subject to Change) Opening Remarks Chair – Todd Smith …

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Joint HQIC LAN on August 24: Exploring Sepsis Strategies Part I

This is the first session in a two-part series on sepsis. View the materials below and register for Part 2 – Exploring Sepsis Strategies. August 24 1–2 PM ET 12–1 PM CT 10–11 AM PT Materials Recording Slides Resources, Links and Speaker Biographies IPRO HQIC Sepsis Change Pathway Part 1 Join the IPRO, Alliant Quality, …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging for Rural Communities

The New England Rural Health Association developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging Campaign to help improve vaccination rates in our states and communities. Materials These materials focus on the business community and parents to encourage vaccinating their eligible children.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Get back on track with routine vaccinations This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. We know the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all aspects of life, including your ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. During August, we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional …

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Get your patients back on track with routine vaccinations.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all aspects of life, including patients’ ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. Many patients had to postpone or cancel appointments and …

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New Program Announcement: Operation Expanded Testing

Federally-Funded COVID-19 Testing Program What is Operation Expanded Testing? Operation Expanded Testing is a program supported and funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide COVID-19 testing to qualifying group settings such as K-12 schools, congregate living facilities, prisons, and more at no cost to the organization. This program is being …

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Health Equity Updates: August 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? America’s Health Rankings Inaugural Health Disparities Report CMS Proposes Changes to Reduce Disparities among Patients with CKD and ESRD CMS Proposes Physician Rule to Improve Health Equity & …

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CDC Health Advisory: Vaccination to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks with Current and Emergent Variants

July 27, 2021 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory The CDC is issuing this Health Alert Network Health Advisory to notify public health practitioners and clinicians about the urgent need to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage (i.e., the percentage of the population fully vaccinated) across the …

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Webinar on July 29: Supporting Older Adults With Comorbid Health Conditions

July 29, 12:30 PM EDT A SAMHSA-sponsored webinar presented on behalf of Mental Health America will take place Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 12:30pm Eastern Time called Supporting Older Adults with Comorbid Health Conditions. As individuals age, they are at increased risk of experiencing multiple chronic conditions across both physical and mental health. Adults with …

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Anticoagulation Forum’s 16th National Conference: October 28-30, 2021

October 28-30, 2021 | Virtual and San Francisco, CA | CE Credits Available The Anticoagulation Forum’s forum provides the largest venue for open discussion and education on advances in anticoagulant therapy and improved patient care. The 3-day meeting offers attendees the unique opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world with wide-ranging research interests and …

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Webinar on August 18 with CE Hours: Transitions of Care After Sepsis Hospitalization

August 18, 2PM EDT | 1.20 RN CE Contact Hours If you can’t make the date, register anyway to receive a link to view the webinar after it airs live. Aggressive, early sepsis identification and treatment initiatives have decreased in-hospital mortality for patients with sepsis over the last two decades. However, management of sepsis survivors during the …

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Webinar with CME & CE Credits: Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging in a Polarized Country

August 12, 1PM EDT Join Sophia L. Pink, MS, from Stanford University, Polarization and Social Change Lab, as we discuss “Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging in a Polarized Country.” Participation in this event is free.  CME and NYS Social Work CE credits are available for purchase after the event ($20.00 fee)*. After registering, you will …

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Addressing One of the Most Enduring Challenges in Health Care: End-of-Life Decision Making

September 14, 2021 @ 10-11AM EDT | VIDEOCAST In this The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Director’s Lecture, Dr. Mi-Kyung Song will present her intervention research to develop and test an end-of-life communication intervention targeting patients with chronic illness and their family caregivers, spanning all stages of the NIH Stage Model of behavioral intervention …

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Vaccine Open Office Hours on August 24: How to get to a 75% COVID Vaccine Rate

August 24, 2021 @ 11-11:30AM EDT Joins the IPRO QIN-QIO for the next session in our bi-weekly Vaccine Open Office Hours for Nursing Homes as we discuss best practices to achieving a 75% COVID vaccine rate. Join our experts as we assist nursing homes with questions related to employee vaccine campaigns and resident vaccine program. …

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Vaccine Open Office Hours on August 10: Are you ready for Influenza and COVID?

August 10, 2021 @ 11-11:30AM EDT Are you ready for Influenza and COVID? Join the IPRO QIN-QIO for the next session in our bi-weekly Vaccine Open Office Hours for Nursing Homes. Join our experts as we assist nursing homes with questions related to employee vaccine campaigns and resident vaccine program. Our Experts Melanie Williams, host …

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Vaccine Open Office Hours on July 27: Building your Vaccine Campaign

July 27, 2021 @ 11:00-11:30AM EDT Join us on July 27 for “Building your Vaccine Campaign.” This is part of the IPRO QIN-QIO bi-weekly Vaccine Open Office Hours for Nursing Homes. Join our experts as we assist nursing homes with questions related to employee vaccine campaigns and resident vaccine program. Materials CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Communication …

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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) Changes Proposed

On July 13, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Calendar Year (CY) 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule, which proposed changes to the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model intended to boost supplier enrollment, with a goal of increasing beneficiary participation and access to services that can help …

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