COVID-19 Events

COVID-19 Workshop on August 13: Family Perspectives: Nursing Home Visitation Restrictions & Communication

Thursday, August 13, 10:30-11AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30–11AM. COVID-19 has changed how we interact within nursing homes and how we visit loved ones. Join us as we share strategies for facilities, families, and residents including: Communication strategies used between residents, families, and facilities during the pandemic How communication or lack …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar on August 25: Telehealth Then & Now – A Provider’s Perspective

Tuesday, August 25, 1-2PM EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series Join us to learn the evolution of telehealth technology and how providers are using it during the pandemic. Our speaker will share provider challenges, barriers, lessons learned, and his experience consulting with nursing homes as they navigate telehealth. …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls: August 4-14

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. Call details …

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COVID-19 Workshop on August 6: COVID-19 & Telehealth Advance Care Conversations

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us as Michele Carignan, RN and Courtney Lamothe, MSW, LCSW from Continuum Care of Rhode Island, discuss the importance of advance care conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learning Objectives: Recognize the importance and challenges of having …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar on August 11: Medicare Billing and Coding for Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 11, 1-2pm EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series Learn how to bill Medicare for expanded telehealth services under the CMS 1135 Waiver. The presentation, by Susan Whittaker, CPC, CPMA, Senior Program Coordinator, Healthcentric Advisors will include information on: Medicare telehealth coding and billing based on care setting …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar on July 28: Telehealth 101 & Lay of the Land

Tuesday, July 28, 1-2pm EDT Part of the Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar Series An overview of telehealth, presented by Reid Plimpton, MPH, Program Manager of the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center. Learn about: The Telehealth Resource Center’s mission Strategies for implementation Telehealth modalities, uses, value and costs Associated laws Real-life examples Materials …

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Webinar Series: Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesdays (alternating), 1-2pm EDT starting on July 28 through November 3, 2020 The IPRO Quality Improvement Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is pleased to present an eight-session educational series entitled Telehealth Practice Innovations During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This series will focus on: How health care organizations implemented telehealth technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Benefits, …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – July

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. Call details …

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CDC COVID-19 Webinar on July 29: Promising Practices in Health Equity

July 29, 2020 @ 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET Please join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for another webinar focused on sharing promising public health practices to reduce COVID-19 related disparities. During this webinar, presenters will discuss actions taken to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, …

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COVID-19 Workshop on July 16: Resiliency – Coping & Recovering During a Pandemic

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties—so what does that look like across the health care spectrum during this pandemic? Join us as we discuss fostering community resilience and how it impacts those you serve. …

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National Nursing Home Training on July 9: Managing Staffing Challenges

July 9, 2020 @ 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET The National Nursing Home Training Series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the QIO Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) serving every state and territory. This Week’s Topic: Managing Staffing Challenges Join CMS …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/29/20 and July

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. Call details …

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National Nursing Home Training on July 2: Transparency – Resident and Family Notification

July 2, 2020 @ 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET The National Nursing Home Training Series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the QIO Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) serving every state and territory. This Week’s Topic: Transparency – Resident and Family …

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COVID-19 Workshop on July 23: Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for People Residing in Nursing Homes

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us on July 23 as we share dementia care practice recommendations for people residing in nursing homes. Learning Objectives: Increase awareness on the key topic areas that define quality dementia care Increase knowledge of the person-centered …

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COVID-19 Workshop on July 9: COVID-19 Related Thrombosis in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for a COVID-19 Workshop on July 9 as we share strategies on preventing and treating COVID-19 related thrombosis in skilled nursing facilities. Learning Objectives: Review the association between COVID-19 infection and thrombotic events Discuss recent …

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Webinar on June 30: Berkshire HealthCare Systems’ COVID-19 Journey – Getting to the Gold

June 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT The COVID-19 pandemic created enormous pressure on our health care system. Nursing Homes, where over 85% of the residents are among the most vulnerable, were immediately impacted with several thousand residents confirmed positive in only a few weeks. As of June 18th, Massachusetts reported over …

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Webinar on July 1: Dialyzing Patients in Skilled Nursing Homes During COVID-19

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 3-4pm Special COVID-19 Webinar Presentation Nursing home residents who need dialysis treatments are at high-risk for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) infection. You will hear from leaders with Dialyze Direct and Concerto Renal Services about how they are minimizing risks of contacting COVID-19. Dialyze Direct offers in-house dialysis machines and staffing in …

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National Nursing Home Training on June 25: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategies for COVID Care

June 25, 2020 @ 4–5 PM ET The National Nursing Home Training Series is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the QIO Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) serving every state and territory. This Week’s Topic: PPE Strategies for COVID Care Following today’s …

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COVID-19 Workshop on July 2: Nourishing the Mind, Body, & Soul During COVID-19

Providing Compassionate Food & Nutrition Services Thursday, July 2, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for a COVID-19 Workshop on July 2 as we host a conversation with registered dieticians. Together, we’ll learn about: Successful practices to stabilize resident food intake Monitoring and managing …

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COVID-19 Workshop on June 25: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Nursing Homes

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. The COVID-19 pandemic presented healthcare professionals with enormous challenges related to PPE. Some challenges include reusing equipment, using odd or never-before-seen equipment, and having to endure unlimited hours of use. On June 25, join us as the …

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Register Now: IHI Hosts Weekday Nursing Home Huddles

The impact of COVID-19 on older adults is difficult to measure. Memories not made, questions unanswered, and loved ones separated for extended periods of time. We may never know the full effects of this pandemic on older adults in our communities, but we do know that there are actions we can take today to improve …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/15/20

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. Call details …

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Conference Call: Applying COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Strategies in Nursing Homes

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 2:00pm-3:00pm (ET) During this CDC Clinician Outreach and Communications Activity (COCA) call, presenters will use case-based scenarios to discuss how to apply infection prevention and control guidance for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that are preparing for and responding to COVID-19.  If you are unable to attend the …

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COVID-19 Workshop on June 18: Health Equity & COVID-19 – Mitigating Impacts on Minority Populations

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us on June 18 at 10:30am for a COVID-19 workshop on health equity. Better understand how and why COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting minority and vulnerable populations Learn actionable strategies for mitigating the impact of the pandemic …

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Implementing Strategies for COVID-19 Surveillance and Early Detection

How should nursing homes approach COVID-19 testing and surveillance for their residents, staff and others who visit their facilities? National Nursing Home Training Webinar Through our work with hundreds of nursing homes, the IPRO QIN-QIO, and other QIN-QIOs across the country, are excellent resources for quality improvement expertise and crowd-sourced provider tips. And that’s what …

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COVID-19 Workshop on June 11: Current Best Practices for COVID-19 Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Part 2

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for a continuation of our conversation with an infectious disease physician, a nursing facility medical director and a pharmacist as they discuss the latest COVID-19 scientific findings with a focus on the nursing home setting. …

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National Nursing Home Training Series

Brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program Thursdays through July 16, 2020 @ 4-5 p.m. ET Registration is required for all sessions The onset of COVID-19 has taken the need for nursing home infection prevention to a level that has never been seen …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 6/1/20

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.  Call details …

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COVID-19 Workshop on June 4: Current Best Practices for COVID-19 Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 10:30-11:00 AM EDT Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for our next COVID-19 Workshop on June 4: Current best practices for COVID-19 management in skilled nursing facilities Materials Recording Presentation – Resources shared during the webinar are included at the end of the presentation. …

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Updated: COVID-19 Workshop on May 28: Caring for Older Adults with Diabetes in Long-Term Care

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 10:30-11am Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. Our May 28 workshop will feature Dr. Sarah Sy, Geriatric Diabetes Fellow in Boston, MA, who will provide insights about caring for older adults with diabetes living in long-term care facilities. Join us to improve your knowledge in: Recognizing …

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COVID-19 Workshop on May 21: Using the NHSN COVID-19 LTC Module: Data Entry for Enrolled Organizations

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 10:30-11am Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a module within the web-based National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting system for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to enter COVID-19 data. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates …

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CDC Hosts NHSN Live Q & A Session

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) will be hosting a Live Q & A Session on Thursday, May 14, 2020. This session will solely discuss COVID-19 Module for Groups and answer Group User specific questions. You will have the opportunity to join this session via ZOOM and you must register to gain access. Please note …

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May 11-15: CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls

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. Call details …

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COVID-19 Workshop on May 14: NHSN COVID-19 Module for Long-Term Care Facilities

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10:30-11am Our COVID-19 Workshop Series continues on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a module within the web-based National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting system for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to enter COVID-19 data. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates …

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Register Now: CDC is Hosting 4 Live Q&A Sesions on the NHSN COVID-19 Module

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – SPACE IS LIMITED The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting four live Q&A sessions on the NHSN COVID-19 Module. Sessions: If you plan to attend more than one session, you must register for each individually. May 6, 1:00pm ET: LTCFs COVID-19 Live Q&A Session Pt. 1: Module and …

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May 12 Webinar: Rural Health and COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 4-5:00pm EST Delivering healthcare in rural communities presents unique challenges that have always required coordination and innovation. Now, more than ever, it is essential that rural communities and healthcare providers have access to the resources they need to combat COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) …

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CMS COVID-19 Calls: May 5-8, 2020

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. Call details …

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COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes from IHI & John A. Hartford Foundation

On Monday, May 4, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, is launching the COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes. The network is designed to support nursing home leadership, staff, residents and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Rapid Response Network will feature a daily 20-minute National …

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CDC’s NHSN LTCF COVID-19 Module: CDC Holds Additional NHSN Trainings

CDC is holding additional NHSN trainings on the COVID-19 Module for Long-term Care Facilities (LTCF). Please check the NHSN website before each training session to make sure that the information has not changed. COVID-19 Module for Long-term Care Facilities Enrollment Guidance When: May 4, 2020 Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) …

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COVID-19 Workshop Series

We know you’re committed to providing the best care for your residents, a task even more challenging due to COVID-19. We’re here to support you by sharing the right information at the right time to guide you through this difficult period. Join us for a weekly webinar series to discuss some of the real issues you’re facing in your day-to-day work.

COVID-19 Workshop Series on May 7: Crucial Elements of End-of-life Conversations

Thursday, May 7, 10:30-11:00am Based on the success of the IPRO QIN-QIO April 30 webinar, we’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of 30-minute webinars on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 am, beginning on Thursday, May 7. Learn more. We’re committed to helping you provide the best care for your residents, a …

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Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows. Home Health and Hospice (Tuesdays at 3:00 PM Eastern) Tuesday, …

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Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

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 COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask …

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Cancelled: April 30 CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls; Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce; Put Patients Over Paperwork; and Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare

CDC’s LTC Mini-Webinars

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) long-term care (LTC) mini-webinars are now live! These mini-webinars are all published on the Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) web page at the bottom under a “Webinar Series” section. View the handout (PDF). These new webinars will be a great training …

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Updated: CDC’s COVID-19 NHSN Module for Long Term Care Facilities

CDC’s NHSN provides healthcare facilities, such as long term care facilities (LTCF) with a customized system to track infections and prevention process measures in a systematic way. Tracking this information allows facilities to identify problems, improve care, and determine progress toward facility and national healthcare-associated infection goals. The NHSN Long-term Care Facility Component is supporting …

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CMS COVID-19 Calls and Webinars

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 4/27/20 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 …

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COVID-19 Workshop: Staff Trauma, Resilience, & COVID-19

Thursday, April 30, 10:30-11:00am We know you’re committed to providing the best care for your residents, a task made even more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic—which has everyone in a state of alert.  Nursing home staff members are feeling this acutely–worrying about their jobs, families, residents, and what happens if they get sick. The …

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Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

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 COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask …

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CMS Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19

On behalf of CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, we invite you to join CMS Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 on Friday, April 17th from 12:30 – 2 PM EST. This call series is an opportunity to hear physicians and other clinical leaders share …

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COVID Stakeholder Engagement Call for Thursday – Office Hours

You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Thursday, April 16th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: * Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS …

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Webinar: Primary Care’s Role in Responding to COVID-19

When: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Learn more about the coronavirus outbreak, its impact on practices and patients, and how primary care is responding. This discussion with primary care leaders will address issues spanning primary care capacity, virtual visits, and community-based approaches to care in the midst of COVID-19. Attendees …

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CMS Conference Call @ 3:00, Tuesday, April 14

Please join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a call on COVID-19 with Home Health and Hospice Organizations today,, Tuesday, April 14th at 3:00 PM EST. CMS leadership will provide updates on the agency’s latest guidance and we will be joined by leaders in the field interested in sharing best practices with …

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CMS Office Hours on COVID-19 – April 14

CMS is hosting “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Tuesday, April 14th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: * Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without …

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CMS Office Hours on COVID-19: April 9th

You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Thursday, April 9th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals …

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CMS Hospital Without Walls during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

CMS invites you to a Special Open Door Forum: CMS Hospital Without Walls during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.   This Special Open Door Forum is open to everyone, if you are a member of the Press, you may listen in but please refrain from asking questions during the Q & A portion of the call. …

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CMS COVID-19 Call with Nursing Homes

Please join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a call on COVID-19 with Nursing Homes tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th at 4:30 PM EST. CMS leadership will provide updates on the agency’s latest guidance and we will be joined by leaders in the field interested in sharing best practices with their peers. The …

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COVID-19 Update Call Today

Please join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a Medicare Learning Network event to hear about updates on recent CMS actions taken to address the COVID-19 public health emergency. When: Today, Tuesday, April 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT Registration: Closes at 12:00 pm EDT. Register here Target Audience: All Medicare fee-for-service …

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CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Today

“You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, Tuesday, April 7th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST, the first in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals …

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