COVID-19

Vaccine Open Office Hours on August 24: How to get to a 70% 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 70% 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. Our Experts Melanie Williams, host …

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Ask a Doctor: What About the New COVID-19 Variants?

Continue to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence in hesitant patients by sharing this one-minute video featuring Dr. Gina Gregory-Burns explaining that the vaccines are effective and protective against variants. This video is a part of We Can Do This, a public education campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeking to spread …

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Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Confronting Health Misinformation on COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued the first Surgeon General’s Advisory of this Administration to warn the public about the urgent threat of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This advisory outlines how the public can confront health misinformation by helping individuals, families and communities better identify and limit its spread. The advisory also …

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Celebrating 31 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

During July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) observes the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). First enacted on July 26, 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. In the …

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CMS NQIIC 2020 Annual Report: Confronting the Pandemic Together

As a valued partner in IPRO QIN-QIO’s quality improvement activities, we are pleased to share with you the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC) 2020 Annual Report: Confronting the Pandemic Together. The Annual Report highlights the COVID-19 response in nursing homes by Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement …

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Webinar on July 15: Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Your Community

July 15, 1 PM EDT Individuals may be reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine for many reasons. One way hospitals and health systems can increase vaccination rates for their patients, employees and communities is to focus on why people are hesitant. Kaiser Permanente and the California Testing Task Force did just that and produced an …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Video Series: Value in Vaccination

Vaccines save lives, but we all have our own reasons for getting vaccinated. The IPRO QIN-QIO introduces a Value in Vaccination Video Series, designed for interactive conversations about getting vaccinated. The IPRO QIN-QIO also created companion conversation guides to help encourage discussion about the theme of each video. Part 1 Theme: Getting Information The theme …

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Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Direct Service Workers

Thursday, July 1, 3-4:30PM ET Please join the Administration on Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a webinar on Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Direct Service Workers. Vaccine uptake among direct service workers (DSWs) is particularly important for personal health and safety and to the many individuals that DSWs …

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July 12 Webinar: Government and Primary Care: In Service to the VacciNATION

Monday, July 12, 2PM EDT The Primary Care Collaborative will host a conversation with special guests from the White House and state government, who will talk about the role of primary care in the administration of and education on the COVID vaccines. The speakers will also discuss the strategies the Biden administration and state public …

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CMS encourages nursing homes to continue COVID-19 vaccination rates

June 17, 2021 | On May 11, 2021, CMS published an interim final rule with comment period that added new COVID-19 vaccination reporting requirements for nursing home staff and residents. CMS has provided a four-week grace period for facilities to educate themselves on the new requirements and to operationalize reporting. On June 10, 2021, CMS …

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Webinar on June 22: Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for High Risk COVID Patients

Tuesday, June 22, 2-2:30PM EDT Audience: Quality, Infection Preventionists, Pharmacy, Antimicrobial Stewardship Leaders, Laboratory and Physicians Since their initial emergency authorization in November, monoclonal antibodies have been an important weapon in the fight against COVID-19. These products have proven to be effective at preventing hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 in some of the highest …

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Webinar on June 23: COVID-19 Update: Vaccines, Variants, Hesitancy, and Masks

Wednesday, June 23, 3-4PM EDT Registration is required to attend this event. Audience: Healthcare providers, stakeholders, and community partners Join Telligen for a webinar titled, “COVID-19 Update: Vaccines, Variants, Hesitancy, and Masks” on Wednesday, June 23, from 3-4PM EDT. Telligen is offering this webinar to support the Biden Administration’s goal to have 70% of U.S. …

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June 15-July 8: We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars

Join CMS for our We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars The HHS We Can Do This campaign is a national initiative working hand in hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and get more people vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources and toolkits for …

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COVID-19 Vaccination Upon Discharge from Hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shared with immunization program mangers across the country the document “Increasing Access to Vaccination Opportunities: COVID-19 Vaccination upon Discharge from Hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities.” CDC is asking jurisdictions to distribute a portion of their existing COVID-19 vaccine allocation to hospitals, emergency departments (EDs), …

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Biden Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Vaccinations By Bolstering Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries

Action Could Impact as many as 1.6 Million People with Medicare As part of President Biden’s commitment to increasing access to vaccinations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach. This …

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CMS Bolsters Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries

As part of President Biden’s commitment to increasing access to vaccinations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach. There are approximately 1.6 million adults 65 or older who may have …

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TMF Webinar on June 9: COVID-19, Health Equity, and Vaccine Hesitancy

June 9, 1-2PM EDT The COVID-19 pandemic revealed deep-seated inequities in health care and amplified social and economic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. These factors also influenced how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed and rolled out. Join TMF for a webinar on June 22 titled, “COVID-19, Health Equity, and Vaccine Hesitancy.” During this webinar, …

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TMF Webinar on June 22: A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health, and COVID-19

June 22, 1-2PM EDT Loneliness was a mental health issue prior to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated and contributed to increased isolation. Join TMF for a webinar on June 22 titled, “A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health, and COVID-19.” During this webinar, attendees will explore and discuss this issue from a health equity …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: May 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? Importance of Infrastructure within Hospitals to Assess and Address Health Equity CMS Proposes to Enhance the Medical Workforce in Rural and Underserved Communities Asian American and Pacific Islander …

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Health Equity Updates: June Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? New Health Equity Tracker Released Featured Health Equity News The Conversation / La Conversación Become a Part of the Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Workforce Medicaid and Rural Health Pain in …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Video: COVID-19 Vaccine Success in a Nursing Home Case Study

The IPRO QIN-QIO’s team of quality improvement experts is committed to supporting nursing homes with COVID-19 vaccination rates across our region. This video features a nursing home administrator’s approach to dealing with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the nursing home. For More Information Check out the CDC tools our speakers used to inform their strategies: Building …

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Addressing Physician Burnout during the COVID Pandemic

June 15, 2021 | 7:30-9 AM Wellness Series for Health Care Professionals This is the first summit of a two-part series supporting health care professionals. The second summit will be scheduled for September. About this event: Dr. Wendy Cohen and Kathleen Boyd, leading area physician health experts, will discuss physician wellness and burnout. They will …

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CDC Webinar on May 14: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

May 14, 2-3PM EDT Overview This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents who are 12-to-15 years of age. Clinicians will learn about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, vaccine recommendations, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents in this age group. Access …

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Post-COVID-19 Strategies for Building Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems

Wednesday, May 19, 3PM EDT COVID-19 has exposed deep fissures in our national and local healthcare systems, which comes as no surprise to mental health providers already accustomed to treating behavioral health needs rooted in systemic racial and economic disparities. Addressing these needs requires targeted outreach and robust community engagement efforts aligned with the principles …

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COVID-19-Related Coverage and Payment

HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund (CAF) On May 3, 2021, HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced a new program covering the cost of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing. This new program is called the …

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CMS Launches Community Champions Video

On May 5, 2021, as a part of CMS’ ongoing COVID-19 response efforts to support the long-term care community, CMS debuted its first social media videos. The videos highlight staff, also referred to as Community Champions, who moved from being initially uncertain about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to accepting the vaccine–and encouraging their peers to …

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May 8: Past and Present: Addressing Racism and Intolerance Against Asian Americans

May 8, 2-3:30PM EDT THE HHS Office of Minority Health invites you to join the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Virtual Panel Discussion The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), the National Park Service (NPS), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) …

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CMS Webinar on May 13: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

May 13, 12-1PM EDT Please note: You will receive an email with login information from GoToWebinar upon registration. If you do not receive an email in a few days’ time, please contact CMSOMHTeam@ketchum.com. Hosted by the CMS Office of Minority Health, Join Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of CMS OMH, who will share information and resources …

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Healthcare Triage 6-Part Video Series

In a new Healthcare Triage YouTube series, funded by NIHCM Foundation, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains the history of vaccines and vaccine development–one of the greatest public health achievements of all time–in six short, consumer-friendly videos covering: the timeline of COVID-19 vaccine development and the mRNA vaccine approach the history of anti-vaccine sentiments, vaccine legislation, and societal …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar: Live Demo Entering COVID-19 Vaccine Data into NHSN

The IPRO QIN-QIO held a live demonstration of using NHSN to submit and track COVID-19 vaccine data. At the end of this demonstration, participants will: Learn how to submit COVID-19 vaccine data for staff and residents. Understand the steps to successfully submit data. CDC Resources Training and Instructions: Reporting Summary Forms: Data Tracking Worksheets: These Excel documents …

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OMH Webinar on May 13: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

May 13, 12-1PM EDT The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) will host a Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence webinar on Thursday, May 13 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of CMS OMH, will share information and resources to help you address vaccine hesitancy in your community. Dr. …

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CMS Proposes to Enhance Medical Workforce in Rural and Underserved Communities to Support COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond

Proposed Rule Would Require Hospitals to Report Vaccination Rates Among Healthcare Staff CMS News – April 27, 2021 |The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1752-P) today for inpatient and long-term care hospitals that builds on the Biden Administration’s key priorities to close health care equity gaps and provide greater …

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We’ve added new COVID-19 resources

Stay up-to-date on new resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and local health departments.  New resources include: HHS Campaign: We Can Do ThisThe HHS campaign focuses on increasing vaccination confidence while reinforcing basic prevention measures. Learn more …

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FDA & CDC Resume Use of the J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

As of April 25, 2021, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States. Following the FDA and CDC’s decision, the Public Health Communications Collaborative updated their Tough Q&A with messaging to help you address questions from the community. 

COVID-19 and Brain Health

The Global Council on Brain Health’s report, COVID-19 and Brain Health (PDF), recommends steps to safeguard brain health in adults ages 50 and older, especially during the pandemic. According to the report, research shows that people living with dementia are twice as likely to get COVID-19, and their caregivers are experiencing additional stress amid the …

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CMS is Simplifying Telehealth Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new telehealth resources to further support health care providers and patients during the pandemic, as they continue to adjust to virtual appointments and services. To help make virtual care as seamless as possible, these resources include instructions for providers and shareable information in a variety of …

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CDC Call: Critical Diabetes Care and Prevention During COVID-19

April 26, 3-4PM EDT Please join us for updates on the agency’s COVID-19 response. CDC experts will share the latest information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. Hear from Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Bigman, acting director for CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. Dr. Bigman will discuss how to maintain critical diabetes care …

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April 28: COVID-19 Impacts on Black & Latino Communities: Where are we now?

COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series (Session 7): COVID-19 Impacts on Black & Latino Communities: Where are we now? April 28, 7-8:15PM EDT The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and its partners are holding their first virtual briefing series on COVID-19.  Briefings will address lessons learned by physicians and healthcare providers from the COVID-19 pandemic on managing chronic …

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A Letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dear Colleagues, The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the egregious and long-standing inequities that exist across the United States—inequities that have a profound effect on the physical, social, economic, and emotional health of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+ persons, people who use drugs, people experiencing homelessness, people who are incarcerated or detained, people who do …

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May 25: Delivering Whole Person Care: Improving Outcomes in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

May 25, 11AM-12PM EDT Part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP Materials Recording Slides Only 20% of what influences the health of patients is related to the quality of the health care they receive. The other 80%—called the social determinants of health—is found in patients’ behaviors, socioeconomic conditions, and physical …

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Updated Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sharing the following information from the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Updated: April 14, 2021 Why are the FDA and CDC recommending a pause in the use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine?  The FDA and CDC are reviewing data involving six cases reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) …

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Pausing the Use of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for Long-Term-Care Facilities

The IPRO QIN-QIO is sharing an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC and FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine pending an investigation into six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. COVID-19 …

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Resources on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension

Information Provided by the Anticoagulation Forum Following six reported cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine in the US, the CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine pending further review. Per the CDC Health Alert (April …

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Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Update for Clinicians on Early Detection and Treatment

Thursday, April 15, 2-3PM EDT Advanced registration is not required. This COCA Call will present the latest evidence on cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) with thrombocytopenia associated with the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Speakers will discuss what is known about CVST, the importance of early detection, and updated vaccine recommendations. If …

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert, about the CDC and FDA’s recommended pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. We’re sharing to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for adverse events and can provide proper management due to the …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Reaching Vulnerable Populations

As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS. With information coming from many different sources, CMS has up-to-date resources and materials to help you …

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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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CDC: How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccinator

CDC’s new web page reviews information and training on how to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccinator CDC posted a new web page, How to Enroll as a Healthcare Provider, for providers seeking to become COVID-19 vaccinators. This web page contains the information on how to become a COVID-19 vaccinator, and the training and resources available to …

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Health Equity Updates: April Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? April: National Minority Health Month Large Federal Investments to Build Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Hospitalized Black Patients at Higher Risk for Poor Safety Outcomes Updating Health Literacy for Health …

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Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Updates as of April 2, 2021 Highlights Fully vaccinated people can: Resume domestic travel Do not need to get tested before or after travel Do not need to self-quarantine after travel Fully vaccinated people do not need to: Get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) Self-quarantine after arriving back in …

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IPRO HQIC Event on March 30: Partnering with Patients and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 3-3:45PM EDT The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the IPRO HQIC hosted the March 2021 Patient and Family Engagement (PFE) webinar, titled Partnering with Patients and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic. During this 45-minute interactive event, the AIR team provided an overview of five PFE best practices and described how engaging patient …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know Now

March 29, 2021 – As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers by sharing the latest COVID-19 resources from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease …

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Webinar on March 30 and April 1: Increasing Vaccine Confidence

March 30, 9:30am or 2:30pm April 1, 12PM Challenges abound in the midst of COVID-19, not least of which is getting vaccinations into the arms of staff and residents of nursing centers. During this presentation, we’ll offer tips, a quality improvement process, and solutions from nursing centers across our region. Learn about “bandwagoning,” the “slow …

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We’ve Updated our COVID-19 Resources Page

Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 resources. This month, we’re highlighting new resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), and local health departments. Updates include: CDC: COVID-19 vaccine PowerPoint for staff meetings and community presentations (Available in English and Spanish) CDC: …

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Mom’s Vaccinated: When can I visit her nursing home?

It is so great that your mom, dad, or other loved ones have received their COVID-19 vaccine. This is an important step towards protecting their health, achieving herd immunity and returning to normal life. Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize the importance of visiting your …

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Biden-Harris Administration Increases Medicare Payment for Life-Saving COVID-19 Vaccine

CMS – March 15, 2021 | Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is increasing the Medicare payment amount for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. This new and higher payment rate will support important actions taken by providers that are designed to increase the number of vaccines they can furnish each day, including establishing …

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