COVID-19

CMS News on Feb. 26: Coverage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing and Reimbursements for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured

Biden Administration Strengthens Requirements that Plans and Issuers Cover COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Without Cost Sharing and Ensures Providers are Reimbursed for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Uninsured      CMS NEWS – February 26, 2021 | In accordance with the Executive Order President Biden signed on January 21, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), …

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Virtual Event on March 24: Envisioning the Future: Exploring Lessons Learned

March 24, 11AM-4:45PM EDT Registration Fee: $99 Individual | $1,000 Organizational CEs are included for NHA, Nurses, Activity Professionals, and Certified Dementia Practitioners. Pioneer Network is offering a one-day symposium designed to provide valuable learning within a 6-hour window through four general sessions. Participants will also have an opportunity to join one of four interactive …

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CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

CMS – February 19, 2021 | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 …

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Webinar on March 4: Overviews of CDC’s Post-Authorization/ Post-Licensure Safety Monitoring and Communications for the COVID-19 Vaccines

March 4, 1-2PM EDT Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) will host a webinar on March 4 from 1-2PM EDT. Topics will include: COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring systems, i.e., the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and v-safe CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine communication products CDC’s Vaccinate with Confidence framework Speakers These important and timely topics will be addressed …

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Webinar on Feb. 23: Addressing Disparities in Immunization Rates

February 23, 12-1PM EDT There is no fee to participate in this activity, but pre-registration is required. Join the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) for a discussion on strategies to increase coverage for all recommended vaccines, including COVID-19 and influenza. This webinar will include presentations on disparities by race/ethnicity for influenza vaccination coverage in …

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Webinar on Feb. 22: Multicultural Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccinations

February 22, 6-7PM EDT Healthcare Voices of NH is excited to launch a Zoom Series “Multicultural Perspectives on COVID Vaccinations” on Monday, February 22 from 6-7 pm.  Jane Yen, a college student living in Concord, will be a participant.  Jayme Simoes, CEO at Louis Karno & Company Communications, will facilitate, and Dr. Walter King, retired virologist and immunologist, will …

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Events from Feb. 22-March 22: MDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Live Q&A Sessions

Dates of Trainings Monday, 2/22/2021; 1-2pm – Register Here Monday, 3/8/2021; 1-2pm – Register Here Monday, 3/22/2021; 1-2pm – Register Here These live Q&A sessions are meant to be a supplement to the training modules created by Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Immunization Division.  This training includes information current as of 12/31/2020. There is a focus on …

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What Partners Need to Know Now about Health Insurance Coverage during the Pandemic

CMS Memo – February 17, 2021 | As COVID-19 vaccines begin 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 …

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Feb 22-24: CDC’s National Forum on the COVID-19 Vaccine

February 22–24, 2021 The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine is a virtual event that will unite representatives from across the US government, with tribal, state, local, and territorial leaders and representatives from public health, healthcare systems, national and community-based non-governmental organizations, education, private industry, unions, and faith-based organizations. All have a role in supporting COVID-19 …

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Highlighting Health Disparities During American Heart Month and Black History Month

Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) this February as it recognizes American Heart Month and Black History Month by helping those affected by heart disease take steps toward better health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in …

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CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

Agency thanks nursing homes whose staff have completed free CMS training, but urges remaining homes to take advantage of this resource CMS NEWS | Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publicly recognizing the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS training designed to help …

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Webinar on Feb. 23: Building Confidence for COVID-19 Vaccines

Tuesday, February 23, 12-1PM Please join the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition for the following educational opportunity. This unbranded, unaccredited learning activity will be presented by Elizabeth Thoburn, MPH. Elizabeth is a Vaccine Medical Director of the Medical Development & Scientific Affairs Division for Vaccines at Pfizer, Inc.  This webinar is great for non-clinical providers and staff! …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls: January

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 Jan. 14: Innovative Home Care Collaboratives

Thursday, January 14, 10:30-11:00am Join the IPRO QIN-QIO as Al Cardillo, President and CEO of the Home Care Association of New York State, provides information about innovative collaborations between home care and hospitals. Collaborations include ways to address COVID-19 and chronic care management issues during transitions of care. We’ll also present other unique home care …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Moderna

CMS Memo | December 22, 2020 – On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 for individuals 18 years of age and older. Review Moderna’s Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers) regarding the limitations …

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CDC Immunization Courses: Webcasts and Self Study

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a new web-on-demand, self-paced training module for healthcare providers who will be administering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This module will provide information on storage, handling, preparation, administration, and documentation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Continuing education will be available for this module. For more information, go to …

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Webinar on Dec. 18: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

December 18, 2-3PM EDT A few minutes before the webinar starts, access this Zoom link to join. Audio iPhone one-tap: US: +16692545252,,1606816862#,,,,,,0#,,105116# or +16468287666,,1606816862#,,,,,,0#,,105116# Telephone: US: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666 Webinar ID: 160 681 6862 Passcode: 105116 Due to the high demand we anticipate for this COCA Call, we encourage participants …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars & Other Learning Opportunities

Webinar: Vaccine Confidence December 18, 11:30am-4PM EDT Register here for this event Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a discussion of promising strategies from the behavioral and social sciences to help promote the uptake of vaccines to prevent COVID-19.  To inform a forthcoming rapid expert consultation on building public confidence in SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) …

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Hi Rhode Islanders, have you had close contact with someone infected with COVID-19?

The Rhode Island Department of Health developed the COVID-19 Close Contact Quarantine Calculator to help you determine how long to remain in quarantine after exposure. What dose close contact mean? A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more in …

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Training Sessions: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Pfizer recognizes that this is a critical time for planning around COVID-19 vaccination efforts. As such, Pfizer is committed to sharing important updates. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine website for US healthcare professionals is now available at www.cvdvaccine.com. Pfizer will be hosting a series of training sessions to review information and answer questions on storage, handling, and …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Codes: Updated Effective Date for Pfizer-BioNTech

CMS Memo | December 14, 2020 – On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 for individuals 16 years of age and older. Review Pfizer’s Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers) regarding the limitations of …

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CDC Webinar on Dec 14: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety

December 14, 1-2PM EDT Monitoring vaccine safety is a vital part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 vaccines become available, the public’s knowledge and confidence in their safety, both initially and during extended use, is an important part of a successful national vaccination effort. CDC remains committed to ensuring that public health officials, …

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CMS Guidance for Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

CMS Memo | December 9, 2020 – CMS posted updates to FAQs and an infographic about coverage and payment for monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19. The FAQs include general payment and billing guidance for these products, including questions on different setting types. The infographic has key facts about expected Medicare payment to providers and information …

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ACL/CMS Webinar on Jan 14: Food Insecurity and Nutrition-Related Chronic Diseases during COVID-19

Reducing Food Insecurity and Nutrition-Related Chronic Diseases During COVID-19 Among Medicaid HCBS Beneficiaries January 14, 2021 | 3-4:30PM EDT The Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) host a monthly webinar series that invites subject matter experts and practitioners from across the home-and-community-based services (HCBS) spectrum to share …

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COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibody Infusion: Enforcement Discretion Relating to SNF Consolidated Billing

To facilitate the efficient administration of COVID-19 vaccines to Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) residents, CMS is exercising enforcement discretion with respect to statutory provisions requiring consolidated billing by SNFs as well as any associated statutory references and implementing regulations, including as interpreted in pertinent guidance. Through the exercise of this discretion, CMS will allow Medicare-enrolled …

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CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, casirivimab and imdevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization. Casirivimab and imdevimab, administered …

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Report: 20% of COVID Patients Develop Mental Health Issues

A new report published November in the Lancet found that those who have had COVID-19 are likely to develop anxiety, depression, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within 90 days of recovery. The lack of contact with family members and loved ones during quarantine and hospital stays can produce psychological instability. Reports of PTSD symptoms …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls: December 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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Dec. 2 Update: CDC National Quarantine Guidance

Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing CDC Science & Research | December 2, 2020 – Quarantine can be a burden on public health systems and communities, potentially dissuading people from naming contacts. Reducing the length of quarantine will reduce the burden and may increase …

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National Handwashing Awareness Week: December 6-12, 2020

Clean hands save lives! This awareness week highlights the importance of handwashing—one of the most effective and simple ways to prevent viral infections and improve health outcomes. December is a busy time for most people. Between the abrupt changes in weather, holiday gatherings, and the end-of-year rush, it is easy for immune systems to be …

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HHS/ASPR Training to Help Older Adults During a Disaster

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) developed the Addressing the Needs of Older Adults in Disasters web-based training. HHS/ASPR designed this free, publicly accessible course to improve public health and emergency medical responders’ capability to address the access and functional needs of community-dwelling older …

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CMS Comprehensive Strategy: Enhance Hospital Capacity Amid COVID-19 Surge

Agency outlines flexibilities to maximize Acute Hospital Care at Home, Ambulatory Surgical Centers to decompress hospitals treating COVID-19 patients CMS Memo | November 25, 2020 – Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined unprecedented comprehensive steps to increase the capacity of the American health care system to provide care to patients outside …

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Reducing Loneliness for Nursing Home Residents

As the pandemic continues, the behavioral health of nursing home residents continues to be a concern. A new survey of nursing home residents by Altarum looked into how residents’ lives changed due to the pandemic. The survey found social interactions inside and outside of nursing homes have dropped sharply. More than half of the respondents …

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CMS Nursing Home Podcast Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff

CMS Beyond the Policy: Nursing Home Series for Frontline Clinicians and Staff The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is airing the first episode in a series of short podcasts for frontline nursing home staff. The series is designed to reinforce training and infection control practices in nursing homes to help combat the spread …

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CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID-19 Guidelines This Holiday Season

CMS Memo | November 19, 2020 – Today, in advance of the approaching holiday season, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging nursing home staff, residents, and visitors to follow established guidelines for visitation and adherence to the core principles of infection prevention. These guidelines include: Remaining six feet apart from individuals …

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2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar on Nov. 19

Rural Health Challenges in the Era of COVID-19 November 19, 1-5PM EDT Presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this seminar explores the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic.  Attendees MUST register prior to the presentation.

Making Community Connections: Supporting Safe Transitions During COVID-19

December 9, 11-11:45 AM EDT Partnerships are critical to ensure a patient’s safe transition of care—especially during a public health emergency. Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, an adequate PPE supply and access to testing are essential but not always enough. Equally important are our partnerships with providers of healthcare in our community. This virus …

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CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

Agency thanks nursing homes whose staff have completed free CMS training, but urges remaining homes to take advantage of this resource CMS Memo | November 18, 2020 – Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publicly recognizing the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS …

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New infection control and PPE resources for home and congregate care workers

Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety released a new video and suite of resources about infection control and PPE for home care and congregate care workers on the front lines of COVID-19. Stay Safe! Your Guide to Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Brazilian Portuguese. We know that …

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Rapid eMOLST Implementation to Facilitate Advance Care Planning During COVID-19 Pandemic

The article Rapid Implementation of eMOLST Order Completion and Electronic Registry to Facilitate Advance Care Planning: MOLST Documentation Using Telehealth in the Covid-19 Pandemic was posted on the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst on Tuesday November 3. The article discusses seven lessons learned during the rapid implementation of eMOLST at Mount Sinai Health System …

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Understanding the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program provides end-to-end management of the COVID-19 vaccination process, including cold chain management, on-site vaccinations, and fulfillment of reporting requirements. The program facilitates safe vaccination of this patient population, while reducing burden on long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and jurisdictional health departments.   LTCF staff who have not received COVID-19 …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Codes and PC-ACE Software Update

In anticipation of the availability of a vaccine(s), for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the American Medical Association (AMA), working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), created new codes for the vaccine and the administration of the vaccine.  To prepare for the vaccine administration claims, …

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CMS Takes Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

Coverage Available at No Cost to Beneficiaries Across Variety of Settings in Health Care System The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that starting November 13, Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with no cost-sharing during the public health emergency (PHE). CMS’ coverage of monoclonal antibody …

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COVID-19 Workshop on November 12: Building Patient Trust

Thursday, November 12, 10:30-11AM EDT During this conversation, we will discuss a three-pronged approach that organizations can adopt to build patient trust and rise to the challenges of health care consumerism as redefined by COVID-19. Join us and learn to: Develop an effective and comprehensive data strategy Derive deep insights from robust quantitative and comment …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls for November

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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Resource: NIH COVID-19 Communities Responding Together

Community leaders can play a vital role in connecting their communities with important, accurate information about public health and clinical research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The Community Engagement Alliance offers resources that can help organizations talk with their communities about COVID-19, the vaccines being developed, and the importance of minorities being included …

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CMS’ New One-Stop Nursing Home Resource Center Assists Providers, Caregivers, Residents

October 30, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform – the Nursing Home Resource Center – to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the …

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Twice Monthly Live Q&A Sessions: CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management

November 5, 2020 – January 7, 2021, 4-5PM EDT This live Q&A series is open to clinical and administrative nursing home staff members and others who have completed the self-paced, on-demand CMS-CDC Fundamentals of COVID-19 Prevention for Nursing Home Management training hosted on www.QIOProgram.org for 24/7 access. These live Q&A Sessions are brought to you …

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October 30: Deadline for Vaccine Program Sign-Up

October 26, 2020 – More than 9,000 long-term care providers had signed up for the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program as of this past Friday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The deadline is midnight ET on this coming Friday. The program, announced Oct. 16 by HHS and the Department of Defense, involves …

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – October

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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Telehealth Webinar on November 3: Preparing for the New Normal

Tuesday, November 3, 11:30AM – 12:30PM 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 the past, present, and future of telehealth. Together, we will: Review best practices and lessons learned Examine what transpired over the past …

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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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