Thursday, July 20 at 2 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. CT (60 min.)
**ANCC and NAB credit awarded**
Join the monthly Shop Talk sessions hosted by the Alliant patient safety team. Attendees will receive updates on the NHSN database and CMS requirements. This month, we will discuss COVID-19 updates, definition changes for what is considered up-to-date for COVID-19 vaccination, updates to COVID-19 vaccination modules and reporting, and NHSN updates. There will also be a live question-and-answer session to help with your immediate needs. Submitting data accurately into NHSN will help you more confidently plan your risk assessments and quality improvement initiatives.
Join the Alliant Health Solutions-LTC NHSN Group!
Joining the group and conferring rights to Alliant Health Solutions-LTC to view NHSN data allows for seamless support and technical assistance.
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Fill Your Cup: The Importance of Self-Care
“Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” – Bryant McGill, author, activist and social entrepreneur
It's important to prioritize self-care, both now and in the future. As we move beyond the pandemic, let's make sure we're taking care of ourselves as well as we've cared for others. Self-care isn't just about getting enough rest - it's about nourishing our minds, bodies, and spirits. Here are a few examples:
By prioritizing self-care, we're able to be better caregivers to our patients and loved ones. Remember, you can't pour from an empty cup. For additional information on the topic, consider visiting the following websites:
CMS Proposes Policies To Improve Patient Safety and Promote Health Equity
CMS released a press release and factsheet on a proposed rule addressing health equity in fiscal year (FY) 2024.
Key points in the proposed rule include:
|Everyone deserves quality health care.
Tune into the Alliant Health Solutions Making Health Care Better podcast every other Thursday as they interview guests committed to making health care better. If you are a health care consumer, provider, insurer, system or consultant, this is the podcast for you. View All Podcast Episodes
CMS Final Rule Removes COVID-19 Testing and Staff Vaccination Requirements
On May 31, 2023, CMS announced a final rule, “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Changes to the Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements; Additional Policy and Regulatory Changes to the Requirements for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID) to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Offer Vaccinations to Residents, Clients, and Staff; Policy and Regulatory Changes to the Long Term Care Facility COVID-19 Testing Requirements.”
This rule will be effective 60 days after it is published in the federal register on June 5, 2023, and makes three key changes:
View the Guideline
Prevent Opioid Overdose With Naloxone
Clinicians play an important role in raising awareness about naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when given in time. Visit the CDC’s naloxone website to learn how to talk with patients about naloxone and reduce their risk of opioid overdose. You can also earn free continuing education credits. Visit Website
Medication Reconciliation Tips for Providers & Staff – Use this resource as a guide to completing med rec. Download Resource
Medication Review Tip Sheet for Patients – Email or print this resource to give to your patients. Download Resource
Medicine Disposal - Use this resource to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications. Download Resource
Do’s & Don’ts of Pain Medicine - Use this resource to learn how to safely use pain medicine. Download Resource
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Infection Prevention Training
CMS seeks to improve nursing home care and provide opportunities to expand training for infection prevention (IP). CMS set a national goal for each nursing home to have, at a minimum, 75% of direct-care staff trained in IP. CMS approved the following list of trainings:
Scan the QR code below and complete the assessment to let us know what training you may provide in your facility. We can offer assistance with training program implementation as well. Visit https://bit.ly/NHIPAssessment.
Got questions? Need help? Want more information? Contact Rainmakers Strategic Solutions at 800-950-5636 or email NHIPTraining@rainmakerssolutions.com.
Trauma-Informed Training PPT with Pre- and Post-Assessments for Frontline Staff
Staff competency is one of the key elements of facilities’ trauma-informed culture. Alliant Health Solutions created a ready-to-use learning module with facilitator notes, case scenarios and pre-and post-tests to aid in developing nursing assistant and frontline staff competency in trauma-informed care.
Download the Trauma Informed Care PPT Training for Frontline Staff | Download Trauma Informed Care Pre- and Post-Learning Assessment Guide
Seasonal Immunization Campaign Calendar – Ready Set Go
Use this calendar as a planning guide to increase influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates for your seasonal immunization campaign. The calendar contains targeted activities with a timeline to assist your teams with planning, implementing and evaluating your facility’s seasonal campaign. Download the Guide
We Can Do This – Get Vaccinated
A Spanish version of the “We Can Do This – Get Vaccinated” flyer is now available on the Alliant website. The flyer highlights the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine for older adults. Share this resource with community organizations or places where Spanish-speaking older adults have access to community bulletin boards. Download Flyer
How To Create a My Medicines List
It can be hard to keep track of medicines. A My Medicines List can remind you when, how, and how much medicine to take. Here are step-by-step instructions to create a My Medicines List for yourself, a family member, a friend, or anyone you take care of. View Instructions