CMS QI Voices
CMS QI Voices: Improving COVID-19 Outcomes in Nursing Homes Across America, a new audio series produced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is available at https://qioprogram.org/cmsqivoices. This series will help busy medical directors, administrators, and directors of nursing and education keep residents and staff safe with actionable information to increase COVID-19 vaccination and the use of available treatments and improve infection prevention efforts in the nursing home and long-term care settings.
In three 15-minute episodes, CMS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee Fleisher leads clinical discussions with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics and Research and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response. These episodes cover:
In the five-minute episodes, CMS leaders Dr. Paul Rosen and Colleen Frey talk with CMS Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and the nursing homes they serve to discuss:
How to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence in care settings with high resident turnover.
The CMS QI Voices: Improving COVID-19 Outcomes in Nursing Homes Across America audio series is available wherever listeners have online access. Listen Here
Combined Partnerships for Community Health and Nursing Homes: Ideas for National Health Care Decisions Day and Beyond: Looking at Hope in a New Way
Recorded on March 23
*ANCC credit available until 4/22*
Few interactions are as satisfying as helping patients identify and then attain their goals. View the recording below to learn about giving hope as a high-reliability function of health care. Watch Recording
Thursday, April 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 the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency and what it means for NHSN reporting, influenza vaccination 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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The Many Benefits of Nursing Mentorship Programs
National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, which marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The week celebrates the contributions of nurses and calls attention to their sacrifices. Nurses perform some of the most challenging work, from life-threatening emergencies to delivering babies to caring for people in their last moments. This is an excellent time for everyone to express appreciation for the incredible work that nurses do every day.
Amid a national nursing shortage, we must especially recognize the importance of developing nurses, and one way to do that is through mentoring. Florence Nightingale was the first person to introduce mentoring in nursing, and she was referred to as the “mentor of matrons.” A mentor can be defined as an experienced individual who guides a novice member’s transition to a new culture and the expectations of a new role. Mentorship programs impact professional development between the mentor and mentee through a dynamic and supportive relationship. The mentor-mentee relationship can be mutually beneficial.
Benefits of a positive mentoring relationship for the mentee:
Benefits of a positive mentoring relationship for the mentor
National Nurses Week is a great time to think about strengthening our nursing workforce. Thank you, nurses, for your dedication, compassion, and hard work!
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:
There will be a 60-day public comment period beginning on May 1, and comments can be posted here.
|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
COVID-19 Update: FDA Authorizes Changes to Simplify Use of BivalentmRNA COVID-19 Vaccines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent mRNA vaccines to simplify the vaccination schedule for most individuals. This action includes authorizing the current bivalent vaccines (original and omicron BA.4/BA.5 strains) to be used for all doses administered to individuals six months of age and older, including for an additional dose or doses for certain populations. The monovalent Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are no longer authorized for use in the United States. Read More
CDC Releases Updated Vaccine Effectiveness Studies
The CDC works with partners to study COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness using several data collection platforms and study designs. Vaccine effectiveness studies vary based on the outcome (such as infection or hospitalization), population and study design.
The results of these evaluations are published in the CDC's MMWR or other scientific journals. The CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Update summarizes these studies to provide a snapshot of how well COVID-19 vaccines are working in different populations and against currently circulating variants. Learn More
NCRN Podcast: The World of Community Health Workers
Alliant Health Solutions is a strategic partner in the Morehouse School of Medicine's National COVID Resiliency Network (NCRN), which is funded by the Office of Minority Health. The second episode of the Morehouse NCRN podcast, Connections: Lessons in Building Healthy Communities, just dropped! This episode explores the world of community health workers—valuable frontline advocates who address health disparities by providing effective, culturally-tailored information directly to community members. Listen Here |Listen to all Podcast Episodes
National Prevention Week: May 7-13, 2023
National Prevention Week is a public education platform showcasing the work of communities and organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance misuse prevention and positive mental health. Learn More
2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain
The 2022 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Clinical Practice Guideline is intended to help clinicians:
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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Influenza Vaccination for Health Care Workers Data Due May 15
Long-term care facilities that are required to report annual health care personnel influenza vaccination data to the National NHSN must do so using the Healthcare Personnel Safety (HPS) Component. The deadline to report the annual health care personnel influenza vaccination summary data through the NHSN HPS Component is May 15, 2023.
AHRQ Safety Program
In the AHRQ Safety Program for MRSA Prevention, long-term care facilities will receive evidence-based guidance, expert coaching, webinars, tools and strategies to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other multidrug-resistant organism transmission. Register for an upcoming informational webinar and learn how to apply. Register Here
COVID-19 Data Reporting to NHSN After Public Health Emergency Ends
Long-term care facilities are required to continue reporting COVID-19 data to NHSN after the PHE ends on May 11. Changes to the NHSN application may include reduction, simplification or modification of data elements in the LTCF component. Training will be offered by NHSN in June, Be on the lookout for emails from NHSN@cdc.gov.
Join a new LTC IPC Community Forum
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has partnered APIC with funding from CDC Project Firstline to set up a national forum for IPs and infection prevention champions working in long-term care (LTC) to share resources and get their questions answered. This is open to all LTC professionals focusing on infection prevention regardless of certification status or membership in either APIC or AHCA. If you are interested in participating, complete this three-question survey to provide your name and email.
Infection Prevention Training
Looking to increase staff’s infection prevention knowledge in your facility? Alliant Health Solutions, in collaboration with Rainmakers Strategic Solutions, developed an IP Training Implementation Guide to assist you! Download the IP Training Implementation Guide
Got questions? Need help? Want more information? Contact Rainmakers Strategic Solutions at 800-950-5636 or email NHIPTraining@rainmakerssolutions.com.
Pneumonia Vaccine Myths and Facts
Use the Pneumonia Vaccine Myths and Facts resource and the Pneumonia Spreads Quickly video to educate patients and community members about the pneumonia vaccine. Share these consumer-friendly interventions with nursing homes, partnership for community health members, LINKS organizations and provider settings to reach as many Medicare beneficiaries as possible to maximize the impact on the pneumococcal vaccination rates in your community. These resources were developed with input from Alliant Health Solution’s Beneficiary and Family Advisory Council members from across our seven states.Download Pneumonia Vaccine Factsheet | Watch Video
Nursing Home Resident and Family Council COVID-19 Vaccinations for Wellness PowerPoint
This ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation with a supplemental crossword puzzle can be used by nursing homes to engage patients and care partners in education about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. The presentation contains notes for each slide to facilitate independent use by nursing homes at resident council or family council meetings. It can be easily customized to meet the needs of a facility’s patient population. Download Presentation
Senior Activity Ideas: How to Celebrate Spring with an Aging Loved One
Even if you live in a mild climate, cold temperatures can affect an older adult’s circulation, making it difficult for them to get outside. A negative consequence of this is that being cooped up in the house can lead to depression and isolation in older adults. The solution to shaking off the winter blues may lie in some of the fun senior activity ideas listed in this article from the Institute of Aging. Read Article
How Senior Caregivers Can Help Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Caregivers
Seniors tend to face challenges during the winter months that younger people or those in better health tend not to ponder. Slip and falls due to wet conditions often top this list since many seniors have trouble with mobility. Hypothermia is often a very real risk since numerous elderly people have trouble paying their heating bills or suffer from decreased circulation. However, there is a condition that is just as hazardous to a senior’s health as any physical danger – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). But with the right treatment and support, it is possible for caregivers to alleviate their loved one’s symptoms and help keep them safe.Read More