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Survey Uncovers Vaccine Hesitancy Among Long-Term Care Staff

January 14, 2021

An innovative study conducted last year by the Indiana Department of Health surveyed 8,243 Indiana nursing home and assisted living facility staff members (a 33 percent response rate) via text message and email about their willingness to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it was available. Overall, 45 percent of respondents indicated they …

Preparing Your Practice for COVID-19 Vaccination

December 23, 2020

Get evidence-based immunization strategies and best practices from the CDC that are critical to implementing a successful vaccination program. More

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

December 23, 2020

Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines. More

Fewer Overdoses, Hospitalizations Seen with Outpatient Meds for Opioid Use Disorder

December 23, 2020

Findings in this comparative effectiveness research study suggest that outpatient medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) may be less likely than inpatient care to be associated with later overdose or hospitalization. The study of 37,090 individuals with opioid use disorder receiving outpatient medication treatment or inpatient care found that all forms of inpatient care (short- …

HHS Gives Nursing Homes $1.1 Billion More in Federal Relief Funding

December 23, 2020

The federal government began sending $1.1 billion in COVID-19 relief funding to nursing homes last week to help providers cope with lost revenues and increased expenses caused by the pandemic. On December 16, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to distribute $24.5 billion to more than 70,000 health care providers as …

Care Transitions: Billing for Transitional Care Management

December 23, 2020

A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Condition of Participation (CoP) will require hospitals to send real-time e-notifications of any admissions, discharges or transfers (ADT) to post-acute care providers with established care relationships who need that information for treatment, care coordination or quality improvement activities. This is good news for independent physicians, who …

How to Review State-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Plans

December 10, 2020

Now that the CDC has recommended that nursing home residents and employees be among the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines, you will want to know the specifics of vaccination plans in the states your QIN-QIO supports. To help, the Kaiser Family Foundation has created a handy chart with links to the full drafts of 47 …

CMS Hospitals Without Walls Program Expands Amidst Pandemic

December 10, 2020

A new CMS Acute Hospital Care At Home program expands upon regulatory flexibilities granted to hospitals at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals granted CMS waivers and following screening and care protocols will be eligible to treat 60 different acute conditions in home settings that normally require inpatient hospital admission, such as asthma, congestive …

Delirium Common COVID-19 Symptom Among Elderly ED Patients

December 10, 2020

Add COVID-19 to the many conditions that can present with delirium among older adults treated in the emergency department (ED) setting. This JAMA multicenter cohort study followed more than 800 adults aged 65 and older who presented in the ED with COVID-19 at seven U.S. sites starting in March 2020. Delirium was the sixth most …

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