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State Strategies for Ongoing Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Resident and Staff COVID-19 Vaccination

As the number of residents and staff in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) communities receiving the COVID-19 vaccine continues to increase, we are hopeful that daily life within these communities will gradually return to what it was prior to the pandemic. More

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AHRQ Safety Program

A new study found that hospitals using an AHRQ safety program decreased their use of antibiotic medications and reduced C. difficile infections. The study, published today in JAMA Network Open, found that the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use helped more than 400 hospitals use an Antibiotic Stewardship Program to implement and refine their …

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Decreasing Hospital Use of Antibiotic Medications and Reducing C. difficile Infections

The Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making are the critical time periods of antibiotic decision making. Clinicians are encouraged to use the Four Moments framework for all patients receiving antibiotics and whenever the need for antibiotics is being considered. More

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COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Partner Toolkit

COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Partner Toolkit In the year of the pandemic, cardiovascular health may have receded into the background – yet it remains a top public health priority. Public health officials are now warning about the relationship between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease. Not only have there been more deaths from cardiovascular disease during the …

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Stay Safely Connected with Loved Ones in the Nursing Home: Build a Hug Tunnel

As the holidays season is upon us we wanted to share a creative way to help nursing home residents safely stay connected with loved ones this year. A group in Colorado has found a way to maintain vital social connection with a project to bring safe hugs to socially/physically isolated older adults living in settings …

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COVID-19 Holiday Leave Recommendations Letter to Nursing Homes, Residents, and Resident Family Member(s)/Representatives from CMS

To Nursing Homes, Residents, and Resident Family Member(s)/Representative(s), The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE) has been one of our nation’s greatest challenges and has especially taken a toll on the nation’s nursing home residents. CMS is committed to protecting the health and safety of nursing home residents at all times and especially …

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Learning from Past Mistakes is Nothing to Sneeze At

In an effort to identify process failures related to infections spread through respiratory droplets (sound familiar?), the authors of this Patient Safety article analyzed patient safety breaches reported to one state’s patient safety reporting system last year. Two culprits that are within the power of any care setting to improve: incorrect use of personal protective …

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CMS Sends Letter of Support Recommending Nursing Homes Partner with their QIO

As the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIOs) for Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and Oklahoma, Telligen understands the uniqueness of nursing home culture and practices across our four-state region.  Because of our quality improvement expertise, CMS is encouraging nursing homes to accept our cost-free expert assistance to strengthen care processes and more effectively protect the Medicare …

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Covid-19: Driving Opioid Overdose Roundtable

Guest speakers, Jose Esquibel, Colorado Consortium and Bobby Makkamala, MD, Chair Elect Board of Trustees, American Medical Association discussed and shared experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic is how it is effecting Opioid misuse mortality/morbidity/overdose/impact on hospitalizations. Is COVID-19 impacting relapses, overdose? What can be done? Webinar Recording, PowerPoint, and Transcript  

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Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2020-2021 Season

The CDC has provided information on the most frequently asked questions about the upcoming flu season. Find out what you need to know here.