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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and there is no better way to signal to the lung cancer community that you and your healthcare facility care about those living with lung cancer and their families. Shine a Light on Lung Cancer events are designed for you to make it as easy as possible to host an educational event for lung cancer at your healthcare facility.
You pick the date, time and location and the Lung Cancer Alliance will help with the rest. They provide promotional materials, speaker talking points, giveaways for attendees, educational materials and so much more!
Shine a Light on Lung Cancer provides a platform to share advancements in treatments, provide access to your lung cancer team to the public and bring hope and support to survivors and loved ones. This November, join more than 200 of your colleagues across the country and host a Shine a Light on Lung Cancer event at your healthcare facility.
On August 23, 2016, CDC released a report about sepsis, emphasizing the importance of prevention and early recognition. Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Sepsis is a medical emergency. Time matters.
What can you do to prevent and recognize sepsis to save lives? CDC is offering six events where you can learn more about sepsis from CDC’s new Vital Signs report and show your support during September in honor of Sepsis Awareness Month.
Share your personal story about sepsis on social media, using the hashtag #ThinkSepsis
Learn how other states have successfully tackled sepsis by joining a state health department Town Hall., How Three States Tackled Sepsis –Tuesday, August 30, at 2 PM EDT. The Conference Line (U.S. only): 800-857-0604 Passcode: 795-4413
The healthcare reimbursement landscape is changing resulting in penalties for organizations with perceived poorer quality of care and less than optimal patient outcomes. CDI Programs are imploding to support the morphing focus on “quality” documentation which results in the accurate identification and capture of this reported hospital data. For the CDI Specialist, this expands the medical record review focus to continue to support billing, but also incorporates the review of documentation to support quality measures and the identification of hospital imposed injuries and infections.
This presentation will provide tips to assist your organization in evaluating what processes are in place to accurately identify and report this data and the consequences of failing to do so. Register online here.
The CERT A/B Task Force recently announced the first ever co-branded web-based training (WBT): Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs): Improving Documentation Positively Impacts CERT. This training is recommended for IRF providers and practitioners who see patients in IRFs.
Information for accessing the IRF WBT is available on the CERT A/B Task Force page under Education Resources. International Association for Continuing Education and Training and American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 credits are awarded for completion this program.
The Task Force works to create educational products to assist in reducing the CERT error rate through consistent, accurate provider outreach and education. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is a trademark of the American Medical Association.
In the latest installment of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Chartbook on Care Coordination, part of the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, national improvements in avoidable hospitalizations and other care coordination measures are highlighted.
The Chartbook shows that avoidable hospitalizations decreased by 23 percent between 2005 and 2013. Another successful care coordination indicator is an increase of greater than 10 percent in one year of hospital patients with heart failure given complete written discharge instructions. Overall, 18 care coordination measures showed improving quality, six showed worsening quality and 13 showed no change.
The 2015 QDR found care coordination measures, one of the six priorities of the National Quality Strategy, lagged behind other priorities in overall performance. The NQS has identified three long-term goals related to care coordination, which the Chartbook measurements reflect:
Improve quality of care transitions and communications across care settings
Improve the quality of life for patients with chronic illness and disability by following a current care plan that anticipates and addresses pain and symptom management, psychosocial needs and functional status
Establish shared accountability and integration of communities and healthcare systems to improve quality of care reduce health disparities.
Additional information can be found on the AHRQ web site, including the additional measures of care coordination and figures illustrating select measures.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation will host an Aug. 31 webinar on its proposal to bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services, and expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model to include other surgical treatments for hip and femur fractures. To register for the 60-minute webinar, which begins at 1 p.m. ET, click here.
On August 29 from 4-5 p.m. EST, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a free webinar, Invasive Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infections Associated with Exposure to Heater-Cooler Units during Cardiac Surgery. CE is available (and there are no fees for the CE).
Recent reports suggest that heater-cooler units, typically used during cardiopulmonary bypass procedures, are putting patients at risk for invasive nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) infections. To discuss this issue, CDC is offering a free webinar featuring an expert panel including Dr. Charles L. Daley, Chief of the Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections at National Jewish Health; Dr. Daniel J. Diekema, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; Dr. Keith B. Allen, Director of Research, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Mid America Heart and Lung Surgeons; Dr. Joseph Perz, CDC Team Leader for Quality Standards and Safety in the Prevention and Response Branch; and Dr. Michael Bell, Deputy Director of the Division of Health Quality and Promotion at the CDC.
Panel members will discuss:
Evidence linking invasive NTM infections and exposure to heater-cooler units during cardiac surgery
Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for invasive NTM infections, and
Steps to identify patients at risk and mitigate risk to patients
Register online here. This webinar offers CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, CPE, and CPH.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. The deadline to apply is October 13.
Those interested in applying should attend one of two technical assistance webinars on September 8 and September 29 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET. Dial-in 1-888-324-4392 , passcode 1058390.
On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST, HRSA has planned a webinar highlighting the current state of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the United States, including the most recent data and tools and resources for providers and COPD patients. Confirmed speakers include Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, President, COPD Foundation; Jamie Sullivan, Vice President of Public Policy & Outcomes, COPD Foundation; Dr. Antonello Punturieri, Program Director, Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, NIH; Monique Ndenecho, National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute, NIH; Dr. Dan Doyle, Family Medicine Physician & Board-Certified Geriatrician, Cabin Creek Health Systems (West Virginia).
If you are interested in learning more about this disease and how you can help make a difference, join HRSA on August 24, 2016 at 12 p.m. EST Dial-in: 877-501-8424 Participant Passcode: 59918124.