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Who Are Our Health Care Workers?

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare We’ve been talking about health care workers a lot during this public health emergency/pandemic. Just who are these workers? The U.S. Census Bureau has some answers. Many of the nation’s health care workers are now on the front line of the battle with COVID-19. Who are these people putting their lives at risk daily …

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CDC ICAR Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19 Updated

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare Guidance released March 10, 2021 regarding Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC affects only select elements of the current Nursing Home ICAR tool until an updated version of the tool is available. Please reference this guidance when using the ICAR tool to ensure alignment with updated considerations for COVID-19 …

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Upcoming webinars provided by Selman-Holman

In COVID-19, ICD-10, Online Training by Sarah Bacon6 Comments

Join Lisa Selman-Holman in these upcoming webinars as she breaks down hot topics in the coding world like COVID-19 and wound care! Navigate the challenges & pitfalls of COVID-19 coding Thur, Feb. 25, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:15pm CT COVID coding gets confusing with evolving guidelines, changed codes and different patient scenarios in post-acute settings. Join Lisa as she simplifies …

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CDC/CMS/HHS/OSHA COVID-19 Updated Information – Last Week of January 2021

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HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration to Increase Workforce Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines was issued January 28, 2021. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a fifth amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to add additional categories of qualified persons authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines …

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COVID-19 Training Resources for Healthcare Professionals

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If you’re looking for COVID-19 training resources, here’s a place to start.  Training for Healthcare Professionals is a website that identifies many training options. CDC updates this resource periodically – most recently on January 25, 2021. Here’s the current training opportunities found on this website: Search COVID-19 Trainings on TRAIN COVID-19 Vaccine Training: General Overview of Immunization Best Practices for …

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HHS Extends Public Health Emergency (PHE) Through End of 2021

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Late Friday evening (January 22, 2020), the Acting U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Norris Cochran sent a letter to state Governors indicating that in addition to extending the current public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90-days, effective January 21st, HHS has made the decision that the PHE “will likely remain in place for the entirety …

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Conversation and Action Guide to Support Staff Well-Being and Joy in Work During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

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“During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care leaders are working to support staff who are experiencing anxiety, stress, and intense demands.” This guide — which builds on the IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work — includes actionable ideas that leaders can quickly test during the coronavirus response, and which can build the longer-term foundation to sustain joy in work for the health care …

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CMS Releases Pandemic Plan

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CMS has posted CMS Pandemic Plan – v. 3.1 Public Release with an effective date of January 11, 2021.  This is a 91-page document.  Here’s the Executive Summary: “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people and industries across the country, exacting a heavy toll on every American. The lives lost and the impact of the economic toll have touched every aspect …

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Texas Adopts New COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Emergency Rules for NF and ALF Providers

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Effective Jan. 11, HHSC has adopted new COVID-19 vaccination data reporting emergency rules. The rules require nursing facilities and assisted living facilities to accurately report COVID-19 vaccination data for staff and residents to HHSC in the format established by HHSC within 24 hours of completing a round of vaccinations. The data will allow HHSC to accurately track vaccinations of staff …

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Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, officially renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, effective January 21, 2021, for an additional 90 days.  This renewal happened on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The current PHE declaration was set to expire on January 21, 2021.  That expiration date has now been moved to April 21, …