November 1, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 42

Is it Flu, RSV or COVID? Experts Fear the 'Tripledemic'
Just when we thought this holiday season, finally, would be the back-to-normal one, some infectious disease experts are warning that a so-called 'tripledemic' – influenza, COVID-19, and RSV – may be in the forecast. The warning isn’t without basis. The flu season has gotten an early start. As of October 21, early increases in seasonal flu activity have been reported in most of the country and children's hospitals and emergency departments are seeing a surge in children with RSV. There are signs that COVID-19 cases are increasing as we head into the cooler months and precautions that worked early in the pandemic have weaned and many Americans are skipping boosters.

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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level:
CDC's COVID-19 data that DC Health uses to measure levels of transmission.
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Hospitals Encouraged to Complete Survey to Improve Incident Command System
The National Advisory Committee for the Hospital Incident Command System encourages hospitals and health systems to complete the survey by November 30 on the system’s emergency management performance during the past few years to identify potential improvements.
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CMS Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its COVID-19 guidance pertaining to vaccination requirements for health care providers, including changes to CMS’ surveyor guidance, and associated enforcement action, for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other health care providers.
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Skilled Nursing Facility Provider Preview Reports: Review by November 14
Review your data by November 14 for the SNF Provider Review Reports and contact CMS if you have questions. The data will be published on Care Compare and in the Provider Data Catalog in January.  
Care Compare Release of SNF QRP Data
The October 2022 release of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data is available on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog. The data are based on quality assessment data submitted by SNFs to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from Quarter 1, 2021 through Quarter 4, 2021.
Care Compare Off-Cycle Refresh
An off-cycle October 2022 Refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program is available on Care Compare. The Hospice Quality Reporting Program and the Hospice Care Index informational videos are available to be viewed on Care Compare. References to Hospice APU Compliance have been removed from Care Compare.
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Free Hoyas Tickets for Health Care Workers
The Georgetown Hoyas are extending an invitation to the MVPs of the community to enjoy a game for free this season. Health care workers can request up to four free tickets to cheer on the Hoyas at Capital One Arena on Saturday, November 26 v. the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus. Additional opportunities to request free tickets:
Reach out to the Georgetown Athletic Ticket Office with questions or if interested in bringing 10+ fans.
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Nursing Groups Update Guiding Principles for Mitigating Workplace Violence

The AHA’s American Organization for Nursing Leadership affiliate and the Emergency Nurses Association updated their Guiding Principles on Mitigating Violence in the Workplace to incorporate best practices based on the latest research and a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems customize their workplace violence protection program to best protect their employees and patients.
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ONE-DC Membership Meeting: DATE CHANGE

Are you interested in shaping the future of nursing and health care in the District of Columbia? Learn about ONE-DC, the voice of nurse leadership in the District, on November 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm at The George Washington University Hospital Auditorium. This meeting is open to current and prospective members of ONE-DC.

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Resiliency Educational Sessions
DCHA is sponsoring a webinar series, powered by the Maryland of Healthcare Education Institute (MHEI), to support wellness and resiliency among our hospitals.

Compassion & Civility
DCHA isAs leaders and staff, you may be interacting with patients, families and visitors who seem a little more impatient and a tad more demanding. Maybe as leaders and staff we are even more impatient and demanding with each other. This session provides an opportunity to reset expectations among employees as well as strategies to address incivility coming from patients, families, and visitors
  • November 7, 2022 @ 4 pm
Register for November 7 Session
Self-Care & Well-Being
Compassionate care starts with self-care and well-being. This session explores the value in taking care of self and strategies for well-being that can positively impact physical, social, and career well-being.
  • November 15, 2022 @ Noon
Register for November 15 Session
Compassionate Engagement
When so many of your leaders and staff are on threshold of burnout and moral injury, how can we encourage engagement in a compassionate manner? This session provides strategies for leaders and staff that if applied will create an environment through compassion that invites engagement at all levels of the organization.
  • November 8, 2022 @ 6 am
  • November 17, 2022 @ 5 pm
Register for November 8 Session
Register for November 17 Session
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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Receives $3M to Enhance Preparedness for Special Pathogens
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) awarded $21 million to 13 health care facilities to serve as leading providers of care within their regions to sustain and improve health care system preparedness for emerging special pathogens. One of the hospitals selected by ASPR to receive funding ($3M) is MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which will serve as a Regional Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Center, which is a hospital with enhanced capability and capacity to care for highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola or COVID-19, and serve as regional hubs for the National Special Pathogen System. 

The awards will help integrate clinical and health care systems' operational expertise into existing preparedness and response structures at the regional, state, jurisdiction, and local levels. These health care facilities will be better prepared for medical surge capacity and to respond to and treat infectious diseases caused by special pathogens during public health and medical emergencies.

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RSV: A Virus You Should Know
What is RSV?
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that spreads through contact with respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing, or kissing). Even though RSV is often associated with mild, cold-like symptoms, it can be serious and can lead to severe illness. Anyone can get an RSV infection but those at highest risk for severe disease include premature infants and infants age 6 months and younger, those with chronic heart or lung disease, those with compromised immune systems, and older adults (65+).
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Know Where to Go to Get Care
How do you decide between calling 911, going to the ER, urgent care or your primary care provider? When you’re sick or injured, deciding where to go at that time is the last thing you want to worry about. Understanding your options now will make those decisions easier when you need care.
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Addressing Antibiotic Stewardship Challenges in Long-Term Care
November 10, 2022  |  2 pm  |  Webinar

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins University Hospital will emphasize antimicrobial stewardship as a foundational and successful tool to reduce the risk of antimicrobial-resistant infections and their spread in long-term care facilities. The discussion will include subject matter experts and peer-to-peer conversations in a safe and confidential virtual environment. Best practices and barriers will be discussed to help leaders enhance care delivery and promote responsible and appropriate antimicrobial usage.
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