October 11, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 39

Mayor Bowser and UHS Cut Ribbon on Cedar Hill Urgent Care, GW Health in Ward 8
Mayor Bowser and Universal Health Services (UHS) cut the ribbon on the new Cedar Hill Urgent Care, GW Health. Owned and operated by UHS and in partnership with the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the $1.8 million full-service urgent care will provide comprehensive services for a wide range of illnesses. Cedar Hill Urgent Care, GW Health is the first location to open as part of a partnership between the District and UHS to create a comprehensive system of healthcare serving communities east of the Anacostia River.
Ribbon Cutting of Cedar Hill Urgent Care, GW Health
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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: Moderate
CDC's COVID-19 data that DC Health uses to measure levels of transmission.
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How to Reconnect With Patients As the Pandemic Slows
Research has found that many people during the pandemic lost trust and felt increasingly disconnected from other individuals, the media and the federal government. At the same time, there’s been an upswing in connections with employers, businesses and brands. This shift creates an opportunity for hospitals and health systems to fill a void, including:
  1. Create meaningful change in patients' daily lives
  2. Develop solutions that translate and synthesize information for better outcomes
  3. Use technology to build a sustainable workforce and improve patient care
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How Six Health Care CEOs Revitalize Themselves
The Becker's Hospital Review Corner Office series asks hospital and health system CEOs to share how they revitalize themselves.
Anita Jenkins, CEO, Howard University Hospital
My husband and I love to have fun learning and experiencing new things. We recently bought costumes online and participated in A Bridgerton Experience, which came to D.C., a few weeks back. Imagine being transported back to 19th century London. It was billed as a once-in-a-lifetime evening of music and dance complete with acrobatic performances, interactive experiences, a stunning dance show and plenty of surprises. We also ballroom dance, listen to jazz, attend concerts, travel when we can and visit our five children. These are the many ways we revitalize ourselves. Why not have fun and create new and lasting memories!
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Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Patient Assessment Instrument
To address inpatient rehabilitation facility concerns, CMS issued a statement and Q&A on IRF Patient Assessment Instrument, unplanned discharges, and IRF Quality Reporting Program compliance.
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September Care Compare Release for Long-Term Care Hospitals
The September release of Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting data is available on the Care Compare website and in the Provider Data Catalog.
Public Reporting
CMS Seeks Input on Proposal to Create National Health Care Provider Directory
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks comments through December 6 on creating a National Directory of Healthcare Providers and Services to help patients locate providers and compare health plan networks, and reduce directory maintenance burden on providers and payers. CMS seeks feedback on the concept and potential benefits; provider types and data elements to include; the technical framework for a national directory; priorities for a possible phased implementation; and prerequisites and actions CMS should consider to address potential challenges and risks.
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October 29 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
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Resiliency Educational Sessions: Compassion & Civility
DCHA is sponsoring a webinar series, powered by the Maryland of Healthcare Education Institute (MHEI), to support wellness and resiliency among our hospitals. As 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.
  • October 26, 2022 @ Noon
  • November 7, 2022 @ 4 pm
Register for October 26 Session
Register for November 7 Session
Resiliency Educational Sessions: 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.
  • October 26, 2022 @ 7:30 am
  • November 15, 2022 @ Noon
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Register for November 15 Session
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DC VA Medical Center Earns Honorable Mention in the Patient Safety & Quality Poster Competition
Bundle Up: Improving Compliance with Sepsis Bundles in Rapid Response Patients
Evidence-based treatment of sepsis includes early evaluation and treatment by completing certain bundles of orders rapidly. These bundles of orders should be completed at the very least within three hours and ideally within one hour. At the DC VA Medical Center, in patients who have rapid responses called for evidence of severe sepsis, the sepsis bundle is completed within three hours in only 39% of cases and in one hour in 0% of cases. In patients at the DC VA Medical Center admitted from 7/1/20 to 5/1/21 who have a rapid response called with concern for sepsis, improve compliance with the one hour bundle from 0% to 50% and three hours bundle from 39% to 100%.
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Bundle Up: Improving Compliance with Sepsis Bundles in Rapid Response Patients
Quality Showcase Publication
Hospital Robot Helps Doctors Connect With Patients
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Appreciating the Benefits of Data Sharing is Easy
This whitepaper provides leaders with an up-close, real-world look at how a network management platform can provide what is needed by connecting hospitals and health systems with post-acute care partners. Such interoperability helps health care organizations create seamless care transitions with fewer blind spots, achieve better care outcomes, and improve financial health.  
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2022 National Women's Blood Pressure Awareness Week Summit
October 19, 2022  |  Noon  |  Zoom

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health will be hosting a virtual summit focused on innovations in the field of hypertension treatment and prevention. Topics include bridging evidence to practice gaps in the field of hypertension; self-measured blood pressure; telehealth; technology; health equity; hypertension in pregnancy and/or postpartum; home-based care; and health team integration.
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Southeastrans is a minority-owned, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) management company specializing in meeting the unique challenges of state Medicaid and managed care organizations’ NEMT programs. Southeastrans provides comprehensive NEMT administrative services including verification of eligibility using proven gatekeeping processes, claims management, provider credentialing, utilization review, and quality management.
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