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July 19, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 27

Updated COVID-19 Hospital Visitation Guidance
The updated guidance provides best practice recommendations on the management of visitors to hospitals in the District to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The main update to the guidance is that facilities are no longer required to notify DC Health of instances of visitation of COVID-19 positive residents; however, the full names of visitors must be available within 24 hours upon request:
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Mayor Bowser and DC Health Provide Update on Monkeypox, Encourage Residents to Pre-Register for Vaccine
Mayor Bowser and Dr. Nesbitt, Director of DC Health, provided an update on monkeypox and encouraged more DC residents to pre-register for a vaccination appointment at preventmonkeypox.dc.gov. Since May, the District has reported 122 cases of monkeypox. Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious viral illness that can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. Often, it is spread during intimate physical contact between people, including sex, kissing, and hugging. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or when a person touches fabrics, such as bedding and towels, used by a person with monkeypox.
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Mayor Bowser Announces Launch of 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Washington, DC will join jurisdictions nationwide in launching the three-digit 988 suicide prevention or crisis services lifeline on July 16, 2022. Beginning July 16, anyone experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis will be able to dial 988 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will connect individuals to locally operated crisis centers. In calling 988, individuals will be connected to compassionate and accessible care and support. Family and friends can also call 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline will:
  • Connect people experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis to a trained crisis counselor who can address their immediate needs and connect them to ongoing care if needed.
  • Build on the District’s initiative to divert certain 911 mental health-related crisis calls to mental health specialists and decrease an automatic law enforcement response.
  • Help end stigma around mental illness and normalize seeking or accessing mental health care. The 988 Lifeline supports a mental health crisis as a health crisis with a clinical response so all residents feel comfortable reaching out for help.
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Rising Costs, Inflation Threaten America's Hospitals & Health Systems

For the past two and a half years, America’s hospitals and health systems — and the courageous nurses, physicians and caregivers that treat patients — have gone above and beyond in the fight against COVID-19, taking extraordinary action to care and save lives. They have worked around the clock, pioneered innovative treatment protocols, partnered with community organizations to address health disparities and inequities, and greatly expanded their capacity to provide care. This heroic response to COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on the financial health of organizations that care for millions of people. While we are grateful for the lifelines provided to our field, additional support is crucial to ensure our caregivers can continue doing what they do best – taking care of patients and advancing the health of their communities.
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SNF Provider Preview Reports Available

The data contained within the Preview Reports are based on quality assessment data submitted by SNFs from Quarter 1, 2021 through Quarter 4, 2021. A CDC measure (COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel) will be publicly reported on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC) beginning with the October 2022 release. Providers have until August 15, 2022 to review their performance data. To locate the reports:
  1. Log into the CMS Network (CMSNet) using the CMS login credentials
  2. Log into the CASPER Reporting application using the QIES login credentials
  3. Select the Folders button from the menu bar in CASPER and a list of your folders will display
  4. Select the facility-specific, non-validation report (non-VR) folder
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program Data Available
The July 2022 refresh of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Data is now available on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC). The data are based on quality assessment data submitted by IRFs to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from Quarter 4, 2020 through Quarter 3, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) measures for Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) reflect data from Quarter 3, 2020 through Quarter 2, 2021. Also included is the Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Influenza measure for Quarter 4, 2018 through Quarter 1, 2019. To view the updated data, visit Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC).
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Health Care Workers' Appreciation Night with D.C. United

DCHA, in partnership with D.C. United, is presenting a Health Care Workers' Appreciation Night on July 31 at 5 pm for the D.C. United and Orlando City SC game. Thank you for all you do and enjoy a night out with discounted tickets starting at $22.
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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: High

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This session will include a discussion of the benefits and risks related to the exchange of patient information through a Health Information Exchange (HIE). This review will include an analysis of the applicable federal privacy law requirements, including HIPAA and Part 2 regulations. Learn about best practices to capture the proper patient authorizations and to implement safeguards to comply with applicable laws. This session is recommended for Health Information Management Leaders, Compliance Officers, Privacy Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Executive Team Members responsible for the use and disclosure of patient protected health information. Learning objectives:
  • Understand the benefits and risks associated with a HIE
  • Discuss the opt in versus opt out processes related to an HIE
  • Review the privacy law restrictions and limitations
  • Determine the best practices for proper process and procedure development to support compliance with the applicable privacy and security regulations
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Children's National Brings Home the Silver in the Patient Safety & Quality Poster Competition
A Customized Triggers Program: A Tertiary Care Children's Hospital Experience
Medical errors are a significant cause of patient harm and hospitals rely on traditionally passive, voluntary safety event reporting which may be constrained by underreporting, inequitable reporting, limited ability to improve real-time care. There are opportunities to improve patient safety using novel tools, including near real-time trigger programs to proactively survey for potential harm. Children’s National Hospital pediatric triggers tool program analyzes clinical data captured from the EHR to identify adverse events, near misses, and process improvement opportunities.
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A Customized Triggers Program: A Tertiary Care Children's Hospital Experience
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We Can Do This Toolkit for Pediatricians and Family Physicians
This toolkit has resources for pediatricians and family physicians who want to help increase confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among their patients and in the communities they serve. Developed with the American Academy of Pediatrics, it includes information from CDC and new, culturally tailored materials from the HHS COVID-19 Public Education Campaign and its team of multicultural experts.
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Consent to Share Substance Use Disorder Information
Webinars with CRISP  |  1-2 pm 

A new consent management solution released by CRISP DC and the Department of Healthcare Finance in July 2022 enables the compliant electronic exchange of behavioral health information, including substance use disorder data. Three webinars will be held by Integrated Care DC to discuss why consent management is important, how to talk to patients about consent, and the benefits the tool provides.
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XFERALL
XFERALL accelerates transfers of medical and behavioral health patients between health care facilities. XFERALL was founded by individuals with more than 75 collective years designing, developing, implementing, supporting, and using innovative health care IT applications to improve the quality of care for patient communities. XFERALL are clinicians who left the bed side to modernize how hospitals communicate with each other to place patients.
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