August 2, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 29

Health Notice: Human Parechovirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on July 12, 2022, that parechovirus (PeV) is currently circulating in the U.S. Parechoviruses are a group of viruses known to cause a spectrum of disease in humans. Since May 2022, the CDC has received reports from health care providers in multiple states of PeV infections occurring in neonates and young infants. Since there is no systematic surveillance for PeV in the U.S., it is unknown how the number of reported cases compares to previous years. Since PeV testing has become more widely available in recent years, it is possible that the increased number of reported cases reflects increased testing.
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News & Happenings of the DC Health Care Workforce Partnership

  • DC Health Care Workforce Partnership Website is Live: This public facing communication tool,, will help achieve the mission of promoting health care as a career destination for the residents of the District of Columbia.
  • Share Your Thoughts on Workforce Retention & Recruitment: The Education & Training Action Team of the DC Health Care Workforce Partnership requests your input on a survey by Wednesday, August 10 @ 5 pm (new deadline). Your anonymous responses to the survey (on behalf of your company, organization or agency) will help the Partnership better understand impacts on recruitment and retention of clinical and non-clinical health care workers. Complete the survey.
  • Health Care Employers: Can We Talk? Listening Session: Join the August 11 or August 17 listening session to further explore the survey themes including the flow of potential candidates, the quality of those candidates and new hires, and the most commonly needed work supports that could address external challenges that have the potential to derail an employee’s success. Register for August 11 Session. Register for August 17 session.
  • Annual Health Care Occupations Report 2022: This report provides a deeper dive into the strategic recommendations, and presents the structure of the health care career pathways system as a sector strategy within DC's workforce system. Download Report.
  • Free Trainings for Qualifying DC Residents: CNA, CCMA and CPhT training available. Learn More.
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Tool to Help Hospitals Estimate Emergency Supply Needs

The Department of Health and Human Services released an interactive tool - Disaster Available Supplies in Hospitals (DASH) - to help hospital emergency planners and supply chain staff estimate supplies that may need to be immediately available during mass casualty incidents and infectious disease emergencies based on hospital characteristics. DASH recommends average levels for specific supplies that acute care hospitals may need to have on hand to respond to a disaster in their community until resupplied. Recommendations are based on user inputs about the size of the hospital, risks in the community, regional role/designation of the hospital, and other factors.

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Transfer Platform Decreases Wait Times and Increases Connectivity Within Behavioral Health

Eight years ago, Shana Palmieri ​​worked at The George Washington University Hospital. The hospital’s emergency room was experiencing a massive spike in behavioral health patients. Correspondingly, the length of time people stayed in the emergency department waiting for mental health services was also on the rise. To mitigate wait times, Palmieri, the hospital’s director of behavioral health services, spent roughly half a million dollars hiring staff. “They were highly trained clinical staff,” she says, “and they were spending the majority of their time making phone calls trying to find placements to move patients.” To address the issue, Palmieri, alongside her co-founders, developed XFERALL, a platform used by hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and mobile crisis and co-responder teams to rapidly match people with the level of care they need.  
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August is National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Use the clinical and professional resources to assist you in communicating about vaccinations during August and throughout the year.

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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: High

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Come work for an amazing association as a Quality Initiatives Fellow responsible for providing administrative, research, and coordinative support to the Patient Safety & Quality Operations Department, and assist with meetings, events, publications, and special projects. 
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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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MedStar Georgetown Brings Home the Bronze in the Patient Safety & Quality Poster Competition
Steering the Ship on Opioid Safety: Reducing Opioid Induced Oversedation Events in Hospitalized Patients
Oversedation from opioids is a very serious adverse event that may necessitate a higher level of care and extended hospital length of stay; and if not recognized in time may lead to death. In recognition of the opioid crisis in our nation, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Quality and Safety Professional Advisory Council identified the safe use of opioid as a top organizational priority. The interdisciplinary Pain and Sedation Committee was appointed to provide leadership for pain management and safe opioid prescribing practices at MedStar Georgetown.
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Steering the Ship on Opioid Safety: Reducing Opioid Induced Oversedation Events in Hospitalized Patients
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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Named Among Nation’s Top 50 for Heart Care

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has again achieved national ranking for Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings. It moved up to No. 28, from No. 30 last year and No. 37 in 2020. It is the only nationally recognized heart program of its kind in the Washington metropolitan area. MedStar Washington also received the highest rating possible in aortic valve surgery, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
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Importance of Flu Vaccine for Chronic Illnesses
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Commercial Health Plans’ Policies Compromise Safety, Raise Costs
Private commercial health insurance coverage has long served as the central pillar of our national health insurance system. Not only are commercial health insurance plans the dominant source of health coverage for most Americans and employers but Medicare and Medicaid programs often rely on private health insurance plans to administer their benefits. Many health plans apply prior authorization requirements in ways that create dangerous delays in care, contribute to clinician burnout and significantly drive up administrative costs for the health care system. Insurers often force patients to suffer through periods of ineffective treatment before permitting access to the most appropriate therapy.
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Assessing Patient Experience for Insights into Enhancing Equity in Care
September 22  |  11 am - 4 pm

This meeting will explore how Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) surveys shed light on disparities in patient experience and how improved measurement can advance health care equity. This meeting will bring together CAHPS survey users, researchers, health care organization leaders, patient advocates, policymakers, federal partners and the CAHPS Consortium with the common purpose of understanding current approaches to measuring patient experience and advancing equity in patient experience through improvements in measurement.
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Qlarant, as part of the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, is the CMS Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization in the District of Columbia. Qlarant assists in enhancing care to Medicare beneficiaries in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and physician offices, through quality improvement interventions and advocacy. Quality improvement efforts include frontline interventions, training, informed choices for beneficiaries, performance review, data mining and quality improvement.
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