July 26, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 28

DC Health Announces Latest Distribution of Monkeypox Vaccine
Given the rapid increase in cases, and the very limited supply of vaccines, DC Health has decided that the most urgent priority is providing the first doses of vaccine to high-risk residents. This single dose strategy is consistent with the monkeypox vaccine distribution strategies used in the UK and Canada, as well as New York City. DC Health reports that there are currently 172 cases of monkeypox in the District, representing the highest number of cases per capita in the United States. This decision is based on the available scientific evidence, the acceleration of the outbreak, the demand for vaccine from the high number of eligible people, and extreme shortages of the JYNNEOS™ Monkeypox vaccine nationally.

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The Board's Role in Advancing Health Equity Strategies

In this conversation, Sue Ellen Wagner, vice president of AHA Trustee Services, is joined by Carol Lovin, executive vice president, chief integration officer, and system chief of staff at Atrium Health. Lovin shares how Atrium Health’s board has worked to advance and support health equity strategies across their health system.
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May 2022 Utilization Report

Highlights: Comparing utilization metrics to pre-COVID baselines, most metrics show a noted change in May throughout the report. There was a slight increase of acute care admissions as it went from 14% below baseline last month to -13% in May, and psychiatric admissions increased from -22% to -21%. Emergency department visits also show a slight increase going from -25% below baseline last month to -20%. Although ambulatory surgeries show great fluctuation over the past months and there was a slight decrease in volumes in May, utilization remained near pre-COVID levels over the last 15 months displayed. See Fig. 1 below for details.
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Free CNA Training to Qualifying DC Residents

Academy of Hope is providing no cost Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification to qualifying DC residents. Please share with your staff and community members living in DC. Upon successful completion of theory and skills requirements, students can complete their clinical hours at an Academy of Hope partner site, sit for the NNAAP exam and be employed in a variety of health care settings as nursing assistants. 
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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 resources to assist you in communicating about vaccinations during August and throughout the year.
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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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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: High

View more about CDC's COVID-19 data that DC Health uses to measure levels of transmission
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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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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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GW Hospital Brings Home the Silver in the Patient Safety & Quality Poster Competition
Rising to the Challenge: Reduction in Opioid Use in Weight Loss Surgery Patients
For years, patients and their providers have relied on opioids for pain management after surgical procedures because of their powerful effectiveness and relative ease of use. Opioid use has also become a double-edged sword, fueling what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes as part of the distinct wave in the epidemic related to overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. It has become increasingly clear that many patients suffering from opioid addiction and dependence are first exposed to it after surgical procedures. In 2019, The George Washington University Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Committee decided to enroll in the Bariatric Surgery Targeting Opioids quality improvement project to reduce opioid use while improving pain management.
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MedStar Washington Hospital Center is First in Region to Implant Novel, Dual-Chamber Leadless Pacemaker

The cardiac electrophysiology team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center successfully implanted the first dual-chamber leadless pacemaker system in the Baltimore-Washington region. Known as the Aveir™ DR Leadless Pacemaker System, this breakthrough technology is being clinically evaluated as part of a worldwide clinical trial sponsored by Abbott, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center was the only hospital in the region selected to participate. The device is not yet commercially available. Patients with slow heart rates who need pacing therapy are candidates for this trial.
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Human Trafficking and Health Care Providers: Legal Requirements, Reporting, Education
This resource highlights the legal requirements for reporting and education in every state, including Washington, D.C (page 12). It includes jurisdiction, relevant statutes, reporting of child abuse, reporting of sex and/or labor trafficking and anti-trafficking education of health care providers. This tool to help providers navigate the complex roadmap of their reporting and education obligations. With the increased role of telehealth and multistate practitioners, the need for this type of resource is growing.
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Protecting Our Children and Youth from COVID-19 Webinar
July 29  |  1:30 - 3 pm 

The webinar will provide accurate, timely, and trusted information about how to protect all children from COVID-19. Speakers include pediatric vaccine experts from HHS, CDC, and community partners. Webinar guests will learn the latest information on CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for everyone ages 6 months and older, including where to find resources and credible information on vaccine safety; risks, benefits, and myths associated with COVID-19 vaccinations; what to ask a health provider about COVID-19 vaccination if your child has a disability; and how community partners are working to protect Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander children and youth with disabilities who live in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
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