September 13, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 35

CMS Will Cover COVID-19 Vaccines, New Booster at No Cost to Recipients
Insured and uninsured Americans can receive the new bivalent Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster and other COVID-19 vaccines at no cost as long as the federal government continues to purchase and distribute them, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Pfizer’s updated COVID-19 vaccine booster for Americans aged 12 and older and Moderna’s updated COVID-19 vaccine booster for Americans aged 18 and older at least two months after completing a primary COVID-19 vaccine series or booster. Authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, the updated boosters are bivalent, meaning they help protect against the most recently circulating omicron variants as well as the original virus strain.

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CDC Recommends Updated COVID-19 Boosters
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Pfizer’s updated COVID-19 vaccine booster for Americans aged 12 and older and Moderna’s updated COVID-19 vaccine booster for Americans aged 18 and older. Authorized by the Food and Drug Administration Aug. 31, the updated boosters are bivalent, meaning they help protect against the most recently circulating omicron variants as well as the original virus strain.

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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: Substantial
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FBI Recommends Action to Protect Medical Devices from Cyberattacks

The FBI released recommendations to help protect medical devices from cyberattacks that can threaten health care operations, patient safety, and data privacy and integrity, citing a growing number of unpatched medical device vulnerabilities. Cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, often containing outdated legacy technology, have posed a significant cyber risk to hospitals. In 2017, the FBI reported that the North Korean WannaCry global health care ransomware attack was fueled by vulnerabilities in medical devices.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, with National Suicide Prevention Week running Sept. 4-10. In recognition of the effort to reduce the occurrence of suicide and destigmatize the conversation around it, AHA is proud to highlight resources available to our members and the public at large. Throughout the month, AHA will continue to recognize Suicide Prevention Awareness Month via our communications, on our website and through our social media channels. Look for more resources later this month dedicated to suicide prevention among health care workers, who have experienced unprecedented stress and burnout over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants
The DC Department of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is sponsoring a free SAMHSA training entitled Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants. This course is designed to help physicians and other health care and behavioral professionals, who care for or support pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder, make clinically appropriate and individualized treatment decisions that will promote the best possible outcomes for both mothers and their infants.

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Virtual Buprenorphine Waiver Training for Physicians

DCHA is partnering with Providers Clinical Support System to host a live Zoom training taught by a clinical expert on Thursday, September 15, 2022, from 8 am to Noon. Complete an online self-study portion to obtain your Buprenorphine waiver. Physicians will a valid medical license and an active DEA number are eligible.
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DCHA and Member Hospitals Participate in the Summit
The Mayor's Maternal & Infant Health Summit will feature panel discussions, community spaces, breakout sessions, and a virtual resource expo dedicated to connecting District residents with local and national resources and supports needed to families have what they need to thrive. Summit session themes will include Economic Equity, Health Outcomes, and Culture in Parenting. DCHA's Perinatal Quality Collaborative Project Manager (PQC) Rakiya Moore will moderate a panel, Culture of Parenting, that will highlight lived experience to provide context for advocacy efforts to increase the quality of care for families of children with varying health diagnosis such as autism, intellectual disabilities, mobility concerns, and others. Other partners from the PQC are Aza Nedhari, Mamatoto Village, Leigh Simms, community member, and the Wolomi team, along with DC hospitals, including Sibley Memorial Hospital-Johns Hopkins Medicine, MedStar Health and The George Washington University Hospital, will present and share best practices.
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Come work for the District of Columbia Hospital Association, an amazing, growing association, as Project Coordinator II for the Patient Safety & Quality Operations Department. This position is responsible for fostering the work of the Association and the Association's members through management of assigned projects, data analytics, and liaison activities in support of priorities for improvement and strategic goals. 
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Howard University Hospital Earns Second Honorable Mention in the Patient Safety & Quality Poster Competition
Peer-to-Peer Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training in Internal Medicine Residency Program: A Pre-Post Pilot Study and Quality Improvement Initiative
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is the use of ultrasound by the clinician at the patient’s bedside and helps make care decisions. It can be divided into diagnostic and procedural POCUS. Diagnostic POCUS is evolving in the internal medicine world. It has been shown to improve diagnostic accuracy with improvement in physical examination skills and decrease time to diagnosis. The lack of trained faculty and availability of equipment are some of the barriers in creating a POCUS curriculum for Internal Medicine trainees. Howard University Hospital presents a quality improvement project using a peer-to-peer training approach to start a POCUS training in its internal medicine residency program.
Peer-to-Peer Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training in Internal Medicine Residency
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New Omicron Boosters Available from Pfizer and Moderna
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Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Report
The 2022 Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Report was conducted to gain insight into the current state of training for crisis prevention and intervention among behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) professionals. Featuring responses from nearly 3,000 behavioral health and IDD providers, the report uncovered trends on increasing skills and confidence around crisis training as well as the preparation for the 988 hotline among human services professionals. Use the data highlighted in this report to inform your organization’s learning and development programs and improve how you train your staff to mitigate crisis situations.
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When Language Barriers Lead to Poor Patient Care (And What to Do About It)
September 20  |  12:30 pm

Approximately 25 million people in the U.S. have Limited English Proficiency (LEP). LEP is associated with increased medical errors, lower patient adherence, worse clinical outcomes, and poor patient satisfaction. Health care providers may inadvertently contribute to these inequities in care. But there are ways you can mitigate these effects and provide high-quality care for patients when there are language barriers at play.
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Food & Friends provides medically-tailored meals and nutrition counseling to those living with serious illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves.
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