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November 8, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 43

DC Health Releases Guidance for Healthcare Personnel Monitoring, Restriction and Return to Work
This guidance is for employers of health care personnel (HCP) and includes best practice recommendations related to masking, eye protection, and HCP exposure, monitoring, and work restrictions for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Except for current mandates in effect under a Mayor’s Order or other existing local or federal regulation, any definitive action statements made in this guidance (e.g., “must”) are considered essential best practice recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. HCP include all paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. This guidance applies to all health care settings. Health care facilities must have internal policies that address HCP monitoring, restriction and return to work in the context of COVID-19. Recommendations regarding HCP work restriction may not anticipate every potential scenario and will change as the local response progresses.

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Stay Up-to-Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up-to-date with vaccinations AND boosters. The updated (bivalent) boosters are called “bivalent” because they protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. Previous boosters are called “monovalent” because they were designed to protect against the original virus that causes COVID-19. They also provide some protection against Omicron, but not as much as the updated (bivalent) boosters.

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CDC Issues New Opioid Prescribing Guidance, Giving Doctors More Leeway to Treat Pain
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for clinicians on how and when to prescribe opioids for pain. This new guidance revamps the agency's 2016 recommendations which some doctors and patients criticized for promoting a culture of austerity around opioids. CDC officials say that doctors, insurers, pharmacies and regulators sometimes misapplied the older guidelines, causing some patients significant harm, including "untreated and undertreated pain, serious withdrawal symptoms, worsening pain outcomes, psychological distress, overdose, and [suicide]."

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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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CDC Reports Highest Early Flu Hospitalization Rate in Decade
The U.S. is experiencing a resurgence in non-COVID-19 respiratory viruses, with the flu hospitalization rate at this early time in the season the highest in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

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CMS Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance for Health Care Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its COVID-19 guidance pertaining to vaccination requirements for health care providers, including changes to surveyor guidance, and associated enforcement action, for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other health providers.
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Skilled Nursing Facilities: Care Compare Release
The October release of the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program data is available on Care Compare and in the Provider Data Catalog.  
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Free Hoyas Tickets for Health Care Workers
The Georgetown Hoyas are extending an invitation to the MVPs of the community to enjoy a game for free this season. Health care workers can request up to four free tickets to cheer on the Hoyas at Capital One Arena on Saturday, November 26 v. the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus. Additional opportunities to request free tickets:
Reach out to the Georgetown Athletic Ticket Office with questions or if interested in bringing 10+ fans.
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ONE-DC Membership Meeting: DATE CHANGE

Are you interested in shaping the future of nursing and health care in the District of Columbia? Learn about ONE-DC, the voice of nurse leadership in the District, on November 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm at The George Washington University Hospital Auditorium. This meeting is open to current and prospective members of ONE-DC.

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Resiliency Educational Sessions
DCHA is sponsoring a webinar series, powered by the Maryland of Healthcare Education Institute (MHEI), to support wellness and resiliency among our hospitals.
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.
  • November 15, 2022 @ Noon
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Compassionate Engagement
When so many of your leaders and staff are on threshold of burnout and moral injury, how can we encourage engagement in a compassionate manner? This session provides strategies for leaders and staff that if applied will create an environment through compassion that invites engagement at all levels of the organization.
  • November 17, 2022 @ 5 pm
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Getting Boosted Isn't Scary; Anthony Fauci Makes it Fun!
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Nursing Satisfaction:
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Learn the top drawbacks of staying in the nursing profession, how nurses pick their next employer, what nurses want from technology, the three things hospitals can do to relieve the nursing shortage and more.
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum
November 15-16, 2022  |  Free Event

Diversity has been an increasingly important topic in every industry, and there is a hunger for companies to create initiatives that bring them closer to a more diverse organization. Across two days, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum will provide a wide range of strategies and best practices for companies looking to improve their diversity efforts across all areas of their business, while also providing a deep dive into key areas and access to leaders across functions.
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McClendon Center is a non-profit behavioral health agency serving 6,000+ adults each year. Their mission is to prepare people recovering from mental illness to improve their quality of life. They provide comprehensive, wraparound services addressing primary care needs as well as psychosocial services, including counseling, community support, housing assistance, art and movement therapy groups, and substance abuse counseling. At McClendon Center, staff members strive to build partnerships with clients and encourage them to take charge of their recovery. 
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