November 29, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 46

As Booster Rates Lag, Government Pushes for More Jabs
As winter sets in and Americans begin a season of travel, the Biden administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are embarking on a new concerted push to get more shots in arms to protect against COVID-19. The Biden administration announced a six-week campaign to encourage Americans to receive an updated COVID-19 booster before the end of the year. In a press release, the administration stated that the push is most directed toward communities that have suffered the greatest losses due to the virus, including seniors.

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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level:
CDC's COVID-19 data that DC Health uses to measure levels of transmission.
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CMS "Two-Midnight Rule" Explained 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the “Two Midnight Rule” in the FY2014 Hospital IPPS Final Rule published on August 19, 2013, to provide additional clarity regarding when an inpatient admission is payable under Medicare Part A. Under the two-midnight rule, an inpatient admission is generally appropriate for Medicare Part A payment if the physician or another qualified practitioner admits the patient as an inpatient based upon the expectation that the patient will need hospital care that crosses at least two midnights. The Two-Midnight Claim Review Guideline (page 4) graphically depicts the steps for physicians to follow when reviewing short-stay inpatient claims.

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CMS Issues Memo on Violence in Hospitals, Expectations
A memorandum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reinforcing the agency’s role in enforcing regulatory expectations that patients and hospital staff have an environment that prioritizes their safety to ensure effective delivery of health care. The memo, from the directors of the Quality, Safety & Oversight and Survey & Operations groups, reminds hospitals of their responsibility, per Medicare’s conditions of participation, to provide adequate training, sufficient staffing levels, and ongoing assessment of patients and residents for aggressive behavior and indicators, with an overarching expectation that care interventions and environments are appropriately adapted. CMS notes that in the past, it has cited hospitals for failure to meet these obligations. 
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HHS Releases Resources to Respond to Pediatric Viral Surge

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response launched a website to help address the current pediatric surge in respiratory illnesses that is impacting hospital capacity nationwide. The website includes a resource library, assistance center and information exchange discussion board to allow for near-real time engagement among users. ASPR is encouraging stakeholders who work in health care, emergency preparedness and management, and disaster medicine to engage and share materials.
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Learn About Principles of Prevention, Identification and Treatment of Patients with OUD
Death and disability resulting from the use of prescription and street opioids has skyrocketed in the past 20 years, and emergency departments have seen a sharp escalation in visits related to opioid use disorder (OUD), opioid overdose, and chronic pain. This webinar will describe the principles around the prevention, identification, and treatment of patients with OUD, with an emphasis on the first-line therapy buprenorphine, which protects OUD patients from withdrawal, cravings and overdose, and is effectively initiated from the ED. Continuing education credits available.
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Learn more about managing risk-based contracts with the inclusion of SDoH data to accelerate performance on quality and utilization measures as well as optimize health outcomes and advance health equity in your patient population. Passcode: =!Fc7HMx
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Combatting Workplace Violence in Health Care: Frontline Strategies
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Living Well DC Health Resource
Everyone in the District has a stake in ensuring residents have the information and tools necessary to live healthy lives. All sectors can ensure access to health tools by collectively working together to share information that is easy to understand and follow. DC Health has created and designed a portal for DC residents, health professionals and community-based organizations as a District wide tool to improve the health outcomes of the DC community.
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VR Simulations Improve Maternal Outcomes Webinar Recording
This is not your kid's Oculus gaming system! It is however using the same VR technology to save the lives of mothers and babies. VR technology is the first fully blended learning model that supports and augments learning and simulation requirements that physicians and nurses must have to achieve mastery in their profession. View this webinar to take a sneak peek at VR technology made possible through the partnership between Health Scholars and Relias in the area of Obstetrics.
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DECO Recovery Management is a valuable addition to your RCM team. Since 1993, DECO has been helping hospitals insulate their bottom line by improving their existing revenue cycle management services. The goal of DECO is to maximize the third party and self-pay revenue sources for health services providers. Regardless of institution size, DECO can improve your RCM process and help your patients obtain coverage for health care services; ensure cash flow where there would have been zero payments; target potential bad debts and turn them into paying accounts.
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Jennifer Hirt, Assistant Vice President, Communications & Member Engagement

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