September 6, 2022  | Volume XIX, Issue 34

Mayor Bowser and DC Health Encourage Residents to Get Their Flu Vaccine and Bivalent COVID-19 Booster
Mayor Bowser and DC Health encouraged all District residents to receive their annual flu vaccination and their bivalent COVID-19 booster – also known as the Omicron booster – at the same time. These vaccines will be available at pharmacies, clinics and COVID Centers throughout the District beginning tomorrow, September 7.

The flu vaccine, recommended for anyone six months and older, protects against strains of the flu virus that are expected to circulate this fall and winter and reduces your chance of getting the flu or spreading it to others. The bivalent booster vaccine provides specific protection against the original COVID-19 virus and the newer, more contagious, Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants. COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines produced by both Pfizer and Moderna are available. The Pfizer bivalent booster is recommended for individuals 12 years of age or older if it has been at least two months since they have completed their primary vaccination series or at least two months since they received a booster dose. The Moderna bivalent booster is recommended for individuals 18 years of age and older if it has been at least two months since they have completed their primary vaccination series or at least two months since they received a booster dose.  

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COVID-19 Community Transmission Level: Substantial
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Public Alert: Alarming Emerging Trend of Colorful Fentanyl Pills

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the U.S. In August 2022, DEA and law enforcement partners began seizing brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states. Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.
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September is National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The campaign is committed to putting people first and reaching communities where they are. This year’s campaign features a call to action for the Black and African American community and to help get preparedness information into the hands of those who live in underserved communities.
The “A Lasting Legacy" PSA from FEMA and the Ad Council reminds Americans that disasters come and go, but families can last through it all with the right preparation.
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Medicare Pay-for-Performance Programs Not Linked to Consistent Quality, Safety Improvements

Medicare’s three hospital pay-for-performance (P4P) programs are not associated with consistent improvement in quality or patient safety measures, an AHRQ-funded study in BMC Health Services Research concluded. Researchers used 2007–2016 data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project for 14 states to identify hospital-level inpatient quality and patient safety indicators. They found that mortality rates generally got worse over the study period. Medicare assessed $956 million in penalties in 2019 to hospitals that failed to meet benchmarks or show improvement under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Program and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. Given the evidence of limited impact, the cost of monitoring and enforcing penalties, and potential increase in mortality, researchers concluded that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should redesign its P4P programs before continuing to expand them.
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Most DC Area Children Have Had COVID
The majority of children in DC, Maryland and Virginia have gotten the coronavirus at some point during the past two years, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC study found that 75.4% of DC children tested positive for the virus, 73% in Maryland and 76% in Virginia. Comparably, almost 80% of youngsters nationally have had the disease at some time. However, coronavirus-related deaths among children have been low. Virginia has reported about 23 deaths and Maryland has relayed 26 since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.
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Host an Intern Through the CTE Advanced Internship Program

The Career and Technical Education Advanced Internship Program (CTE AIP) is a school-year internship initiative that aims to place qualified high school juniors and seniors into internship opportunities that are specifically aligned to their industry of study. This will mark the second year of this initiative, which will commence on Monday, September 12, 2022 and end on Friday, May 26, 2023. We are actively recruiting host employers within the health science cluster, including biomedical science and biotechnology. Play an active role in cultivating the next generation of professionals by registering today. More information about programs of study and the program

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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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Accelerating Health Equity Conference Accepting Proposals 

The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and AHA Community Health Improvement are accepting content proposals for the annual Accelerating Health Equity Conference, May 16-18, 2023, in Minneapolis from potential speakers on emerging topics, including:
  • Building authentic and sustained community engagement and partnership
  • Understanding and meeting individuals' health and social needs
  • Establishing systematic and shared accountability and building diverse leadership and governance
  • Creating equitable and inclusive workplaces
Frontline leaders from hospitals, health systems, public health and community-based organizations are encouraged to submit proposals by September 25, 2022.
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Share Your Thoughts on Workplace Violence

The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) works with health care organizations worldwide to ensure a safer workplace for both staff and patients. As part of their work, they've launched an ongoing survey to health care professionals about workplace violence within their organizations. Your feedback regarding workplace violence helps ensure that that CPI and other training programs continue to address the challenges you face.
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Howard University Hospital Earns Honorable Mention in the Patient Safety & Quality Poster Competition
Improving Intensive Care Unit Nurses’ Knowledge on Delirium Through a Quality Improvement Initiative in an Inner-City Hospital
Delirium is a common clinical syndrome observed in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients. It is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and is considered an independent risk factor for long-term cognitive impairment. Prevention, early diagnosis, and management of delirium are critical in prevention and improving patient outcomes. Despite available guidelines on routine screening for ICU delirium, delirium is largely underdiagnosed owing to nonadherence to these guidelines. Lack of formal education on delirium and validated screening tools have been cited as significant barriers to delirium screening by nurses. The accuracy of validated delirium screening tools is user-dependent, with decreased sensitivity and specificity to <50% when performed incorrectly. Critical care nurses are strategically positioned to assess delirium, and evidence suggests education on delirium and screening tools improve nurses' knowledge and confidence in delirium recognition.
Improving Intensive Care Unit Nurses’ Knowledge on Delirium Through a Quality Improvement Initiative in an Inner-City Hospital
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President & CEO Dr. Kurt Newman Announces Retirement

Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children's National Hospital plans to retire, but hasn't yet announced a specific date. Newman will continue in the role until the board, which has hired search firm WittKieffer to conduct a national search, decides who should fill his shoes, potentially staying a little longer to help with the transition. Newman, who expects both internal and external candidates, said he hopes the board opts for someone with experience in building community ties and prioritizing patient and family care — both tenets he brought to his position.
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First Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccine
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Health Care Can Help Make Equity a Reality
Raising the Bar is an actionable framework that helps health care leaders meet their mission. Raising the Bar identifies foundational principles that serve as health care’s gravitational force to continuously center equity work. Essential roles health care must play revolve around these principles, each with corresponding concrete actions that can improve equity and excellence. In addition to this framework, early in 2023, Raising the Bar will share a use case for its framework to improve maternal and newborn health.
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Overcoming Nurse Turnover
September 21  |  Noon

Nurses today are struggling to see the light at the end of any existing tunnel. Between a workforce nearing retirement and increased levels of burnout, facilities need to act now before too many nurses succumb to the strain of the current health care system. By creating a local, per diem pipeline, health care facilities can help alleviate many of the issues that create burnout and shortages.
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