Issue: July 28, 2020

Published on July 28, 2020

Articles in this issue:

CMS Updates Data on COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries

Author: Lisa Volk

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released its first monthly update of data that provides a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. For the first time, the snapshot includes data for American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries. The new data indicate that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 among racial/ethnic groups after Blacks. Previously, the number of hospitalizations of American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries was too low to be reported.

The updated data confirm that the COVID-19 public health emergency is disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations, particularly racial and ethnic minorities. This is due, in part, to the higher rates of chronic health conditions in these populations and issues related to the social determinants of health.

In response to the first Medicare data snapshot and related call to action from CMS Administrator Seema Verma on June 22, the CMS Office of Minority Health hosted three listening sessions with stakeholders who serve and represent racial and ethnic minority Medicare beneficiaries. These sessions provided helpful insight into ways in which CMS can address social risks and other barriers to health care that will help in our efforts to reduce health disparities.

The updated data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations of Medicare beneficiaries covers the period from January 1 to June 20, 2020. It is based on Medicare claims and encounter data CMS received by July 17, 2020.

Other key data points:

For more information on the Medicare COVID-19 data, visit: https://www.cms.gov/research-statistics-data-systems/preliminary-medicare-covid-19-data-snapshot

For an FAQ on this data release, visit: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/medicare-covid-19-data-snapshot-faqs.pdf

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

Lisa Volk
, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Town Hall Conference Call

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

The Town Hall conference call for this week will not be held. Our next Town Hall conference call will be held on August 13, 2020 at 11:00 am.

 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

This THURSDAY! NYSDOH HCP COVID Update Webinar

Author: Lisa Volk

NYSDOH will hold a webinar on Thursday, July 30th from 1 – 2PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers.

To accommodate the large number of participants, find our webinar streaming via YouTube Live (and available for viewing immediately thereafter) on the NYSDOH COVID website for providers:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/weekly-healthcare-provider-update

For audio only, please dial in: 844-512-2950 and access code: 7653573


National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Training: COVID-19 Knowledge for the Frontline Staff - July 30 - Join Us!

Author: Lisa Volk

Topic: COVID-19 Knowledge for the Frontline Staff

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Advance Registration Required: Register here.

Note: Once you register, you will receive an email with your individual link to join the webinar. The link you receive will only work for one user. Please forward this email to other team members if you would like them to attend so they can register.

The webinar audio will stream through your computer speakers. For the best experience, be sure to have headphones or your volume turned up. We recommend closing any other applications that may be open, especially those that use up bandwidth.

Audience:

Open to nursing home leaders, clinical and administrative staff members and others interested in nursing home infection prevention in the era of COVID-19.

Series Description:

The National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Training is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the QIO Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) serving every state and territory.

Invitations are distributed weekly for each training in the series. Sign up here for updates.

Miss a training? View recordings, slides and resources on QIOProgram.org.

This Week’s Topic: COVID-19 Knowledge for the Frontline Staff

Following today’s call, participants will possess the knowledge and understand approaches to supporting the health and well-being of older adults, their care partners, nursing home team members, and other stakeholders during COVID-19.

Session Objectives:

  1. Learners will be able to discuss guidance on nursing home workforce safety
  2. Learners will discuss two or more ways to communicate with residents, care partners, and between direct care staff and management during COVID-19

Meet the Speakers:

Alice Bonner, PhD, RN

Advisor, Care of Older Adults

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

 

Lori Porter

Co-founder and CEO

National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA)

 

Continuing Education Credits:

The National Nursing Home Training Series is not accredited by CMS. You can follow up with your association or accrediting body to see if it awards credit for participation in these trainings. Continuing education credits may be awarded by some organizations for participation in CMS trainings.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Continuing Education (CMSCE) Accreditation Statements:

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the U.S. are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.  

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – July 27th to August 14th

Author: Lisa Volk

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.

Call details are below. Conference lines are limited so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks. These calls are not intended for the press.

Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page at: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts


CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (Tuesdays at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern)

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:

This week’s Office Hours:

Tuesday, July 28th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 1492795

Audio Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=b8dea1fd-e48ab881-b8de90c2-0cc47adc5fa2-75ab79ed98ac1209&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=c408e7b1-985cce9a-c408d68e-0cc47a6d17cc-d6428ab37156e652&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2297

 

Additional Office Hours:

Tuesday, August 4th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 3296947

Audio Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=344d4e40-6819573c-344d7f7f-0cc47adc5fa2-f29803ef050e8bd7&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=2d58ded5-710dd705-2d58efea-0cc47a6a52de-a294a2b8484144f1&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2352

 

Tuesday, August 11th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 3498643

Audio Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=b2579f4b-ee038637-b257ae74-0cc47adc5fa2-85afb7774096b577&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=6f7db93e-3329a042-6f7d8801-0cc47adc5fa2-ed718e46a02e4dc1&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2361

 

Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows.

 

Home Health and Hospice (twice a month on Tuesday at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Tuesday, August 11th at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 5097566

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=f50b0d87-a95f14fb-f50b3cb8-0cc47adc5fa2-a1848c218795f087&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=b4723cca-e827351a-b4720df5-0cc47a6a52de-e4916e2be973d447&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2386

 

Nursing Homes (twice a month on Wednesday at 4:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, August 12th 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 7857618

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=60470556-3c131c2a-60473469-0cc47adc5fa2-0c656f2ae4e4256e&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=2884bdb1-74d1b4a2-28848c8e-0cc47adb5650-5b54c104cb155c28&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2411

 

Dialysis Organizations (twice a month on Wednesday at 5:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, August 12th at 5:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 1027088

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=4b61b373-1735aa0f-4b61824c-0cc47adc5fa2-0149d69e3014bd18&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=6b0af8ba-375ff16a-6b0ac985-0cc47a6a52de-6400b78b7f9a7c65&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2401

 

Nurses (twice a month on Thursdays at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Thursday, August 13th at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 7844289

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=b875ef2a-e421f656-b875de15-0cc47adc5fa2-1f319eec01224d78&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=666e39a3-3a3b30b0-666e089c-0cc47adb5650-9c83dad655df67f4&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2421

 

Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (twice a month on Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters. 

This week’s Lessons from the Front Lines:

Friday, August 7th at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 4695240

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=85328079-d9669905-8532b146-0cc47adc5fa2-3eb20ce56730da8d&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=c441afa6-9814a6b5-c4419e99-0cc47adb5650-c14a30d0298b73f0&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2376

 

For the most current information including call schedule changes, please click here.

To keep up with the important work the White House Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=6c3d4afb-30695387-6c3d7bc4-0cc47adc5fa2-0dc62b25a2333642&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=36fa2226-6aae0b0d-36fa1319-0cc47a6d17cc-2d06c219f858d641&u=http://www.coronavirus.gov/

For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.