The Quality Digest

December 2022 Edition

December 1, 2022

Clinical News

2022 Update to AGS Beers Criteria for PIM

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has convened an expert panel, with representatives from the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and nursing, to update the AGS Beers Criteria. This list of Potentially Inappropriate Medications (PIMs) identifies drugs warranting additional attention as they may present an unfavorable balance of benefits versus harms in seniors. The 2022 draft is available for public comment through 12/9/22 at 5pm ET.

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CDC Releases Updated Clinical Practice Guideline on Prescribing Opioids

On November 4, 2022, the CDC released an updated clinical practice guideline on prescribing opioids for pain in adults on an outpatient basis. The guideline includes recommendations for managing acute, subacute, and chronic pain and addresses: 1) determining whether to initiate opioids for pain; 2) selecting opioids and determining dosages; 3) deciding duration of initial opioid prescription and conducting follow-up; and 4) assessing risk and addressing potential harms of opioid use.

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Looking for help with opioid stewardship? PharMerica’s Opioid Stewardship Program includes a customizable toolkit that will support your facility’s healthcare team in providing responsible, best practice pain management.

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Monthly Minute: Nuplazid (Pimavanserin) and Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

Check out this month’s “Monthly Minute,” developed by our Consultant Pharmacists, on pharmacy-related topics important to resident care.

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RSV, Influenza, and COVID-19 Resources

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is surging this fall, and its co-circulation with influenza, COVID-19, and other seasonal viruses complicates care management. These resources can help:

11/4/22 CDC Health Advisory on RSV and Other Seasonal Viruses

Provider Pointer — Monitoring for Infections: Don’t Forget About RSV

2022-2023 Influenza and Adult Immunization Guide

Regulatory Updates

Clinical Alert: White House and CMS Campaign to Increase COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Rates

On November 22, the Biden Administration announced a six-week campaign, focused on seniors and communities hardest-hit by COVID-19, to boost rates of vaccination with updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines. This campaign reinforces the requirements previously set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinar:

Tuesday, December 6: Banishing Burnout: Building Employee Engagement and Retention

Presented by:

Sheri Easton-Garret, MSN, RN, CDP, CMDCP, SVP of Clinical Operations, Belmont Village Senior Living

Dr. Shad Morgheim, ACC, ICF, Leadership and Lifestyle Coach

Adrienne Hearn, Manager of Clinical Operations, PharMerica

Staffing shortages continue to plague long-term care. More than ever, facilities need innovative ways to work more efficiently and agilely. Covenant Living Communities & Services’ Tina T. Johannessen, MHRIR, PHR, and Sheryl White, BSN, RN, offer strategies to help staff become more productive while reducing stress. Find out 6 ways to help your staff work smarter!
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