The Quality Digest

November 2022 Edition

November 1, 2022

Clinical News

Antibiotic Stewardship Program: Annual Update

The updated CMS surveyor guidance, which went into effect on October 24, 2022, places additional emphasis on reviewing a facility’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program if the surveyor finds instances of unnecessary antibiotic use. PharMerica’s Model Facility Antibiotic Stewardship Program, updated in October 2022, provides multiple resources to stay in compliance, including treatment protocols, infection management guidelines, and staff and resident education.

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Clinical Alert: FDA/CDC Issue COVID-19 Booster Updates

The FDA and the CDC have issued updates regarding the use of Moderna and Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccines in younger age groups and the use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine as a first booster dose.

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Flu & Pneumococcal Resources

The 2022-23 flu season is off to an early start, with cases rising rapidly in the South, and antivirals are already in high demand.

CDC’s Map of Flu Activity (updated weekly)

PharMerica’s 2022-23 Influenza and Adult Immunization Guide

Did You Know: CDC Updates Pneumococcal Vaccine Timing Recommendations

TODAY Article on 2022-23 Flu Season So Far

Monthly Minute: Common Medication Side Effects

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

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Regulatory Updates

CMS Updates: Quick Reference Guide

The CMS Phase 3 updates took effect on October 24, 2022. Read our Quick Reference Guide, developed by NADONA and PharMerica, for insight into what’s changed and what facilities need to do starting now to avoid F-Tags.

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CMS Updates: Compliance Cues

For more information on the pharmacy-related requirements in Phase 3, read our series of Compliance Cues on Fentanyl Patch Disposal, Gradual Dose Reduction, Unnecessary Psychotropic/PRN Use, Unnecessary Antibiotic Use, Misdiagnosis Related to Antipsychotics, and Psychosocial Harm Evaluation.

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CMS Updates: Webinar Series with NADONA

Watch the replays of our 5-part webinar series with NADONA on the new guidance regarding behavioral health services, QAPI, infection control, food and nutrition, quality of care, compliance and ethics, and more!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars:

Tuesday, November 29: Vitamin-itis: How to Address Supplements in Senior Living

Presented by:

Deb Choma, RN, Director of Member Services, AALNA

Jeff Herr, PharmD, Manager of Clinical Operations, PharMerica

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

In our latest Spoonful of Sugar podcast, recorded from PharMerica’s booth at the AHCA/NCAL Convention in Nashville, BrightSpring Health Services’ Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arif Nazir discusses transitional care management gaps and how PharMerica’s Continue Care program can help to address them.
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