The Quality Digest

February 2023 Edition

February 1, 2023

Clinical News

Strategies to Increase Covid-19 Vaccine Confidence and Uptake in LTC Communities

While COVID-19 vaccination remains a critical step in protecting individuals and communities from the COVID-19 virus, many Americans have still not been fully vaccinated. The long-term care community has unique barriers and needs that require focused solutions and intervention strategies to increase vaccine confidence and uptake.

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Shortage of Common Nebulized Inhalation Solutions Persists

The shortage of albuterol inhalation solutions for nebulization persists. Alternative nebulized therapies for asthma and COPD treatment, such as levalbuterol and ipratropium-albuterol, are now in short supply as a result and are being allocated by wholesalers.

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NIC Executive Survey Results: Occupancy and Staffing

The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) released the results of a recent survey on occupancy recovery, agency use to supplement staffing, and employee retention.

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Monthly Minute: Naloxone

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 Memorandum: Erroneous Schizophrenia Coding

On January 18, 2023, CMS issued a memorandum advising of corresponding audits of schizophrenia coding in the MDS data and consequent quality measure rating adjustments for erroneous schizophrenia coding.

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Drug Pricing Reform in the Inflation Reduction Act

This article, the second in a 2-part series from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, sums up some of the IRA’s expected impacts on drug rebates, alternative payment arrangements, drug development, and evidence to guide drug use.

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Upcoming Events

All webinar times are 1:00pm ET / 12:00pm CT

Tuesday, February 7: Developing a Strategic Approach for IV Therapy

Tuesday, February 14: PEDs and the Medication Mix in Assisted Living

Tuesday, February 28: Accounting for Quality Outcomes in a Value-Based World Using Proactive Partnerships

Tuesday, March 7: Insulin Management