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PODCASTS

Check out our most recent podcasts on topics associated with COVID-19. 

 

 

 

VLOGS

. . . and watch our most recent COVID-19 vlogs.

Archived Webinars

We offer high quality learning opportunities featuring expert speakers on topics important to you. Recordings, presentation slides and supporting materials from some of our previously-hosted webinars are featured below. Visit our News & Events page to find upcoming webinars.

June 12, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Sepsis in Long-Term Care: An Overview (Part 2) 

In today's episode, we will discuss sepsis in long-term care. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 2 will review case scenarios of sepsis in the long-term care (LTC) setting, including addressing prevention, early detection, and treatment.

We're joined by Carolyn Pandolfo, BS, RN, CHES, CHC, PMP, CIC, travel infection preventionist for the Pennsylvania Project Firstline team at the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

June 5, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Sepsis in Long-Term Care: An Overview (Part 1) 

In today's episode, we will discuss sepsis in long-term care. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Part 1 will provide an overview of sepsis in the long-term care (LTC) setting, including addressing prevention, early detection, and treatment.

We're joined by Emily Magee, MPH, CIC, infection prevention supervisor for Pennsylvania Project Firstline at the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

May 29, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Staffing Solutions Lessons Learned: Equipping and Empowering Staff for Success (Rebroadcast) 

Today’s episode discusses strategies for promoting nursing home staff stability, empowering nursing assistants, and improving infection prevention. This replay session of our May 2 webinar features expert presenters Jean Storm, Medical Director at Quality Insights; Jim Triana, Nursing Home Administrator at Complete Care at Oak Ridge; and Amy Porter, Resource Specialist at Quality Insights. The rebroadcast is followed by a Q&A with Amy Porter and Jean Storm.

The video recorded version of this webinar is eligible for Continuing Education credits for Nursing (1.25 hours) and NAB/NCERS (1.0 hours). To earn CEs, watch the full video recording linked below and complete the post-webinar evaluation.

May 22, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Navigating Opioid Use Disorder in Long-Term Care Facilities: Treatment, Screening, & Education (Part 2) 

In this week's episode, we discuss how to screen and treat residents with opioid use disorder (OUD) in nursing homes, as well as education related to OUD. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 2 will review the following:

  • List the medications used to treat opioid use disorder
  • Describe successful processes involved in treating residents with opioid use disorder in the facility

We’re joined by Quality Insights Medical Director Jean Storm, DO, CMD, CHCQM.

May 15, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Navigating Opioid Use Disorder in Long-Term Care Facilities: Treatment, Screening, & Education (Part 1) 

In this week's episode, we discuss how to screen and treat residents with opioid use disorder (OUD) in nursing homes, as well as education related to OUD. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Part 1 will review the following:

  • Define opioid use disorder and explain the prevalence of the disorder in the older adult population
  • Explain the risk factors for opioid use disorder and describe ways to reduce these risks
  • Describe the various screening tools for opioid use disorder

We’re joined by Quality Insights Medical Director Jean Storm, DO, CMD, CHCQM.

May 8, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A on Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes

In today’s episode, the healthcare experts at Quality Insights join us to discuss frequently asked questions related to enhanced barrier precautions (EBPs) in nursing homes, as well as answer submitted questions from our audience.

Resources shared during the presentation:

May 1, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Ventilation in Healthcare 

Today's episode will discuss the role of ventilation for preventing infections in nursing homes. We will review how ventilation works to reduce the amount of germs in the air and the importance of working with staff in charge of air handling and ventilation to improve ventilation. 

We're joined by Cindy Holmes and Elizabeth Dauch of West Virginia Project Firstline. If you have questions for Elizabeth Dauch, email Elizabeth.C.Dauch@wv.gov. Email Cindy Holmes at Cynthia.A.Holmes@wv.gov.

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April 24, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Taking Control of Adverse Events  

This week’s episode discusses reduction of adverse events in nursing homes. The episode highlights the correlation between adverse events and hospital events, explores the term "adverse event," discusses the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process to reduce hospital events, and demonstrates the use of an adverse event tool.

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April 17, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Updates to Enhanced Barrier Precautions Guidance  

In today's episode, Dr. Jean Storm joins us to give an overview of enhanced barrier precautions (EBPs) and discuss the latest updates for EBP guidance. Dr. Storm is Medical Director at Quality Insights.

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April 10, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Increase Infection Prevention With Interactive Education (Rebroadcast With Live Q&A)  

Quality Insights has partnered with Viven Health to offer a new virtual learning platform that is free to our partners and beneficiaries in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In this episode, Natasha Dickinson of Viven Health joins us to demonstrate their simulated learning modules that can be used as training for facility staff or as education for community members. Natasha Dickinson, DNP, MPH, FNP-C, RN, is Director of Clinical Affairs at Viven Health.

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April 3, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Candida Auris — Calm, Not Chaos 

In this episode, we will review C. auris' definition and background; review infection prevention and control guidance; describe the screening process; and more.

We're joined by Valerie Jividen, epidemiologist and lab-epi liaison for the West Virginia Department of Health Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services. To contact Valerie Jividen, email Jividen, valerie.s.jividen@wv.gov.

March 27, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Critical Element Pathways Related to Infection Control 

In today's episode, we review the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Critical Element Pathways for Nursing Homes related to infection control. We discuss CMS' Survey Resources for Nursing Homes, a document used by surveyors to guide their evaluation of nursing homes' infection control programs, as well as evaluate compliance during recertification Survey.

March 20, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Age-Friendly Health Systems: 4Ms Care in Nursing Homes  

Today's episode is a discussion of the Age-Friendly Health Systems, an initiative by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to improve the care of older adults across healthcare settings. Amanda Meier of IHI will review the Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community, the 4Ms framework, and how nursing home residents and staff can benefit from participation.

March 13, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Increase Infection Prevention With Interactive Education   

Quality Insights has partnered with Viven Health to offer a new virtual learning platform that is free to our partners and beneficiaries in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

In this episode, Natasha Dickinson of Viven Health joins us to demonstrate their simulated learning modules that can be used as training for facility staff or as education for community members.

Natasha Dickinson, DNP, MPH, FNP-C, RN, is Director of Clinical Affairs at Viven Health.

 Related Resources:

March 6, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection (Part 2)  

One of the most important steps in preventing infections is through proper cleaning and disinfecting. In today's webinar, we will review contact time and how to read a disinfectant label.

We're joined by Cindy Holmes of West Virginia Project Firstline and the WV Department of Health Bureau of Public Health's Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services.

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February 28, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Overview of the QAPI Process in Long-Term Care 

In today's webinar, we're discussing the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process in long-term care. The discussion will review:

  • The core elements of QAPI along with the associated F-tags
  • The key role data has in QAPI success
  • Who's responsible for QAPI plans and projects
  • Key features of a QAPI plan

We're joined by Penny Imes, Quality Improvement Specialist at Quality Insights.

February 21, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Building Bridges: Fostering Engagement Between MDs and Facility Staff (Part 2)

In today’s episode, Quality Insights' Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm joins us to discuss the role of the medical director (MD) in nursing homes. The discussion will review: 

  • Knowledge and tools needed to leverage the MD's role to enhance patient outcomes
  • How to integrate medical director leadership to improve quality of care in nursing homes
  • Responsibilities and roles of a nursing home MD beyond clinical care, including policy development, staff education, and quality improvement initiatives
  • How MDs can shape facility care policies, ensuring alignment with regulatory standards and promoting a culture of continuous improvement

This episode is Part 2 of a two-part discussion. 

February 14, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Building Bridges: Fostering Engagement Between MDs and Facility Staff (Part 1)

In today’s episode, Quality Insights' Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm joins us to discuss the role of the medical director (MD) in nursing homes. The discussion will review: 

  • Knowledge and tools needed to leverage the MD's role to enhance patient outcomes
  • How to integrate medical director leadership to improve quality of care in nursing homes
  • Responsibilities and roles of a nursing home MD beyond clinical care, including policy development, staff education, and quality improvement initiatives
  • How MDs can shape facility care policies, ensuring alignment with regulatory standards and promoting a culture of continuous improvement

This episode is Part 1 of a two-part discussion. 

February 7, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar
Cleaning and Disinfecting – Environmental Services 

One of the most important steps in preventing infections is through proper cleaning and disinfecting. In today's episode, we will review the difference between cleaning and disinfecting; why cleaning and disinfection matter; and contact time.

We’re joined by Cindy Holmes and Elizabeth Dauch of West Virginia Project Firstline.

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January 31, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Introduction to Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS): Fostering Inclusivity in Healthcare 

In today’s episode, special guest LaDawna Walker-Dean joins us to discuss Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) for partners and providers, with emphasis on cultural competence in healthcare. This episode reviews:

  • Examples of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services on an individual and organizational level
  • The importance of cultural competence in healthcare
  • The impact on population health when cultural competence is not observed

Walker-Dean is a highly experienced social worker and healthcare professional with expertise in addressing health disparities, having received several awards and recognition for her contributions to minority health. She is the founder of the West Virginia Minority Health Fairs.

CEs Available: 1.25 contact hours of Continuing Education credits for nursing are available. To obtain CEs, watch the full webinar recording and complete the post-webinar evaluation and knowledge check. If you have questions about CEs for this course, email Andrea Lefkay.

January 24, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Construction Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) – History and Purpose 

In today’s episode, special guests Tom Bender and Michael Jenkins join us to discuss the history and purpose of Construction ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment).

This episode discusses:

  • Importance of compliance and effects of noncompliance
  • History of training development
  • The changing ICRA landscape
  • Individual responsibility and commitment to patient safety for all
  • Moving forward and next steps to ensure ICRA awareness

Tom Bender is Education Outreach Director at Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EASRCC). Michael Jenkins is Senior Representative/ICRA Lead at EASRCC – West Virginia District.

January 17, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Staffing Solutions for Nursing Homes (Course Overview) 

Have hiring and retention woes created barriers to the quality of care provided at the nursing home you work in? Are you struggling to find solutions to improve staffing? You don’t have to navigate these challenges alone! Watch our overview webinar for a first look at a brand new course from Quality Insights that is set to launch in February 2024.

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January 3, 2024
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Strategies for Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Annual Infection Control Risk Assessment 

In today’s episode, Quality Insights Infection Preventionist Jennifer Brown joins us to discuss annual infection control risk assessments in long-term care, including the importance of the annual risk assessment; how to complete the assessment; and how facilities can use the information obtained in the assessment for its infection control plan.

December 27, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

2023 in Review: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going (Rebroadcast)

In this week’s episode, Quality Insights’ Nursing Home Team will reflect on initiatives that we have collaborated on with nursing homes in 2023, plus look ahead at what’s on the horizon for 2024. Measures we will discuss include Immunizations; Care Coordination; Opioid Reduction & Misuse; Infection Control Training fwrom QSEP and Project Firstline; and Patient Safety.

This webinar was planned to be a rebroadcast of our Dec. 6 webinar. Due to technical difficulties, our rebroadcast was unable to play and our panelists redid their presentations. If you would like to watch the original Dec. 6 presentation, you can find the recording here.

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December 20, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

PPE Best Practices in Nursing Home Settings

In today's webinar, we review best practices for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in nursing homes. Quality Insights infection preventionist Jennifer Brown joins us to review PPE needed depending on the level of precautions, including standard, contact, droplet, airborne, COVID-19, and enhanced barrier precautions. We also review guidance updates, education, and other resources related to PPE. 

December 13, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Anticoagulant Adverse Drug Events

Anticoagulants can lead to adverse drug events (ADEs) in long-term care facilities. In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • Major types of anticoagulants and their basic differences
  • Indications for starting anticoagulants
  • What steps can be implemented to decrease the risk of adverse drug events associated with warfarin
  • Differences in dosing protocols between apixaban and rivaroxaban

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December 6, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

2023 in Review: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going

In this week’s episode, Quality Insights’ Nursing Home Team reflects on initiatives that we have collaborated on with nursing homes in 2023, plus look ahead at what’s on the horizon for 2024.

Measures we discuss include Immunizations; Care Coordination; Opioid Reduction & Misuse; Infection Control Training from QSEP and Project Firstline; and Patient Safety. 

November 29, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Taking Another Look at Antipsychotics

In today's episode, we discuss antipsychotics in long-term care, including how antipsychotics work; side effects; prescribing and reduction; and federal guidance related to antipsychotic prescribing.

November 22, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Palliative Care: Immunization Updates for Long-Term Care (Rebroadcast) 

In today's episode, we'll discussing the latest information about the influenza, pneumococcal, COVID-19, and RSV vaccines. The discussion will also address:  
  • Strategies for addressing common concerns and myths surrounding vaccination
  • Strategies to increase vaccine acceptance among both residents and staff
  • Principles of vaccine administration and safety

This episode is a rebroadcast of our Nov. 8 webinar.

November 15, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Palliative Care: Preventing Avoidable Hospitalizations

In this week's webinar, we discuss palliative care for preventing avoidable hospitalizations. The presentation discusses what palliative care is; the difference between palliative and hospice care; goals of care; barriers to communication; and language used at end of life. 

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November 15, 2023
Diabetes Control for Chronic Kidney Disease
Special Webinar

This 60-minute course will provide education for partners/providers to understand the importance of blood glucose control and how it can prevent progression. Discussion will include Medical Nutrition Therapy and the important role it plays in disease prevention.
The information presented is appropriate for nurses, practitioners, dietitians, and other healthcare providers.

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the mechanism of how blood glucose control can prevent CKD progression.

  • Identify the role of a Dietitian and how Medical Nutrition Therapy plays a role in halting CKD progression.

  • Discuss the need for a Certified Renal Dietitian and kidney nutrition.

Expert Presenter

Jillian Pate, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN

Renal Dietician Nutritionist, Renal RD WV LLC

To receive continuing education credit, participants must:

  • Watch the webinar

  • Complete the evaluation

  • Pass the post-knowledge check (80%)

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Continuing Education

Nursing: This course is approved for 1.0 hours of Continuing Education for Nursing. Quality Insights is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Dietitians: Course is pending CDR approval.

 

November 8, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Immunization Updates for Long-Term Care

In today's episode, we discuss the latest information about the influenza, pneumococcal, COVID-19, and RSV vaccines.

The discussion also addresses strategies for addressing common concerns and myths surrounding vaccination; strategies to increase vaccine acceptance among both residents and staff; and principles of vaccine administration and safety. 

November 1, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Live Q&A for Long-Term Care Facilities

Quality Insights’ panel of health experts is back to answer questions for nursing homes. This week’s Q&A discussed the new “up to date” definition for COVID-19 vaccination; gradual dose reduction of antipsychotics; MDS reporting, and nursing home staffing. 

October 25, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Take Your Best Shot! Immunizations as Prevention

Immunizations are an important tool in reducing adverse events in long-term care. In today's episode, we will discuss how facilities can strengthen their immunization campaigns with the goal of reducing adverse events — as well as enhancing regulatory compliance.

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October 18, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Urinary Tract Infections: Treat, Identify, Document

In today’s episode, we review ways to prevent, identify, and document UTIs. This discussion will include a review of Minimum Data Set (MDS) reporting requirements related to UTIs. 

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October 11, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Treatment Considerations in Opioid Use Disorder

In today’s episode, Dr. Denise Vanacore reviews opioid use disorder (OUD) and the signs and symptoms of withdrawal. She also discusses the treatment of OUD, including maintenance treatment and tapering.

October 4, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A on Updates for MDS, NHSN, and Immunizations

Quality Insights’ panel of health experts is back to answer questions for nursing homes. This week’s discussion answers FAQs related to reporting updates for the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), as well as updated recommendations for immunizations.

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Sept. 21, 2023
Caring for Residents with CKD/ESRD

The growing number of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) continues to rise across the country, which means an increase in patients that reside in a Skilled Nursing Facility.

In this webinar, Katelynn Booth of ESRD Network 5 reviews essential insights into caring for patients with chronic kidney disease and their specialized needs, dietary considerations, medication management, and more. 

Other Resources
September 20, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Changing Seasons, Changing Conditions - Act Early and Often

Changing seasons leads to changing conditions. In today's webinar, we look at the rise of respiratory illness during the fall season – and the need to increase frequency of assessments. We will discuss how early identification and notification of physicians can prevent the need for hospital transfers.

September 13, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Gearing Up for Fall Immunizations

Is your facility ready for fall immunizations? Quality Insights Infection Preventionist Jennifer Brown reviews what nursing homes need to know about the upcoming season's immunizations and the latest guidance.

September 12, 2023
Opioid Education: ONEbox and Naloxone Training
Special Webinar

Topic: An Educational Webinar on ONEbox and a
Naloxone Administration Demonstration

Join guest speaker Lilith McGhee from the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute for a demonstration of ONEbox and how to administer Naloxone.

September 6, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Strategies for Rehospitalization Reduction

For this week's webinar, we discuss strategies to reduce rehospitalization. Topics covered include: 
• Why we should reduce hospitalizations
• Sepsis prevention and awareness
• Importance and education for advance care planning
• Prevention opportunities for falls
• Medication management red flags
We're joined by Dr. Jean Storm, Medical Director at Quality Insights.

August 30, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

In today's episode, we discuss the upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Sections N, O, P & Q. We're joined by presenter Debra Wright, a Quality Improvement Specialist at Quality Insights. Each Wednesday in August, we will cover different sections of the upcoming MDS changes.

August 23, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

In today's episode, we discuss the upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Sections J, K, L & M. We're joined by presenter Debra Wright, a Quality Improvement Specialist at Quality Insights. Each Wednesday in August, we will cover different sections of the upcoming MDS changes.

August 16, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

In today's episode, we discuss the upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Sections G, GG, H & I. We're joined by presenter Debra Wright, a Quality Improvement Specialist at Quality Insights. Each Wednesday in August, we will cover different sections of the upcoming MDS changes.

August 15, 2023
Are You Ready for How the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 10/01/23 Changes Will Affect the Optional State Assessment (OSA) for Pennsylvania?

Topic: Are You Ready for How the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 10/01/23 Changes Will Affect the Optional State Assessment (OSA) for Pennsylvania?

In this episode, we discuss the upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 10/01/23 Changes Will Affect the Optional State Assessment (OSA) for Pennsylvania, a webinar featuring a recording of a presentation by Kerry Weaver from Myers and Stauffer and Ruth Ann Barnard from the Office of Long Term Living.

August 9, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: MDS Changes are Coming: Sections B, C, D, E & F

In today's episode, we discuss the upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Sections B, C, D, E & F. We're joined by presenter Debra Wright, a Quality Improvement Specialist at Quality Insights. Each Wednesday in August, we will cover different sections of the upcoming MDS changes.

August 2, 2023
COVID-19 Education For Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: MDS Changes are Coming: Section A

In today's episode, we discuss the upcoming changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Section A. We're joined by presenter Debra Wright, a Quality Improvement Specialist at Quality Insights. Each Wednesday in August, we will cover different sections of the upcoming MDS changes.

July 26, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Schizophrenia Diagnosis & CMS Coding Audits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made changes in recent months related to schizophrenia diagnosis. These changes are reflected in the updated Minimum Data Set (MDS) section I6000, the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP, and the Critical Element Pathways. The changes also can affect nursing homes' ratings in the Five-Star Quality Rating System. 

In today's episode, we discuss the latest guidelines on schizophrenia diagnosis and the background behind these changes, as well as schizophrenia coding audits CMS is conducting in long-term care facilities. We're joined by guest presenter Tammy Coleman, RN, CNDLTC, RAC-CT. Coleman is Vice President of Clinical Reimbursement at Affinity Health Services.

July 19, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Medication Adverse Events: Reducing the Risk

In today's webinar, we take a look at medications that create a risk for adverse events, including diabetic agents, psychotropic medications, antibiotics, and opioids. We also discuss processes designed to mitigate the risk of adverse events stemming from use of these high-risk medications.

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July 12, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Staffing Solutions for Nursing Homes (Course Overview)

Have hiring and retention woes created barriers to the quality of care provided at the nursing home you work in? Are you struggling to find solutions to improve staffing? You don’t have to navigate these challenges alone! Watch our overview webinar for a first look at a brand new course from Quality Insights that is set to launch August 2023.

Related links: 

For questions about the course or enrollment, contact Amy Porter at aporter@qualityinsights.org

July 5, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A for Long-Term Care Facilities  

Quality Insights’ panel of health experts is back to answer questions for nursing homes. This week’s discussion answers FAQs related to Post-COVID Syndrome and the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) plus other topics for long-term care facilities.

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June 29, 2023
The PHE Has Ended (Part 2): Breaking Down the Guidance for Acute & Continuing Care Facilities
CEs Available

Health care facilities are facing a number of guidance changes as the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has come to an end. In today's webinar, Quality Insights Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm will break down the guidance changes affecting acute and continuing care facilities.

This webinar is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 discussed guidance changes affecting long-term care facilities (LTCFs), home health, and hospice.

Continuing Education credits for nursing are available. For CEs, watch the full webinar recording and complete the post-webinar evaluation and knowledge check. If you have questions about CEs for this course, email Andrea Lefkay.

June 28, 2023
Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care: What's the Difference?
CEs Available

Featured Speaker
Landon Blankenship, Chief Nursing Officer at Southern West Virginia Hospice, presents the differences between Palliative and Hospice Care to provide the best care for patients.

The information presented is appropriate for nursing home administrators, nurses, human resources, and other health care providers of long-term care facilities.

Watch the Webinar

Continuing Education credits for nursing, physicians, and nursing home administrators are available. For CEs, watch the full webinar recording and complete the post-webinar evaluation and knowledge check. If you have questions about CEs for this course, email Andrea Lefkay.

June 28, 2023
The PHE Has Ended (Part 1): Breaking Down the Guidance for LTCFs, Home Health, & Hospice
CEs Available

Health care facilities are facing a number of guidance changes as the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has come to an end. In today's webinar, Quality Insights Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm will break down the guidance changes affecting long-term care facilities (LTCFs), home health, and hospice.

This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part series. Part 2 will discuss guidance changes affecting acute and continuing care. 

Continuing Education credits for nursing are available. For CEs, watch the full webinar recording and complete the post-webinar evaluation and knowledge check. If you have questions about CEs for this course, email Andrea Lefkay.

June 21, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Post-COVID Syndrome in the Outpatient and Nursing Home Settings 

What is post-COVID syndrome, and how can you identify the symptoms and individuals at risk? In this webinar, Quality Insights Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm discusses what we know so far about post-COVID syndrome – also known as "long COVID" – in the outpatient and nursing home settings.

June 14, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Live Q&A for Long-Term Care Facilities

Quality Insights’ panel of health experts is back to answer questions for nursing homes. This week’s discussion answers FAQs related to recent federal updates, plus other topics for long-term care facilities.

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June 13, 2023
Preparing for the New Regulations for Long-Term Care Facilities
CEs Available

On July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement new Federal Regulations for the State Survey Agencies of long-term care facilities. Is your facility ready?
 
In this 90-minute webinar, expert presenter Paula G. Sanders, JD, will discuss what Pennsylvania facilities can do to prepare for the changes. Sanders is a Principal and Chair of Post & Schell’s national health care practice.

Continuing Education credits for nursing are available. For CEs, watch the full webinar recording and complete the post-webinar evaluation and knowledge check. If you have questions about CEs for this course, email Andrea Lefkay.

June 7, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Falls - Finding the Fix

One of the most effective ways to improve patient safety in nursing homes is reducing falls. How can this be done? In today's webinar, we'll discuss communication methods facilities can implement to reduce falls that lead to emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

May 31, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Non-Pharmacological Pain Management

What are ways to manage pain in residents that aren't prescription drugs? In this week's episode, we discuss methods for assessing pain in residents and non-pharmacological interventions for managing pain.

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May 24, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A on Infection Control in Long-Term Care

Quality Insights Infection Preventionist Jennifer Brown joins us to answer questions about infection control and share new resources.

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May 17, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A on Guidance Updates and Other Topics for Nursing Homes 

Quality Insights’ panel of health experts is back to answer questions for nursing homes. This week’s discussion answers FAQs related to recent federal updates, plus other topics for long-term care facilities.

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May 10, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Updates for Nursing Homes as PHE Comes to an End 

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is set to expire at the end of the day Thursday, May 11. As a result, a number of regulatory waivers put in place by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will end as well. In this webinar, we discuss changes that will affect long-term care facilities.

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May 3, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Enhanced Barrier Precautions - An Overview (Rebroadcast)

One of the most effective interventions to prevent multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in nursing homes are Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP). In today's webinar, we discuss an overview of EBP — including a history of MDROs; who's at risk for infection; the rationale for EBP; and guidelines for implementing EBP. 

We’re joined by Dr. Jean Storm, Medical Director at Quality Insights.

The presentation portion of this episode is a rebroadcast of a webinar that was recorded on April 19 and aired on April 21, 2023.

April 26, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A on Immunizations & All Topics

In this episode, our panel of health care experts returns to answer FAQs and questions from our audience about immunizations.

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April 19, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Enhanced Barrier Precautions - An Overview

One of the most effective interventions to prevent multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in nursing homes are Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP). In today's webinar, we discuss an overview of EBP — including a history of MDROs; who's at risk for infection; the rationale for EBP; and guidelines for implementing EBP. 

We’re joined by Dr. Jean Storm, Medical Director at Quality Insights.

April 12, 2023
A Deep Dive Into Adverse Drug Events
CEs Available

What are the different types of Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) and how should you respond to them? In today's special 60-minute webinar, Quality Insights Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm will discuss how to respond appropriately to ADEs – as well as opportunities to reduce rates of ADEs – with a focus on outpatient settings, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Continuing Education credits for nursing are available. For CEs, watch the full webinar recording and complete the post-webinar evaluation and knowledge check. If you have questions about CEs for this course, email Andrea Lefkay.

April 5, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Overview of Project Firstline Resources for Infection Control 

Project Firstline is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national training collaborative for health care infection control. In this episode, guest presenter Joni Price of West Virginia Project Firstline shares resources available from the state and national Project Firstline program, which promote foundational knowledge on infection prevention and infection control for all types of frontline health care workers.

Joni Price, RN, is education manager of WV Project Firstline for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health, Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services. 

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March 29, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: MDRO Infections: Colonized vs. Active (Rebroadcast with Live Q&A)

Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are a major concern for the nursing home population, who are at risk for developing severe infections.

In today’s episode, Quality Insights Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm will discuss: the difference between colonization and active infection, and how this distinction should guide antibiotic prescribing; clinical criteria that provide guidelines to determine what antibiotics are appropriate; and tools to guide assessment, aid communication, and determine best action.

This webinar is a rebroadcast of a March 15 presentation with a live Q&A for the March 29 webinar attendees.

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March 22, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A on All Topics for Long-Term Care Facilities

In this episode, our panel of health care experts returns to answer FAQs and questions from our audience about immunizations, infection control, National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting, COVID-19 regulations, and more.

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March 16, 2023
Regional Support and Sharing Call
The COPD National Action Plan: Improving COPD Outcomes Starting with Prevention

Expert presenter Dr. Daniel Doyle discusses chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the need and value of pulmonary rehabilitation and expanded access to spirometry in rural areas, and the need for care management for people with chronic lung diseases. Viewers can earn free nursing continuing education credits by watching this webinar (1.25 contact hours).

Nursing CEs available. 

March 15, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Multidrug-Resistant Organism (MDRO) Infections: Colonized vs. Active

MDROs are a major concern for the nursing home population, who are at risk for developing severe infections.

In today’s episode, Quality Insights Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm will discuss: the difference between colonization and active infection, and how this distinction should guide antibiotic prescribing; clinical criteria that provide guidelines to determine what antibiotics are appropriate; and tools to guide assessment, aid communication, and determine best action.

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March 10, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Review of CDC’s Project Firstline Website and Resources

Project Firstline is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's national training collaborative for health care infection control.

In this webinar, guest presenter Jenny Bender of Pennsylvania Project Firstline shares resources available from the state and national Project Firstline program.

You can contact Pennsylvania Project Firstline at ra-dhfirstline@pa.gov 

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March 1, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Sepsis from a Medical Perspective

Nursing home workers are the first line of defense in both preventing and identifying signs of sepsis in residents. In today's episode, we discuss early sepsis detection in skilled nursing facilities with Quality Insights Medical Director Dr. Jean Storm.

February 24, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Sepsis from an Infection Preventionist Perspective

Nursing home workers are the first line of defense in both preventing and identifying signs of sepsis in residents. In today's episode, we discuss Sepsis From an Infection Preventionist Perspective with Quality Insights' infection preventionist, Jennifer Brown.

February 15, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Q&A on All Topics for Long-Term Care Facilities

In this webinar, our panel of health care experts returns to answer FAQs and questions from our audience about reporting, guidelines, COVID regulations, and more.  

February 8, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Review of CMS and Public Health Emergency (PHE) Updates

In January, the White House announced it is planning to end the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023. In today's webinar, we discuss what this means for nursing homes. We also discuss the announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) related to the end of the PHE.

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February 1, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Bivalent COVID-19 Booster and Stroke Risk - Let's Take a Closer Look

In this week's webinar, we take a closer look at concerns that the bivalent vaccine has been linked to stroke risk.

Dr. Jean Storm, Medical Director at Quality Insights, discusses the origins of this concern, what the latest data show, and other recent findings related to the bivalent vaccine and newest COVID-19 variants. 

January 31, 2023
Navigating Opioid Prescribing Through Four Different Health Care Environments

Quality Insights medical director Dr. Jean Storm presents on appropriate opioid prescribing in four different health care environments: Outpatient, Inpatient, Long-Term Care, and Hospice.

The information presented is appropriate for physicians, nurses, and other health care providers.

Physician and Nursing Continuing Education credits are available. For CEs, watch the full webinar recording and complete the evaluation. If you have questions about CEs for this course, email Andrea Lefkay.

January 18, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Everything COVID-19 - Your Questions Answered
COVID-19 is a part of our daily lives now – but that doesn’t mean we no longer have challenges. In this webinar, our health care experts discuss frequently-asked-questions about challenges nursing homes are facing — such as keeping staff and residents up to date on vaccines, best practices for therapeutics, and NHSN reporting.

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January 18, 2023
Regional Support and Sharing Call
Coffee and Prevention with Dr. Pinson: Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit

Expert presenter Dr. Cindy Pinson discusses Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). Specifically, attendees will learn about the scope of the AWV, who is eligible, what should be covered, assessments, as well as implementation in a nursing home setting. Learning objectives include: Identifying Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) components; Stating who can conduct an AWV; and Describing AWV assessments for nursing home residents.

Physician and Nursing CEs available. 

January 11, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: White House’s Winter Playbook for Nursing Homes
Last month, the White House released its COVID-⁠19 Winter Preparedness Plan, including its Winter Playbook for Nursing Homes. In this webinar, we'll discuss how this guidance affects nursing homes.

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January 4, 2023
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: COVID-19 Antivirals and Treatment Updates
What are best practices and the latest updates for utilizing COVID-19 therapeutics? In today's episode, Dr. Krista Capehart of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy joins us to discuss the life-saving treatments available for people who become infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Capehart, PharmD, BCACP, is professor and Director of the Wigner Institute for Advanced Pharmacy Practice, Education, and Research. If you want to contact Dr. Capehart, email krista.d.capehart@wv.gov.

December 28, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: NHSN - Back to the Basics
Are you new user or need a refresher on navigating the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)? In today's episode, we’re getting back to the basics of NSHN. We discuss how to enroll users, update emails, and review the basic templates for skilled nursing facility (SNF) weekly data submissions.

December 21, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Appropriate Use of PPE Under Current Guidelines
What are the latest guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE) in nursing homes? In this webinar, we give an overview of standard and transmission-based precautions. We also discuss COVID-19 prevention and therapeutics, as well as a brief introduction of Project Firstline. 

December 15, 2022
Regional Support and Sharing Call
Staffing Round Table: Real World Solutions

Participants hear from organizations who share best practices for mitigating understaffing barriers. Learning objectives include: identifying best practices to mitigate understaffing; demonstrating increased understanding of strategies for staffing recruitment or retention; and discussing ways to implement best practices at an organization.

December 14, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Bivalent Booster Timing & Approach to Vaccines Following Respiratory Illness
When is someone eligible for the bivalent COVID-19 booster? What if they’re immunocompromised or recently had COVID-19? In this webinar, we discuss vaccine timing with Quality Insights’ infection preventionist Jennifer Brown. 

December 7, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Best Care in the Best Setting: Reducing 30-Day Readmissions and Avoidable Emergency Department Trips (Part 2)
Preparation is key to reducing 30-day readmission rates and decreasing avoidable trips to the emergency department (ED). How do you get started? In today's episode, we discuss preparations your facility can make to lay the groundwork for success. 

This is Part 2 of a two-part discussion on reducing 30-day readmissions and avoidable ED trips. 

November 30, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Best Care in the Best Setting: Reducing 30-Day Readmissions and Avoidable Emergency Department Trips (Part 1)
Your facility wants to reduce 30-day readmission rates and decrease avoidable trips to the emergency department (ED). How do you get started? In this webinar, we discuss preparations your facility can make to lay the groundwork for success.

This is Part 1 of a two-part discussion on reducing 30-day readmissions and avoidable ED trips. 

November 23, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Updates to COVID-19 Guidance (Rebroadcast)
What’s the latest COVID-19 guidance that nursing home workers need to know? In today’s webinar, we discuss recent updates on testing, quarantining, and more with Quality Insights Infection Preventionist Jennifer Brown.

November 16, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Phase 3 Updates for Training and Services; Regulatory Updates for TNAs

Nursing homes have faced a number of guidance updates in recent months. In today's episode, we discuss the guidelines for temporary nurse aides (TNAs), as well as Phase 3 updates for Training and Services.

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November 9, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Federal Tag Updates: Opioid and Substance Use Disorder

Guidelines have changed for long-term care facilities with the recent update of State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP.

Pam Meador of the West Virginia Health Care Association joins us discuss some of those Federal Tag changes relating to opioids and substance use disorder. 

November 2, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Staffing Solutions for Nursing Homes - Course Overview
Have hiring and retention woes created barriers to the quality of work in your nursing home? You don't have to navigate these challenges alone.  Quality Insights will soon be offering a course, "Staffing Solutions for Nursing Homes."

In this webinar, resource specialist Amy Porter discusses the current state of nursing home staffing, details about the course (including benefits, continuing education credits, and timeline), and steps you can take to enroll. 

For questions about the course, contact Amy Porter at aporter@qualityinsights.org

October 26, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: CMS’ Guidelines for Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness Plans
Does your nursing home have an Emergency Preparedness Plan – and does it meet the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)?

In this discussion, we review what nursing homes need to know about CMS' standards.

This webinar included a preview of the following resources developed by Quality Insights to help assess your facility's plan:

October 19, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Updates to COVID-19 Guidance
What’s the latest COVID-19 guidance that nursing home workers need to know? In today’s webinar, we discuss recent updates on testing, quarantining, and more with Quality Insights Infection Preventionist Jennifer Brown.

October 18, 2022
Regional Support and Sharing Call
Nobody Puts Baby...Back in the ER!

Participants learn about COVID-19 hospital readmissions and how to decrease the rate of COVID-19 readmissions. Discussion points include: numbers of readmissions nationwide as well as West Virginia and Pennsylvania; causes or risks for readmissions; contributing factors for readmissions; Joint Commission study that examines readmissions after a diagnosis of COVID-19; and best practices to decrease number of readmissions.

October 12, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: CMS’ Critical Element Pathways for Infection Prevention 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon be revising its Critical Element Pathways, including its pathways for infection prevention. In this episode, we give an overview CMS' Critical Element Pathways for infection prevention, and also discuss how to utilize these pathways to prevent facility-acquired infections — resulting in reduced hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits.

October 5, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP): An Overview

One of the most effective interventions to prevent multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in nursing homes are Enhanced Barrier Precautions (EBP). In today's episode, we discuss an overview of EBP — including a history of MDROs; who's at risk for infection; the rationale for EBP; and guidelines for implementing EBP. 

Related links: 

September 28, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: NHSN's Updated Definitions for COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting for Residents and Health Care Personnel

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) has recently revised its definition of "up to date" on COVID-19 vaccinations. In this episode, we review the new definition as well as other recent changes to NHSN's person-level or event-level vaccination forms.

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September 27, 2022
Regional Support and Sharing Call
Spilling the Beans on Kidney Disease: CKD Basics

Participants are given an overview of chronic kidney disease (CKD), including how to identify patients at risk of developing CKD; testing used to diagnose CKD; the five stages of CKD; and prevention, treatment and slowing down the progression of CKD.

September 21, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Using SBAR Communication in Infection Control

The SBAR communication technique — which stands for Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation — is the gold standard for sharing information in medical settings. So what does SBAR look like in action and how can it be used to improve health outcomes?

In today's episode, we discuss and demonstrate how SBAR can be used for infection control in long-term care facilities.

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September 20, 2022
QIN-QIO Nursing Home Relaunch
Let's Move Forward

The Quality Insights QIN-QIO Nursing Home Team held a relaunch event to kick off its new health care initiatives for nursing homes.

In this event, the team gave an overview of those health care initiatives set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - and how our QIN-QIO can help nursing homes in Pennsylvania and West Virginia achieve those goals. 

September 14, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Successful Strategies to Improve Staff Influenza Vaccination Rates

People who work in long-term care know that staff vaccinations are key to stopping the spread of viruses like influenza. But how do you increase vaccination rates in your facility?

Fellowship Community infection preventionist Audrey Fernald joins us to share how her facility successfully increased staff vaccination rates.

September 7, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Software Solutions for Skilled Nursing Facilities

How can technology help skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) enhance quality of care and improve resident outcomes? In today's episode, Chris Gerace Johnson of Real Time Medical Systems joins us to discuss how their software solution — which is free for SNFs — can automate infection control surveillance, identify gaps in documentation, and more.

August 31, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Staff Health Reporting and Vaccine Hesitancy

Moving into the fall months, long-term care facilities must prepare for an increase in COVID-19 and flu cases. What can your facility do to keep staff and residents healthy?

In this episode, we discuss the importance of reporting symptoms and getting influenza and COVID-19 vaccines — and how to support members in your health care team who may have vaccine hesitancy.

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August 24, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: CMS's Five-Star Quality Rating System - 2022 Staffing Measure Update

In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the staffing rating methodology for its Five-Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes. Guest speaker Pam Meador of the West Virginia Health Care Association discusses the changes and what facilities can do to improve their scores. 

August 24, 2022
QIN-QIO Regional Sharing Call
2022 Quality Payment Program

Participants learn a quick overview of the 2022 Quality Payment Program (QPP) and some key changes this year.

August 23, 2022
QIN-QIO Relaunch
Let's Come Back Together

The Quality Insights QIN-QIO (Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization) held a relaunch event to kick off its new health care initiatives, set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Program director Shikina Wills and team leaders Sheila Barnett and Penny Imes give an overview of our program and how our team can help health communities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania achieve the new initiatives.

August 17, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Using QAPI in Nursing Homes Part 3 - Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA)

In a three-part webinar series, we discuss the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process. In this final discussion, we explain how to use the PDSA method (Plan, Do, Study, Act) to take corrective act. 

August 10, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Using QAPI in Nursing Homes Part 2 - Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

In a three-part webinar series, we discuss the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process. In this second discussion, we focus on using Root Cause Analysis. 

August 3, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Using QAPI in Nursing Homes Part 1 - Brainstorming

In a three-part webinar series, we discuss the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process. In this first discussion, we focus on the brainstorming stage. 

July 20, 2022
QIN-QIO Regional Sharing Call
COVID-19 Today: Variants, Vaccines and Therapeutics

Participants learn about where we are with COVID-19 variants, the current state of vaccines, and available antivirals.

July 20, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: NHSN Updated Pathway Data Reporting

In recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced updates to Phase 2 and 3 of the Federal Rule. We highlight and clarify the upcoming changes in today’s episode, as well as share information on training for the updates.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

July 13, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: NHSN Updated Pathway Data Reporting

In recent months, the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) updated its pathway data reporting for long-term care facilities. In today's episode, we review the changes along with some example scenarios.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

July 6, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: NHSN’s Updated Definitions for COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting

What does it mean to be "up to date" on COVID-19 vaccines? The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) recently revised its definition to align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In today's episode, we discuss the new definition along with scenario examples.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

June 29, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Tuberculosis in Long-Term Care

Tuberculosis hides in plain sight. The risk of TB infection is even higher for people who live or work in nursing homes. In this week's episode, we discuss what health care workers should know about TB and how to prevent infections.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

June 22, 2022
QIN-QIO Regional Sharing Call
Don't Be as Useless as the "P" in Pneumonia: Using Immunization to Prevent Disease

Participants will learn more about using immunization as a key strategy in the fight against pneumonia. Discussion points include common causes of pneumonia; risk factors associated with pneumonia; complications of pneumonia; prevention strategies related to pneumonia; and case studies involving immunization as it pertains to pneumonia.

June 22, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: What are PCV15 and PCV20? The latest guidance on pneumococcal vaccinations

Are your residents up-to-date with their pneumococcal vaccinations? Should they receive PCV13, PCV15, PCV20, or PPSV23 — and when?

In today's episode, we'll break down the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines (PPSVs). 

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

June 15, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Nursing Home Guidance Updates – Boosters, TNAs, and PA DOH Therapeutics Form

Guidance updates affecting nursing homes have rolled out in recent weeks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH).

In this week's episode, we'll get up to speed on the latest guidance on COVID-19 boosters, temporary nurse aides (TNAs), and PA DOH's therapeutics form. 

Links to resources mentioned in this episode:

June 8, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Long-Haul COVID-19 in Nursing Homes - Part 3

In this webinar, we discuss quality measures that should be evaluated to prevent further pain in people suffering from Long COVID. This is the final discussion in a three-part series about Long-Haul COVID in nursing homes.

June 1, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Long-Haul COVID-19 in Nursing Homes - Part 2

In this webinar, we discuss quality measures that should be adopted or strengthened to prevent further injury for people suffering from Long COVID. This is the second part of a three-part series about Long-Haul COVID in nursing homes.

May 25, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Long-Haul COVID-19 in Nursing Homes - Part 1

In this webinar, we discuss an overview of Long-Haul COVID. This is the first part of a three-part series about Long-Haul COVID in nursing homes.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode: 

May 18, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Nursing Homes

From power outages to tornados, disaster can strike at any time. What plans do nursing homes need to have in place for worst-case scenarios?

In this webinar, we discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' emergency preparedness requirements for nursing homes with Debra Wright, Quality Improvement Specialist at Quality Insights.

Links to resources mentioned in this episode: 

May 18, 2022
QIN-QIO Regional Sharing Call
What's All the Hype about Hypertension? Bringing Focus Back to the Basics

Almost half of the adult population in the United States has high blood pressure, and many don’t even know they have it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high blood pressure is one of the most common reasons for physician office visits as well as the use of prescription medication. This webinar provides an opportunity to examine the health care provider role in helping patients manage hypertension.

May 11, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: The Engine that Drives the CMS Five-Star Rating System

In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has rolled out a Five-Star Quality Rating System aiming to help consumers, families, and caregivers compare nursing homes.

These ratings and the data behind the ratings can be found on CMS's Nursing Home Care Compare website.

We discuss the engine behind the rating system with Pam Meador, Director of Regulatory Services with the West Virginia Healthcare Association.

May 4, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: CMS Update on Nurse Aide Training Requirements

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid announced it will phase out a series of regulation waivers put in place at the beginning of the pandemic (QSO-22-15).

This includes a waiver regarding the training and certification of nurse aides at Nursing Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

How will this affect nursing homes? We discuss the changes with Penny Imes, a quality improvement specialist at Quality Insights.

APRIL 27, 2022
QIN-QIO REGIONAL SHARING CALL
Understanding Medicare Coverage for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Guest speaker Deborah Steinberg, J.D., talks about Medicare coverage for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Specifically, she addresses: Medicare’s current coverage of SUD treatment; Medicare’s coverage gaps for SUD treatment - including services, providers, settings, and anti-discrimination protections; and policy proposals to address these coverage gaps and our progress to date to improve Medicare’s coverage for SUD care.

April 20, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Boosting Boosters in Nursing Homes

Quality Insights' Shirley Sullivan discusses who is eligible to get a COVID-19 booster, and what is considered "up-to-date" on COVID-19 vaccines.

April 13, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Communicating COVID-19 Vaccination Status between Care Settings

Quality Insights' Patty Austin discusses best practices for communicating COVID-19 vaccine status between care settings.

April 6, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine Myth-Busters

Quality Insights' Natalie Tappe discusses common myths and misunderstandings about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.

March 30, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Updates to COVID-19 Guidelines for Nursing Home Visitation and Testing

Quality Insights' Penny Imes discusses recent updates to guidelines issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding nursing home visitation and testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 23, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: COVID-19 Vaccinations and Chronic Kidney Disease

In this webinar, we discuss the unique concerns people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) face amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We are joined by Katelynn Booth, Quality Improvement Specialist with Quality Insights Renal Network 5.

March 16, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Understanding the "ICs" - Epidemic, Pandemic and Endemic

What is the difference between an outbreak, an epidemic, a pandemic, and an endemic? What can nursing homes do to plan ahead if COVID-19 is reclassified as an endemic? Patty Austin from Quality Insights joins us to tackle this topic.

March 9, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR)

Penny Imes, a Quality Improvement Specialist with Quality Insights, joins us to talk about the Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) tool as it relates to long term care and skilled nursing facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Updates to Cohorting Guidelines in Long Term Care

Pam Meador from the West Virginia Health Care Association joins us to talk about the most recent updates to cohorting guidelines for long term care facilities.

February 23, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Tracking Immunization Status Among Nursing Home Residents

Patty Austin from Quality Insights talks about tracking the vaccination/immunization status of nursing home residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 9, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: NHSN COVID-19 Vaccine Data Entry

Penny Imes from Quality Insights talks about COVID-19 Vaccine Data Entry for long-term care facilities in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).

February 2, 2022
COVID-19 Education for Long-Term Care
Weekly Webinar

Topic: Cohorting in Long-Term Care

Pam Meador from the West Virginia Healthcare Association discusses cohorting as an infection prevention and control strategy in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

JANUARY 26, 2022
QIN-QIO REGIONAL SHARING CALL
WV Society for Healthcare Risk Management

Guest speakers Sandra Ellis, RN and Susan Lucot, MSN, RN talk about the West Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management. Topics included: Purpose of Society; Membership Eligibility and Types of Membership; Membership Application and Renewal Process; Board and Officer Composition and Committees; and Benefits of Membership.