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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.

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. 

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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.

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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). 

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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. 

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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.

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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.