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COVID-19 Vaccination Change Package for Health Care Teams
Health care professionals from all care settings are encouraged to use the resources listed in this TMF Quality Innovation Network change package to help care for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Note, you must log into this website to download this change package.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/11/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2022 10:56PM  
Influenza Immunization Change Package for Health Care Teams
Health care professionals from all care settings are encouraged to use the resources listed in this TMF Quality Innovation Network change package to help care for patients diagnosed with the flu. Note, you must log into this website to download this change package.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/11/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 24 2022 10:58PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Leadership Rounding and the Impact on Organizational Culture
Organizational culture has a major impact on staff satisfaction, retention and COVID-19 vaccination rates. In this May 24, 2022, webinar recording TMF reviews the impact leadership rounding can have on building a positive culture.
Video    Date Added: 05/25/2022    Date Last Modified: May 25 2022 2:14PM  
Podcast: The Science Behind Vaccines and Herd Immunity
What is herd immunity or community immunity? Both phrases mean the same thing. The strategy behind the phrases is to make sure there are enough people in the community who are either not able to catch a disease or not able to spread the disease so that the disease dies out. Listen to this podcast with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, and Clifford Moy, MD, the behavioral health medical director at TMF, to learn more.
Podcast    Date Added: 05/24/2022    Date Last Modified: May 24 2022 8:47AM  
Podcast: The Science Behind Vaccines and Immunity
How does the body defend against infections? How can vaccines improve immunity? Listen to this podcast with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, and Clifford Moy, MD, the behavioral health medical director at TMF, to learn more.
Podcast    Date Added: 05/24/2022    Date Last Modified: May 24 2022 8:50AM  
Podcast: The Science Behind Vaccines and Why We Vaccinate
We know that when you get a vaccination, it stimulates the production of antibodies. Vaccinations help train our bodies to defend against infectious agents. Listen to this podcast with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, and Clifford Moy, MD, the behavioral health medical director at TMF, to learn more.
Podcast    Date Added: 05/24/2022    Date Last Modified: May 24 2022 8:44AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of Staff
This May 10, 2022, webinar recording discusses strategies for successful recruitment, hiring and retention of staff for long-term care facilities during COVID-19. In addition to TMF specialists, nursing facility leaders also share specific suggestions.
Video    Date Added: 05/11/2022    Date Last Modified: May 11 2022 7:31AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Strategies to Deal with Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
The burden of COVID-19, including vaccination mandates and changes, has affected all staff. This May 3, 2022, webinar recording continues our discussion from the LTC Connect on April 21, and talks about strategies that nursing facilities may use to deal with burnout and compassion fatigue.
Video    Date Added: 05/03/2022    Date Last Modified: May 3 2022 5:08PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: How to Develop a Vaccine Clinic and Community Partnerships
This April 26, 2022, webinar recording provides tools and strategies to develop your own vaccine clinic and the role community partnerships may play in this endeavor.
Video    Date Added: 04/28/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 28 2022 8:30AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: COVID-19 Impacts on Nursing Home Measures – Hospital Admissions and Readmissions
This April 12, 2022, webinar recording reveals how COVID-19 has impacted the hospital admission and readmission rates for nursing homes. We also discuss resident transitions to and from the hospital, and the importance of improving communication to assure safe transitions.
Video    Date Added: 04/13/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 13 2022 3:04PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Vaccine Safety and Efficacy – Responding to Misinformation
This April 5, 2022, webinar recording presents the latest guidelines and common misinformation, with a pharmacist providing insight into how to respond to common misinformation. We also review the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines through the different variants.
Video    Date Added: 04/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Apr 6 2022 9:44AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Understanding Religious and Medical Exemptions for Vaccinations
This March 29, 2022, webinar recording discusses the guidelines for medical and religious exemptions reporting in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), and the impact these exemptions have on vaccine measures for facilities.
Video    Date Added: 03/31/2022    Date Last Modified: Mar 31 2022 7:27AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: The Science Behind Vaccines, Antibodies and Herd Immunity
This March 22, 2022, webinar recording takes a deep dive into common areas of misunderstanding, such as vaccine development, antibody protection, and how herd immunity works. Additionally, tactics are shared for how concepts can be communicated effectively.
Video    Date Added: 03/22/2022    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2022 3:46PM  
Vaccine Clinic Checklist
Download this fillable checklist to help plan your nursing home facility's COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Each step of the way is outlined, including helpful resources.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/09/2022    Date Last Modified: Mar 16 2022 5:03PM  
Nursing Home Office: Hours Health Literacy and Vaccine Hesitancy
This March 8, 2022, webinar recording focuses on the impact of health literacy in vaccine hesitancy. Strategies are shared to tailor communications for different populations and individual factors such as attitudes, culture, education and stress levels.
Video    Date Added: 03/09/2022    Date Last Modified: Mar 9 2022 4:23PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Staffing Challenges and Solutions During COVID-19
This March 1, 2022, webinar recording explores common staffing challenges and innovative solutions developed by nursing home facilities during the pandemic.
Video    Date Added: 03/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Mar 3 2022 2:56PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Fuel Versus Friction
This Feb. 22, 2022, webinar recording reviews methods to decrease friction and increase “fuel” to promote healthy behaviors in nursing homes in times of change.
Video    Date Added: 02/24/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 24 2022 10:15AM  
CMS Makes Nursing Home COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Data Available Online
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is posting data on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots administered to nursing home residents and staff on the Medicare.gov Care Compare website. The data will show resident and staff booster rates at the facility level and will include national and state averages.
Web link    Date Added: 02/09/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 9 2022 12:16PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: High-Stakes Conversations
This Feb. 8, 2022, webinar recording is based on the “Crucial Conversations” method, and provides tools for how to have a safe conversation about vaccinations and boosters when the stakes are high. Because there are differing opinions, it can be emotionally charged. Wendy Bradley, LPC-MHSP, CPHQ, TMF's director of behavioral health integration, and Clifford Moy, MD, TMF's behavioral health medical director, are the featured presenters.
Video    Date Added: 02/09/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 9 2022 1:08PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Engaging Residents and Caregivers in Promoting Vaccines and Boosters
Listen to this webinar recording from Feb. 1, 2022, to learn practical, skills-based methods you and your team can apply to explore vaccine resistance and address residents’ and caregivers’ questions and concerns. Clifford Moy, MD, TMF's behavioral health medical director, and Wendy Bradley, LPC-MHSP, CPHQ, TMF's director of behavioral health integration, are the featured presenters.
Video    Date Added: 02/02/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:07PM  
Ivermectin Products are Not Approved by FDA to Prevent or Treat COVID-19
Ivermectin is not authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for prevention or treatment of COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health’s COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel also determined that there are currently insufficient data to recommend ivermectin for treatment of COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 02/01/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 1 2022 6:11PM  
Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19
The Food and Drug Administration has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals.
Web link    Date Added: 02/01/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 1 2022 6:16PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: The 3 T's of COVID-19
Listen to this webinar recording from Jan. 25, 2022, as Russell Kohl, MD, TMF's chief medical officer, provides a quick overview of best practices for COVID-19 testing, treatment (including vaccines and boosters) and return-to-work protocols for nursing homes.
Video    Date Added: 01/27/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:07PM  
Study Says Vaccinated and Boosted Nebraskans Far Less Likely to be Hospitalized for COVID-19
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services State Epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Donahue and his team completed an in-depth analysis of vaccination and booster rates correlated to hospitalizations. The data indicate that individuals who are vaccinated, and especially individuals who have received a COVID-19 booster, are less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19.
Web link    Date Added: 01/25/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 25 2022 6:26PM  
CMS: Updated FAQ for Visiting Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Omicron Surge
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Nursing Home Visitation FAQs to give additional guidance about visitation during the Omicron surge.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/13/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 13 2022 7:06PM  
CDC: COVID-19 Boosters
Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, and when should they get one? View this quick breakdown from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more.
Web link    Date Added: 01/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 10 2022 3:50PM  
Insurance Companies and Group Health Plans to Cover the Cost of At-Home COVID-19 Tests
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that insurance companies and group health plans will be required to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests beginning Jan. 15, 2022.
Web link    Date Added: 01/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 10 2022 3:53PM  
CDC: Isolation and Quarantine Updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. These recommendations do not apply to health care personnel and do not supersede state, local, tribal laws, rules and regulations.
Web link    Date Added: 01/04/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 25 2022 6:43PM  
Improve How Your Mask Protects You
Everyone should continue to wear a mask in indoor public places in areas of high or substantial community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
Web link    Date Added: 01/04/2022    Date Last Modified: Jan 4 2022 6:48PM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Booster Update
Listen to this podcast from the week of Nov. 1, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, to learn who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot and which booster shot individuals can get.
Podcast    Date Added: 11/11/2021    Date Last Modified: Nov 15 2021 4:00PM  
Podcast: Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine
Listen to this podcast from the week of Nov. 1, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, as he discusses the science and studies leading to the emergency authorization use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 years old.
Podcast    Date Added: 11/11/2021    Date Last Modified: Nov 11 2021 1:08PM  
Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Products
Clinicians seeking advice on the use of monoclonal antibody products authorized for emergency use in the United States for the treatment and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 should consult the National Institutes of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines.
Web link    Date Added: 09/13/2021    Date Last Modified: Sep 13 2021 2:17PM  
Podcast: COVID-19 Variants
Listen to this podcast from the week of Aug. 30, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute. Dr. Kohl explains what viral variants are, how they respond to vaccines, and why getting vaccinated and wearing masks are both still important protective measures to follow to help protect yourself and others from being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/31/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 31 2021 5:57PM  
Podcast: The FDA Approval Process for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
Listen to this podcast from the week of Aug. 30, 2021, with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute. Dr. Kohl explains the process the drug manufacturer, Pfizer/BioNTech, followed to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2021 for its COVID-19 vaccine.
Podcast    Date Added: 08/30/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 31 2021 6:08PM  
COVID-19 Update: The Delta Variant
Read this update on COVID-19 and the delta variant from Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer at TMF Health Quality Institute, and Clifford Moy, MD, behavioral health medical director at TMF Health Quality Institute. Share this information with your patients, residents, co-workers, families, friends and your community to help educate everyone on what they can do to reduce infections and hospitalizations.
Web link    Date Added: 08/16/2021    Date Last Modified: Aug 16 2021 2:24PM  
Confront Health Misinformation: The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on Building a Healthy Information Environment
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, has issued the first Surgeon General's Advisory of this Administration to warn the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation during the COVID-19 vaccination push.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/19/2021    Date Last Modified: Jul 19 2021 5:31PM  
Vaccinating Homebound Persons Against COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined training and guidance to assist vaccinators to overcome challenges associated with delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to access-challenged and hard-to-reach individuals.
Web link    Date Added: 06/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 9 2021 6:53PM  
CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Requirements and Support
Health care providers can visit this web page to find more information regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Requirements and how the COVID-19 vaccine is provided through that program at no cost to recipients.
Web link    Date Added: 06/09/2021    Date Last Modified: Jun 9 2021 6:58PM  
Video: Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Watch this video presentation, hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration, to learn how to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. This recording features Catherine Lindsey Satterwhite, PhD, MSPH, MPH, regional health administrator for the U.S. Department and Health Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in Region VII; Marwan Haddad MD, MPH, AAHIVS; and Kasey Harding MPH. You must use the following passcode to access the video: n1c=*y70.
Video    Date Added: 03/02/2021    Date Last Modified: Feb 8 2022 12:13PM  
Language that Works to Improve Vaccine Acceptance Communications Cheat Sheet
The de Beaumont Foundation offers concise, practical guidance around language and messaging to support vaccine acceptance. This toolkit includes communication tips and specific recommended language emerging from a broader survey conducted on the topic.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/28/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 22 2021 10:47AM  
Minority Health Videos About Vaccine Safety
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has released two videos that speak to the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, how communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and how it is important to get vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from the virus. The videos are available in English and Spanish.
Video    Date Added: 02/26/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:30PM  
Coding for COVID-19 Vaccines
Do you know how to code for administering a COVID-19 vaccine? View this webpage from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for more information.
Web link    Date Added: 02/07/2021    Date Last Modified: Mar 11 2021 12:55PM