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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: 06/28/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 28 2022 2:06PM  
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  
Nursing Home Office Hours: To Test or Not to Test?
This fall the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated COVID-19 testing recommendations that coincided with the new bivalent boosters. In this Nov. 29, 2022, recording, TMF QIN-QIO specialists review these recommendations and provide updates.
Video    Date Added: 12/02/2022    Date Last Modified: Dec 2 2022 7:00AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Cognitive Impairments and COVID-19
In this Nov. 22, 2022, recording, TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) specialists provide information on caring for residents with cognitive impairments while keeping them safe.
Video    Date Added: 11/30/2022    Date Last Modified: Nov 30 2022 10:27AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Getting Ahead of Sepsis
In this Nov. 15, 2022, recording, TMF QIN-QIO specialists discuss infection control procedures, including COVID-19 vaccinations, as a way to prevent sepsis.
Video    Date Added: 11/21/2022    Date Last Modified: Nov 30 2022 7:26AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: COVID-19 Considerations for Residents with Diabetes
In this Nov. 8, 2022, recording, TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) specialists provide an update on treatments, precautions and vaccine recommendations, specifically for residents with diabetes.
Video    Date Added: 11/09/2022    Date Last Modified: Nov 9 2022 8:15AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: QAPI Land Demonstration
In our recent Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) During COVID-19 series, we introduced a fun tool called QAPI Land. In this Nov. 1, 2022, recording, TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) specialists show you how to engage your staff and track progress with this tool to improve COVID-19 vaccine and booster rates.
Video    Date Added: 11/02/2022    Date Last Modified: Nov 2 2022 8:00AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Holiday Prep – Update Visitation Policies
In this Oct. 18, 2022, recording, TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) specialists discuss ways to ensure that everyone has the recommended COVID-19 boosters and are taking the right precautions to help keep staff and residents safe during the busy visitor season.
Video    Date Added: 10/25/2022    Date Last Modified: Oct 25 2022 5:14PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Up to Date Fall Vaccinations
The fall season brings new information regarding COVID-19 boosters, flu and pneumonia vaccines, and many more immunizations. What is “up to date” now? In this Oct. 11, 2022, recording, TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) specialists provide the latest guidance and a brief update on National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting. Download the PDF handout at https://tmfnetworks.org/link?u=b91be5.
Video    Date Added: 10/12/2022    Date Last Modified: Oct 12 2022 7:20AM  
Effectiveness of a Second COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Against Infection, Hospitalization, or Death Among Nursing Home Residents — 19 States, March 29–July 25, 2022
A new CDC report shows that in a large cohort of nursing home residents, receipt of a second mRNA COVID-19 booster dose during circulation of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron subvariants was 74% effective at 60 days against severe COVID-19–related outcomes (including hospitalization or death), and 90% against death alone compared with receipt of a single booster dose.
Web link    Date Added: 10/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Oct 10 2022 11:31AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Motivational Interviewing Series Finale
This Oct. 4, 2022, recording closes out the TMF QIN-QIO series on Motivational Interviewing with developing a plan for change. COVID-19 vaccination decisions must be followed up with a plan that details goals, barriers and solutions, and breaks the action into small steps. TMF specialists provide practical tools to help accomplish this. Download the PDF handout at https://tmfnetworks.org/link?u=037704.
Video    Date Added: 10/05/2022    Date Last Modified: Oct 5 2022 10:01AM  
Motivational Interviewing Strategies for Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Motivational interviewing, a collaborative conversation style for strengthening motivation and commitment to change, may serve as an effective approach to mitigate vaccine hesitancy in the clinical setting.
Web link    Date Added: 10/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 29 2022 4:47PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Motivational Interviewing Session 3
This Sept. 27, 2022, recording discusses how to manage resistance to change. You will learn skills to help others get unstuck, clarify values, explore the pros and cons of tough decisions, and create “change talk.” These easy-to-use tactics can help gain COVID-19 vaccine acceptance. Download the PDF handout at https://tmfnetworks.org/link?u=10bba4.
Video    Date Added: 10/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Oct 3 2022 3:30PM  
Resident and Family Engagement Tip Sheet
Here are some ideas that nursing facilities have shared recently for engaging residents and their families as they transition into facilities for both short stays and long-term care.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/22/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 22 2022 3:04PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Motivational Interviewing Session 2
In this Sept. 20, 2022, recording, TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) specialists teach basic communication skills to quickly build trust and rapport, enabling you to understand motivation and all the factors making change difficult. Viewers also learn how to apply these concepts to conversations about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. Download the PDF handout at https://tmfnetworks.org/link?u=fefffb.
Video    Date Added: 09/21/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 21 2022 9:45AM  
Talking with Patients about COVID-19 Vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created an introduction to Motivational Interviewing for health care professionals.
Web link    Date Added: 09/19/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 16 2022 10:26AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Motivational Interviewing Session 1
This Sept. 13, 2022, recorded event begins a four-session series focused on Motivational Interviewing. TMF QIN-QIO specialists share a variety of tools and strategies to help you evoke people’s priorities, experiences and ideas for behavior change, including exploring COVID-19 vaccine acceptance.
Video    Date Added: 09/14/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 15 2022 10:28AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: QAPI During COVID-19 Series Finale – Self-Assessment and Success Stories
This Sept. 6, 2022, session wraps up the TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization’s (QIN-QIO) Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) series with a self-assessment guide. TMF specialists walk you through a sample assessment based on improving COVID-19 booster rates.
Video    Date Added: 09/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 3:55PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: QAPI During COVID-19 Series 5 – Q&A and Sharing a Successful Plan
This Aug. 30, 2022, recording of the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) series begins with a discussion on strategies to help boost nursing home vaccine rates with short-stay residents. Then a panel of TMF QIN-QIO specialists answer questions related to nursing home challenges with COVID-19 and vaccinations
Video    Date Added: 08/31/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 1:10PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: QAPI During COVID-19 Series 4: Use Data to Drive Decisions
In this Aug. 23, 2022, recording of the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) series, TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization consultants illustrate how to gather data from Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles to decide if you will adapt, adopt or abandon your tests of change. Listeners will also learn how to communicate your findings to leadership and set your change in action.
Video    Date Added: 08/24/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 1:11PM  
Top 5 TMF Nursing Home Resources
What are the most popular resources for nursing homes? Based on TMFNetworks.org research, these are the Top 5 links, especially during COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/22/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 19 2022 2:59PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: QAPI During COVID-19 Series 3 – Implement Plan and Measure Progress
In this Aug. 16, 2022, recording of the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) series, learn how to develop SMART goals to advance your change efforts to improve COVID-19 booster acceptance. The TMF Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) guides you in creating a successful plan using proven performance improvement tools, and in determining process, outcome and balancing measures to track your progress. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII8-16-22.
Video    Date Added: 08/17/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 1:11PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: QAPI During COVID-19 Series 2: Problem-Solving Tools
In this Aug. 9, 2022, recording of the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) series, the TMF QIN-QIO reviews continuous improvement tools that help nursing homes identify the source problem and potential solutions affecting COVID-19 booster acceptance. We discuss tools such as root cause analysis (RCA), the Five Whys Tool, and a fishbone diagram. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII8-9-22.
Video    Date Added: 08/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 1:12PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: QAPI During COVID-19 Series Kickoff
In this Aug. 2, 2022, webinar recording, the TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) kicks off a series explaining Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) tools, methods and applications, and how to incorporate them into your daily nursing home operations.Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII8-2-22.
Video    Date Added: 08/03/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 1:12PM  
Efficacy of Antibodies and Antiviral Drugs against Omicron BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 Subvariants
Read this article in the New England Journal of Medicine to learn how the drugs developed to treat the virus that causes COVID-19 works, especially against the five sublineages of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant.
Web link    Date Added: 07/31/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 29 2022 2:39PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Engaging Family in Medical Decision Making
In this July 26, 2022, webinar recording, the TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) discusses how some facilities have developed creative ways to maintain open communication with residents and their families and encouraged COVID-19 vaccine acceptance. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII7-26-22.
Video    Date Added: 07/28/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 28 2022 10:00AM  
Immunization: You Call the Shots. Module Fifteen: Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccine 2022
You Call the Shots is an interactive, web-based immunization training course. It consists of a series of modules that discuss vaccine-preventable diseases and explain the latest recommendations for vaccine use. This 15th module in the series discusses pneumococcal disease and its related vaccine.
Web link    Date Added: 07/20/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 20 2022 2:12PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Updates on NHSN Reporting, COVID-19 Boosters and Vaccines
In this July 12, 2022, webinar recording, TMF QIN-QIO provides an update on the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, as well as the latest recommendations. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII7-12-22.
Video    Date Added: 07/13/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 13 2022 9:05AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: A Retrospective of Top COVID-19 Response Strategies
In this July 5, 2022, webinar recording, we spotlight the best ideas that we have found this year to overcome daily challenges with COVID-19 and vaccinations in nursing facilities. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII7-5-22.
Video    Date Added: 07/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 6 2022 12:30PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: COVID-19 Vaccinations and Health Equity
In this June 28, 2022, webinar recording, TMF Quality Innovation Network's (QIN) behavioral health medical director Clifford Moy, MD, leads a discussion about health equity in the provision of COVID-19 vaccinations, and reviews the concepts and definitions of this topic as it applies to nursing facilities. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII6-28-22.
Video    Date Added: 06/28/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 28 2022 3:55PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Competency Check Versus Observational Audit for Infection Control
Staying up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters is a primary line of defense for this illness. In this June 21, 2022, webinar recording, TMF reviews vaccination information, then focuses on competency checks versus observational audits, and their importance in infection prevention and control practices. We also review the tools used and briefly discuss the World Health Organization’s multimodal approach to decreasing health care-associated infections. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII6-21-22.
Video    Date Added: 06/22/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 22 2022 8:07AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Preparing for the Next Pandemic
In this June 14, 2022, webinar recording Marilyn Pattillo, PhD, RN, FAAN, APRN, discusses nursing home preparedness for the next epidemic or pandemic. The discussion includes durable medical supplies, education and training, and staffing. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII6-14-22.
Video    Date Added: 06/15/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 15 2022 1:45PM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Is It Allergies, Cold, Flu or COVID-19?
In this June 7, 2022, webinar recording TMF’s Infection Preventionist Samuel Elenwo, BS, MPH, CIC, looks at the distinction between the common cold, flu, allergies and COVID-19. He will review the causes, mode of transmission, treatment, prevention and best practices to break the chain of infection. Download the PDF handout at https://bit.ly/QII6-7-22.
Video    Date Added: 06/08/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 8 2022 8:46AM  
Nursing Home Office Hours: Continuity in Operations During Staff Turnover
In this May 31, 2022, webinar recording TMF specialists review the important factors in maintaining continuity of facility operations when key staff members leave. We cover preparing for continued NHSN reporting, infection preventionist activity, as well as policy and procedure maintenance.
Video    Date Added: 06/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Jun 6 2022 10:58AM  
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  
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  
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: 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  
COVID-19 Infographic: Who Gets Sick and Dies?
This infographic shows current COVID-19 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/16/2022    Date Last Modified: Aug 3 2022 2:42PM  
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: 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  
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: 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  
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  
Resident and Family Engagement Tip Sheet (U.S. Spanish)
Here are some ideas that nursing facilities have shared recently for engaging residents and their families as they transition into facilities for both short stays and long-term care. (US Spanish)
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 10/10/2022    Date Last Modified: Oct 12 2022 8:44AM  
¿Coronavirus, Gripe, Resfriado o Alergia?
Tal vez se pregunte si sus síntomas son los de una alergia o los de una infección como el COVID-19.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 2 2022 1:33PM