Free Live Webinar: How SNFs Can Combat Burnout and Improve Nurse Retention
February 26, 2024
McKnight Long-Term Care News and Inovalon are offering a free podcast-style discussion where actionable tips are presented to address staff burnout and turnover that can be implemented today. This discussion will help identify how — with the right technology in place — SNFs can be best positioned to meet 2024 goals.
Regulated staffing levels are likely to impact quality care scores and reimbursements in SNFs in the future. And with a CMS Minimum Staffing Rule looming on the horizon, SNFs are looking for answers on how to get ahead of the curve.
Among the top strategies to address nurse burnout, many themes continue to stand out: improving communication, increasing flexibility, and supplementing staff.
Laurie Laxton, RN,BSN,CMAS,CCFA,RAC-CT,IP-BC,QCP, Principal Clinical Trainer at Inovalon.
Register for the Webinar
Meet the CMS Requirement: Virtually Facilitated Tabletop Exercise for Skilled Nursing Facilities
Superior Health Quality Alliance is hosting a series of facilitated, virtual, tabletop exercises with functional elements will meet the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement for one annual, full-scale, community-based exercise. The scenario will focus on a cybersecurity threat with information technology failure, a commonly identified hazard in a facility Hazard Vulnerability Analysis. Participants will be encouraged to take action to test a functional element of their plan, such as testing their communications plan (internal or external), completing the Incident Action Plan Quick Start form, or contacting community partners for clarification on their roles and responsibilities. The exercise will be controlled virtually while participants gather in their own skilled nursing facility with their leadership team and invited community partners.
There are a number of opportunities to attend one of these exercises from now until September 2024. Please share with your skilled-nursing facilities. For more information and registration click the link below.
NIST SP 800-66 Rev.2: Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule: A Cybersecurity Resource Guide
NIST published the final version of Special Publication (SP) 800-66r2 (Revision 2), Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule: A Cybersecurity Resource Guide. This publication, revised in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights, provides guidance for regulated entities (i.e., HIPAA-covered entities and business associates) on assessing and managing risks to electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), identifies typical activities that a regulated entity might consider implementing as part of an information security program, and presents guidance that regulated entities can utilize in whole or in part to help improve their cybersecurity posture and assist with achieving compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule.
Dates and Registration
State Plans Available in MIHAN for Review
During 2023 and 2024, the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness, EMS and Systems of Care has been working hard to complete plans and training for Healthcare Coalitions and other partners to use in their own planning and training. Please review the documents in the MIHAN for resources that may be useful. Currently, all documents are found under “Resource Sharing”, “Operational Guidelines/Plans/Regions”. Updated documents with their titles are found in the picture below:
Please contact Jessica Gould or Lauren Korte if you have questions about the documents.
Reusable Health Care Textiles for Personal Protective Equipment
March 4 and 5, 2024
The National Academies will host a public workshop to examine opportunities to increase the use of reusable health care textiles (HCTs) for personal protective equipment (PPE) used in health care settings. Technical experts, policy makers, manufacturers, PPE users in health care, and others will have the opportunity to explore the potential benefits and feasibility of integrating more reusable HCTs into health care operations.
Learn more on the project page.
Assessing the Burden and Potential Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance
March 4 and 5, 204
The National Academies Forum on Microbial Threats will host a virtual public workshop to address the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Millions of infections and deaths are associated with AMR annually, including resistant bacterial infections that are the leading causes of neonatal mortality worldwide. But there is a critical need to fully understand and consider how to quantify the impact of AMR throughout medical practice and everyday life, from treating cancer to optimizing food production. Speakers will touch upon current clinical hindrances and economic burdens of AMR, data availability and analytical methods, and emerging scientific breakthroughs. Discussions will reflect on potential new strategies that incorporate these insights to reduce the burden of AMR. Learn more on the event page.
27th Annual Rural Health Conference
April 25 and 26, 2024
The 27th Annual Michigan Rural Health Conference will take place Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant. This year's agenda is nearing the final stages, packed with dynamic presenters and programming, to deliver the best Rural Health Conference to date!
View the draft agenda here.
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2024 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training, Conference, and Expo - Registration Now Open!
May 7-9, 2024
The 2024 Great Lakes Homeland Security Training, Conference, and Expo will be held May 7 - 9 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is hosted in partnership by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Plan to attend for a dynamic three-day event packed full of presentations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and networking as we work to enhance the capabilities of those who protect our homeland. This conference presents an opportunity to choose from 30 breakout sessions, visit over 40 vendors, and to collaborate with more than 1,000 professionals across multiple disciplines including, emergency management, law enforcement, fire, schools, and community health.
HHS/ASPR Project ECHO Clinical Readiness Rounds
February 20, 2024
The HHS/ASPR Project ECHO Clinical Readiness Rounds are a new, virtual, peer-to-peer learning series which will focus on sharing clinical challenges and successes in preparing for and responding to disasters from all threats. The Clinical Readiness Rounds will build off of successes from ASPR and Project ECHO’s previous partnership to hold the HHS/ASPR Project ECHO COVID-19 Clinical Rounds between March 2020 and February 2022. The Clinical Readiness Rounds will serve as a critical mechanism for a multidisciplinary audience of clinicians to rapidly share promising practices for medical preparedness and response to disasters.
Registration and Connection Information
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Updates Hospital Guidance on Texting Patient Information
CMS has updated its guidance for hospitals and critical access hospitals to permit health care team members to share patient information and orders with each other through a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant secure texting platform that complies with Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation. CMS acknowledged that improvements in technology and encryption now allow secure texting that will transfer data into electronic health records. Read the full guidance from CMS.
Facility Safety and Security in Health Care Virtual Convening Recording
The AHA’s Hospital Against Violence initiative presents a 75-minute virtual convening exploring facility safety and security strategies and the technologies that aim to mitigate workforce and workplace violence. Learn about new and innovative approaches to prevent targeted violence, improve physical and psychological safety and increase collaboration with law enforcement.
Watch the Recording Here
Michigan Center for Rural Health Education Available
The Michigan Center for Rural Health has various training programs available for providers through the Project ECHO® Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program. Project ECHO®'s mission is to develop the capacity to demonopolize knowledge and amplify the capacity to provide best practice care for underserved people. Education series are available on infectious disease, one health and geriatrics.
Additionally, EMS Continuing Education is available, and free to all participants.
Project ECHO Information and Registration
2024 EMS Education Schedule
HHS/ASPR Project ECHO Clinical Readiness Rounds Sessions
Starts February 6, 2024
ASPR's Office of Health Care Readiness (OHCR), in partnership with Project ECHO and dozens of other collaborating organizations, is planning to launch a new, virtual, peer-to-peer learning series, the HHS/ASPR Project ECHO Clinical Readiness Rounds. The series will focus on sharing clinical challenges and successes in preparing for and responding to disasters from all threats and will build off of the successes from the prior partnership between OHCR and Project ECHO in conducing the COVID-19 Clinical Rounds between March 2020 and February 2022. Clinical Readiness Rounds sessions will occur every other Tuesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET, with the first session, entitled "Where Are We? Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?" to take place next Tuesday, February 6. Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit will be available to participants in future Clinical Readiness Rounds sessions, however neither CME nor CNE credit will be available for the initial sessions in February 2024.
Registration for the Clinical Readiness Rounds is open. Select here to register.
FEMA Releases New Exercise Starter Kits
February 13, 2024
Exercises help the whole community to prepare for disasters and emergencies by providing opportunities to shape planning, assess and validates capabilities, and address areas for improvement.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Exercise Division (NED) has developed ten new Exercise Starter Kits to support exercise practitioners and emergency managers at all levels of government, the private sector and nonprofit organizations as they plan, conduct, and evaluate their exercises.
The ten new kits cover the following topics:
The new kits align with FEMA’s 2023-2026 National Exercise Program Principals’ Exercise Priorities. Each kit contains a sample exercise facilitator and evaluator guide, sample conduct slides, a sample situation manual and a customizable placemat. All Exercise Starter Kits are available in the Emergency Management Toolkit section of FEMA’s Preparedness Toolkit.
FEMA will host a series of webinars to discuss the new kits. All webinars will offer the same content. Registration is not required to attend. Visit FEMA’s Adobe Connect Room for the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) during one of the times listed below to participate:
If you are unable to attend one of the webinars listed above, a recorded version of the webinar will be available on the Preparedness Toolkit HSEEP Webinars page starting Feb. 1.
If you have any questions, please email NEP@fema.dhs.gov.
American Medical Association (AMA): What Value-Based Care Is, and Why Everyone Is Talking About It
What is value-based care? Interest in value-based care is at an all-time high. The latest episode of the AMA Update podcast gives an overview of this payment model and explores what's driving this growing interest in it and where the conversation about value-based care is headed in 2024.
Listen to the full podcast episode from AMA.
Listen to the full podcast episode from AMA.
Rural Emergency Hospitals
Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) is a designation given to eligible rural hospitals by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that began on January 1, 2023. Congress established the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation in December 2020 in Section 125 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (Public Law 116-260) and in response to the loss of essential healthcare services in rural areas due to hospital closures. According to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, 140 rural hospitals closed between January 2010 and September 30, 2022. In addition, a February 2020 Chartis Group report identified 453 financially vulnerable rural hospitals at risk of closing.
The REH designation is designed to maintain access to critical outpatient hospital services in communities that may not be able to support or sustain a Critical Access Hospital or small rural hospital. REHs are required to provide 24-hour emergency and observation services and can elect to furnish other outpatient services. Facilities designated as an REH will receive enhanced Medicare payments for certain outpatient services and additional monthly payments. Learn more about REH on ruralhealthinfo.org.
Pediatric Hospital Office Hours
January 30, 2024
Dr. Samantha Mishra will be presenting on Pediatric Readiness Across the Continuum. Please join us as she delves into the importance of Pediatric Readiness in both the pre-hospital and hospital emergency departments, available resources and the role of the Pediatric Champion (also known as Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC)). See the attached flyer for more information.
Special Pathogens Response Survey
Due January 31, 2024
The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) and the Regional Emerging Special Pathogens Treatment Centers (RESPTCs) are conducting a needs assessment survey related to special pathogen preparedness to gather insights from healthcare facilities, public health partners and EMS organizations.
Participation and response to this survey will play a pivotal role in shaping the development of workplans and prioritizing future projects for NETEC and the RESPTCs related to special pathogen preparedness.
The insights gathered from this survey will be instrumental in:
The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, if you are unable to complete the survey in one sitting, you can reenter and finish at a later time.
Please complete the survey by January 31, 2024.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Encinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To complete the survey
Region V for Kid Pediatric Study
Region V for Kids is funding a study on Hospital Emergency Preparedness in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The Primary Investigator is Dr. Steven Krug from Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The study is looking for 2-3 hospitals in Michigan to participate. Corewell Health and Michigan Medicine have partnered to recruit rural hospital participation from within their own healthcare systems. There are no asks from the Coalitions.
This is just for your information so if you receive any questions, you are aware of the study. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Korte (email@example.com).
Region V for Kids Flyer
Preparedness Lunch and Learn
February 20, 2024
The Preparedness Lunch and Learn series continues with Pediatric Readiness on January 16, 2024, with a discussion on Hospital Mass Fatality Planning. Throughout the series topics will continue to build knowledge for emergency managers in hospitals and other healthcare facilities as well as healthcare coalitions, local health departments, tribes and others.
This series is the third Tuesday every month from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. For registration, visit MI-TRAIN, course ID # 1112624 for the entire series.
Preparedness Lunch and Learn Topics
American Medical Association (AMA): How Tribal Medical Education Programs Could Solve the Rural Health Care Crisis
In the latest episode of the AMA Update podcast, AMA takes a look at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s unique partnership with The Cherokee Nation. Natasha Bray, DO, dean of OSUCOM at the Cherokee Nation, joins to share how this innovative partnership came to life and the impact it’s expected to have in the local community. Dr. Bray details the unique clinical training students receive and why it’s important for physicians to truly understand the communities they serve. Listen to the full podcast episode from AMA.
Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Web-Based Training
ASPR has developed the HHS/ ASPR Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Web-Based Training to help public health officials, emergency managers, and social/human service providers learn how to address Access and Functional Needs (AFN) in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This is great class to take yourself and to share with HCC partners.
PDF fact sheet for more information
To take the course
Operation Shelter-in-Place: A HazMat Incident – Training & Exercise Program for Healthcare Facilities
The Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition (HCC) and Northeast Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee for Hazardous Materials (LEPC) partnered to create a training and exercise program intended to enhance the shelter-in-place capabilities of healthcare facilities in the event of a hazardous materials incident. The materials provided may be useful tools that you may use when creating similar education, training, and exercise items that meet the needs of our Michigan partners and facilities.
Operation Shelter-in-Place Training & Exercise Documents
Free Emergency Preparedness Training Available
The Advancing Resilience for Community Health in Emergency Response (ARCHER) program is a free series of resources and training on emergency preparedness topics designed for health center staff.
Developed by Healthcare Ready and the Centene Charitable Foundation, ARCHER provides resources for those responsible for daily preparedness planning and individuals new to the field and interested in learning more. Training resources are provided to guide teams through:
Free resources are available here!
Free On-Demand Webinars
Available free of charge until January 19, 2024
In celebration of Health Law Week, the American Health Law Association (AHLA) is providing two on-demand, previously recorded, webinars at no charge January 8-19, 2024:
Recording Available: Lessons Learned from the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Fire
For anyone unable to attend the webinar, the recording and PowerPoint slides for Lessons Learned from the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Fire held on December 14, 2023 are now available. The PowerPoint presentation is now available on ASPR TRACIE (link below). The title page of the PowerPoint presentation includes a link to the webinar recording. The recording can also be directly accessed by clicking the link below. It will ask you to enter your name and email address prior to accessing the recording. Note that the short video showing the start of the fire and very initial response cannot be viewed during the recording. Signature Healthcare will release the full video at a future date.
Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains for Hospitals
One of the most significant gaps in hospital readiness for children is the lack of hospital policies that address children under every day and disaster conditions. Is your community hospital in that situation and needs help including children in preparedness policies? This resource will help!
The Checklist of Essential Pediatric Domains and Considerations for Every Hospital’s Disaster Preparedness Policies is a tool to help hospital administrators and leadership incorporate essential pediatric considerations into existing hospital disaster policies. Click to download (PDF) and view the following video that explains the checklist from colleagues at the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Council.
Checklist of Essential Ped Domain Video
Wearable Tech Mitigates First Responder Exposure to Chemical Threats
Every day, all types of emergency responders across the nation are dispatched to calls for situations ranging from industrial, agricultural, and commercial accidents to 5-alarm fires. In these moments, we rely on them to render aid swiftly and efficiently, even if it means risking their personal safety. This is why the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), part of the Federal U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is leading a new effort to arm responders with state-of-the-art technology that alerts them to toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) that may be present in the field.
An estimated 240 million calls are made to emergency services in the United States every year. “Our emergency responders need to have the most up-to-date technologies and tools that will enable them to safely answer these calls,” said S&T Program Manager Kimberli Jones-Holt. “We are collaborating with several partners to ensure that they have access to these resources, and also enhance existing technologies to provide more convenient and affordable safety capabilities.”
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Join the AHA for the Facility Safety and Security in Health Care Virtual Convening!
December 7, 2023
AHA's Hospitals Against Violence (HAV) Initiative will be hosting a virtual convening on Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm ET and it will be open to both AHA members and non-members. Panelists will discuss health care facility safety and security, innovative violence prevention strategies, and a security in action case study. This virtual convening aims at exploring facility safety and security strategies, as well as the technologies that can help mitigate workforce and workplace violence. We invite you to join us as we discuss new and innovative approaches to prevent targeted violence, enhance physical and psychological safety, and foster collaboration with law enforcement
Reminder: COVID-19 Reporting Due into CAAMP
Due January 12, 2024
Data collection is currently under way for the third year of HPP Cooperative Agreement COVID-19 Supplemental Funding. Data collection is taking place in the Cooperative Agreement Accountability and Management Platform (CAAMP). Instructions for accessing CAAMP and completing the online performance measure forms were sent to recipients on Tuesday, October 31 from the HPP CAAMP Support email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that recipients and sub-recipients are required to report regardless of whether they spent funding during the period of performance from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Any questions can be directed to the HPP CAAMP Support email (email@example.com) with Capt. Duane Wagner, Field Project Officer (FPO) copied.
National Disaster Life Support Classes
February 12, 2024
The first statewide NDLS course of 2024, Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS), will be offered virtually February 12, 2024, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Registration will open 30-days prior to the course. Please share this information with HCC partners. The following BDLS course will be April 5, 2024, starting at 8:00 a.m. and running until 12:00 p.m.
For registration information or questions please contact Judy Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Recording Available: MIREQUEST.org Training for Hospitals and HCCs
A training on the use of the mirequest.org website has been recorded and posted to MI-TRAIN. As a reminder, the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (DEPR) provided this training to ensure everyone is prepared for the statewide SNS exercise on March 21, 2024.
To review the presentation, visit the MITRAIN website, and search for course ID # 1114908
American Hospital Association (AHA) Podcast: Better Behavioral Health Care Through Collaboration and Virtual Care
In the U.S. health care system, the demand for behavioral health care has long outpaced availability, with many patients forced to turn to their primary care providers for help. To find a solution, Henry Ford Health System decided to get creative with a new collaborative care program that for the first time integrated primary care with behavioral health. In the latest episode of the AHA's Advancing Health podcast, four clinicians from Henry Ford discuss the beginnings of the program and how collaboration and technology have made it easier to see patients than ever before. Listen to the full podcast episode from the AHA
Leading Health Care Partners Announce the "Common Health Coalition"
The American Hospital Association, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the Alliance of Community Health Plans, the American Medical Association, and Kaiser Permanente announced the Common Health Coalition: Together for Public Health. The Common Health Coalition is focused on translating the hard-won lessons and successes of the COVID-19 pandemic response into actionable strategies that will strengthen the partnership between our health care and public health systems. The Coalition is the product of a joint commitment to public health made in March 2023 by the five founding member organizations. Read the full press release about the Common Health Coalition.
American Hospital Association (AHA) Podcast: Rural Emergency Hospitals as a New Model of Care
In the latest episode of the AHA's Advancing Health podcast, Laura Appel, executive vice president of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA), and Christina Campos, CEO at Guadalupe County Hospital, New Mexico, discuss what’s involved in converting to and meeting the eligibility requirements of a Rural Emergency Hospital, and what patients stand to gain from it. Listen to the full podcast episode from the AHA.
Now Available Online - Skilled Nursing Facility Antibiotic Stewardship | Establish an Antibiotic Stewardship Committee Webinar
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated and Resistant Pathogens (SHARP) and Infection Prevention Units are excited to announce that the second webinar from the Skilled Nursing Facility Antibiotic Stewardship webinar series is now available online. If you were unable to join the live presentation, don't worry! You can now access the presentation slides and watch the webinar recording by visiting Michigan.gov/HAI.