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The Alabama Community Coalition Statewide hosted a meeting for a virtual education event on chronic kidney disease awareness and prevention.

Learn more about:

  • The impact of chronic kidney disease in Alabama
  • Alabama’s statewide progress on kidney disease-related performance metrics
  • Up-to-date guidance on timely screening and interventions for chronic kidney disease
  • Access to clinical decision support tools and resources to engage patients, families, and care partners in early detection
  • Learn about on-going disease management efforts to help delay or prevent the progression of kidney failure for people at risk for kidney disease.

Nursing Homes with large complex water systems, if not properly maintained can promote the growth of Legionella (the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’
disease). Residents, specifically those who have certain weakened immune systems or chronic disease are at high risk for Legionnaires’ disease. The significance of having a water management plan, performing ongoing surveillance, monitoring, and mitigation waterborne illness risk is essential in limiting Legionella and other waterborne pathogens from growing and spreading in Nursing Homes.

This LAN will take you through the most common ADEs and their risk factors for anticoagulant and diabetes medications. Case studies will be discussed to help hone your skills for identifying ADEs.

The is Learning Action Network event will take you through the most common ADEs and their risk factors for opioid and antipsychotic medications. Case studies will be discussed to help hone your skills for identifying ADEs.

An adverse drug event (ADE) is an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug and they:

  • Account for an estimated 1 in 3 of all hospital adverse events.
  • Affect about 2 million hospital stays each year.
  • Prolong hospital stays by 1.7 to 4.6 days.

We will facilitate a discussion of immunizations fears, myths and truths and additional information targeted at components of the immunization.

This webinar will explain how to recognize and prevent causal events leading to ED visits and rehospitalization among LTC residents.

Join us on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2pm ET/ 1pm CT for the Nursing Home Learning & Action Network webinar, COVID-19 in LTCF: Keeping it out and keeping it together.

During this 30-minute webinar, we’ll receive guidance from two experts in the field:

  • Jeanne Negley, MBA, the state lead for the Healthcare Associated Infections program in Georgia
  • JoAnna M. Wagner, RN, BSN, BHSA, Nurse Epidemiologist/Lead Infection Preventionist for the Acute Disease and Epidemiology Section Healthcare Associated Infections Team at the Georgia Department of Public Health

This Learning & Action Network event is hosted by Alliant Quality, the quality improvement group of Alliant Health Solutions (AHS), the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Learning Objectives:  By the end of this session, you will be able to:
→ Describe methods for Department of Public Health long term care facility outreach
→ Explain additional COVID-19 resources which can enhance infection prevention efforts.

Please join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a call on COVID-19 with Nursing Homes. CMS leadership will provide updates on the agency’s latest guidance, and leaders in the field interested in will share best practices with their peers. 

CMS recently announced a waiver for telehealth services, so
what does this mean for nursing homes?

Alliant Quality’s Donna Cohen will explore this topic during
this 30-minute Learning & Action Network event on 4/21.
If you would like to submit questions ahead of the event,

Learning Objectives:
– Describe the 1135 waiver impact on billing for telehealth
services for Medicare-eligible patients
– List multiple methods of providing telehealth services to
Nursing Home residents
– Implement various types of telehealth services for
residents in Nursing Homes

While the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the healthcare landscape this year, our daily work in prevention and management of other healthcare associated infections has not gone away. This LAN event will focus in on C. difficile infection clinical course, surveillance, prevention and management in nursing homes and will provide new knowledge, insight, and practices to help reduce the burden of C. difficile across the continuum of care.

Join us to learn how we can use the QAPI tool
to track and identify guidelines for a successful
vaccination season.

Learning Objectives:
→ Understand the MDS coding criteria for both the seasonal
influenza and pneumococcal vaccine quality measure.
→ Learn MDS coding tips for both vaccination quality
→ Identify influenza and pneumococcal vaccination
→ List the QAPI steps for a performance improvement
project for vaccination success

Featured Speaker:
Julie Kueker, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Senior Quality Advisor

Join us on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 2pm ET/ 1pm CT for the Nursing Home Learning & Action Network webinar, Assessing and Reducing Opioid Prescribing in Long Term Care. Together, we’ll learn from expert safety pharmacist, Dr. Tanya Vadala, about the current CMS regulations, guidelines and policies to assess and reduce Opioid prescribing in LTC.