2022 Healthcare Workforce Rescue Package

Two years into a global pandemic, healthcare team members are in crisis. Leaders are bombarded with competing messages
about how to support them and address workforce shortages. A group of experts in collaboration with the National Academy of
Medicine identified the top five actions leaders should take to support team members now. These evidence-based actions can
be initiated within 3 months and build a foundation for a long-term system well-being strategy

Health Equity Resource Series

These toolkits highlight four compelling strategies to prioritize health equity. These foundational pillars include:
– Data collection, validation, stratification and application of patient information to address disparate outcomes
– Cultural competency and implicit bias training and education
– Diversity and inclusion in leadership and governance roles
– Sustainable community partnerships focused on improving equity

American Heart Association’s “Rise Above Heart Failure”

American Heart Association Go-To-Guide, an easy-to-use, interactive tool designed to empower doctors and nurses to engage heart failure patients.

Resources for Patients

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use When Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Competency

This tool is designed to support nurses, social workers, case managers, and others conducting effective discharge planning and care coordination for adults with disabilities who received care or treatment for COVID-19 illness in an acute care setting, are no longer COVID-19 positive, and require continuation or reconnection to supports and services. While not exhaustive, the resources and considerations proposed in this tool comprise promising practices to be addressed when practicable.

Understanding the New MDS 3.0 Quality Measures

This manual is designed to assist organizations in identifying how a resident will “trigger” for a quality measure based on quality measure specifications and the coding of the MDS 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). A snapshot definition is given for the 21 Quality Measures currently included on the CASPER MDS 3.0 Facility Level Quality Measure Report. 

Snapshot definitions for other Quality Measures not on the CASPER Reports but are included on Nursing Home Compare.

This edition also includes definitions for the new CMS Claims-Based Quality Measures.

QSEP Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to help nursing homes prepare for the fall and winter months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed to meet the urgent and ongoing needs of nursing home managers and frontline staff, insights gained during the COVID-19 pandemic have been used to create a series of scenario-based trainings to share knowledge around ways to protect, provide care and prevent the spread of COVID-19. These free CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff & Management learning intensives are hosted on the CMS Quality, Safety & Education Portal (QSEP). This fall, nursing home staff members can earn certificates of completion while receiving the latest guidance from CMS on COVID-19 preparedness, resident-centered care and infection prevention and control.