LINKS Portfolio: Cardiac Rehabilitation

The IPRO QIN-QIO has prepared LINKS (Local Interactive Network of Knowledge Sharers) education materials and guidance to help spread awareness about health topics relevant to your community members and support population health.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: What You Need to Know

Help spread awareness about the health benefits of cardiac rehabilitation, for patients with certain conditions.

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Building Awareness and Restoring Heart Health

This PowerPoint presentation is about cardiac rehabilitation and can be adapted to fit the needs of your specific audience or community.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs – New England, New York, New Jersey, Ohio & Mid Atlantic Regions

Hospitals may treat patients who are eligible for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation (CR) that do not live or work nearby. Developing and maintaining a list of active CR programs with the facility’s address, contact information, and other relevant details can help CR care coordinators find a program that may be more convenient for the patient.

Regional listing for the following IPRO QIN-QIO areas are available:

Mid Atlantic (DC, DE & MD)

New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI & VT)

New York, New Jersey & Ohio

Solar Eclipse Provider Safety Tips

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North
America. The eclipse will travel across portions of Mexico,
the central and eastern United States, and southeastern
Canada. According to NASA, a solar eclipse occurs when the
Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun at just the right
time, with the Moon creating a shadow on a portion of the
Earth’s surface. If you have plans to view the solar eclipse or
if you live in an area that will experience a total solar eclipse,
it’s important that you plan ahead and review these safety
tips. This document is intended to assist hospitals, nursing
homes, home health agencies, dialysis centers, and all other
health care providers plan for the upcoming total solar
eclipse. In preparation, please take the time to review this
document and share this information with your patients/
residents, facilities, and staff.

Solar Eclipse Patient-Facing Safety Tips Resource

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse
will cross North America. A total solar eclipse
happens when the Moon passes between
the Sun and Earth, causing the sky to darken
as if it were dawn or dusk. Follow these
safety tips on this flyer when viewing the eclipse to
stay safe. Be sure to share these tips
with your family and friends

Cardiac Rehabilitation Implementation Guide to Enhance Patient Referrals & Engagement

Despite the many benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation, enrollment remains quite low – nationally, only 10% to 34% of eligible patients enroll. This resource provides guidance and tools to support awareness of the value of Cardiac Rehabilitation with patients, reduce barriers to participation, and implement evidence-based interventions, such as automatic referral with care coordination, to increase enrollment and patient engagement.

Nursing Home Naloxone Policy and Procedure Toolkit

According to a CMS memo regarding Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder (SUD), CMS has identified a need to improve guidance related to meeting the unique health needs of residents with mental health diagnoses and SUD. CMS clarified that when facilities care for residents with these conditions, policies and practices must not conflict with resident rights or other requirements of participation. They further clarified that facility staff should have knowledge of signs and symptoms of possible substance use, and are prepared to address emergencies (e.g., an overdose) by increasing monitoring, administering naloxone, initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as appropriate, and contacting emergency medical services.[1] This naloxone nursing home toolkit is intended to provide easy to adapt policies and procedures for nursing homes that need to implement or improve their emergency response to opioid overdose, which includes naloxone administration.

[1] Revised Long-Term Care Surveyor Guidance | CMS. Accessed January 17, 2023. (

The Nursing Home Naloxone Policy & Procedure Toolkit PowerPoint

This is another resource, designed to be used as an introductory presentation. This slide deck contains an abridged version of the Toolkit and provides a general overview of the Toolkit contents. It includes select references to regulatory guidance, background, need assessment, features, and brief descriptions of the policies, procedures, and resources contained in the Toolkit.

Nursing Home Naloxone Policy & Procedure Toolkit Implementation Checklist

This resource was created to help facilities implement the Nursing Home Naloxone Policy & Procedure Toolkit. This checklist provides an overview for a process to successfully implement select toolkit contents.

Naloxone Saves Lives: Information for patients, their families/care partners and pharmacists

This patient education document is available in both English and Spanish. It describes what naloxone is, how it works, why it is offered to individuals with an opioid prescription, and signs of opioid overdose.

Naloxone Saves Lives: English

Naloxone Saves Lives: Spanish

Naloxone Conversation Starters for Pharmacists

Reminders for Pharmacists When Offering Naloxone
• Offer a consultation about naloxone for opioid prescriptions.
• Be sure to advise patients that naloxone can be used to reverse any opioid overdose.
• Tell patients about available statewide programs that offer naloxone for free or at a lower cost.
• Patients may not be comfortable speaking about naloxone due to stigma associated with opioid use.

A list of multiple state naloxone resources is included.

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).