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There are many recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in long-term post-acute care settings, including screening everyone entering the building, performing proper hand hygiene, using personal protective equipment and physical distancing. What has also been proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes is serial testing of staff. Until the widespread administration of the COVID-19 vaccines began to bring down the community positivity rate, this meant testing staff at least weekly for most centers, if not twice a week.

Recently revised guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued on April 27, 2021, indicates that vaccinated staff do not need…

 

Communication is one of the most crucial components to maintaining resident safety. Yet breakdowns in communication are among the most frequently cited root causes when errors or patient safety events occur. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) notes the ability to detect and communicate a change in a resident's condition is important because it can catch illness early and prevent it from worsening, ultimately helping residents retain their health and avoid…

If you’re a long-term care facility, you’ve already been using the COVID-19 Resident Impact and Facility Capacity Reporting Pathway to submit weekly COVID-19 surveillance, but there are also two other options available for reporting COVID-related data to NHSN.

Point-of-Care Testing Reporting Tool – Recorded Training Video, Training Slides, Reporting Tool, Table of Instructions The Point-of-Care (POC) Testing Reporting Tool is a separate reporting option for LTCFs to…

Affordable Options for Insulin
Millions of people in the U.S. require insulin to treat their diabetes. However, insulin costs continue to rise and many people are unable to afford their medication. While… more
Looking Beyond COVID-19 Series Session Addresses Resident Baseline, Staff Resiliency
For long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers, knowing a resident’s baseline is a critical first step in being able to recognize signs of decline so they can institute… more
Comagine Health Bolsters Its Board of Directors with New Members and Officers
New Roles Position Industry Leader for Future Success SEATTLE — Comagine Health, a leading national nonprofit health care consulting firm, named three new board members and three… more
QIOs, Strike Teams in Spotlight for Work with Nursing Homes During COVID-19
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials applauded Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and federal strike teams for providing direct assistance to nursing… more
Salt Lake Radio Program Highlights Comagine Health
Comagine Health President and CEO Marc Bennett recently recorded an interview segment with the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce for the well-known local radio program, Speaking… more
Comagine Health’s Research and Evaluation Team Publishes Multiple Journal Articles
New Research Contributes Significantly to Scientific Learning SALT LAKE CITY — Comagine Health, a leading national nonprofit health care consulting firm, published multiple peer-… more
Oregon Behavioral Health Virtual Training Series Now Available
Comagine Health and the Oregon Department of Human Services, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, are pleased to announce a new behavioral health on-demand… more
John Vassall Encourages African Americans to Take COVID-19 Vaccine
John Vassall, M.D., Comagine Health’s physician executive for quality and safety, appeared on Seattle television to convince African Americans and other people of color that COVID… more
Preventing, Recognizing and Treating Dehydration and Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Homes
Social distancing is crucial when trying to contain COVID-19, especially in a long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) setting. However, this safety protocol can also lead to social… more
Comagine Health Awarded the American Indian/Alaska Native Health Care Quality Initiative
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a four-year contract to Comagine Health to lead the American Indian/Alaska Native Healthcare Quality Initiative… more