Comagine Health’s Half-Hour Hot Topics is a webinar series designed to support the efforts of long-term care (LTC) teams by introducing innovative ideas that make resident care more efficient and effective, all in a 30-minute timeframe. These brief, topic-focused trainings tailored to LTC provider audiences can be accomplished over a lunch hour or on-demand to accommodate busy work schedules. The sessions offer the opportunity to learn from local, regional and national experts, and share best practices among peer colleagues.
The 2020 Half-Hour Hot Topics series explored Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) priority areas, such as improving behavioral health and resident safety, reducing hospital readmissions, opioid misuse and adverse drug events, as well as covering infection prevention, emergency preparedness and resiliency strategies in the time of COVID-19.
Preventing Adverse Events in Nursing Homes: Working Together to Keep Residents Safe, Part 1
Jan. 31, 2020
According to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, more than one-third of Medicare beneficiaries experienced some form of adverse event or temporary harm during a skilled nursing facility stay. Nearly 60% of these events were likely preventable and over half of the residents experiencing harm returned to a hospital for treatment as a result. Join Jennifer Pettis, MS, RN, CNE, WCC, associate director for NICHE, and Comagine Health for the first segment of a two-part deep dive into common adverse events in nursing homes and the personal and financial costs of these incidents.
Preventing Adverse Events in Nursing Homes: Working Together to Keep Residents Safe, Part 2
Feb. 21, 2020
According to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, more than one-third of Medicare beneficiaries experienced some form of adverse event or temporary harm during a skilled nursing facility stay. Nearly 60% of these events were likely preventable and over half of the residents experiencing harm returned to a hospital for treatment as a result. Join Jennifer Pettis, MS, RN, CNE, WCC, associate director for NICHE, and Comagine Health for the second segment of a two-part series on adverse events. In Part 2, Ms. Pettis discusses tools for examining facility protocols and investigating adverse events as well as evidence-based prevention practices.
Clinical Pearls of Transdermal Fentanyl (Duragesic®) and Other Opioids: A Pharmacist’s Perspective
March 13, 2020
The national opioid epidemic has affected individuals across all health care settings. Long-term and post-acute care settings are no exception. Use of opioids is twice as prevalent as in the community setting and carries particular risks for older adults and first-time opioid users. Join Rebecca DeMoss, PharmD, of PharMerica and Comagine Health to gain a pharmacist’s perspective on prescribing patterns, monitoring and “pearls of wisdom” for maintaining resident safety (and yours) when these medications are used.
Care Planning for Suicidal Threats, Self-Harming Behaviors and Other Urgent Behavioral Health Concerns
April 17, 2020
Most administrators and nursing staff members are not trained to intervene when a resident is expressing suicidal intent or demanding transport to the hospital because of symptoms related to PTSD, anxiety or other behavioral health concerns. A call to 911 and transport to the emergency room becomes the only option in the absence of clear care plan approaches. This session, featuring Janet Holboke, MSW, LCSW, older adult behavioral health specialist at Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc., defines emergent vs. non-emergent mental health concerns, offers a variety of staff training and care plan strategies for residents with recurrent behavioral health emergencies, and identifies strategies for working with community mental health treatment partners.
Navigating Crucial Conversations in the COVID Era
May 15, 2020
COVID-19 has magnified the importance of knowing a resident's end-of-life wishes and providing goal-concordant care. Yet these conversations in the best of times can be difficult. How do you begin this dialogue with healthy residents and their families without causing alarm? How can we bring comfort, peace of mind and presence when loved ones may not be able to be present? Join Elizabeth Ross with Compassus Hospice and Comagine Health for tips and guidance on how to navigate these conversations during stressful times.
Boosting Your Mental Health During a Crisis
June 19, 2020
COVID-19 has taken a huge toll on mental health worldwide. Health care workers, already at higher risk for burnout, are facing unprecedented stressors during these challenging times. Join Dr. M. Alexis Kennedy, trauma researcher at UNLV and founder of Compassion Recharge, for part 1 of a two-part series on mental health as she explores practical steps for boosting your resilience and wellness.
Recharging Compassion and Minimizing Burnout
July 17, 2020
COVID-19 has taken a huge toll on mental health worldwide. Health care workers, already at higher risk for burnout, are facing unprecedented stressors during these challenging times. Join Dr. M. Alexis Kennedy, trauma researcher at UNLV and founder of Compassion Recharge, for part 2 of a two-part series on mental health as she explores practical steps for boosting your resilience and wellness.
Medication Management to Prevent, Detect and Report Adverse Drug Events
Aug. 14, 2020
Adverse drug events (ADEs) are clinically significant and costly problems in nursing homes. They are associated with morbidity, mortality and a large number of hospitalizations, contributing to increased health care expenditures. Yet, processes for tracking and reporting these events are often lacking. Join Dr. William Simonson, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP, independent consultant clinical pharmacist, and Comagine Health as we explore strategies for preventing, detecting, reporting and minimizing the potential consequences of ADEs.
COVID and Beyond — Delirium Best Practices
Sept. 18, 2020
Delirium signals a serious change in condition and can be a presenting symptom in older adults with COVID-19. Prevention and care of delirium requires a team approach. Join Donna Marie Fick, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Elouise Ross Eberly professor at The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing and director of the Penn State Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, to gain knowledge and tools that essential caregivers can use at the bedside to recognize and manage symptoms of delirium.
Keys to Flu Vaccine Promotion: Resources for Communicating the Importance of the Flu Vaccine to Patients, Clients and Employees
Oct. 23, 2020
As the 2020-21 flu season intersects with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that the patients and clients we serve, along with the clinical and non-clinical members of our respective practices, health care settings and organizations, are protected from the influenza virus. One of the best preventive tools at our disposal is the flu vaccine. During this special hour-long session, representatives from Immunize Nevada and the Nevada State Immunization Program discuss best practices for providers for how to make a strong flu vaccine recommendation, address common flu vaccine misconceptions, and offer information for how to encourage flu vaccination in your health care facility and in the workplace. Additionally, state and national resources for promoting the influenza vaccine are provided.