• HIGHLIGHT: Resources for Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Settings

    September 02, 2015

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) developed a toolkit to help long-term care employers and administrators promote influenza vaccination among their workforce and to help anyone working in LTC facilities understand the importance of influenza vaccination for LTC workers. The toolkit is available now to aid in early flu vaccination planning efforts! This ...

  • The Impact of Workplace Violence on Healthcare and Social Service Workers

    August 28, 2015

    With the recent on air slayings of a well-loved television reporter and photographer, the recent release of the OSHA Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence publication release is timely.  This publication is a guideline/recommendation and not a requirement or law.  That said, our communities are home for frail, elderly, dependent seniors and our responsibility is to provide a safe ...

  • CMS Proposes Major Initiative for Hip & Knee Replacements

    July 30, 2015

    Model supports quality and care improvements for patient’s transition from surgery to recovery

     

    Hip and knee replacements are some of the most common surgeries that Medicare beneficiaries receive. In 2013, there were more than 400,000 inpatient primary procedures, costing Medicare more than $7 billion for hospitalization alone. While some incentives exist for hospitals to avoid post-surgery complications that can ...

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