The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new resource to help facilities develop or strengthen antibiotic stewardship programs and improve patient outcomes.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released a new module in the interactive series, Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. The newest module, entitled "A Nurse’s Call to Action for Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices," explores how nurses can support the implementation of the CDC Guideline through risk mitigation strategies, quality improvement practices, patient communication techniques, and care coordination.
On September 25, 2019, the Making Dialysis Safer for Patients Coalition hosted an educational webinar entitled Making Dialysis Safer for Patients: Innovative Approaches to Hand Hygiene
December 1-7, 2019, is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). Established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, the week highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.
On October 31, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2020.