September 30, 2021 for Staff re Medicare Enrollment: CMS National Training Program webinar on Getting Ready for the Medicare Open Enrollment Period for Navigators who will help patients make informed decisions about their 2022 health coverage. Find information and register at https://cmsnationaltrainingprogram.cms.gov/moodle/login/index.php.
CMS announced on September 9, 2021 that “The Biden-Harris Administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant. Facilities across the country should make efforts now to get health care staff vaccinated to make sure they are in compliance when the rule takes effect.
“CMS, in collaboration with the CDC, announced today that emergency regulations requiring vaccinations for nursing home workers will be expanded to include hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgical settings, and home health agencies, among others, as a condition for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The decision was based on the continued and growing spread of the virus in health care settings…
“CMS is developing an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that will be issued in October. CMS expects certified Medicare and Medicaid facilities to act in the best interest of patients and staff by complying with new COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Health care workers employed in these facilities who are not currently vaccinated are urged to begin the process immediately. Facilities are urged to use all available resources to support employee vaccinations, including employee education and clinics, as they work to meet new federal requirements.”
There’s no assurance that these Recommendations will be the same, in form or content, as what CMS plans to propose in October. CDC Project Firstline is also hosting a 45-minute September 17, 2021 virtual town hall for healthcare workers, where CDC experts will discuss the updated IPC guidance and answer questions, starting at 11:15 am PST. Register at https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_9YVQwF9RThSbxC4-JHdABw .
The Social Security Administration will present a free September 22, 2021 “WISE” Work Incentive Seminar Event on Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Employment. Find more information and register at https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise.
The UCLA CORE Kidney Health Program will present a FREE Virtual Monthly Chat with Nephrologist Dr. Rastogi and the UCLA CORE Kidney Health Team of Experts at 5pm PT on the first day of every month through January. Topics related to kidney disease and high blood pressure will be discussed, including prevention, diagnosis, management, dialysis, transplantation, and kidney healthy life choices. The usual experts will be joined by the UCLA Circle of CORE kidney patient advocates and support group. These interactive sessions will include opportunities to ask questions. You can also send your questions to COREKidney@mednet.ucla.edu prior to the event. Register at https://uclahs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GxLIlyDwSmmDssQCvBL0Xw, and find more information at http://www.uclahealth.org/CORE-Kidney/ or 310-954-2692.
AAKP will present an August 24, 2021 HealthLine webinar on Delta Virus, Vaccines, & Kidney Patients: Ongoing Threats to Weak Immune Systems and Kidney Transplants. The COVID-19 Delta variant poses a serious threat to immunocompromised individuals, especially immunosuppressed kidney transplant patients. The webinar will put into context the significance of the recent FDA approval of a third vaccine dose for kidney transplant patients, and suggest key questions to ask your doctor before getting your third dose. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9141783192800822028.