CDC Train Continuing Education

CDC has created and assembled a catalog of on-demand healthcare CME, CNE, and CPE Continuing Education coursework called CDC Train. It offers more than a thousand courses developed by CDC and others, many translated into 109 different worldwide languages. Train is introduced at https://www.train.org/cdctrain/welcome. Project Firstline is their general Infection Control coursework featuring single-question segments that earn as little as 1/20th of a contact hour each and can be done in a few minutes; see https://www.train.org/cdctrain/training_plan/5045. Train’s COVID-19 courses, in English, French, and Spanish, can be found at https://www.phf.org/resourcestools/Pages/Coronavirus_Disease_2019_COVID_19_Training.aspx. That page includes a link to their customizable COVID-19 Contact Tracing training program, in which a facility can assemble segments to design their own online Contact Tracing coursework, in order to standardize training for all facility staff.

CMS Vaccination Campaign

HHS and CMS are sponsoring a vaccination campaign oriented toward various vaccine-hesitant groups, called We Can Do This. They’ve developed a bewildering array of toolkits and resources, in English, Spanish, and several Asian languages, for general audiences, parents and teens, adolescents, skeptics, the curious, faith-based leaders, family and friends, essential agriculture workers, community health workers, Puerto Ricans, community-based organizations, black colleges, black civic organizations, shared housing, masks, clinics, older adults, nurses, pharmacists, rural communities, caregivers, healthcare navigators, mayors, older Hispanics, social media, Medicare beneficiaries, communities of color, side effects, safety, confidence and trust, US regions, socializing, traveling, risks, stress, self-care, pediatricians, Native Americans and Alaskans, immigrants, and many others! Find these toolkits, posters, podcasts, videos, etc., including a selective retrieval tool, at https://wecandothis.hhs.gov/.

The campaign also includes half-hour webinars introducing specific categories of resources, all at 10 am PDT:

Recall: 2 Lots Metformin XR 750mg

The FDA has announced the recall of two lots of Viona Pharmaceuticals Metformin HCl Extended Release 750mg tablets because of impurities. Lot or “Batch” numbers are M915601 and M915602, NDC 72578-036-01, expiring October 2021. For details see https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/viona-pharmaceuticals-inc-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-metformin-hcl-extended-release-tablets.

6/15 EQRS New User Training

The EQRS staff will present an online June 15, 2021 EQRS New User Training. For more information and to register see https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/june-2021-new-user-training/.

Remember that Clinical Data entry is still paused. From our February 1, 2021 EQRS Clinical Data Deadline Suspensions post (https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/eqrs-clinical-data-deadline-suspensions/):

“At this time, we are suspending EQRS Clinical Data, ICH CAHPS Attestation, and Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan submission, effective immediately. Users should not send any additional clinical data to CMS… Users must continue to use EQRS to complete tasks such as admit and discharge patients, complete CMS forms (such as the 2728, 2744, and 2746), add or update treatment summaries, and resolve notifications within a timely manner. Users should also continue to keep facilities’ information up-to-date.

The suspension is reiterated and detailed in the May EQRS Monthly Newsletter, at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/04/may-2021-newsletter/.

June Fire Danger

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Department of Agriculture have published a map of drought conditions in the US, which indicates:

  • “Exceptional Dought” from LaPine to Klamath Falls in southern Oregon, and in a small area near Sun Valley in central Idaho.
  • “Extreme Drought” in northeastern Montana, Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley and Roseburg area, and a broad stripe from Ashland OR to Toppenish WA, Lewiston ID, and Spokane WA.
  • “Severe Drought” widespread in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Alaska has no current drought warnings except that the central North Slope is “Abnormally Dry.”

Find the full drought map at https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/, and details about the categories at https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/About/AbouttheData/DroughtClassification.aspx. The map is updated weekly and published each Thursday morning.

5/18 EQRS New User Training

The EQRS staff will present an online May 18, 2021 EQRS New User Training. For more information and to register see https://mycrownweb.org/pcw_lems/may-2021-new-user-training/.

Remember that Clinical Data entry is still paused. From our February 1, 2021 EQRS Clinical Data Deadline Suspensions post (https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/eqrs-clinical-data-deadline-suspensions/):

“At this time, we are suspending EQRS Clinical Data, ICH CAHPS Attestation, and Clinical Depression Screening and Follow-Up Plan submission, effective immediately. Users should not send any additional clinical data to CMS… Users must continue to use EQRS to complete tasks such as admit and discharge patients, complete CMS forms (such as the 2728, 2744, and 2746), add or update treatment summaries, and resolve notifications within a timely manner. Users should also continue to keep facilities’ information up-to-date.

The suspension is reiterated and detailed in the May EQRS Monthly Newsletter, at https://mycrownweb.org/2021/04/may-2021-newsletter/.

5/13+ AAKP/GWU Global Summit

AAKP and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will present a 13-14 May 2021 3rd Annual Global Summit: Global Kidney Innovations – Expanding Patient Choices & Outcomes. The conference will be virtual and free. Find more information below and at https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/global-summit/, and register at that website.