#GetVaccinated

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​getvaccinatedbanner.pngThe arrival of the cold and flu season underscores the importance of everyone getting their annual vaccinations, but especially individuals residing and working in long term care facilities. COVID-19, influenza (Flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are commonly spread, especially in the fall and winter.

Older adults and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from these viruses. Vaccination remains one of the most effective, safest ways to buil​​​​​d immunity and prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and death.

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) in 2023 released its #GetVaccinated Toolkit, a comprehensive set of resources designed to equip providers with the tools and information needed to promote and facilitate critical vaccinations among residents and staff.

The #GetVaccinated Toolkit contains the latest resources curated in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist long term care providers (LTC) in their campaigns​ to encourage and facilitate vaccinations among their residents and staff.  #GetVaccinated promotional resources ​are also available to help spread the word. ​


 #GetVaccinated Toolkit - Promotional Materials

 The National Infection Prevention Forum

​​Join the National Infection Prevention Forum, a collaborative online space for all infection preventionists working in long term care. Best of all it is free regardless of certification status or membership in any organization! The Forum utiizes AHCA/NCAL's Connect Community platform. Contact the NIPF team to learn more and join at LTC-NIPFhelp@ahca.org.

 

 

Hospitals are No Longer Required to Submit COVID-19 Hospital Data—No Change to Nursing Home Reporting Requirementshttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Hospitals-are-No-Longer-Required-to-Submit-COVID-19-Hospital-Data-No-Change-to-Nursing-Home-Reporting-Requirements-.aspxHospitals are No Longer Required to Submit COVID-19 Hospital Data—No Change to Nursing Home Reporting Requirements5/7/2024 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div>Effective May 1, 2024, <em><strong>hospitals</strong></em> are no longer required to report Hospital Respiratory Pathogen, Bed Capacity, and Supply Data (commonly referred to as ‘COVID-19 Hospital’ data) to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) via the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to encourage voluntary reporting of this data by hospitals through NHSN. </div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;"><em><strong>**This exemption does not extend to Long-Term Care Facilities (i.e., Nursing Homes), Dialysis Facilities, or Healthcare Personnel (HCP) COVID-19 Vaccination reporting.** </strong></em></span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;"><strong>Implications for Nursing Homes: </strong></span></div><div><ul><li>The hospital data (<a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#maps_new-admissions-rate-county" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">admissions</a>, hospital capacity or occupancy) will be archived as of May 10, 2024, and can be accessed at "<a href="https://data.cdc.gov/Public-Health-Surveillance/Weekly-United-States-COVID-19-Hospitalization-Metr/akn2-qxic/about_data" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Weekly United States COVID-19 Hospitalization Metrics by County</a>" and "<a href="https://data.cdc.gov/Public-Health-Surveillance/Weekly-United-States-COVID-19-Hospitalization-Metr/7dk4-g6vg/about_data" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Weekly United States COVID-19 Hospitalization Metrics by Jurisdiction</a>." </li><li><span style="font-size:11pt;">The source of hospital information on the COVID Data Tracker homepage will transition from the NHSN to COVID-NET. This will shift the display from national counts of new hospital admissions to COVID-19 hospitalization rates per 100,000 people. Additional details about COVID-NET can be found at "<a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#covidnet-hospitalization-network" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">COVID-NET Laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations</a>." </span></li><li><span style="font-size:11pt;">Current <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-recommendations.html" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">guidance</a> regarding the universal use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in Nursing Homes remains unchanged as of this announcement. </span></li></ul></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:11pt;">For those utilizing this data to determine source control measures, the CDC and AHCA advise consulting your local public health department for guidance. AHCA will issue follow-up communications as more information becomes available. Inquiries can be directed to <a href="mailto:regulatory@AHCA.org" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">regulatory@AHCA.org​</a>. </span></div><p>​</p>Effective May 1, 2024, hospitals are no longer required to report Hospital Respiratory Pathogen, Bed Capacity, and Supply Data to the Department of Health and Human Services via the NHSN.
COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody: New Codes for PEMGARDAhttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/COVID-19-Monoclonal-Antibody-New-Codes-for PEMGARDA.aspxCOVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody: New Codes for PEMGARDA4/19/2024 4:00:00 AM<p></p><div>On March 22, 2024, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an <a href="https://www.fda.gov/media/177068/download?attachment" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">emergency use authorization</a> for the PEMGARDA (pemivibart) investigational monoclonal antibody product for pre-exposure prophylaxis of COVID-19 in certain adults and adolescents.  </div><div><br></div><div>Providers must now use two new HCPCS codes, effective March 22, 2024: </div><div><br></div><div><ol><li>Product code Q0224  </li><li><span style="font-size:11pt;">Administration code M0224 </span></li></ol></div><div><br></div><div>Providers can visit <a href="https://www.cms.gov/monoclonal" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies</a> for more information and get the most current <a href="https://www.cms.gov/medicare/payment/part-b-drugs/vaccine-pricing" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">list of billing codes</a>, including short descriptors, payment allowances, and effective and termination dates. Users may need to refresh their web browser if they recently visited the webpage. </div><div><br></div><div>Note: These products are subject to Medicare <a href="https://www.cms.gov/medicare/coding-billing/skilled-nursing-facility-snf-consolidated-billing" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">SNF Consolidated billing​</a>. <br></div><p>​</p>On March 22, 2024, the FDA released an emergency use authorization for the PEMGARDA investigational monoclonal antibody product for pre-exposure prophylaxis of COVID-19 in certain adults and adolescents.
Upcoming Webinars - Understanding Changes in COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Starting April 1https://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Upcoming-Webinars---Understanding-Changes-in-COVID-19-Vaccine-Reporting-Starting-April-1.aspxUpcoming Webinars - Understanding Changes in COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Starting April 13/26/2024 4:00:00 AM<p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:gray;">The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) will host a webinar on <strong><a href="https://cl.exct.net/?qs=a41e259210af6b9767ff9c3c1465d74ab2e9a0402f72d34f49b26aaa393b8feb803af121f94959d026b59ca97537d3917598f09ac76c67c0" title="Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET" data-linkto="https://" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083"><span style="color:#046498;">Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET</span></a></strong>, providing an overview of important updates to the definition of long term care reporting for COVID-19 vaccines. If you are unable to attend the webinar on March 27, there is an opportunity to register for a second session that will cover the same topics on <strong><a href="https://cl.exct.net/?qs=a41e259210af6b9766d2d93f1b0dd709fab3346b49feef05bea6619149c343ebf56b63d2fae0bb340197a8a8f0cad1f33e30779c1fb0fce0" title="Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET" data-linkto="https://" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083"><span style="color:#046498;">Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. ET</span></a></strong>. Advance registration is required to receive an email confirmation with the webinar details.<br> <br> As <a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Upcoming-Change-to-NHSN-Up-to-Date-Definition-for-LTC-COVID-19-Vaccine-Reporting.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">previously announced</a>, starting Monday, April 1, the criteria for being considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccine reporting will change. These changes are in alignment with the latest recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The adjustment ensures the most effective vaccine protection for residents aged 65 years and older.<br> <br> </span></p><blockquote style="padding-right:0px;padding-left:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:40px;font-size:14.6667px;border:none;"><strong>Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. ET<br></strong><a href="https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN__F98eZSGSReD3vznNL2tzg#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Register in advance for this webinar</a>.<br>Hosted by NHSN</blockquote><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><blockquote style="padding-right:0px;padding-left:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:40px;font-size:14.6667px;border:none;"><strong>Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. ET<br></strong><a href="https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_rjHZrnezSaqzTUzZ0jagxQ#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Register in advance for this webinar</a>.<br>Hosted by NHSN</blockquote><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Questions</strong><div style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong></strong>For faster response times, please use NHSN-ServiceNow portal to submit questions to the NHSN Help Desk. The new portal can be accessed <a href="https://t.emailupdates.cdc.gov/r/?id=h8939affc%2c1b792689%2c1b793288&e=QUNTVHJhY2tpbmdJRD1VU0NEQ18yMTQ0LURNMTI0NjQxJkFDU1RyYWNraW5nTGFiZWw9VXBjb21pbmclMjBOSFNOJTIwVHJhaW5pbmdzJTIwZm9yJTIwTG9uZy10ZXJtJTIwQ2FyZSUyMEZhY2lsaXRpZXMlM0ElMjBDaGFuZ2VzJTIwdG8lMjBEZWZpbml0aW9uJTIwb2YlMjBVcCUyMHRvJTIwRGF0ZSUyMHdpdGglMjBDT1ZJRC0xOSUyMFZhY2NpbmVzJTIw&s=kEbv8PDY6WqIhaCN9qUy255PflLAM443JeJfU90pzjo" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">here</a> and should be used in place of <a href="mailto:%20nhsn@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsn@cdc.gov</a>, <a href="mailto:%20nhsntrain@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsntrain@cdc.gov</a>, and <a href="mailto:%20nhsndua@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsndua@cdc.gov</a>. </div><div style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br></div><div style="font-size:14.6667px;">ServiceNow will help the NHSN team respond to your questions faster. Users will be authenticated using CDC's Secure Access Management Services (SAMS), the same way you access NHSN. If you do not have a SAMS login, or are unable to access ServiceNow, you can still e-mail the NHSN Help Desk at <a href="mailto:%20nhsn@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsn@cdc.gov</a>.<br></div><p><br></p><h3 style="font-weight:bold;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#046498;font-size:20px;line-height:1;"><strong>#GetVaccinated</strong></h3><div style="font-size:14.6667px;">Help Protect Residents and Staff From Respiratory Viruses. Visit <a data-linkto="https://" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.ahcancal.org/Quality/Pages/GetVaccinated.aspx" href="/Quality/Pages/GetVaccinated.aspx" title="GetVaccinated.us" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">GetVaccinated.us</a> to Access AHCA/NCAL Resources and Templates.​<br></div><div style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br></div><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><div style="font-size:14.6667px;"><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><div style="font-size:14.6667px;"><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Upcoming-Webinars---Understanding-Changes-in-COVID-19-Vaccine-Reporting-Starting-April-1/Social%20Graphic%205.png" alt="Social Graphic 5.png" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:262px;" /> </div></blockquote> </div></blockquote><p><br></p>
Upcoming Change to NHSN Up to Date Definition for LTC COVID-19 Vaccine Reportinghttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Upcoming-Change-to-NHSN-Up-to-Date-Definition-for-LTC-COVID-19-Vaccine-Reporting.aspxUpcoming Change to NHSN Up to Date Definition for LTC COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting3/19/2024 4:00:00 AM​​The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is changing the definition of "up to date" for COVID-19 vaccine reporting in long term care (LTC) beginning Quarter 2 of 2024 (week of April 1, 2024). This change, which reflects the <a href="/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/New-COVID-19-Vaccine-Recommendations-for-Older-Adults.aspx" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">latest guidance</a> from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aims to ensure the most effective vaccine protection for individuals, especially those aged 65 years and older.<br><br><strong>Key Points </strong><br><ul><li>The ACIP and CDC provided <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2024/s-0228-covid.html" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">new recommendations</a> of COVID-19 vaccines for individuals aged 65 years and older.   </li><li>Those 65 and older are now considered up to date when they have received 2 doses of the updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine, or 1 dose of the updated vaccine in the past 4 months. For individuals under 65 years, there is no change; they are up to date with 1 dose of the updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine since its approval in September 2023.    </li><li>The updated definition applies to both the NHSN Weekly HCP and Resident Vaccination Forms. </li><li>These changes will be implemented at the beginning of Quarter 2 of 2024 (week of April 1, 2024).   </li></ul><strong>Data Reporting in Quarter 2 of 2024</strong><br><ul><li>Residents and health care personnel aged 65 and older should ONLY be counted as up to date after receiving a second dose of the 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine or if they have received 1 dose in the past 4 months. <br></li><li>Avoid over-reporting:  Residents aged 65 and older who have received only 1 dose of the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine more than 4 months ago should NOT be counted as up to date. <br></li><li>Continue to count residents and health care personnel under 65 as up to date with 1 dose of the updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine.</li></ul><strong>Upcoming Training Webinars</strong><br>The NHSN Vaccination team will host two webinars to detail these changes to the surveillance definition of being up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Both webinars cover the same information. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. <br><br><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><strong>Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. ET<br></strong><a href="https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN__F98eZSGSReD3vznNL2tzg#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Register in advance for this webinar</a>.<br>Hosted by NHSN</blockquote><br><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><strong>Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. ET<br></strong><a href="https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_rjHZrnezSaqzTUzZ0jagxQ#/registration" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">Register in advance for this webinar</a>.<br>Hosted by NHSN</blockquote><br><strong>Questions</strong><div><strong></strong>For faster response times, please use NHSN-ServiceNow portal to submit questions to the NHSN Help Desk. The new portal can be accessed <a href="https://t.emailupdates.cdc.gov/r/?id=h8939affc%2c1b792689%2c1b793288&e=QUNTVHJhY2tpbmdJRD1VU0NEQ18yMTQ0LURNMTI0NjQxJkFDU1RyYWNraW5nTGFiZWw9VXBjb21pbmclMjBOSFNOJTIwVHJhaW5pbmdzJTIwZm9yJTIwTG9uZy10ZXJtJTIwQ2FyZSUyMEZhY2lsaXRpZXMlM0ElMjBDaGFuZ2VzJTIwdG8lMjBEZWZpbml0aW9uJTIwb2YlMjBVcCUyMHRvJTIwRGF0ZSUyMHdpdGglMjBDT1ZJRC0xOSUyMFZhY2NpbmVzJTIw&s=kEbv8PDY6WqIhaCN9qUy255PflLAM443JeJfU90pzjo" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">here</a> and should be used in place of <a href="mailto:%20nhsn@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsn@cdc.gov</a>, <a href="mailto:%20nhsntrain@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsntrain@cdc.gov</a>, and <a href="mailto:%20nhsndua@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsndua@cdc.gov</a>. </div><div><br></div><div>ServiceNow will help the NHSN team respond to your questions faster. Users will be authenticated using CDC's Secure Access Management Services (SAMS), the same way you access NHSN. If you do not have a SAMS login, or are unable to access ServiceNow, you can still e-mail the NHSN Help Desk at <a href="mailto:%20nhsn@cdc.gov" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">nhsn@cdc.gov</a>.<br></div><p>​​​<br></p><h3 style="color:#046498;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:20px;font-weight:bold;line-height:1;"><strong>#GetVaccinated</strong></h3><div>Help Protect Residents and Staff From Respiratory Viruses. Visit <a data-linkto="https://" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.ahcancal.org/Quality/Pages/GetVaccinated.aspx" href="/Quality/Pages/GetVaccinated.aspx" title="GetVaccinated.us" data-feathr-click-track="true" data-feathr-link-aids="60b7cbf17788425491b2d083" target="_blank">GetVaccinated.us</a> to Access AHCA/NCAL Resources and Templates.​<br></div><div><strong>​<br></strong></div><div style="text-align:left;"><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Upcoming-Change-to-NHSN-Up-to-Date-Definition-for-LTC-COVID-19-Vaccine-Reporting/Social%20Graphic%203.png" alt="Social Graphic 3.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br></div><p>​<br></p>