New CMS Audio Series Delves into Health Care Quality

Thank you for your continued partnership in improving the health and well-being of one of our most vulnerable populations.

In line with our efforts to promote COVID vaccinations to nursing home teams and residents, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new audio series. Conversations with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chief Medical Officer provides nursing homes with the facts on COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics that support better resident outcomes. In these conversations with Dr. Lee Fleisher, the CMS CMO, nursing home leaders will hear from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts.

As part of this audio series, titled Quality Improvement (QI) Voices: Improving COVID-19 Outcomes in Nursing Homes Across America, each episode gives listeners a closer look at the projects and the people who are improving health care quality and outcomes. These brief conversations include detailed show notes for even more insights into the process behind health care quality improvement – and how listeners might adapt these to their own organizations.

Three episodes, each under 15 minutes long, have been released: The Facts Behind the Updated COVID-19 Vaccine: Safety and Efficacy, Long-term Care Treatment Options for COVID-19 and CDC Programs for COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Vaccination in Nursing Homes. I encourage you to take full advantage of this cadre of information and resources.