Flu Shot Myths

It is projected that there will be an increased demand for the flu vaccine during the 2020-2021 season.  Since the circulation of COVID-19 there has been a widely recognized importance of the prevention of influenza and getting the flu shot.  This is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to educate and advocate immunization for people of all ages, not just those over 65 years old.  In addition the current outbreak of COVID is being predicted to persist into at least the fall, with health experts concerned over potential overlap with flu season.  For those reasons, here is a list of Flu Shot Myths and the answers/explanations you can use to counsel patients, families and co-workers. MYTH:  It is better to get the flu than to get the flu shot TRUTH: Preventive measures, such as getting the flu shot, carry  much lower risks of harm than infection with the virus itself.  Influenza can result in serious infections for certain people, such as young children, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women and those with medical conditions.  Even in healthy individuals, influenza can lead to serious complications. MYTH: The flu shot will give me the flu TRUTH: Influenza vaccines cannot cause influenza illness.  The vaccine is manufactured from inactivated (killed) virus which is not infectious or from a single gene from the virus that

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Staff Morale Activities in a Pandemic

For any business the backbone of your operation is your staff.  The overall happiness of staff members can improve services, increase client satisfaction and make coming to the job enjoyable.  Before the pandemic there were many ways we let our staff know they are appreciated and helped strengthen the team.  Pot luck lunches, bowling outings, picnics and team building activities have now been cancelled due to the need to socially distance.  Even our monthly staff meetings and training sessions temporarily came to a halt in the first few months, as we learned to navigate and keep everyone safe.  Now our staff meetings are outside or in a large space with masks and distancing – and we keep it short.  Training is videos and surveys sent by text or email for everyone to complete on their own. It is very important to bring back the comradery of the employees and send the message that we want to connect and your hard work is appreciated!    So here are a few ways you can improve staff morale in a pandemic. And please NO MORE ZOOM meetings!  The novelty of seeing others via the internet wore off quickly. Pandemic Staff Activities Hang a banner or poster  Having yard signs made and strategically placing them so your staff is welcomed to work can start the day

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Florida approves use of Institutional Formulary

Effective July 1, 2020 Florida’s nursing homes will be permitted to use and Institutional Formulary for their residents.  The pharmacist may therapeutically substitute drugs in accordance with a formulary established for the facility if the attending physician agrees. A formulary is a continually updated list of medications, that in the judgment of pharmacist and physician can be substituted and are clinically appropriate, safe and cost-effective.    Therapeutic interchanges will allow the pharmacy to automatically substitute medications as per the facilities policy without additional calls to the physician.  When clinically appropriate the interchange of drugs will not only save costs but also be less burdensome for nursing home staff.  Selection of drugs that have less side effects will also be safer for patients. Any prescriber that does not wish to use the facility formulary can prevent a therapeutic substitution for a specific prescription by indicating “No Therapeutic Substitution”.  Partner Care Pharmacy Services promotes the use of institutional formularies and will be participating in our client facilities formulary committees to establish criteria for selecting and evaluating all pharmaceutical products that may be included. Contact your Consultant Pharmacist or Partner Care Pharmacy at 954-453-4990 for more information on how to implement your formulary.        

Navy Corpsman Recognizes Veterans

Florida Health Care Association Chief Lobbyist and Navy senior chief, Bob Asztalos has been visiting nursing centers throughout the state of Florida to present them with medals honoring their service.  The Florida Veterans Foundation has participated in these very special recognitions that honors the service of those who have served our country.   For the oldest vets, who may have served in World War II, the nursing centers are now their home.  Each veteran is honored in a ceremony and presented with a medal for their service. The program began when Florida Health Care noticed the World War II vets were dwindling at their annual Veterans Day breakfast.  “We felt like we needed to recognize those veterans before they are all gone,” Asztalos explained, “but we also discovered Vietnam veterans who have so much conflicting emotions over their service.”  One Vietnam veteran cried in gratitude and said it was the first time a person ever thanked him for his service. For more information on how you can honor your veterans complete the form below.

How to lead a great team

Congratulations on your new job!  Now the adventure begins. When you start a new job one of your first things on the “to do list” is to create a great team.   Becoming the new leader of an existing team can be challenging and involves gaining the respect and trust of those around you.  Trust is the key.  A team is not a group of people that work together, it is a group of people that trust each other.  Before a boss begins telling people what they need to do, the first step needs to be to make a connection with each person so that they want to be part of your team.  Connections with others build trust. Try this exercise.  Meet with each key person on your team and find out what they need to be successful at their job.  Sit down in a neutral, quiet place with no desks between you and ask these three simple questions: What do you like about your job?  What do you dislike about your job? and How can I help you?  As a leader your number one priority should be to make things better for others.  Naturally in long term care that is always the goal with patients, but that extends to staff as well.  Find ways to help others get ahead

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2020 Medicare Update

Medicare Update 2020 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2020 deductibles, coinsurance, and premium rates for beneficiaries covered through the Medicare fee for service program. The 2020 deductible, coinsurance and base premium rates are: 2020 Part A – Hospital insurance Deductible: $1,408.00 Coinsurance • $352.00 a day for 61st-90th day • $704.00 a day for 91st-150th day (lifetime reserve days) • $176.00 a day for 21st-100th day (skilled nursing facility coinsurance) 2020 Part B – Supplementary medical insurance (SMI) Under Part B of the Medicare supplementary medical insurance (SMI) program, enrollees are subject to a monthly premium. Most SMI services are subject to an annual deductible and coinsurance (percent of costs that the enrollee must pay), which are set by statute. Standard premium: $144.60 a month Deductible: $198.00 a year Coinsurance: 20% The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has set the Part A deductible, for hospital stays, at $1,364 for 2019. The coinsurance per day in the hospital for 2019 is $341 from the 61st day until the 90th day. Part B deductible, for doctor and lab tests, is $185. Medicare Part B covers one flu shot per season, with no copay or deductible. For Skilled Nursing Facility stays, the coinsurance is $170.50 per day for days 21 to 100. This information is for Medicare,

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