Vaccines

Ask the nursing expert ... about overseeing immunizations

Ask the nursing expert ... about overseeing immunizations

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I am a new assistant director of nursing and my administrator asked me to oversee immunizations. Where do I start?

CMS clarifies rules regarding vaccines, respite care for hospice patients

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has loosened regulatory language regarding which providers can furnish vaccines to hospice patients, and has tightened enforcement of a five-day payment limit for respite care.

C. diff spotlight: Vaccine trial and caregiver checklist

C. diff spotlight: Vaccine trial and caregiver checklist

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Back in June, I declared medication to be the long-term care topic of the summer. But this week, a different topic has stolen the spotlight: Clostridium difficile.

Nursing home group doesn't support mandatory flu vaccines for workers

Nursing home group doesn't support mandatory flu vaccines for workers

The largest nursing home association in the country agrees that influenza vaccine should be offered to all healthcare workers but it stops short of endorsing a recommendation by a federal advisory panel that the vaccinations be mandatory.

Feds spending billions to prepare for more complex flu season

In light of the continued spread of the H1N1 virus and the approaching 2009-2010 flu season, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the allocation of billions of dollars in influenza preparedness funding and additional vaccine purchases.

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