Tag: CDC

CDC releases guidance on coding for health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, vaping

Coders now have guidance for health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, vaping or product use associated lung injury (EVALI). The guidance, released October 17 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is consistent with current clinical knowledge about e-cigarette or vaping-related disorders, according to the CDC. This guidance is intended to […]

CDC releases fact sheets to help discuss pain management, risks of opioids

Four new fact sheets have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to aid a discussion between patients and providers about pain management options and possible risks of opioid medication. The fact sheets are designed to help providers talk with patients about acute pain, chronic pain, prescription opioids and reducing risk […]

Breaking News: CDC releases final list of 2019 ICD-10-CM codes

Brought to you by Home Health Line. Providers will have a total of 473 code changes beginning Oct. 1, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes and 51 deactivated codes, according to the final list of changes issued June 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of the new codes added […]

CMS and CDC collaborating on free training course for infection preventionist

In a memo addressed to State Survey Agency Directors on March 16, CMS announced their collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create an online training course in infection control and prevention for long-term care staff. This free course will be available in Spring 2019 and is intended to provide specialized training in […]

Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will […]

CDC invests more than $200 million to help states respond to infectious disease threats

$77 million dedicated to combat existing and emerging antibiotic resistance The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement to help states, cities, counties, and territories prevent, detect, respond to, and control the growing threats posed by emerging and […]

Flu vaccine not as effective for seniors last winter compared to the young

Data show that the flu vaccine did a poor job of protecting older adults, ages 65 and older, from the illness last winter. Results were presented by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—a group of health experts that provide recommendations regarding the use of vaccines in the United States—and showed that the vaccine was only […]

Legionnaires’ disease more common in healthcare facilities: How to address the issue

Legionnaires’ disease (LD) is a serious, often deadly lung infection that causes pneumonia and is more common in people being treated in healthcare facilities¾including long-term care facilities and hospitals¾due to conditions that put them at greater risk of getting sick and dying from the infection, reports the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC also […]

CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim guidance for managing occupational exposures to the Zika virus for healthcare personnel. The guidance is for facilities to determine when healthcare personnel should be tested for ZIka virus infection following an exposure and includes recommendations for post-exposure management. Zika virus has been detected by […]