COVID-19 News & Updates


Please find the COVID-19 updates and educational opportunities, offered in January 2021, listed below.

Updates for Patients
Educational Opportunities for Patients

Updates for Staff
Educational Opportunites for Staff

COVID-19 Updates

For Patients
January 25, 2021 Where to Register for COVID-19 Vaccinations by State (within Network 5)
 
Please click the link for your area for more information on their vaccination response, current state vaccination phase and definition, and to register for to receive the vaccine:
 
District of Columbia - https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc
Maryland - https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine
Virginia - https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
West Virginia - https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx
REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:

New Telehealth Resources

https://telehealth.hhs.gov/ - For health care providers and patients!

  • Healthcare providers can find everything they need to know about telehealth, including policy and reimbursement updates, "how to" information, and implementation resources.
  • Patients can find tips and information about the types of services they can receive via telehealth and what to expect during a virtual (telehealth) visit.

https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth - The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), of the Health Resources & Services Administration Resources (HRSA) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services, in rural areas.

CDC Releases New Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released 2 new COVID-19 resources for patients:   

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources

 
January 18, 2021
 

New Telehealth Resources

https://telehealth.hhs.gov/ - For health care providers and patients!

  • Healthcare providers can find everything they need to know about telehealth, including policy and reimbursement updates, "how to" information, and implementation resources.
  • Patients can find tips and information about the types of services they can receive via telehealth and what to expect during a virtual (telehealth) visit.

https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth - The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), of the Health Resources & Services Administration Resources (HRSA) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services, in rural areas.

REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:

CDC Releases New Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released 2 new COVID-19 resources for patients:   

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources

 
January 11, 2021

CDC Releases New Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released 2 new COVID-19 resources for patients:   

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources

REMINDERS FOR PATIENTS:

“Stay Strong”:  A Message FROM Kidney Patients TO Kidney Patients

The Forum of ESRD Networks' Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) has developed a poster to encourage fellow patients to stay strong and continue to be diligent about using COVID-19 safety precautions.  As patients themselves, understanding the challenges patients have faced in 2020, they wish to send an encouraging message to stay safe and healthy. 

 
January 4, 2021

Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

“Stay Strong”:  A Message FROM Kidney Patients TO Kidney Patients

The Forum of ESRD Networks' Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) has developed a poster to encourage fellow patients to stay strong and continue to be diligent about using COVID-19 safety precautions.  As patients themselves, understanding the challenges patients have faced in 2020, they wish to send an encouraging message to stay safe and healthy. 

CMS OMH Releases New Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s (CMS OMH) initiative From Coverage to Care (C2C) has released 2 new virtually-based COVID-19 resources for patients:   

  • Coronavirus and Your Health Coverage: Get the Basics
  • Stay Safe: Getting the Care You Need, at Home (including information about coverage plans)

Both resources are available 8 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

In addition to providing these resources, C2C also has translated shareable graphics in these same 8 languages, available to post on your digital channels to help spread the word about available COVID-19 resources in an effort to help everyone remain healthy during this public health emergency.

Access New Translated Resources & Graphics

 

 

For Staff
January 25, 2021 Where to Register for COVID-19 Vaccinations by State (within Network 5)
 
Please click the link for your area for more information on their vaccination response, current state vaccination phase and definition, and to register for to receive the vaccine:
 
District of Columbia - https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc
Maryland - https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine
Virginia - https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/
West Virginia - https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx
REMINDERS FOR STAFF:

New Telehealth Resources

https://telehealth.hhs.gov/ - For health care providers and patients!

  • Healthcare providers can find everything they need to know about telehealth, including policy and reimbursement updates, "how to" information, and implementation resources.
  • Patients can find tips and information about the types of services they can receive via telehealth and what to expect during a virtual (telehealth) visit.

https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth - The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), of the Health Resources & Services Administration Resources (HRSA) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services, in rural areas.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

It is still Influenza Season: Engagement Resources Available
While COVID-19 seems to be our top priority, please be reminded, we are also still facing the current 2020-2021 flu season.  There are a number of resources are available to share with staff and patients to encourage vaccination during this unique time.

REMINDER: NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET

 
January 18, 2021

New Telehealth Resources

https://telehealth.hhs.gov/ - For health care providers and patients!

  • Healthcare providers can find everything they need to know about telehealth, including policy and reimbursement updates, "how to" information, and implementation resources.
  • Patients can find tips and information about the types of services they can receive via telehealth and what to expect during a virtual (telehealth) visit.

https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth - The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), of the Health Resources & Services Administration Resources (HRSA) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services, in rural areas.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

CDC COVID-19 U.S. Vaccination Tracker - This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage includes maps, charts, data collected by the CDC, and breaks down vaccinations administered by states and federal entities.

CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit – This comprehensive guide for the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program shares best practices for vaccine storage and handling from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP’s) recommendations, product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies. 

Strategies for Optimizing PPE During Shortages – This quick-reference summarizes the CDC’s strategies to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies in healthcare settings and provides links to the CDC’s guidance documents on optimizing supplies.

REMINDERS FOR STAFF:

CDC Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Resources 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recent COVID-19 vaccine webinar resources:

The Maryland Department of Health Allocates COVID-19 Vaccine for Baltimore City’s Healthcare Providers
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) as mandated by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is responsible for vaccinating “any healthcare provider licensed, registered, or certified by a Maryland health occupation board or the Maryland Department of Health,” under a January 2, 2021 communicated directive from by Mr. Bryan Mroz, Acting Assistant Secretary, MDH.  Baltimore City is committed to ensuring that we offer any and all healthcare providers that work and/or live in Baltimore City the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please contact Kendra McDow, Chief Medical Officer at BCHD with any questions, to sign-up for direct communications, or for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine accessibility and vaccination initiative.
It is still Influenza Season: Engagement Resources Available
While COVID-19 seems to be our top priority, please be reminded, we are also still facing the current 2020-2021 flu season.  There are a number of resources are available to share with staff and patients to encourage vaccination during this unique time.

REMINDER: NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET

 
January 11, 2021

CDC Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Resources 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recent COVID-19 vaccine webinar resources:

REMINDERS FOR STAFF:
The Maryland Department of Health Allocates COVID-19 Vaccine for Baltimore City’s Healthcare Providers
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) as mandated by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is responsible for vaccinating “any healthcare provider licensed, registered, or certified by a Maryland health occupation board or the Maryland Department of Health,” under a January 2, 2021 communicated directive from by Mr. Bryan Mroz, Acting Assistant Secretary, MDH.  Baltimore City is committed to ensuring that we offer any and all healthcare providers that work and/or live in Baltimore City the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please contact Kendra McDow, Chief Medical Officer at BCHD with any questions, to sign-up for direct communications, or for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine accessibility and vaccination initiative.
It is still Influenza Season: Engagement Resources Available
While COVID-19 seems to be our top priority, please be reminded, we are also still facing the current 2020-2021 flu season.  There are a number of resources are available to share with staff and patients to encourage vaccination during this unique time.

REMINDER: NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET

 
January 4, 2021 Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Wishes Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!

“Stay Strong”:  A Message FROM Kidney Patients TO Kidney Patients

The Forum of ESRD Networks' Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) has developed a poster to encourage fellow patients to stay strong and continue to be diligent about using COVID-19 safety precautions.  As patients themselves, understanding the challenges patients have faced in 2020, they wish to send an encouraging message to stay safe and healthy. 

CMS OMH Releases New Multi-lingual COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s (CMS OMH) initiative From Coverage to Care (C2C) has released 2 new virtually-based COVID-19 resources for patients:   

  • Coronavirus and Your Health Coverage: Get the Basics
  • Stay Safe: Getting the Care You Need, at Home (including information about coverage plans)

Both resources are available 8 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

In addition to providing these resources, C2C also has translated shareable graphics in these same 8 languages, available to post on your digital channels to help spread the word about available COVID-19 resources in an effort to help everyone remain healthy during this public health emergency.

Access New Translated Resources & Graphics

CDC Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Resources 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recent COVID-19 vaccine webinar resources:

The Maryland Department of Health Allocates COVID-19 Vaccine for Baltimore City’s Healthcare Providers
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) as mandated by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is responsible for vaccinating “any healthcare provider licensed, registered, or certified by a Maryland health occupation board or the Maryland Department of Health,” under a January 2, 2021 communicated directive from by Mr. Bryan Mroz, Acting Assistant Secretary, MDH.  Baltimore City is committed to ensuring that we offer any and all healthcare providers that work and/or live in Baltimore City the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Please contact Kendra McDow, Chief Medical Officer at BCHD with any questions, to sign-up for direct communications, or for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine accessibility and vaccination initiative.

REMINDER: NHSN COVID-19 REPORTING DATA DUE EACH WEEK ON WEDNESDAY BY 2:00 PM. ET

 


COVID-19 Educational Opportunities

For Patients
January 25, 2021
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Understanding the Role of Network Patient Services During COVID-19 (Patient Event)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
January 18, 2021 CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Should Patients with Chronic Renal Disease Get the Vaccine Against COVID?  (Patient Event)
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
January 11, 2021
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Should Patients with Chronic Renal Disease Get the Vaccine Against COVID?  (Patient Event)
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 
January 4, 2021 CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Living in a COVID-19 Environment: Mental Health Support for Kidney Disease Patients & Caregivers  (Patient Event)
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 | 4:00 PM ET
Register
 

 

For Staff
January 25, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
Monday, January 25, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET

Register

C
OVID-19 Critical Care Rounds
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Outpatient Therapeutics Mini-Series
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

National COVID-19 Grand Rounds: Emergency Department
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.

ESRD NCC Webinar Event
Peer Mentoring Orientation for Dialysis Facilities (Provider Event)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
The mRNA COVID Vaccines and Healthcare Workers (Provider Event)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
January 18, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

Critical Care: Prolonged Ventilation Management in the ED
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Emergency Department: Patient Care and Clinical Operations
Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue (Provider Event)
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
Looking ahead:
ESRD NCC Webinar Event
Peer Mentoring Orientation for Dialysis Facilities (Provider Event)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register

CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
The mRNA COVID Vaccines and Healthcare Workers (Provider Event)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
January 11, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds
 
Critical Care: Crisis Care
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

 

HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Outpatient Therapeutics Mini-Series
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

 

Emergency Department: Rural/Frontier Vaccinations
Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue (Provider Event)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
Looking ahead:
ESRD NCC Webinar Event
Peer Mentoring Orientation for Dialysis Facilities (Provider Event)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 
January 4, 2021 HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Rounds

EMS Medical Director Perspectives
Monday, January 4, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Update on Critical Care Challenges and Successes
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Outpatient Therapeutics Mini-Series
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register

Emergency Department: Update on Emergency Physicians
Thursday, January 7, 2021 | 12:00 PM ET
Register
 
If you miss a HHS/ASPR COVID-19 Clinical Round session, recordings of past events are available online.
Looking ahead:
CMS COVID-19 Quickinar Event
Recognizing and Managing Compassion Fatigue (Provider Event)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
Register
 

 

Past Updates and Opportunities