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New pneumococcal vaccine tracking requirement

Ruben Nazario, MDRuben J. Nazario, MD, MA, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist

In 2003, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission (TJC) teamed up to create the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures, a common set of quality measures that both organizations would follow to verify hospitals’ efforts in meeting metrics related to the care of specific diagnoses. In general, these metrics focused on adult conditions, such as acute myocardial infarction and heart failure.

One of these metrics was pneumonia, and in particular pneumococcal (PPV23) and influenza vaccination in patients 65 and older. But this year, CMS/TJC announced an expansion of this metric that will include some of our pediatric patients.

As a result of this new tracking requirement, in January of 2012 we will begin gathering information on pneumococcal vaccine screening and vaccination rates in hospitalized children six years old and above with certain high-risk conditions, including diabetes, nephritic syndrome, ESRD, CHF, COPD, HIV or asplenia; and on influenza vaccine screening and vaccination rates in acutely hospitalized inpatients six months and older discharged between October and March.

Grant received for low-cost health insurance initiative

In July, the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) announced a $121,000 grant to Inova’s Partnership for Healthier Kids for the implementation of Project Connect, VHCF’s children’s health insurance enrollment initiative.

The project aims to increase enrollment into FAMIS, Virginia’s federal/state program that provides low-cost health insurance for children in families that earn too much for FAMIS Plus (Medicaid) but do not have private health insurance.

Lecture series followup: Congenital Heart Disease (focus on Maternal Fetal Medicine)

In September, more than 100 pediatricians, pediatric cardiologists, high-risk OB/GYNs, neonatologists, radiologists and other clinical providers attended the 3rd Annual Stephen R. Shapiro, MD Lecture Series, “Congenital Heart Disease: Maternal Fetal Medicine.”

Experts from around the nation came to Inova Fairfax Hospital to discuss the latest research, therapies and treatments for complex congenital heart disease with a focus on maternal fetal medicine. The conference was made possible by the Shapiro Heart Education Fund, established by a grateful family to honor Dr. Shapiro’s legacy and commitment to helping children with heart issues.

Mohsen Ziai Pediatric Conference held November 4-5

Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children held its annual Mohsen Ziai Pediatric CME Conference at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner. The agenda included lectures on food allergies, headaches, developmental pediatrics, rheumatology, and other topics relevant to pediatricians and health providers who care for children.

The conference is named for Mohsen Ziai, MD, long-time Chairman of Pediatrics at Inova Fairfax Hospital and tireless advocate for child health in the community.

Russell C. Libby begins MSV role

Russell C. Libby, M.D., F.A.A.P. was installed as president-elect of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) during the organization's annual meeting at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia on Oct. 30. Dr. Libby serves as chief of the general medicine section of Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.

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