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Health Update: January 31, 2014 Influenza in Missouri

Health Alerts, Advisories and Updates

Health Update:  January 31, 2014

SUBJECT: Influenza in Missouri, 2013-2014

On December 26, 2013, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued a Health Advisory containing information on the current influenza season as well as recommendations on diagnostic testing and the use of antiviral drugs (http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/pdf/HAd122613.pdf).

This Health Update summarizes influenza activity in Missouri through late January, and provides information on how medical providers and facilities can access DHSS’ Weekly Influenza Report.  Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates are available on the DHSS website.  For the most current information, please visit: http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/index.php.

Ensure Your Local EMD has a Copy of Your Home’s Current Emergency Plan

Missouri has experienced extreme weather conditions this winter, and there is a chance of more inclement weather in the forecast.  The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation would like to remind you there are emergency preparedness representatives in your community to help you with emergency planning and are there to help in the event of a disaster.

You can find your local emergency management director (EMD) on the State Emergency Management Agency’s (SEMA) website at www.sema.dps.mo.gov.  Scroll down to Contact Your Local Emergency Management Agency and choose your county.

State regulations require all long-term care homes to provide a copy of their emergency plan to their local EMD.  Please reference the following regulations:

19 CSR 30-85.022 (33) and 19 CSR 30-86.022 (5)(A) All facilities shall have a written plan to meet potential emergencies or disasters and shall request consultation and assistance annually from a local fire unit for review of fire and evacuation plans.  If the consultation cannot be obtained, the facility shall inform the state fire marshal in writing and request assistance in review of the plan.  An up-to-date copy of the facility’s entire plan shall be provided to the local jurisdiction’s emergency management director.

For additional information regarding emergency preparedness, please contact Melissa Hope, Planner II, Division of Regulation and Licensure at melissa.hope@health.mo.gov.

Resources are also available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website, http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3/adultcare.php.

Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report – Fourth Quarter 2013

Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here:  Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Fourth Quarter 2013

MDS and Flu Season

CMS posts the public Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare, and consumers are able to view the percentage data that your nursing home offered and administered the flu vaccine during the current or most recent influenza season.

The 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) manual does not provide specific dates for influenza season.  This has prompted Missouri facilities to ask what dates are considered the influenza season in Missouri, in order to correctly code the MDS, which will be reflected in their Quality Measures.  Seasonal flu monitoring and reporting to the CDC in Missouri begins in early October and extends well in to the month of May.

For MDS coding purposes, if the resident is not in the facility between October 1 and May 31, you should code in Section O:  “Resident not in facility during this year’s flu season.”  For residents who are in the facility from October 1 through the last week of May, the facility is required to offer the flu vaccine as long as it is “reasonably available,” which means that it is still available to be ordered from your local pharmacy or supplier.

If you have any questions, you may contact Joan Brundick, State RAI Coordinator, at 573-751-6308 or email joan.brundick@health.mo.gov.

Health Advisory: pH1N1 Influenza

Health Advisory:  Pandemic pH1N1 Virus-Associated Illnesses and the Influenza Season in Missouri (12.26.13)

CDC Health Advisory:  Notice to Clinicians: Early Reports of pH1N1-Associated Illnesses for the 2013-14 Influenza Season (12.24.13)

Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates are available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website.  For the most current information, please visit: http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/index.php.