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The current MCIT/R&N final rule solely relates to ventolin spray price coverage of certain devices under Medicare. It does not establish a benefit category determination (BCD), medical coding, nor payment rates for any devices. While we recognize that some commenters support a different policy that would address benefit category determinations, coding, and payment, in addition to coverage, the MCIT/R&N final rule was not designed to address factors beyond Medicare coverage. Further, while the rule eliminates coverage uncertainty early after FDA ventolin spray price market authorization for those devices with a clear benefit category, the rule did not directly address the operational issues, such as how the agency would establish coding and payment.

Comment. Several individual physicians and members of the public submitted comments supporting implementation of the MCIT/R&N final rule given the promise of breakthrough devices for their specialties or disease states of concern. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ventolin spray price (COPD), prostate care, heart failure, stroke, opioid use disorder, oncology, and sleep disorders. On the other hand, some commenters suggested that the final MCIT/R&N rule provided automatic coverage for breakthrough devices without adequate evidentiary support.

Response. We are aware that breakthrough devices span numerous clinical specialties ventolin spray price. We note that MCIT would be one of several coverage pathways (that is, claim-by-claim adjudication, local coverage, National Coverage Determination (NCD)) for breakthrough devices. Even without the MCIT/R&N final rule in effect, a review of claims data showed that breakthrough devices have received and are receiving Medicare coverage when medically Start Printed Page 26850necessary.

CMS reviewed fee-for-service claims data for ventolin spray price several recent market-authorized breakthrough devices. The majority of the FDA market authorized breakthrough devices that would have been eligible for the MCIT pathway were already paid through an existing mechanism or were predominantly directed to a pediatric population. Of those that would be separately payable by Medicare on a claim-by-claim basis, the reviewed devices, were covered and paid under the applicable Medicare payment system. Regarding commenters' concerns about automatic coverage without evidentiary support, we share commenters' concerns that guaranteeing coverage for all breakthrough devices receiving market-authorization for any Medicare patient with possibly minimal or no evidence on the Medicare population and no requirement to develop evidence on the Medicare ventolin spray price population could be problematic in ensuring these devices are demonstrating value and do not have additional risks for Medicare beneficiaries.

For example, a breakthrough device may only be beneficial in a subset of the Medicare population or when used only by specialized clinicians to ensure benefit. Without additional clinical evidence on the device's clinical utility for the Medicare population, it is challenging to determine appropriate coverage of these newly market-authorized devices. Comment ventolin spray price. Multiple stakeholders (manufacturers, physicians, associations) commented that CMS should modify the MCIT policy in some way.

A substantial number of comments from a variety of stakeholders expressed evidentiary concerns with MCIT as currently designed, including that the current MCIT/R&N final rule's pathway establishes an open-ended coverage commitment for all breakthrough devices without demonstrating a health benefit in the Medicare population. Additionally, commenters were concerned that the current MCIT/R&N final rule does not specify, nor can it require, coverage criteria beyond the FDA indication(s) for use, and that evidence development under MCIT is voluntary, and ventolin spray price narrowing coverage after MCIT expires will be challenging for devices that do not have a documented, proven benefit for Medicare patients. Many of these stakeholders recommend that CMS leverage or broaden the existing coverage with evidence development (CED) pathway to provide more timely and appropriate access to new technologies. These commenters encouraged CMS to require post market studies and data collection as part of MCIT to ensure that beneficiaries are gaining access to new technologies that improve health outcomes.

Several breakthrough device manufacturers suggested that, for inclusion in MCIT, a portion of FDA pivotal studies ventolin spray price should include a portion of Medicare beneficiaries. One breakthrough device manufacturer suggested that 25 percent of patients in the pivotal study should be Medicare beneficiaries for MCIT. Otherwise, CED would be more appropriate. Response ventolin spray price.

We agree that for breakthrough devices for which studies did not include Medicare populations or populations with characteristics similar to the Medicare population CED or a similar evidence development process would strengthen the evidence base relevant to Medicare patients. In past NCDs, we have leveraged FDA required post-market studies in CED decisions. In contrast to the NCD process which involves a robust review of available clinical evidence, especially for the Medicare population, to determine whether the item or service is reasonable and necessary for Medicare beneficiaries, the current MCIT pathway in the MCIT/R&N final rule establishes a 4-year coverage commitment for all breakthrough devices that have a benefit category without a specific requirement ventolin spray price that the device must demonstrate a health benefit or that the benefits outweigh harms in the Medicare population. In general, Medicare patients have more comorbidities and often require additional and higher acuity clinical treatments which may impact the outcomes differently than the usual patients enrolled in early studies.

Medicare has also focused on real world data or implementation studies to understand how items and services perform when more broadly used in general practice in the Medicare population. These considerations are often not addressed in the early device ventolin spray price development process. We also note that FDA grants breakthrough designation early in a device's product lifecycle. In part, the FDA considers “whether there is a reasonable expectation that a device could provide for more effective treatment or diagnosis relative to the current standard of care (SOC) in the U.S.

A complete set of clinical data is not required for designation.” [] At the time a device is granted breakthrough status by the FDA, little may be known about ventolin spray price the benefits and harms of the device. We recognize the importance of breakthrough technologies that provide for more effective treatment of life-threatening and irreversibly debilitating diseases and conditions when no effective treatment exists. In cases where there is greater uncertainty surrounding the benefit-risk profile of a breakthrough device, some commenters have suggested that more relevant evidence is needed for Medicare patients to determine health benefit, to mitigate harms that may not be apparent in initial studies with small sample sizes, and to understand the balance of benefits and harms when breakthrough devices are used more broadly in Medicare patients. The additional delay announced in this rule will ventolin spray price provide an opportunity to ensure that the objections to the rule are adequately considered.

We will consider ways to diminish uncertainty with respect to Medicare coverage by building upon the evidence foundation established during the market authorization process or combining that evidence with other approaches like CED to expedite coverage in appropriate instances. For CMS, the evidence base underlying the FDA's decision to approve or clear a device for particular indications for use has been crucial for determining Medicare coverage through the NCD process. CMS looks to the evidence supporting FDA market authorization and the device indications for use for evidence generalizable to the ventolin spray price Medicare population, data on improvement in health outcomes, and durability of those outcomes. If there are no data on those elements, it is difficult for CMS to make an evidence-based decision whether the device is reasonable and necessary for the Medicare population.

The current MCIT/R&N final rule does not specify any coverage criteria beyond the FDA indication(s) for use for which FDA has approved or cleared the device. The current final ventolin spray price rule would provide coverage when a device is used according to approved or cleared indication(s) for use. A device's approved or cleared indications for use may not include information that is important or particularly relevant for Medicare patients and clinicians when making treatment decisions. With breakthrough devices, as mentioned by some commenters, the patients included in device studies generally are not Medicare beneficiaries who often have multiple comorbidities and higher acuity of illness.

The data used to determine ventolin spray price whether a device meets applicable FDA safety Start Printed Page 26851and effectiveness requirements for its approved or cleared indication(s) for use may not be able to answer questions such as the following. Does the benefit differ for older and/or frailer patients with specific comorbidities?. Are clinician experience or facility requirements needed to ensure good health outcomes or to prevent certain harms in those patients?. These guidelines and recommendations have often been part of NCDs, but ventolin spray price were not included in the MCIT policy.

When making NCDs, CMS sometimes develops clinician and institutional requirements after careful review of expert physicians' specialty society guidelines and clinical study results. Additional rulemaking may provide a further opportunity for the public to opine on whether these types of restrictions are needed when covering breakthrough devices. Comment ventolin spray price. Manufacturers acknowledged the need to develop evidence to achieve long-term coverage, and many indicated their intent to develop real world evidence (RWE).

Some stated that MCIT would incentivize manufacturers to develop RWE following market authorization and sought guidance from CMS on desired elements. Response ventolin spray price. Whether evidence development is voluntary or required for coverage, we value manufacturer, CMS, and FDA coordination on RWE development for coverage and/or post-market studies. Establishing the RWE guidance sought by manufacturers and some physicians would be beneficial and that further stakeholder engagement would best inform the guidance.

CMS has multiple pathways to facilitate engagement such as the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) ventolin spray price and the public input process through the Federal Register. We are also receptive to informal engagement with stakeholders, including with manufacturers who pursue this evidence development approach. We are aware that best practices for RWE generation are in development by some stakeholders. However, when a device receives breakthrough designation by the FDA, there is currently ventolin spray price no clinical study requirement for market-authorization that Medicare patients must be included.

Without relevant Medicare data, including RWE, under the MCIT/R&N final rule, CMS may be covering devices with no data demonstrating that Medicare patients will not be harmed or will benefit from the device. Currently, when CMS sees a trend indicative of a potentially harmful device, we are sometimes able to deny coverage through Medicare Administrative Contractors. Under the MCIT/R&N final rule, this authority has been removed as ventolin spray price we may only remove a breakthrough device from the MCIT coverage pathway for limited reasons, including if FDA issues a safety communication, warning letter, or removes the device from the market. Further, under the current final rule, if CMS is seeing a trend of higher risk specifically in the Medicare population, CMS' authority with respect to coverage for Medicare determinations is limited without an FDA action, which would not just take the Medicare population experience into account.

That is, the FDA's review of devices is for the entirety of the intended patient population rather than within the narrower Medicare population. Comment ventolin spray price. Some stakeholders continued to express concern that reliance on breakthrough designation ceded decision-making authority on what is reasonable and necessary for Medicare patients to an FDA decision very early in the product lifecycle. A number of physician commenters with experience in clinical evidence noted a number of compelling evidentiary concerns, including their assertion that the MCIT policy is flawed because of a lack of evidence that breakthroughs benefit Medicare beneficiaries.

One manufacturer suggested that pivotal studies should have to demonstrate patient benefit in the Medicare population ventolin spray price in order to obtain MCIT coverage. Response. The FDA criteria to determine whether a device is designated as a breakthrough is different from the criteria and evidence CMS reviews to determine appropriateness for the Medicare population. The FDA ventolin spray price does not routinely require data on Medicare patients.

The relevant data is key for Medicare national coverage decision-making to ensure that Medicare is paying for devices that are beneficial to Medicare patients. While the goal of the MCIT/R&N final rule was to expedite coverage to speed access to innovative treatments, the immediacy of coverage must be balanced with ensuring that the Medicare program is covering appropriate devices for the Medicare population. Without any data or minimal ventolin spray price clinical data to make this determination, it is challenging to ensure that breakthrough devices are beneficial to the Medicare population. We will further consider public comments seeking modifications to MCIT that might allow for expedited coverage while seeking to ensure devices are safe for Medicare patients even when those breakthrough devices do not have an evidence base that is generalizable to Medicare beneficiaries.

Comment. Medical specialty societies also sought modifications to the MCIT/R&N ventolin spray price final rule regarding evidence development, specifically the addition of RWE requirements and a clarification of CMS' CED authorities. Commenters specifically recommended post market studies, data collection, and recommended CED as a potential pathway to address uncertainty in health outcomes. In lieu of MCIT, commenters recommended using the Parallel Review program for devices with a broad evidence base and a CED for devices with a developing evidence base.

Response ventolin spray price. We appreciate these comments and refer to our earlier responses addressing similar issues regarding evidence development and RWE-related comments. CED has been utilized for many years to allow beneficiary access while simultaneously fostering evidence development. The public comments suggest there ventolin spray price is an interest in additional guidance on CED.

Knowing where there are gaps in clinical evidence for a device or type of devices is a preliminary question asked and researched by CMS and FDA. This gap analysis with respect to the Medicare reasonable and necessary criteria is a precursor to CED parameters for a given item or service. We are aware that manufacturers are interested in more input from CMS on what evidence needs to be developed for coverage, including a discussion of the ventolin spray price gap analysis. Based on the comments from manufacturers that indicated they were already developing or would develop evidence following market authorization, we believe there is also interest in coordination with CMS to create an evidence development plan that is fit-for-purpose in line with manufacturer coverage goals to ensure that Medicare patients are protected.

Comment. Several health plans participating in Medicare Advantage (MA) and their advocacy associations submitted comments that raised concerns ventolin spray price with the MCIT/R&N final rule. Associations specifically indicated that the final rule should be rescinded and not implemented. In general, they recommend post market data collection and use of existing coverage pathways.

One health plan noted several concerns for the MA plans if the MCIT/R&N final rule is implemented specific to bids and plan payment ventolin spray price rates and related downstream effects for beneficiaries such as increased out of pocket costs, fewer benefits, and perhaps even fewer plan offerings.Start Printed Page 26852 Response. There is not a substantive discussion on how the MCIT pathway would affect MA plans in the MCIT/R&N final rule. Under current law, MA plans are required to offer coverage of reasonable and necessary items and services covered under part A and part B on terms at least as favorable as those adopted by fee for service Medicare. CMS did not fully consider ventolin spray price the MA effects in the MCIT/R&N final rule.

Specifically, the cost implications for MA plans of blanket national coverage and all of the associated costs to the breakthrough device was not fully explored. For example, if a breakthrough device was implanted, Medicare would pay not just for the device, but also for the reasonable and necessary procedures and related care and services such as the surgery, and related visits to prepare for surgery and follow up. These non-device ventolin spray price costs were not considered in the regulatory impact analysis (RIA). Comment.

Some commenters noted that the MCIT/R&N final rule could potentially lead to increased fraud, waste and abuse. A commenter noted ventolin spray price that, under the final rule, the current MCIT construct offering guaranteed Medicare payment for 3 to 4 years with broad-based coverage criteria and minimal limitations for a massive patient population is a strong scenario for fraud. Response. We believe the commenters are suggesting that the expanded coverage may encourage greater use of these devices than they believe is warranted.

Because these determinations would depend on specific facts, CMS would follow its normal process in the event there was a concern of fraud ventolin spray price or abuse. Comment. Another stakeholder raised concerns that the MCIT/R&N final rule as currently constructed only considers industry's perspective and does not take into account physician and patient perspectives. They further noted that for MCIT there is no established mechanism in place for those stakeholders to provide comments regarding their concerns ventolin spray price about using these technologies on the Medicare population.

To that end, they claim that the current MCIT/R&N final rule lacks the transparency and accountability found in the existing NCD and LCD processes. Response. We appreciate ventolin spray price these comments. We acknowledge that the MCIT/R&N final rule as currently designed does not provide the same level of opportunities for public participation as stakeholders have become accustomed to with the established NCD and LCD processes where, for each item or service considered for coverage, stakeholders have an opportunity to comment.

Comment. Regarding operational issues for ventolin spray price MCIT, manufacturers commented that the existing processes in place for BCD, coding, and payment should work for MCIT, and that early coordination with CMS shortly after breakthrough designation should allow for time for these processes to play out. Commenters, including several manufacturers, recommended that CMS establish provisional codes and payment for breakthrough devices as part of the MCIT pathway to ensure availability of codes and payment at the time of FDA approval. They also recommended that CMS formalize an operational framework with a predictable timeline to conduct evidence reviews, develop benefit category determinations, codes, and payment.

Response ventolin spray price. We will take these suggestions under consideration for future rulemaking. Comment. Commenters indicated that the newly public information about the volume increase in the Breakthrough Device volume [] was not a concern and ventolin spray price that it should not impede implementation of the MCIT/R&N final rule.

Others stated that the RIA was sufficient because not all devices designated as breakthrough would ultimately achieve market authorization after the 4-year period. Still others believed the RIA was insufficient because they believe there would be more breakthrough devices market authorized than included in the estimate. In light of the increase in volume, a commenter suggested considering mechanisms, such as establishing user fees, to increase resources through dedicated appropriation ventolin spray price or other mechanisms. Response.

We must take into consideration the number of possible devices that will be approved through the MCIT pathway. Further, under the MCIT/R&N final rule any breakthrough device that receives FDA market-authorization is potentially covered for any ventolin spray price Medicare patient without evidence of its benefit generated in the Medicare population. Beyond limits in the indications for use for which FDA approves or clears a device, CMS does not have the authority under the finalized MCIT policy to further define clinical parameters to narrow or expand national coverage. In addition, all related care and services associated with the device are covered which could include additional visits and maintenance of the device.

CMS did not ventolin spray price factor these costs in the RIA. This analysis has an impact on ensuring there are sufficient resources for the program to run efficiently. As with any program, sufficient resources are key to efficient and timely operations. Comment ventolin spray price.

Most manufacturers commented that the patient protections in place in the final rule, specifically the reliance on FDA safety and efficacy requirements to grant coverage to breakthrough devices under MCIT, were sufficient to prevent beneficiary harm. Response. As finalized ventolin spray price in the MCIT/R&N final rule, devices could be used on Medicare patients without any evidence of the devices' clinical utility in the Medicare population. To remove a device from Medicare coverage under MCIT, FDA must issue a safety communication, warning letter, or remove the device from the market.

Under the MCIT/R&N final rule, if CMS observes a trend of higher risk, specifically in the Medicare population, CMS authority to deny coverage is limited. For example, if a CMS contractor (for example, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)) identifies a pattern or trend of significant patient harm or death related to an MCIT device, there is no procedure to quickly remove coverage for the device until and unless the FDA acts ventolin spray price. We believe that the public should have an additional opportunity to comment on this policy. Comment.

A commenter recommends ventolin spray price that MCIT coverage could be offered to the class of the breakthrough device including device iterations and follow-on competitive devices. The commenter suggested that CMS direct an evidence review at the end of the 4 years of MCIT coverage for a particular device determine which coverage pathway would be most appropriate to ensure the most benefit to Medicare patients. Response. Clinical evidence development that includes Medicare beneficiaries is central to ensuring that Medicare patients ventolin spray price are receiving optimal clinical care and minimizing risk when possible.

While examining data on a group of similar breakthrough devices and identifying gaps in the evidence base may be a greater effort initially than the evidence review for one device, it could result in efficiencies across several components within CMS and inform coverage in a more comprehensive manner than MCIT, which is one device at a time. We will Start Printed Page 26853seek additional public comments on this topic when considering any proposed changes. Comment ventolin spray price. Some stakeholders supported defining “reasonable and necessary” in regulation while others do not believe a codified definition is necessary.

Commenters expressed concerns about transparency of commercial coverage polices and believed the rule could unnecessarily restrict coverage by relying on commercial insurer policies designed for a different population with different incentives. Furthermore, the majority of public comments from patient advocates, policy “think tanks,” health insurance advocates and manufacturers did not ventolin spray price support including commercial insurer criteria in the definition. Most public comments noted that CMS can (and has) reviewed commercial policies in recent years as part of a national coverage analysis. Other commenters suggested separating and reissuing separate rules for the definition of “reasonable and necessary” and MCIT because they were viewed as too distinct.

Response ventolin spray price. We will consider this comment for future rulemaking. C. Impracticability of Implementation by May 15, 2021 As noted previously, many commenters on the March 2021 IFC supported delaying ventolin spray price the MCIT/R&N final rule.

Based upon the public comments expressing significant evidentiary concerns, we do not believe that it is in the best interest of Medicare beneficiaries for the MCIT/R&N final rule to become effective May 15, 2021. Under the current rule, there no requirement for evidence that MCIT devices will specifically benefit the Medicare target population. Additionally, the final rule takes away tools the CMS has to deny coverage ventolin spray price when it becomes apparent that a particular device can be harmful to the Medicare population. If the rule goes into effect, and a device is later found to be harmful to Medicare recipients is approved under the MCIT pathway, CMS would be limited in the actions it can take to withdraw or modify coverage to protect beneficiaries.

As was noted by some commenters, early and unrestricted adoption of devices may have consequences that may not be easy to reverse. Commenters referenced ventolin spray price publications that highlight the relationship between manufacturers and physicians and claimed that the potential for manufacturers to influence physician behavior will persist if coverage is guaranteed under MCIT. Guaranteed coverage under MCIT may further stimulate providers to adopt these technologies and could potentially lead to these technologies being prematurely viewed as standard of care which could adversely impact beneficiaries if a product does not ultimately receive Medicare coverage. Additionally, providers may make capital and capacity investments that could pose challenges to withdrawing coverage.

A common theme among some commenters is that, ventolin spray price under the MCIT/R&N final rule as currently written, the evidence used to support FDA clearance or approval of a breakthrough device is not generalizable to the Medicare population since the Medicare population is often not adequately represented in clinical trials. Commenters noted that existing Medicare coverage paradigms rely on careful consideration of the tradeoffs between benefits and risks for the Medicare population and adequate evidence that demonstrates improved health outcomes. Commenters expressed concerns that devices covered under MCIT would not achieve that standard. Additionally, commenters cited several published studies that noted that approval of many breakthrough devices relied upon intermediate endpoints ventolin spray price which do not always translate into real world improved health outcomes.

Multiple commenters also pointed out that a major limitation of the MCIT pathway under the MCIT/R&N final rule is that manufacturers are not required or incentivized to conduct clinical trials to generate additional evidence, and contended that it is unlikely that manufacturers will voluntarily choose to do so. Further, the shift of the burden of evidence development entirely to manufacturers undermines CMS' ability to support evidence development or establish the coverage criteria (for example, provider experience, location of service, availability of supporting services) that are central to delivery of high-quality, evidence-based care for devices with insufficient evidence of a health benefit for Medicare patients. An additional delay in ventolin spray price the effective date would allow time for CMS to address the evidentiary concerns raised by stakeholders and consider how to better balance the needs of all stakeholders and beneficiaries in particular. Additionally, there is significant uncertainty surrounding coding and payment for new MCIT devices since these issues were not addressed in the MCIT/R&N final rule.

If the MCIT/R&N final rule goes into effect, we believe there could be confusion and disruption stemming from devices receiving MCIT approval without a clear path for appropriate coding and payment. The delay ventolin spray price will allow CMS time to ensure the public has a clear understanding of the pathways to coverage, coding, and payment. Further, the delay gives CMS time to evaluate stakeholders' recommendation of whether the reasonable and necessary definition should be a separate rule. There were a number of stakeholder comments supporting delaying defining “reasonable and necessary” in regulation.

Commenters did not believe a codified definition was ventolin spray price necessary or thought the rule could unnecessarily restrict coverage by relying on commercial insurer policies. Furthermore, the majority of public comments from patient advocates, policy think tanks, health insurance advocates and manufactures did not support including commercial insurer criteria in the definition. Most public comments noted that CMS can (and has) reviewed commercial policies in recent years as part of a national coverage analysis. Future rulemaking will provide an opportunity for us to fully consider the significant objections to ventolin spray price the rule, and will provide another opportunity for the public to present contrary facts and arguments.

II. Provisions of the Final Rule This final rule would further delay the effective date of the MCIT/R&N final rule until December 15, 2021, to provide CMS an opportunity to address all of the issues raised by stakeholders, especially Medicare patient protections, evidence criteria and lack of coordination between coverage, coding and payment as noted previously. During the delay, we ventolin spray price will determine appropriate next steps that are in the best interest of all Medicare stakeholders, and beneficiaries in particular. This final rule delays the effective date of the January 2021 MCIT/R&N final rule as specified in the DATES section of this final rule.

III. Waiver of the 30-Day ventolin spray price Delay in Effective Date The Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(d), and section 1871(e)(1)(B)(i) of the Act usually require a 30-day delay in effective date after issuance or publication of a rule, subject to exceptions. The purpose of the 30-day delay is to allow the public to prepare to implement the new final rule.

We find good cause to waive ventolin spray price the 30-day delay in the effective date because the further extension will maintain the status quo, so the public does not need notice to adjust their Start Printed Page 26854behavior as a result of the additional delay. Moreover, allowing the prior rule to go into effect would defeat the purpose of the delay rule and result in the same difficulties that were identified regarding reversing course once the rule was in place and would be contrary to the public interest. Start Signature Dated. May 13, ventolin spray price 2021.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. End Signature I, Elizabeth Richter, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services, Approved This Document on May 12, 2021 End Supplemental Information ventolin spray price [FR Doc. 2021-10466 Filed 5-14-21.

4:15 pm]BILLING CODE 4120-01-PStart Preamble Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services, Health ventolin spray price and Human Services (HHS). Notice. The Centers for Medicare &.

Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for ventolin spray price the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information (including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information) and to allow 60 days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. Comments must be received by July 19, 2021 ventolin spray price.

When commenting, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in any one of the following ways. 1. Electronically.

You may send your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) that are accepting comments. 2. By regular mail.

You may mail written comments to the following address. CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention. Document Identifier/OMB Control Number. CMS-P-0015A, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following. 1. Access CMS' website address at https://www.cms.gov/​Regulations-and-Guidance/​Legislation/​PaperworkReductionActof1995/​PRA-Listing.html. Start Further Info William N.

Parham at (410) 786-4669. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Contents This notice sets out a summary of the use and burden associated with the following information collections. More detailed information can be found in each collection's supporting statement and associated materials (see ADDRESSES). CMS-R-185—Granting and Withdrawal of Deeming Authority to Private Nonprofit Accreditation Organizations and CLIA Exemption Under State Laboratory CMS-10166—Fee-for-Service Improper Payment Rate Measurement in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program CMS-10178—Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) Managed Care Payments and Related Information CMS-10184—Payment Error Rate Measurement—State Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility CMS-10417—Medicare Fee-for-Service Prepayment Review of Medical Records CMS-372(S)—Annual Report on Home and Community Based Services Waivers and Supporting Regulations Under the PRA (44 U.S.C.

3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires federal agencies to publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval.

To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice. Information Collection 1. Type of Information Collection Request. Extension of currently approved collection.

Title of Information Collection. Granting and Withdrawal of Deeming Authority to Private Nonprofit Accreditation Organizations and CLIA Exemption Under State Laboratory Programs. Use. The information required is necessary to determine whether a private accreditation organization/State licensure program standards and accreditation/licensure process is at least equal to or more stringent than those of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).

If an accreditation organization is approved, the laboratories that it accredits are “deemed” to meet the Start Printed Page 26922CLIA requirements based on this accreditation. Similarly, if a State licensure program is determined to have requirements that are equal to or more stringent than those of CLIA, its laboratories are considered to be exempt from CLIA certification and requirements. The information collected will be used by HHS to. Determine comparability/equivalency of the accreditation organization standards and policies or State licensure program standards and policies to those of the CLIA program.

To ensure the continued comparability/equivalency of the standards. And to fulfill certain statutory reporting requirements. Form Number. CMS-R-185 (OMB control number.

0938-0686). Frequency. Occasionally. Affected Public.

Private Sector—Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions. Number of Respondents. 9. Total Annual Responses.

9. Total Annual Hours. 5,464. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Arlene Lopez at 410-786-6782.) 2.

Type of Information Collection Request. Reinstatement without change of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection. Fee-for-Service Improper Payment Rate Measurement in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Use. The information collected from the selected States will be used by Federal contractors to conduct Medicaid and CHIP FFS data processing and medical record reviews on which State-specific improper payment rates will be calculated. The quarterly FFS claims and payments will provide the contractor with the actual claims to be sampled. The systems manuals, provider policies, and other supporting documentation will be used by the federal contractor when conducting the FFS data processing and medical record reviews.

Further, the FFS claims and payments sampled for data processing and medical record reviews will serve as the basis for the eligibility reviews. Individuals for whom the state made the FFS claim or payments will have their underlying eligibility reviewed. In addition to the Federal Review Contractor conducting a data processing and medical record review of the FFS claims and payments, the FFS sample selected from the state-submitted universe will also be leveraged to support the PERM eligibility reviews. The Federal Eligibility Review Contractor will review the underlying eligibility of individuals whose FFS claims and payments were sampled as part of the PERM FFS sample.

Form Number. CMS-10166 (OMB control number. 0938-0974). Frequency.

Quarterly. Affected Public. State, Local, or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents.

17. Total Annual Responses. 34. Total Annual Hours.

56,100. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Daniel Weimer at 410-786-5240.) 3. Type of Information Collection Request. Reinstatement without change of a currently approved collection.

Title of Information Collection. Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance (CHIP) Managed Care Payments and Related Information. Use. The information collected from the selected States will be used by Federal contractors to conduct Medicaid and CHIP managed care data processing reviews on which State-specific improper payment rates will be calculated.

The quarterly capitation payments will provide the contractor with the actual claims to be sampled. The managed care contracts, rate schedules, and updates to both, will be used by the federal contractor when conducting the managed care claims reviews. Further, the managed care capitation payments sampled for data processing reviews will serve as the basis for the eligibility reviews. Individuals for whom the state made the managed care capitation will have their underlying eligibility reviewed.

Section 2(b)(1) of IPERA clarified that, when meeting IPIA and IPERA requirements, agencies must produce a statistically valid estimate, or an estimate that is otherwise appropriate using a methodology approved by the Director of the OMB.

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This information will be Start Printed symbicort vs ventolin for bronchitis Page 66992used to make decisions visit this page about approving or denying waiver and flexibility requests and may be used to identify trends that inform CMS Conditions for Coverage or Conditions for Participation policies during public health emergencies, when declared by the President and the HHS Secretary. Subsequent to the Emergency information collection request, we are revising the package to include a second form, Healthcare Facility Status Workflow, which is for operational status information which will be used to assist providers in delivering critical care to beneficiaries during emergencies. Form Number.

CMS-10752 (OMB control number symbicort vs ventolin for bronchitis. 0938-1384). Frequency.

Occasionally. Affected Public. Private Sector.

Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions and State, Local or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents. 3,730.

Total Annual Responses. 3,730. Total Annual Hours.

3,730. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Adriane Saunders at 404-562-7484.) 2. Type of Information Collection Request.

Revision of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection. Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2022 Contracts.

Use. Coverage for the prescription drug benefit is provided through contracted prescription drug plans (PDPs) or through Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that offer integrated prescription drug and health care coverage (MA-PD plans). Cost Plans that are regulated under Section 1876 of the Social Security Act, and Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWP) may also provide a Part D benefit.

Organizations wishing to provide services under the Prescription Drug Benefit Program must complete an application, negotiate rates, and receive final approval from CMS. Existing Part D Sponsors may also expand their contracted service area by completing the Service Area Expansion (SAE) application. Collection of this information is mandated in Part D of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) in Subpart 3.

The application requirements are codified in Subpart K of 42 CFR 423 entitled “Application Procedures and Contracts with PDP Sponsors.” The information will be collected under the solicitation of proposals from PDP, MA-PD, Cost Plan, Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and EGWP applicants. The collected information will be used by CMS to. (1) Ensure that applicants meet CMS requirements for offering Part D plans (including network adequacy, contracting requirements, and compliance program requirements, as described in the application), (2) support the determination of contract awards.

Form Number. CMS-10137 (OMB control number. 0938-0936).

Private Sector. Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions and State, Local or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents.

Total Annual Hours. 1,550. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Arianne Spaccarelli at 410-786-5715.) 3.

Type of Information Collection Request. Revision of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection.

CMS Plan Benefit Package (PBP) and Formulary CY 2022. Use. Under the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), Medicare Advantage (MA) and Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) organizations are required to submit plan benefit packages for all Medicare beneficiaries residing in their service area.

The plan benefit package submission consists of the Plan Benefit Package (PBP) software, formulary file, and supporting documentation, as necessary. MA and PDP organizations use the PBP software to describe their organization's plan benefit packages, including information on premiums, cost sharing, authorization rules, and supplemental benefits. They also generate a formulary to describe their list of drugs, including information on prior authorization, step therapy, tiering, and quantity limits.

CMS requires that MA and PDP organizations submit a completed PBP and formulary as part of the annual bidding process. During this process, organizations prepare their proposed plan benefit packages for the upcoming contract year and submit them to CMS for review and approval. CMS uses this data to review and approve the benefit packages that the plans will offer to Medicare beneficiaries.

This allows CMS to review the benefit packages in a consistent way across all submitted bids during with incredibly tight timeframes. This data is also used to populate data on Medicare Plan Finder, which allows beneficiaries to access and compare Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans. Form Number.

CMS-R-262 (OMB control number. 0938-0763). Frequency.

Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions and State, Local or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents. 753.

Total Annual Responses. 8,090. Total Annual Hours.

74,038. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Kristy Holtje at 410-786-2209.) 4. Type of Information Collection Request.

Revision of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection. Generic Clearance.

Questionnaire Testing and Methodological Research for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). Use. The current generic clearance for MCBS Questionnaire Testing and Methodological Research encompasses development and testing of MCBS questionnaires, instrumentation, and data collection protocols, as well as a mechanism for conducting methodological experiments.

The current clearance includes conducting field tests and experiments, including split ballot experiments, within the MCBS production environment, and conducting usability tests. The purpose of this OMB clearance package is to revise the current clearance to expand the methods to allow for field tests outside of MCBS production Field tests conducted within production do not incur any additional burden on respondents whereas tests conducted outside production must account for additional respondent burden. The MCBS is a continuous, multipurpose survey of a nationally representative sample of aged, disabled, and institutionalized Medicare beneficiaries.

The MCBS, which is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare &. Medicaid Services (CMS), is the only comprehensive source of information on the health status, health care use and expenditures, health insurance coverage, and socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the entire spectrum of Medicare beneficiaries. The core of the MCBS is a series of interviews with a stratified random sample of the Medicare population, including aged and disabled enrollees, residing in the community or in institutions.

Questions are asked about enrollees' patterns of health care use, charges, insurance coverage, and payments over time. Respondents are asked about their sources of health care coverage and payment, their demographic characteristics, their health and work history, and their family living circumstances. In addition to collecting information through the core questionnaire, the MCBS collects information on special topics.

Form Number. CMS-10549 (OMB control number. 0938-1275).

Individuals or Households. Number of Respondents. 11,655.

Total Annual Responses. 11,655. Total Annual Hours.

Start Printed Page 669933,947. (For policy questions regarding this collection, contact William Long at 410-786-7927.) Start Signature Dated. October 16, 2020.

William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc.

Start Preamble Centers for Medicare & ventolin spray price. Medicaid Services, Health and Human Services (HHS). Notice.

The Centers for Medicare & ventolin spray price. Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information (including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information) and to allow 60 days for public comment on the proposed action.

Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and Start Printed Page 66991clarity of the information to be collected, and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms ventolin spray price of information technology to minimize the information collection burden. Comments must be received by December 21, 2020. When commenting, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number.

To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in any one of the following ventolin spray price ways. 1. Electronically.

You may send your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov ventolin spray price. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) that are accepting comments. 2.

By regular ventolin spray price mail. You may mail written comments to the following address. CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention.

Document Identifier/OMB Control Number ___, ventolin spray price Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850. To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following. 1.

Access CMS' website address ventolin spray price at https://www.cms.gov/​Regulations-and-Guidance/​Legislation/​PaperworkReductionActof1995/​PRA-Listing.html. 2. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

Start Further ventolin spray price Info William N. Parham at (410) 786-4669. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Contents This notice sets out a summary of the use and burden associated with the following information collections.

More detailed information can ventolin spray price be found in each collection's supporting statement and associated materials (see ADDRESSES). CMS-10752 Submissions of 1135 Waiver Request Automated Process CMS-10137 Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2022 Contracts CMS-R-262 CMS Plan Benefit Package (PBP) and Formulary CY 2022 CMS-10549 Generic Clearance. Questionnaire Testing and Methodological Research for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) Under the PRA (44 U.S.C.

3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection ventolin spray price of information they conduct or sponsor. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party.

Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires ventolin spray price federal agencies to publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice. Information Collection 1.

Type of ventolin spray price Information Collection Request. Revision of a currently approved collection. Title of Information Collection.

Submissions of ventolin spray price 1135 Waiver Request Automated Process. Use. Waivers under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act (the Act) and certain flexibilities allow the CMS to relax certain requirements, known as the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) or Conditions of Coverage to promote the health and safety of beneficiaries.

Under Section 1135 of the Act, the Secretary may temporarily waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements to ensure that sufficient ventolin spray price health care services are available to meet the needs of individuals enrolled in Social Security Act programs in the emergency area and time periods. These waivers ensure that providers who provide such services in good faith can be reimbursed and exempted from sanctions. During emergencies, such as the current asthma treatment public health emergency (PHE), CMS must be able to apply program waivers and flexibilities under section 1135 of the Social Security Act, in a timely manner to respond quickly to unfolding events.

In a disaster or emergency, waivers and flexibilities assist health ventolin spray price care providers/suppliers in providing timely healthcare and services to people who have been affected and enables states, Federal districts, and U.S. Territories to ensure Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries have continued access to care. During disasters and emergencies, it is not uncommon to evacuate Medicare-participating facilities and relocate patients/residents to other provider settings or across state lines, especially, during hurricane and tornado events.

CMS must collect relevant information for ventolin spray price which a provider is requesting a waiver or flexibility to make proper decisions about approving or denying such requests. Collection of this data aids in the prevention of gaps in access to care and services before, during, and after an emergency. CMS must also respond to inquiries related to a PHE from providers and beneficiaries.

CMS is not collecting information from these ventolin spray price inquiries. We are merely responding to them. Prior to this request, CMS did not have a standard process or OMB approval for providers/suppliers impacted to submit 1135 waiver/flexibility requests or inquiries, as these were generally seen on a smaller scale (natural disasters) prior to the asthma treatment public health emergency.

CMS has provided general guidance to Medicare-participating facilities which ventolin spray price can be viewed at https://www.cms.gov/​Medicare/​Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/​SurveyCertEmergPrep/​1135-Waivers. The requests and inquiries would be sent directly, via email, to the Survey Operations Group in each CMS Location (previously known as CMS Regional Offices) and the entity would provide a brief summary to CMS for a waiver/flexibility request or an answer to an inquiry. We are now developing a streamlined, automated process to standardize the 1135 waiver requests and inquiries submitted based on lessons learned during asthma treatment PHE, primarily based on the volume of requests to ensure timely response to facility needs.

The waiver ventolin spray price request form was approved under an Emergency information collection request on October 15, 2020. Furthermore, the normal operations of a healthcare provider are disrupted by emergencies or disasters occasionally. When this occurs, State Survey Agencies (SA) deliver a provider/beneficiary tracking report regarding the current status of all affected healthcare providers and their beneficiaries.

This report includes demographic information about the provider, their operational status, beneficiary status, and planned resumption of ventolin spray price normal operations. This information is provided whether or not a PHE has been declared. We are now developing a streamlined, automated process to standardize submission of this information directly by the provider during emergencies and eliminating the need for SA to provide it.

It will consist of a public ventolin spray price facing web form. This information will be used by CMS to receive, triage, respond to and report on requests and/or inquiries for Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP beneficiaries. This information will be Start Printed Page 66992used to make decisions about approving or denying waiver and flexibility requests and may be used to identify trends that inform CMS Conditions for Coverage or Conditions for Participation policies during public health emergencies, when declared by the President and the HHS Secretary.

Subsequent to ventolin spray price the Emergency information collection request, we are revising the package to include a second form, Healthcare Facility Status Workflow, which is for operational status information which will be used to assist providers in delivering critical care to beneficiaries during emergencies. Form Number. CMS-10752 (OMB control number.

Affected Public. Private Sector. Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions and State, Local or Tribal Governments.

Number of Respondents. 3,730. Total Annual Responses.

(For policy questions regarding this collection, contact Adriane Saunders at 404-562-7484.) 2. Type of Information Collection Request. Revision of a currently approved collection.

Title of Information Collection. Solicitation for Applications for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan 2022 Contracts. Use.

Coverage for the prescription drug benefit is provided through contracted prescription drug plans (PDPs) or through Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that offer integrated prescription drug and health care coverage (MA-PD plans). Cost Plans that are regulated under Section 1876 of the Social Security Act, and Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWP) may also provide a Part D benefit. Organizations wishing to provide services under the Prescription Drug Benefit Program must complete an application, negotiate rates, and receive final approval from CMS.

Existing Part D Sponsors may also expand their contracted service area by completing the Service Area Expansion (SAE) application. Collection of this information is mandated in Part D of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) in Subpart 3. The application requirements are codified in Subpart K of 42 CFR 423 entitled “Application Procedures and Contracts with PDP Sponsors.” The information will be collected under the solicitation of proposals from PDP, MA-PD, Cost Plan, Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and EGWP applicants.

The collected information will be used by CMS to. (1) Ensure that applicants meet CMS requirements for offering Part D plans (including network adequacy, contracting requirements, and compliance program requirements, as described in the application), (2) support the determination of contract awards. Form Number.

CMS-10137 (OMB control number. 0938-0936). Frequency.

Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions and State, Local or Tribal Governments. Number of Respondents. 658.

Total Annual Responses. 331. Total Annual Hours.

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To ensure that it remains in step with public needs, this RFI invites stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, as well as the general public to comment on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for asthma treatment Research. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and their membership as a whole. This RFI ventolin hfa uses is open for public comment for a period of five weeks. Comments must be received by 11:59:59 p.m.

(ET) on December 7, 2020 to ensure consideration. Start Printed Page 69336 ventolin hfa uses All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website, available at. Https://rfi.grants.nih.gov/​?. S=​5f91a3efdb70000018003362.

Start Further Info Please direct all inquiries to ventolin hfa uses. Beth Walsh, nihstrategicplan@od.nih.gov, 301-496-4000. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Urgent public health measures are needed to control the spread of the novel asthma (asthma) and the disease it causes, asthma disease 2019, or asthma treatment. Scientific research to improve basic understanding of asthma and asthma treatment, and to develop the necessary tools and approaches to better prevent, diagnose, and treat this disease is of paramount ventolin hfa uses importance.

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Responses to this ventolin hfa uses RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. The Government will use ventolin hfa uses the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion.

The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements. This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for ventolin hfa uses the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information. We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues.

Start Signature Dated. October 27, ventolin hfa uses 2020. Lawrence A. Tabak, Principal Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.

End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR ventolin hfa uses Doc. 2020-24202 Filed 10-30-20. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4140-01-PSign up for our newsletter Explore full page map The language we’ve heard to describe asthma treatment in rural America is evolving. Early in ventolin hfa uses the ventolin, healthcare professionals were concerned.

Later, some were alarmed. Now, what I hear sounds a lot like shock. In a story we published earlier today, Alan Morgan ventolin hfa uses with the National Rural Health Association called the rural ventolin a horror story. Carrie Henning-Smith with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center has another word.

Ominous. That’s not the kind of comforting word we like ventolin hfa uses to hear from our caregivers. But a cheerful bedside manner doesn’t seem to be doing the job with rural America. €œI think that there was a chance early on to try to contain this, when we had this as a mostly urban phenomenon back in March and April,” said Henning-Smith, who is also an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

€œWe blew ventolin hfa uses way past that. And now this has spread into virtually every county in the country, in metro and non-metro alike.” Welcome to the rural wave – the phase of the ventolin that is swamping rural America with record numbers of asthma treatment s. Late this spring, we still had swaths of rural America – mostly in the Midwest and Great Plains – that went weeks without a single case. On June 1, nearly 9% ventolin hfa uses of rural counties hadn’t reported any s.

Today, only one county in the Lower 48 hasn’t reported a case of asthma treatment. For the rest of rural America, most of the news is bad. The rate of new s in rural counties is 65% higher than in ventolin hfa uses urban counties. The number of new cases in rural America has set a record each of the last five weeks.

Seventy percent of rural counties are at risk of uncontrolled spread, what the White House asthma Task Force calls the red zone. Something different ventolin hfa uses is happening in rural America in this surge. The coastal and urban regions that bore the brunt of the summer surge look relatively contained now. The trouble spots, as shown in the map above, are in the interior.

Why is ventolin hfa uses asthma treatment surging now in these areas that got off relatively easy this summer?. Henning-Smith, who holds three master’s level degrees and a PhD, cited several possibilities. The first may be “asthma treatment fatigue.” “It took longer to get to rural areas and it’s hard to keep the public relentlessly engaged and being mindful and cautious as the ventolin wears on,” she said. Another factor ventolin hfa uses is politics, she said.

€œThere are definitely some strong relationships where we’re seeing very, very mixed messaging at the highest levels of the federal government about even the most basic precautions for asthma treatment.” And some of it is just the nature of the asthma. All things equal, the ventolin spreads from one host to the next. Think of ventolin hfa uses spreading peanut butter on toast. You won’t get it to a uniform thickness, but each swipe of the knife gets you closer.

€œ[The graphs] give every indication that rural areas will catch up to urban, and we’ll see proportional rates of asthma treatment cases and asthma treatment deaths in rural, relative to urban,” Henning-Smith said. Rural areas could even get worse than urban ones eventually, ventolin hfa uses she said. A host of factors make that a possibility. Rural employment may not be as suited for remote work.

Services like online grocery ordering and delivery are less available in rural ventolin hfa uses areas. Lack of broadband may mean rural people have to do more activities in person. Contact tracing may not be as robust. Testing can be more challenging in ventolin hfa uses less densely populated areas.

Henning-Smith, whose research focuses on health equity, also said race is a factor in how asthma treatment is spreading and what happens when it reaches a community. €œI don’t think we’re talking enough about the intersection of [race and rurality], of the impact of structural racism among rural residents,” she said. Most people have a ventolin hfa uses choice about whether to wear a mask. Fewer of us have a choice about other factors that contribute to the spread of asthma treatment.

€œWho has the luxury of containing themselves to their household so they don’t get it?. € she ventolin hfa uses said. €œWho lives in a house that’s not crowded, so they’re not spreading it to their family members?. Who has access to healthcare, decent health insurance?.

Who still has a hospital or a clinic in town to get the care that they need, if they need it?. € Tim Murphy contributed data analysis to this article. Before You Go The Daily Yonder is a nonprofit news platform dedicated to reporting on rural people, places, and issues. Donations from readers like you makes it possible for us to fulfill this important mission.

Because of the urgency and evolving nature of the ventolin, NIH intends this plan to be a living document, which will be continually updated to ventolin spray price reflect new challenges presented by How to get cialis in the us asthma treatment. To ensure that it remains in step with public needs, this RFI invites stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, as well as the general public to comment on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for asthma treatment Research. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and their membership as a whole. This RFI ventolin spray price is open for public comment for a period of five weeks. Comments must be received by 11:59:59 p.m.

(ET) on December 7, 2020 to ensure consideration. Start Printed Page 69336 All comments must be ventolin spray price submitted electronically on the submission website, available at. Https://rfi.grants.nih.gov/​?. S=​5f91a3efdb70000018003362. Start Further ventolin spray price Info Please direct all inquiries to.

Beth Walsh, nihstrategicplan@od.nih.gov, 301-496-4000. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information Urgent public health measures are needed to control the spread of the novel asthma (asthma) and the disease it causes, asthma disease 2019, or asthma treatment. Scientific research to improve basic understanding of asthma and asthma treatment, and to develop ventolin spray price the necessary tools and approaches to better prevent, diagnose, and treat this disease is of paramount importance. The NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for asthma treatment Research (available at. Https://www.nih.gov/​research-training/​medical-research-initiatives/​nih-wide-strategic-plan-asthma treatment-research), released on July 13, 2020, provides a framework for achieving this goal.

It describes how NIH is ventolin spray price rapidly mobilizing diverse stakeholders, including the biomedical research community, industry, and philanthropic organizations, through new programs and existing resources, to lead a swift, coordinated research response to this global ventolin. The plan outlines how NIH is implementing five Priorities, guided by three Crosscutting Strategies. Priorities Priority 1. Improve Fundamental Knowledge of asthma and ventolin spray price asthma treatment ○ Objective 1.1. Advance fundamental research for asthma and asthma treatment ○ Objective 1.2.

Support research to develop preclinical models of asthma and asthma treatment ○ Objective 1.3. Advance the understanding of asthma transmission and asthma treatment dynamics ventolin spray price at the population level ○ Objective 1.4. Understand asthma treatment disease progression, recovery, and psychosocial and behavioral health consequences Priority 2. Advance Detection and Diagnosis of asthma treatment ○ Objective 2.1. Support research ventolin spray price to develop and validate new diagnostic technologies ○ Objective 2.2.

Retool existing diagnostics for detection of asthma ○ Objective 2.3. Support research to develop and validate serological assays Priority 3. Advance the ventolin spray price Treatment of asthma treatment ○ Objective 3.1. Identify and develop new or repurposed treatments for asthma ○ Objective 3.2. Evaluate new, repurposed, or existing treatments and treatment strategies for asthma treatment ○ Objective 3.3.

Investigate strategies for access to ventolin spray price and implementation of asthma treatments Priority 4. Improve Prevention of asthma ○ Objective 4.1. Develop novel treatments for the prevention of asthma treatment ○ Objective 4.2. Develop and study other methods to prevent ventolin spray price asthma transmission ○ Objective 4.3. Develop effective implementation models for preventive measures Priority 5.

Prevent and Redress Poor asthma treatment Outcomes in Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations ○ Objective 5.1. Understand and address asthma treatment as it relates to ventolin spray price health disparities and asthma treatment—vulnerable populations in the United States ○ Objective 5.2. Understand and address asthma treatment maternal health and pregnancy outcomes ○ Objective 5.3. Understand and address age-specific factors in asthma treatment ○ Objective 5.4. Address global health research needs from asthma treatment Crosscutting Strategies Partnering to promote collaborative science ○ Leverage existing NIH-funded global research networks and private sector, public, and non-profit relationships ○ Coordinate with Federal partners ○ Establish new public-private partnerships Supporting the research workforce and infrastructure ○ Conduct research to elucidate how ventolin spray price asthma treatment impacts the scientific workforce ○ Provide research resources ○ Leverage intramural infrastructure to support extramural researchers ○ Conduct virtual peer review processes Investing in data science ○ Create new data science resources and analytical tools ○ Develop shared metrics and terminologies NIH seeks comments on any or all of, but not limited to, the following topics.

Significant research gaps or barriers not identified in the existing framework above. Resources required or lacking or existing leverageable resources (e.g., existing partnerships, collaborations, or infrastructure) that could advance the strategic priorities. Emerging scientific advances or techniques in basic, diagnostic, therapeutic, or treatment research that ventolin spray price may accelerate the research priorities detailed in the framework above. And Additional ideas for bold, innovative research initiatives, processes, or data-driven approaches that could advance the response to asthma treatment. NIH encourages organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional organizations) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization or membership as a whole.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be ventolin spray price submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. The Government will use ventolin spray price the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.

This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any ventolin spray price information submitted or for use of that information. We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues. Start Signature Dated. October 27, ventolin spray price 2020.

Lawrence A. Tabak, Principal Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR ventolin spray price Doc. 2020-24202 Filed 10-30-20. 8:45 am]BILLING CODE 4140-01-PSign up for our newsletter Explore full page map The language we’ve heard to describe asthma treatment in rural America is evolving.

Early in ventolin spray price the ventolin, healthcare professionals were concerned. Later, some were alarmed. Now, what I hear sounds a lot like shock. In a story we published earlier today, Alan ventolin spray price Morgan with the National Rural Health Association called the rural ventolin a horror story. Carrie Henning-Smith with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center has another word.

Ominous. That’s not the kind of comforting word we like to hear from our ventolin spray price caregivers. But a cheerful bedside manner doesn’t seem to be doing the job with rural America. €œI think that there was a chance early on to try to contain this, when we had this as a mostly urban phenomenon back in March and April,” said Henning-Smith, who is also an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. €œWe blew way ventolin spray price past that.

And now this has spread into virtually every county in the country, in metro and non-metro alike.” Welcome to the rural wave – the phase of the ventolin that is swamping rural America with record numbers of asthma treatment s. Late this spring, we still had swaths of rural America – mostly in the Midwest and Great Plains – that went weeks without a single case. On June 1, nearly 9% of rural counties hadn’t ventolin spray price reported any s. Today, only one county in the Lower 48 hasn’t reported a case of asthma treatment. For the rest of rural America, most of the news is bad.

The rate ventolin spray price of new s in rural counties is 65% higher than in urban counties. The number of new cases in rural America has set a record each of the last five weeks. Seventy percent of rural counties are at risk of uncontrolled spread, what the White House asthma Task Force calls the red zone. Something different is happening in rural America in ventolin spray price this surge. The coastal and urban regions that bore the brunt of the summer surge look relatively contained now.

The trouble spots, as shown in the map above, are in the interior. Why is asthma treatment surging now in these areas that got ventolin spray price off relatively easy this summer?. Henning-Smith, who holds three master’s level degrees and a PhD, cited several possibilities. The first may be “asthma treatment fatigue.” “It took longer to get to rural areas and it’s hard to keep the public relentlessly engaged and being mindful and cautious as the ventolin wears on,” she said. Another factor is politics, she ventolin spray price said.

€œThere are definitely some strong relationships where we’re seeing very, very mixed messaging at the highest levels of the federal government about even the most basic precautions for asthma treatment.” And some of it is just the nature of the asthma. All things equal, the ventolin spreads from one host to the next. Think of ventolin spray price spreading peanut butter on toast. You won’t get it to a uniform thickness, but each swipe of the knife gets you closer. €œ[The graphs] give every indication that rural areas will catch up to urban, and we’ll see proportional rates of asthma treatment cases and asthma treatment deaths in rural, relative to urban,” Henning-Smith said.

Rural areas could even get worse ventolin spray price than urban ones eventually, she said. A host of factors make that a possibility. Rural employment may not be as suited for remote work. Services like online grocery ordering and delivery are ventolin spray price less available in rural areas. Lack of broadband may mean rural people have to do more activities in person.

Contact tracing may not be as robust. Testing can be more challenging in less densely ventolin spray price populated areas. Henning-Smith, whose research focuses on health equity, also said race is a factor in how asthma treatment is spreading and what happens when it reaches a community. €œI don’t think we’re talking enough about the intersection of [race and rurality], of the impact of structural racism among rural residents,” she said. Most people have a choice about whether to wear a mask ventolin spray price.

Fewer of us have a choice about other factors that contribute to the spread of asthma treatment. €œWho has the luxury of containing themselves to their household so they don’t get it?. € she ventolin spray price said. €œWho lives in a house that’s not crowded, so they’re not spreading it to their family members?. Who has access to healthcare, decent health insurance?.

Who still has a hospital or a clinic in town to get the care that they need, if ventolin spray price they need it?. € Tim Murphy contributed data analysis to this article. Before You Go The Daily Yonder is a nonprofit news platform dedicated to reporting on rural people, places, and issues. Donations from readers like you makes it possible for us to fulfill this important mission. So far this year, we’ve helped readers understand where rural America fits in the asthma treatment ventolin, the 2020 election, and the fight for racial equity.

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Over the past get ventolin 20 years, a large body of research http://www.stonestage.at/100-jahre-hengl-firmenfeier/ has documented a relationship between higher nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and better patient outcomes, including shorter hospital stays, lower rates of failure to prevent mortality after an in-hospital complication, inpatient mortality for multiple types of patients, hospital-acquired pneumonia, unplanned extubation, respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.1–5 In addition, patients report higher satisfaction when they are cared for in hospitals with higher staffing levels.6 7To date, most studies have not identified an ‘optimal’ nurse staffing ratio,8 which creates a challenge for determining appropriate staffing levels. If increasing nurse staffing always produces at least some improvement in the quality of care, how does one determine what staffing level is best?. This decision is ultimately an economic one, get ventolin balancing the benefits of nurse staffing with the other options for which those resources could be used. It is in this context that hospitals develop staffing plans, generally based on historical patterns of patient acuity.Practical challenges of nurse staffingHospital staffing plans provide the structure necessary for determining hiring and scheduling, but fall short for a number of reasons. First, there get ventolin are multiple ways in which patient acuity can be measured, which can have measurable effects on the staffing levels resulting from acuity models.9 Second, patient volume and acuity can shift rapidly with changes in the volume of admissions, discharges and transfers between units.

Third, staffing plans provide little guidance regarding the optimal mix of permanent staff, variable staff and externally contracted staff.The paper by Saville and colleagues10 in this issue of BMJ Quality &. Safety addresses the latter two issues by applying get ventolin a simulation model to identify the optimal target for baseline nurse staffing in order to minimise periods of understaffing. Included in this model is consideration of the extent to which hospitals should leverage temporary personnel (typically obtained through an external agency) to fill gaps. The model acknowledges get ventolin the likelihood that a hospital cannot realistically prevent all shifts from having a shortfall of nurses at all times, as well as the reality that hospital managers lack information about the best balance between permanent and temporary staff. In addition, the analysis includes a calculation of the costs of each staffing approach, drawing from the records of 81 inpatient wards in four hospital organisations.The application of sophisticated simulation models and other advanced analyticl approaches to analysis of nurse staffing has been limited to date, and this paper is an exemplar of the value of such research.

Recent studies have used machine learning methods to forecast hospital discharge volume,11 a discrete event simulation model to determine nursing staff needs in a neonatal intensive care unit,12 and a prediction model using machine learning and hierarchical linear regression to link variation in nurse staffing with patient outcomes.13 This new study applied a unique Monte Carlo simulation model to estimate demand for nursing care and test different strategies to meet demand.The results get ventolin of the analysis are not surprising in that hospitals are much less likely to experience understaffed patient shifts if they aim to have higher baseline staffing. The data demonstrate a notable leftward skew, indicating that hospitals are more likely to have large unanticipated increases in patient volume and acuity than to have unanticipated decreases. This results in hospitals being more likely to have shifts that are understaffed than shifts that get ventolin are overstaffed, which inevitably places pressure on hospitals to staff at a higher level and/or have access to a larger pool of temporary nurses. It also is not surprising that hospitals will need to spend more money per patient day if they aim to reduce the percent of shifts that are understaffed. What is surprising about the results is that hospitals do not necessarily achieve cost savings by relying on temporary personnel versus setting regular staffing at a higher level.Trade-offs between permanent and temporary staffThe temporary nursing workforce enables healthcare facilities to maintain flexible yet full care teams based on patient care needs.

Hospitals can use temporary nurses to address staffing gaps during leaves of absence, turnover or gaps between recruitment of permanent nurses, as get ventolin well as during high-census periods. Temporary personnel are typically more expensive on an hourly basis than permanent staff. In addition, over-reliance on get ventolin temporary staff can have detrimental effects on permanent nurses’ morale and motivation. Orientations prior to shifts are often limited, which leads to a twofold concern as temporary nurses feel ill-prepared for shifts and permanent staff feel flustered when required to bring the temporary nurse up to speed while being expected to continue normal operations.14 Agency nurses may be assigned to patients and units that are incongruent with their experience and skills—either to unfamiliar units, which affects their ability to confidently deliver care, or to less complex patients where they feel as if their skills are not used adequately.14 15 These issues can create tension between temporary and permanent nursing staff, which can be compounded by the wage disparity. Permanent staff might feel demoralised and expendable when working alongside temporary staff who are not integrated into the social fabric of the staff.16Hospital managers also must be get ventolin cognisant of the potential quality impact of relying heavily on temporary nursing staff.

Research on the impact of contingent nursing employment on costs and quality have often found negative effects on quality, including mortality, and higher costs.17 18 However, other studies have found that the association between temporary nursing staff and low quality result from general shortages of nursing staff, which make a hospital more likely to employ temporary staff, and not directly from the contingent staff.19–21 Thus, temporary nurses play an important role in alleviating staffing shortages that would otherwise lead to lower quality of care.22Charting a path forward in hospital management and healthcare researchThe maturation of electronic health records and expansion of computerised healthcare management systems provide opportunities both for improved decision making about workforce deployment and for advanced workforce research. In the area of workforce management, nursing and other leaders have a growing array of workforce planning tools available to them get ventolin. Such tools are most effective when they display clear information about predicted patient needs and staff availability, but managers still must rely on their on-the-ground understanding of their staff and their context of patient care.23 Integration of human resources data with patient outcomes data has revealed that individual nurses and their characteristics have important discrete effects on the quality of care.24 25 Future development of workforce planning tools should translate this evidence to practice. In addition, new technology platforms are emerging to facilitate get ventolin direct matching between temporary healthcare personnel and healthcare organisations. One recent study tested a smartphone-based application that allowed for direct matching of locum tenens physicians with a hospital in the English National Health Service, finding that the platform generated benefits including greater transparency and lower cost.26 Similar technologies for registered nurses could facilitate better matching between hospital needs and temporary nurses’ preparedness to meet those needs.Analytical methods that fully leverage the large datasets compiled through electronic health records, human resources systems and other sources can be applied to advance research on the composition of nursing teams to improve quality of care.

As noted above, get ventolin prior research has applied machine learning and discrete event simulation to analyses of healthcare staffing. Other recent studies have leveraged natural language processing of nursing notes to identify fall risk factors27 and applied data mining of human resources records to understand the job titles held by nurses.28 Linking these rapidly advancing analytical approaches that assess the outcomes and costs of nurse staffing strategies, such as the work by Saville and colleagues published in this issue, to data on the impact of nurse staffing on the long-term costs of patient care will further advance the capacity of hospital leaders to design cost-effective policies for workforce deployment.Guidelines aim to align clinical care with best practice. However, simply publishing a guideline rarely triggers behavioural changes to match guideline recommendations.1–3 We thus transform guideline recommendations into actionable tasks by introducing interventions that promote behavioural changes meant to produce guideline-concordant care. Unfortunately, not much has changed in get ventolin the 25 years since Oxman and colleagues concluded that we have no ‘magic bullets’ when it comes to changing clinician behaviour.4 In fact, far from magic bullets, interventions aimed at increasing the degree to which patients receive care recommended in guidelines (eg, educational interventions, reminders, audit and feedback, financial incentives, computerised decision support) typically produce disappointingly small improvements in care.5–10Much improvement work aims to ‘make the right thing to do the easy thing to do.’ Yet, design solutions which hardwire the desired actions remain few and far between. Further, improvement interventions which ‘softwire’ such actions—not guaranteeing that they occur, but at least increasing the likelihood that clinicians will deliver the care recommended in guidelines—mostly produce small improvements.5–9 Until this situation changes, we need to acknowledge the persistent reality that guidelines themselves represent a main strategy for promoting care consistent with current evidence, which means their design should promote the desired actions.11 12In this respect, guidelines constitute a type of clinical decision support.

And, like get ventolin all decision support interventions, guidelines require. (1) user testing to assess if the content is understood as intended and (2) empirical testing to assess if the decision support provided by the guideline does in fact promote the desired behaviours. While the processes for developing guidelines have received substantial attention over the years,13–18 surprisingly little attention has been paid to empirically answering basic questions about the finished get ventolin product. Do users understand guidelines http://www.ec-sud-illkirch-graffenstaden.ac-strasbourg.fr/?p=4108 as intended?. And, what version of a get ventolin given guideline engenders the desired behaviours by clinicians?.

In this issue of BMJ Quality and Safety, Jones et al19 address this gap by using simulation to compare the frequency of medication errors when clinicians administer an intravenous medication using an existing guideline in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) versus a revised and user-tested version of the guideline that more clearly promotes the desired actions. Their findings demonstrate that changes to guideline design (through addition of actionable decision supports) based on user feedback does in fact trigger changes in behaviour get ventolin that can improve safety. This is an exciting use of simulation, which we believe should encourage further studies in this vein.Ensuring end users understand and use guidelines as intendedJones and colleagues’ approach affords an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of user testing and simulation of guidelines. The design and evaluation of their revised guidelines provides an excellent example of a careful stepwise progression in the development and evaluation of a guideline as a type get ventolin of decision support for clinicians. First, in a prior study,20 they user tested the original NHS guidelines to improve retrieval and comprehension of information.

The authors produced a revised guideline, which included reformatted sections as well as increased support for key calculations, such as for infusion rates. The authors again user tested the revised guideline, successfully showing higher get ventolin rates of comprehension. Note that user testing refers to a specific approach focused on comprehension rather than behaviour21 and is distinct from usability testing. Second, in the current study, Jones et al evaluated whether nurse and midwife end users exhibited the desired behavioural changes when given the revised guidelines (with addition of actionable decision supports), compared with a control group working with the current version of get ventolin the guidelines used in practice. As a result, Jones and colleagues verify that end users (1) understand the content in the guideline and (2) actually change their behaviour in response to using it.Simulation can play a particularly useful role in this context, as it can help identify problems with users’ comprehension of the guideline and also empirically assess what behavioural changes occur in response to design changes in the guidelines.

The level of methodological control and qualitative detail that simulation provides is difficult to feasibly replicate with real-world pilot studies, and therefore simulation fills a critical gap.Jones et al report successful changes in behaviour due to the revised guidelines in get ventolin which they added actionable decision supports. For example, their earlier user testing found that participants using the initial guidelines did not account for displacement volume when reconstituting the powdered drug, leading to dosing errors. A second error with the initial guidelines involved participants using the shortest infusion rate provided (eg, guidelines state ‘1 to 3 hours’), without realising that the shortest get ventolin rate is not appropriate for certain doses (eg, 1 hour is appropriate for smaller doses, but larger doses should not be infused over 1 hour because the drug would then be administered faster than the maximum allowable infusion rate of 3 mg/kg/hour). These two issues were addressed in the revised guidelines by providing key determinants for ‘action’ such as calculation formulas that account for displacement volume and infusion duration, thereby more carefully guiding end users to avoid these dose and rate errors. These changes to the guideline triggered specific behaviours (eg, calculations that account for all variables) that did not occur with the get ventolin initial guidelines.

Therefore, the simulation testing demonstrated the value of providing determinants for action, such as specific calculation formulas to support end users, by showing a clear reduction in dose and rate errors when using the revised guidelines compared with the initial guidelines.The authors also report that other types of medication-specific errors remained unaffected by the revised guidelines (eg, incorrect technique and flush errors)—the changes made did not facilitate the desired actions. The initial guidelines indicate get ventolin ‘DO NOT SHAKE’ in capital letters, and there is a section specific to ‘Flushing’. In contrast, the revised guidelines do not capitalise the warning about shaking the vial, but embed the warning with a numbered sequence in the medication preparation section, aiming to increase the likelihood of reading it at the appropriate time. The revised guidelines do not have a section specific to flushing, but embed the flushing instructions as an unnumbered step in the administration section. Thus, the value of embedding technique and flushing information within the context of use was not validated in the simulation testing (ie, no significant differences in get ventolin the rates of these errors), highlighting precisely the pivotal role that simulation can play in assessing whether attempts to improve usability result in actual behavioural changes.Finally, simulation can identify potential unintended consequences of a guideline.

For instance, Jones and colleagues observed an increase in errors (although not statistically significant) that were not medication specific (eg, non-aseptic technique such as hand washing, swabbing vials with an alcohol wipe). Given that the revised guidelines were specific to the medication tested, it is unusual that we see a tendency toward a get ventolin worsening effect on generic medication preparation skills. Again, this finding was not significant, but we highlight this to remind ourselves of the very real possibility that some interventions might introduce new and unexpected errors in response to changing workflow and practice6. Simulations offer an opportunity to spot these get ventolin risks in advance.Now that Jones et al have seen how the revised guidelines change behaviour, they are optimally positioned to move forward. On one hand, they have the option of revising the guidelines further in attempts to address these resistant errors, and on the other, they can consider designing other interventions to be implemented in parallel with their user-tested guidance.

At first glance, the errors that were resistant to change appear to be mechanical tasks that end users might think of as get ventolin applying uniformly to multiple medications (eg, flush errors, non-aseptic technique). Therefore, a second intervention that has a more general scope (rather than drug specific) might be pursued. Regardless of what they decide to pursue, we applaud their measured approach and highlight that the key takeaway is that their next steps are supported with clearer evidence of what to expect when the guidelines are released—certainly a helpful piece of information to guide decisions as to whether broad implementation of guidelines is justified.Caveats and conclusionSimulation is not a panacea—it is not able to assess longitudinal adherence, and there are limitations to how realistically clinicians behave when observed for get ventolin a few sample procedures when under the scrutiny of observers. Further, studies where interventions are implemented to assess whether they move the needle on the outcomes we care about (eg, adverse events, length of stay, patient mortality) are needed and should continue. However, having end users physically perform clinical tasks with the intervention in representative environments represents an important strategy to assess the degree get ventolin to which guidelines and other decision support interventions in fact promote the desired behaviours and to spot problems in advance of implementation.

Such simulation testing is not currently a routine step in intervention design. We hope it becomes a more common phenomenon, with more improvement work following the example of the approach so effectively demonstrated by Jones and colleagues..

Over the past 20 years, a large body of research has documented a ventolin spray price relationship between higher nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and better patient outcomes, including shorter hospital stays, lower rates of failure to prevent mortality after an in-hospital complication, inpatient mortality for multiple types of patients, hospital-acquired pneumonia, unplanned extubation, respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.1–5 In addition, patients report higher satisfaction when they are cared for in hospitals with higher staffing levels.6 7To date, most studies have not identified an ‘optimal’ nurse staffing ratio,8 which creates a challenge for determining appropriate staffing levels. If increasing nurse staffing always produces at least some improvement in the quality of care, how does one determine what staffing level is best?. This decision is ultimately an economic one, balancing the benefits of nurse staffing with the other options for which those ventolin spray price resources could be used. It is in this context that hospitals develop staffing plans, generally based on historical patterns of patient acuity.Practical challenges of nurse staffingHospital staffing plans provide the structure necessary for determining hiring and scheduling, but fall short for a number of reasons.

First, there are multiple ways in which patient acuity can be measured, which can have measurable effects on the staffing levels resulting from acuity models.9 Second, ventolin spray price patient volume and acuity can shift rapidly with changes in the volume of admissions, discharges and transfers between units. Third, staffing plans provide little guidance regarding the optimal mix of permanent staff, variable staff and externally contracted staff.The paper by Saville and colleagues10 in this issue of BMJ Quality &. Safety addresses ventolin spray price the latter two issues by applying a simulation model to identify the optimal target for baseline nurse staffing in order to minimise periods of understaffing. Included in this model is consideration of the extent to which hospitals should leverage temporary personnel (typically obtained through an external agency) to fill gaps.

The model ventolin spray price acknowledges the likelihood that a hospital cannot realistically prevent all shifts from having a shortfall of nurses at all times, as well as the reality that hospital managers lack information about the best balance between permanent and temporary staff. In addition, the analysis includes a calculation of the costs of each staffing approach, drawing from the records of 81 inpatient wards in four hospital organisations.The application of sophisticated simulation models and other advanced analyticl approaches to analysis of nurse staffing has been limited to date, and this paper is an exemplar of the value of such research. Recent studies have used machine learning methods to forecast hospital discharge volume,11 a discrete event simulation ventolin spray price model to determine nursing staff needs in a neonatal intensive care unit,12 and a prediction model using machine learning and hierarchical linear regression to link variation in nurse staffing with patient outcomes.13 This new study applied a unique Monte Carlo simulation model to estimate demand for nursing care and test different strategies to meet demand.The results of the analysis are not surprising in that hospitals are much less likely to experience understaffed patient shifts if they aim to have higher baseline staffing. The data demonstrate a notable leftward skew, indicating that hospitals are more likely to have large unanticipated increases in patient volume and acuity than to have unanticipated decreases.

This results in hospitals being more likely to have shifts ventolin spray price that are understaffed than shifts that are overstaffed, which inevitably places pressure on hospitals to staff at a higher level and/or have access to a larger pool of temporary nurses. It also is not surprising that hospitals will need to spend more money per patient day if they aim to reduce the percent of shifts that are understaffed. What is surprising about the results is that hospitals do not necessarily achieve cost savings by relying on temporary personnel versus setting regular staffing at a higher level.Trade-offs between permanent and temporary staffThe temporary nursing workforce enables healthcare facilities to maintain flexible yet full care teams based on patient care needs. Hospitals can use temporary nurses to address staffing gaps during ventolin spray price leaves of absence, turnover or gaps between recruitment of permanent nurses, as well as during high-census periods.

Temporary personnel are typically more expensive on an hourly basis than permanent staff. In addition, over-reliance on temporary staff can have detrimental effects on permanent nurses’ morale and ventolin spray price motivation. Orientations prior to shifts are often limited, which leads to a twofold concern as temporary nurses feel ill-prepared for shifts and permanent staff feel flustered when required to bring the temporary nurse up to speed while being expected to continue normal operations.14 Agency nurses may be assigned to patients and units that are incongruent with their experience and skills—either to unfamiliar units, which affects their ability to confidently deliver care, or to less complex patients where they feel as if their skills are not used adequately.14 15 These issues can create tension between temporary and permanent nursing staff, which can be compounded by the wage disparity. Permanent staff might feel demoralised and expendable when working alongside ventolin spray price temporary staff who are not integrated into the social fabric of the staff.16Hospital managers also must be cognisant of the potential quality impact of relying heavily on temporary nursing staff.

Research on the impact of contingent nursing employment on costs and quality have often found negative effects on quality, including mortality, and higher costs.17 18 However, other studies have found that the association between temporary nursing staff and low quality result from general shortages of nursing staff, which make a hospital more likely to employ temporary staff, and not directly from the contingent staff.19–21 Thus, temporary nurses play an important role in alleviating staffing shortages that would otherwise lead to lower quality of care.22Charting a path forward in hospital management and healthcare researchThe maturation of electronic health records and expansion of computerised healthcare management systems provide opportunities both for improved decision making about workforce deployment and for advanced workforce research. In the area of workforce management, nursing and other leaders have a growing array of workforce planning tools available to ventolin spray price them. Such tools are most effective when they display clear information about predicted patient needs and staff availability, but managers still must rely on their on-the-ground understanding of their staff and their context of patient care.23 Integration of human resources data with patient outcomes data has revealed that individual nurses and their characteristics have important discrete effects on the quality of care.24 25 Future development of workforce planning tools should translate this evidence to practice. In addition, new technology platforms are emerging to facilitate direct matching between temporary ventolin spray price healthcare personnel and healthcare organisations.

One recent study tested a smartphone-based application that allowed for direct matching of locum tenens physicians with a hospital in the English National Health Service, finding that the platform generated benefits including greater transparency and lower cost.26 Similar technologies for registered nurses could facilitate better matching between hospital needs and temporary nurses’ preparedness to meet those needs.Analytical methods that fully leverage the large datasets compiled through electronic health records, human resources systems and other sources can be applied to advance research on the composition of nursing teams to improve quality of care. As noted above, prior research has applied machine learning and discrete event simulation to analyses of healthcare staffing ventolin spray price. Other recent studies have leveraged natural language processing of nursing notes to identify fall risk factors27 and applied data mining of human resources records to understand the job titles held by nurses.28 Linking these rapidly advancing analytical approaches that assess the outcomes and costs of nurse staffing strategies, such as the work by Saville and colleagues published in this issue, to data on the impact of nurse staffing on the long-term costs of patient care will further advance the capacity of hospital leaders to design cost-effective policies for workforce deployment.Guidelines aim to align clinical care with best practice. However, simply publishing a guideline rarely triggers behavioural changes to match guideline recommendations.1–3 We thus transform guideline recommendations into actionable tasks by introducing interventions that promote behavioural changes meant to produce guideline-concordant care.

Unfortunately, not much has changed in the ventolin spray price 25 years since Oxman and colleagues concluded that we have no ‘magic bullets’ when it comes to changing clinician behaviour.4 In fact, far from magic bullets, interventions aimed at increasing the degree to which patients receive care recommended in guidelines (eg, educational interventions, reminders, audit and feedback, financial incentives, computerised decision support) typically produce disappointingly small improvements in care.5–10Much improvement work aims to ‘make the right thing to do the easy thing to do.’ Yet, design solutions which hardwire the desired actions remain few and far between. Further, improvement interventions which ‘softwire’ such actions—not guaranteeing that they occur, but at least increasing the likelihood that clinicians will deliver the care recommended in guidelines—mostly produce small improvements.5–9 Until this situation changes, we need to acknowledge the persistent reality that guidelines themselves represent a main strategy for promoting care consistent with current evidence, which means their design should promote the desired actions.11 12In this respect, guidelines constitute a type of clinical decision support. And, like ventolin spray price all decision support interventions, guidelines require. (1) user testing to assess if the content is understood as intended and (2) empirical testing to assess if the decision support provided by the guideline does in fact promote the desired behaviours.

While the processes for developing guidelines have received substantial attention over the years,13–18 ventolin spray price surprisingly little attention has been paid to empirically answering basic questions about the finished product. Do users understand guidelines as intended?. And, what version of a given guideline engenders the desired behaviours by ventolin spray price clinicians?. In this issue of BMJ Quality and Safety, Jones et al19 address this gap by using simulation to compare the frequency of medication errors when clinicians administer an intravenous medication using an existing guideline in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) versus a revised and user-tested version of the guideline that more clearly promotes the desired actions.

Their findings demonstrate that changes to guideline design (through addition of actionable decision supports) based on user feedback does in ventolin spray price fact trigger changes in behaviour that can improve safety. This is an exciting use of simulation, which we believe should encourage further studies in this vein.Ensuring end users understand and use guidelines as intendedJones and colleagues’ approach affords an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of user testing and simulation of guidelines. The design and evaluation of their revised guidelines provides an excellent example of a ventolin spray price careful stepwise progression in the development and evaluation of a guideline as a type of decision support for clinicians. First, in a prior study,20 they user tested the original NHS guidelines to improve retrieval and comprehension of information.

The authors produced a revised guideline, which included reformatted sections as well as increased support for key calculations, such as for infusion rates. The authors again user tested the revised ventolin spray price guideline, successfully showing higher rates of comprehension. Note that user testing refers to a specific approach focused on comprehension rather than behaviour21 and is distinct from usability testing. Second, in the current study, Jones et al evaluated whether nurse and midwife end users exhibited the desired behavioural changes when given the revised guidelines (with addition of actionable decision supports), compared with ventolin spray price a control group working with the current version of the guidelines used in practice.

As a result, Jones and colleagues verify that end users (1) understand the content in the guideline and (2) actually change their behaviour in response to using it.Simulation can play a particularly useful role in this context, as it can help identify problems with users’ comprehension of the guideline and also empirically assess what behavioural changes occur in response to design changes in the guidelines. The level of methodological control and qualitative detail that simulation provides is difficult to feasibly replicate with real-world pilot studies, and therefore simulation fills a critical gap.Jones et al report successful changes in behaviour due to the revised guidelines in which they added actionable ventolin spray price decision supports. For example, their earlier user testing found that participants using the initial guidelines did not account for displacement volume when reconstituting the powdered drug, leading to dosing errors. A second error with the initial guidelines involved participants using the shortest infusion rate provided (eg, guidelines state ‘1 to ventolin spray price 3 hours’), without realising that the shortest rate is not appropriate for certain doses (eg, 1 hour is appropriate for smaller doses, but larger doses should not be infused over 1 hour because the drug would then be administered faster than the maximum allowable infusion rate of 3 mg/kg/hour).

These two issues were addressed in the revised guidelines by providing key determinants for ‘action’ such as calculation formulas that account for displacement volume and infusion duration, thereby more carefully guiding end users to avoid these dose and rate errors. These changes to the guideline triggered specific behaviours (eg, calculations that account for all variables) that did ventolin spray price not occur with the initial guidelines. Therefore, the simulation testing demonstrated the value of providing determinants for action, such as specific calculation formulas to support end users, by showing a clear reduction in dose and rate errors when using the revised guidelines compared with the initial guidelines.The authors also report that other types of medication-specific errors remained unaffected by the revised guidelines (eg, incorrect technique and flush errors)—the changes made did not facilitate the desired actions. The initial guidelines indicate ‘DO NOT SHAKE’ in capital letters, and there is a section specific to ventolin spray price ‘Flushing’.

In contrast, the revised guidelines do not capitalise the warning about shaking the vial, but embed the warning with a numbered sequence in the medication preparation section, aiming to increase the likelihood of reading it at the appropriate time. The revised guidelines do not have a section specific to flushing, but embed the flushing instructions as an unnumbered step in the administration section. Thus, the value of embedding technique and flushing information within the context of use was not validated in the simulation testing (ie, no significant differences in the rates of these errors), highlighting precisely the pivotal role that simulation can play in assessing whether attempts to improve ventolin spray price usability result in actual behavioural changes.Finally, simulation can identify potential unintended consequences of a guideline. For instance, Jones and colleagues observed an increase in errors (although not statistically significant) that were not medication specific (eg, non-aseptic technique such as hand washing, swabbing vials with an alcohol wipe).

Given that the revised guidelines were specific to the medication tested, it is unusual that we see a tendency toward a worsening effect on generic medication ventolin spray price preparation skills. Again, this finding was not significant, but we highlight this to remind ourselves of the very real possibility that some interventions might introduce new and unexpected errors in response to changing workflow and practice6. Simulations offer an opportunity to spot these risks in advance.Now that Jones et ventolin spray price al have seen how the revised guidelines change behaviour, they are optimally positioned to move forward. On one hand, they have the option of revising the guidelines further in attempts to address these resistant errors, and on the other, they can consider designing other interventions to be implemented in parallel with their user-tested guidance.

At first glance, the errors that were resistant to change appear to be mechanical tasks ventolin spray price that end users might think of as applying uniformly to multiple medications (eg, flush errors, non-aseptic technique). Therefore, a second intervention that has a more general scope (rather than drug specific) might be pursued. Regardless of what they decide to pursue, we applaud their measured approach ventolin spray price and highlight that the key takeaway is that their next steps are supported with clearer evidence of what to expect when the guidelines are released—certainly a helpful piece of information to guide decisions as to whether broad implementation of guidelines is justified.Caveats and conclusionSimulation is not a panacea—it is not able to assess longitudinal adherence, and there are limitations to how realistically clinicians behave when observed for a few sample procedures when under the scrutiny of observers. Further, studies where interventions are implemented to assess whether they move the needle on the outcomes we care about (eg, adverse events, length of stay, patient mortality) are needed and should continue.

However, having end users ventolin spray price physically perform clinical tasks with the intervention in representative environments represents an important strategy to assess the degree to which guidelines and other decision support interventions in fact promote the desired behaviours and to spot problems in advance of implementation. Such simulation testing is not currently a routine step in intervention design. We hope it becomes a more common phenomenon, with more improvement work following the example of the approach so effectively demonstrated by Jones and colleagues..