Current COVID-19 Nursing Home Data Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the COVID-19 Nursing Home data for the week ending June 12, 2022. Comparing the June 12th data to the previous June 5th data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate decreased 0.1%Residents with booster doses increased 0.4%Staff vaccination rate decreased 0.1%Staff with booster doses increased…… Continue reading Current COVID-19 Nursing Home Data Available

COVID-19 Vaccination Modules: Understanding Key Terms and Up to Date Vaccination – Quarter 3 (June 2022) Guidance

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare NHSN has posted an update to the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules: Understanding Key Terms and Up to Date Vaccinationguidance document (7 pages) as of June 21, 2022. This document defines key terms related to COVID-19 vaccination for the purpose of NHSN public health surveillance. Facilities can…… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccination Modules: Understanding Key Terms and Up to Date Vaccination – Quarter 3 (June 2022) Guidance

More Information on ONC HIT Survey                           

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 16, 2022, I blogged on the ONC conducting a national phone-based survey to better understand the state of health IT use and interoperability among skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and hospice facilities.  This past Tuesday (June 21, 2022), AHCA/NCAL provided additional information about the…… Continue reading More Information on ONC HIT Survey                           

June 2022 Update to Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The June update of Appendix B to the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and contacts. The file is located in the Downloads section below. The direct link to the updated Appendix B…… Continue reading June 2022 Update to Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual  

Five-Star Preview Reports Available 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on June 17, 2022. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button, then select ‘My Inbox’ or…… Continue reading Five-Star Preview Reports Available 

CY2023 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements Proposed Rule 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare (Late on Friday) June 17, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the calendar year (CY) 2023 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Rate Update proposed rule, which would update Medicare payment policies and rates for home health agencies (HHAs). This rule includes…… Continue reading CY2023 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements Proposed Rule 

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare  CMS updated the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers listing on Thursday, June 16, 2022. This 45-page document shows updates related to QSO-22-15-NH, NLTC and LSC – specifically the expirations effective June 6, 2022.  You can find those at: the bottom of…… Continue reading COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers Updated

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the COVID-19 data for nursing homes for the week ending June 5, 2022. Comparing the June 5th data to the previous May 29th data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate remained the same as last week’s reportResidents with booster doses increased by 1.0% this…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

SNFs & Hospices: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Phone-Based Survey

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of the National Coordinator, (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently conducting a national phone-based survey to better understand the state of health IT use and interoperability among skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and…… Continue reading SNFs & Hospices: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Phone-Based Survey

Rescission of the January 25, 2022 Memo Regarding Vaccination Expectations for Surveyors Performing Federal Oversight (QSO-22-10-ALL) and Removal From Its Guidance

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A recission of a previously issued QSO is something you don’t see every day.  I can’t recall this happening in the many years I’ve followed CMS.  It happened just a bit ago, Thursday, June 16, 2022 via QSO-22-18-ALL.  “Discussion CMS is rescinding QSO 22-10-ALL. As…… Continue reading Rescission of the January 25, 2022 Memo Regarding Vaccination Expectations for Surveyors Performing Federal Oversight (QSO-22-10-ALL) and Removal From Its Guidance