COVID-19 Had a Devastating Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries in Nursing Homes During 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The title of this blog is the same as the OIG Report (OEI-02-20-00490) posted on June 22, 2021. WHY (OIG) DID THIS STUDY Nursing home residents have been particularly affected by COVID-19, as they are predominately elderly, tend to have underlying conditions, and live in close…… Continue reading COVID-19 Had a Devastating Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries in Nursing Homes During 2020

Minnesota Assisted Living Providers: Upcoming Webinar – June 24, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Assisted Living Teleconference Call Reminder! Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Topics: 1) Food and Kitchens Part 2                             2) Presentation on Appendix Z                  …… Continue reading Minnesota Assisted Living Providers: Upcoming Webinar – June 24, 2021

How Immunity Generated from COVID-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare How Immunity Generated from COVID-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection is an interesting read. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the entire blog. This blog was posted June 22, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH (National Institutes of Health). “A…… Continue reading How Immunity Generated from COVID-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection

Recent CMS and AHRQ Updates to COVID-19 Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated the Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes.  This is Version 23. Here’s a reminder of what’s included in the Toolkit: AHRQ’s new Nursing Home Vaccine Administration Records for Staff and Residents help users collect, record and file necessary…… Continue reading Recent CMS and AHRQ Updates to COVID-19 Information

Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual – Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the latest update to Appendix B of the RAI User’s Manual on Monday, June 21, 2021.   The June update (dated June 24, 2021) 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,…… Continue reading Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual – Updated

CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted updated documents to the LTC Survey Process.  These documents are: List of Revised FTags [Effective 06/19/2021]LTC Survey Pathways – Updated 06/19/2021 (this is a .zip file)Survey Resources – Updated 06/19/2021 (also a .zip file)Revision History for LTC Survey Process Documents and Files Updated…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents

Guidance Related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption Based on a Facility’s Activation of Their Emergency Plan

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has revised QSO-20-41-ALL (same title as this blog) as of June 21, 2021.   CMS notes the Memorandum (11 pages in length) was revised to provide additional guidance and clarifications due to the continued public health emergency (PHE). “CMS recognizes many facilities are still operating under…… Continue reading Guidance Related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption Based on a Facility’s Activation of Their Emergency Plan

Latest COVID-19 Data from CMS, CDC and NHSN

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted COVID-19 nursing home data for week ending June 6, 2021. Facilities with 75% or more completed vaccinations for staff are listed here. This list is as of June 16, 2021.  CDC’s COVID Data Tracker provides this information: Recent updates to CDC’s Tracker: The County View…… Continue reading Latest COVID-19 Data from CMS, CDC and NHSN

Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Interim Final Rule Scheduled for Publication

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare One week ago, I blogged about the upcoming OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard rule that requires employers to help protect healthcare workers in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.   You will want to reference that blog as there are important resources for you/your team…… Continue reading Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Interim Final Rule Scheduled for Publication