Overview of the List of Measures Under Consideration for December 1, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The pre-rulemaking process provides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with a vehicle to hear from stakeholders for early consideration of measures. CMS is issuing this List of Measures Under Consideration (MUC) to comply with the statutory requirement that the Secretary of the Department…… Continue reading Overview of the List of Measures Under Consideration for December 1, 2022

OASIS Education and Automation Coordinators

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This document (5 pages in length) contains contact information for both OASIS Education and Automation Coordinators. Each State has designated OASIS Coordinators to provide guidance on the administration and submission of the OASIS instrument. The list was last updated in February 2022. The OASIS E data…… Continue reading OASIS Education and Automation Coordinators

National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 5-12

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare National Influenza Vaccination Week is a critical opportunity to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu this flu season by getting their annual flu vaccine if they have not already. Currently, flu activity is…… Continue reading National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 5-12

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum – December 7, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2022 PM at 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair…… Continue reading Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum – December 7, 2022

CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum – Thursday, December 8, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, December 8, 2022 Start Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith &…… Continue reading CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum – Thursday, December 8, 2022

FY 2024 SNF VBP Program December 2022 Quarterly Reports Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The December 2022 Quarterly Confidential Feedback Reports for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program are now available to download via the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES)/Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) reporting system. These reports contain facility…… Continue reading FY 2024 SNF VBP Program December 2022 Quarterly Reports Now Available

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending November 20, 2022. Comparing the November 20th data to the November 13th data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased 0.1% this week Residents up to date with vaccines increased 0.8% – same as the…… Continue reading Latest CMS, NHSN and CDC COVID-19 Nursing Home Data Posted

Home Health Claims: New Grouper Edits

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted Transmittal 11714 – Change Request 12924 on November 18, 2022. This Change Request contains no new policy. It improves the implementation of existing policies. The Home Health (HH) Grouper program contains various data validity edits that ensure consistent and accurate data is used when…… Continue reading Home Health Claims: New Grouper Edits

Five-Star Preview Reports Available on December 5, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on December 5, 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 the…… Continue reading Five-Star Preview Reports Available on December 5, 2022

World AIDS Day: Putting Ourselves to the Test – Achieving Equity to End HIV

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Each year on December 1st, we commemorate World AIDS Day. This important awareness day remains a time to reflect on our worldwide response to HIV/AIDS while honoring the lives of those lost to AIDS-related illnesses. On this day, we also renew our commitment to supporting the…… Continue reading World AIDS Day: Putting Ourselves to the Test – Achieving Equity to End HIV