Iowa HHA: Home Health Agency Low-Utilization Payment Adjustment (LUPA) Reimbursement Rates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) posted INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO. 2250-MC-FFS on August 3, 2021.  The IL is directed to Iowa Medicaid Home Health Agencies and is effective July 1, 2021. Provisions of the 2021 Iowa Acts, House File 891, Section…… Continue reading Iowa HHA: Home Health Agency Low-Utilization Payment Adjustment (LUPA) Reimbursement Rates

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of all healthcare professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, including patients’ ability to attend important appointments and receive routine…… Continue reading August is National Immunization Awareness Month

SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Agenda Updated

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, August 5, 2021 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) This call will be Conference Call Only. To participate by phone: Dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Conference…… Continue reading SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Agenda Updated

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities through June 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) posted a data report by the same title as this blog on August 2, 2021. “This data note examines state reported LTCF data from 42 states plus Washington DC through the end of June 2021 to examine patterns of COVID-19…… Continue reading COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities through June 2021

CMS Updated COVID-19 County Positivity Rates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the latest county positivity rates for July 14 – July 22, 2021. Visually, there is a lot more red on this report than what we’ve seen for a while, particularly in the southern states and Utah. As a reminder, nursing homes are required…… Continue reading CMS Updated COVID-19 County Positivity Rates

Appropriate Staffing Standards in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AMDA (The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine – Medical Directors) has posted a position statement on appropriate staffing standards for PAC and LTC.  It’s a thoughtful and interesting 4-page read.  The position statement is dated July 22, 2021.  I’ve added bolding to highlight the…… Continue reading Appropriate Staffing Standards in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care

Antipsychotic Medication Use Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Since the launch of the National Partnership, significant reductions in the prevalence of antipsychotic medication use in long-stay nursing home residents have been documented.  The National Partnership continues to work with state coalitions and nursing homes to reduce that rate even further. Recently, CMS announced a…… Continue reading Antipsychotic Medication Use Data

56th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and ADA Anniversary

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Birthdays and anniversaries are big events for me; history is also important.  There are two (2) historical anniversaries this week that need mention. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid. For 56 years since, these…… Continue reading 56th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and ADA Anniversary

OIG Report: States’ Backlogs of Standard Surveys of Nursing Homes Grew Substantially During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare OIG (Office of Inspector General) posted this report (same title as this blog) on July 27, 2021.  The report is a 4-page addendum to the December 2020 report. OIG analyzed CMS administrative data on standard surveys that States conducted from February 1, 2020, through May…… Continue reading OIG Report: States’ Backlogs of Standard Surveys of Nursing Homes Grew Substantially During the COVID-19 Pandemic