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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted COVID-19 nursing home data for the week ending May 8, 2022. Comparing the May 8th data to the previous May 1st data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate again remained the same as the 2 previous weeksResidents with booster doses increased by 0.2%…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data

CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers Updated   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated Section 13 – SNF Quality Reporting Program in the CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers. In that Section, you’ll find: Scroll down the page beneath the hyperlink found in the 1st sentence of this Blog to find: Each of the Sections…… Continue reading CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers Updated   

Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on May 16, 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

NOW AVAILABLE: Updated Draft OASIS-E Instrument and Changes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The updated draft OASIS-E All Items Instrument is now available in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets webpage. A log of changes since posting in February is also available. OASIS-E will be effective January 01, 2023. Please note the instrument is not yet final. Office of Management and…… Continue reading NOW AVAILABLE: Updated Draft OASIS-E Instrument and Changes

NOW AVAILABLE: Draft OASIS-E Guidance Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The draft Guidance Manual for the OASIS-E version of the OASIS data set, effective January 1, 2023, is available in the Downloads section on the OASIS Users Manuals page.  The updated draft OASIS-E All Items Instrument is now available in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets webpage. A…… Continue reading NOW AVAILABLE: Draft OASIS-E Guidance Manual

National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Providers: An Interim Assessment (OIG) 

Mary Madison, Rn, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Background checks for employees of long-term-care facilities are an important safety measure that can help protect some of the facilities’ most vulnerable populations. More than 13 million beneficiaries are served by long-term-care facilities each year, including the elderly, individuals in hospice care, and individuals with intellectual…… Continue reading National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Providers: An Interim Assessment (OIG) 

Nursing Facility Staff Vaccinations, Boosters, and Shortages After Vaccination Deadlines Passed  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “In a new analysis, KFF researchers find that COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing home staff increased by 25 percentage points nationally (63% to 88%) from when the Biden administration announced the vaccine mandate for health care workers in August 2021 to after vaccination deadlines passed in March…… Continue reading Nursing Facility Staff Vaccinations, Boosters, and Shortages After Vaccination Deadlines Passed  

Accuracy of Falls Reporting in Home Health OASIS Assessments   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In April 2022, CMS will begin publicly reporting on the Care Compare website the percentage of patients in home health care who fell and endured major injuries for each home health agency (HHA). HHAs report falls in patient assessments using the standardized Outcome and Assessment Information…… Continue reading Accuracy of Falls Reporting in Home Health OASIS Assessments