Updated Agenda for Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 PM at 2:00-3:00 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 Updated Agenda for Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum

Minnesota: Assisted Living Licensure Rules Report Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 29, 2021, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Ann O’Reilly issued a Report regarding the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH’s) proposed rules governing assisted living licensure. Because ALJ O’Reilly disapproved some of the rule, she gave a copy of her Report and the hearing record to Chief…… Continue reading Minnesota: Assisted Living Licensure Rules Report Update

Updated Summary of COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers – April 9, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I provided you with the latest information on the COVID-19 Emergency Regulatory Blanket Waivers in this April 9, 2021 blog.   CMS also updated its summary of these emergency declaration blanket waivers in a separate document that same day.  You can find that 44-page summary document here.  …… Continue reading Updated Summary of COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers – April 9, 2021

Updated CDC COVID-19 Information – 1st Ten (10) Days of April 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Post-COVID Conditions was updated April 8, 2021. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks to months of illness, some do not. CDC and experts around the world are working to learn more about short- and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19, who gets them,…… Continue reading Updated CDC COVID-19 Information – 1st Ten (10) Days of April 2021

CMS Posts COVID-19 County Positivity Rates – April 12, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has just posted the county positivity rates for April 12, 2021. As part of CMS’ commitment to protecting nursing home residents, and to boost the surveillance of COVID-19, nursing homes are now required to conduct testing of residents and staff.  More information about these requirements…… Continue reading CMS Posts COVID-19 County Positivity Rates – April 12, 2021

Lost on the Frontline: 12 Months of Trauma-More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Above is the title of a 12-month investigation conducted by The Guardian and KHN (Kaiser Health News).  This is a report that should be read/reviewed by everyone – especially health care workers, health care leaders and government leaders. “Lost on the Frontline is the most complete…… Continue reading Lost on the Frontline: 12 Months of Trauma-More Than 3,600 US Health Workers Died in Covid’s First Year

Updates to LTC Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Thursday, April 8, 2021, CMS issued QSO-21-17-NH. This is an important QSO memorandum for all LTC providers so review it carefully!   CMS is ending select emergency blanket waivers. CMS is only ending the waivers at 42 CFR §483.10(e)(6) for providing written notice before a room/roommate…… Continue reading Updates to LTC Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19

Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would provide routine updates to hospice base payments and the aggregate cap amount for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This proposed rule also includes a comment solicitation regarding hospice utilization. In addition, this rule proposes to rebase…… Continue reading Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Proposed Rule

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late on the afternoon of April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) under the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. In addition, the proposed rule includes proposals for…… Continue reading SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Proposed Rule