CMS Posts Latest COVID-19 Data for Week Ending September 12, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for week ending September 12, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the September 5th data set: Resident vaccination remains unchanged from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 0.7% from the previous weekResident confirmed cases increased 5,257 from…… Continue reading CMS Posts Latest COVID-19 Data for Week Ending September 12, 2021

Survey: Nearly Every U.S. Nursing Home And Assisted Living Community Is Facing A Workforce Crisis

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The subtitle of this September 22, 2021 AHCA/NCAL Press Release is “86 percent of nursing homes and 77 percent of assisted living providers said their workforce situation has gotten worse over the last three months. 58 percent of nursing homes limiting new admissions due to shortages.”  …… Continue reading Survey: Nearly Every U.S. Nursing Home And Assisted Living Community Is Facing A Workforce Crisis

Latest CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has posted COVID-19 community data for Time Period: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Remember that you can determine your community’s level of transmission on this same page, using the options seen below on that page. On this CDC page, you’ll…… Continue reading Latest CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

Training and Resources for Falls Prevention Awareness Week: September 20-24, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Every September, on the first day of fall, the National Council on Aging promotes National Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Fall prevention is a team effort. Healthcare providers, including primary care specialists, pharmacists, and physical therapists can work together to reduce fall risk in their older adult…… Continue reading Training and Resources for Falls Prevention Awareness Week: September 20-24, 2021

jRAVEN Users: FY2022 Update Released

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS via the QIES Technical Support Office has released the latest update for jRAVEN users – jRAVEN 1.7.8.  If you are using jRAVEN to encode your MDS’, you’ll want to download and install this version for use beginning October 1, 2021.  Here are those Release Notes:…… Continue reading jRAVEN Users: FY2022 Update Released

Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on September 20, 2021. 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

COVID-19 Resident and Staff Vaccination Rates Now on Care Compare

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS announced this afternoon that nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 vaccinations are now available on Care Compare.  This data was unveiled this afternoon (September 21, 2021).  The reported data will be updated by CMS bi-weekly. When you go into the nursing homes area and select…… Continue reading COVID-19 Resident and Staff Vaccination Rates Now on Care Compare

Reporting Exceptions Granted Due to Hurricane Ida

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs located in areas affected by Hurricane Ida to assist you while you direct your resources toward caring for patients and repairing structural damages to facilities. For…… Continue reading Reporting Exceptions Granted Due to Hurricane Ida

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 State Performance Standards System (SPSS) Findings, FY 2021 SPSS Guidance, and FY 2019 Results

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On September 15, 2021, CMS issued Admin Info: 21-08-ALL.  This is a 34-page Administrative Memorandum. Beginning on page 6 of the QSO you’ll find these attachments: • Attachment A: FY 2021 SPSS Measure Definition Details                                                                                      • Attachment B: Conduct of Focused Infection Control Surveys in FY2020…… Continue reading Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 State Performance Standards System (SPSS) Findings, FY 2021 SPSS Guidance, and FY 2019 Results

CDC to Invest $2.1 Billion to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, September 17, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration and CDC announced “a $2.1 billion investment to improve infection prevention and control activities across the U.S. public health and healthcare sectors. The Biden-Harris Administration, working through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is investing American…… Continue reading CDC to Invest $2.1 Billion to Protect Patients and Healthcare Workers