OIG Report: CMS Should Take Further Action to Address States with Poor Performance in Conducting Nursing Home Surveys

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General posted this 42-page report (same title as this blog) on January 14, 2022. CMS oversees how State survey agencies (States) conduct surveys of nursing homes to assess the homes’ compliance with Federal requirements. Recent work by OIG has found problems with…… Continue reading OIG Report: CMS Should Take Further Action to Address States with Poor Performance in Conducting Nursing Home Surveys

January 2022 Update of Appendix B of the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 18, 2022, CMS posted its monthly update to Appendix B of the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual.  Appendix B contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and contacts. The changes, displayed above, are found…… Continue reading January 2022 Update of Appendix B of the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual

HHA Providers: January 14, 2022 HHA Preview Report Announcement Sent in Error

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, January 14, 2022, CMS sent a notice to HHA Providers stating that their Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the April 2022 Refresh of Care Compare/Provider Data Catalog, had been updated and were ready for viewing. We would like to note that…… Continue reading HHA Providers: January 14, 2022 HHA Preview Report Announcement Sent in Error

GAO Health Care Capsule: Improving Nursing Home Quality and Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Government Accountability Office has posted this January 2022 Health Care Capsule to “summarize past GAO reports on concerns about nursing home quality of care, consumer information, and COVID-19. It also describes relevant GAO recommendations and agency efforts to address them and identifies relevant policy questions.”…… Continue reading GAO Health Care Capsule: Improving Nursing Home Quality and Information

CDC Updates Consumer Mask Website

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, January 14, 2022, CDC updated the consumer webpage describing the types of masks and respirators used to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Masking is a critical public health tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is important to remember that any mask is…… Continue reading CDC Updates Consumer Mask Website

Association Between the PDPM, Therapy Utilization and Patient Outcomes in U.S. SNFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A team of Brown University researchers asked this question: Was the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), implemented in October 2019, associated with rehabilitation therapy utilization and health outcomes of patients admitted to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs)? Their findings: In this cross-sectional study of 201,084 patients admitted…… Continue reading Association Between the PDPM, Therapy Utilization and Patient Outcomes in U.S. SNFs

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Reports (Q2 – 2021) Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. The National Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus…… Continue reading National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Reports (Q2 – 2021) Available

Healthcare and Public Health Sector Cybersecurity Notification: Microsoft Warns of Destructive Malware Targeting Ukrainian Organizations

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare January 16, 2022 Microsoft Security BlogMicrosoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has identified evidence of a destructive malware operation targeting multiple organizations in Ukraine. Specifically, Microsoft identified intrusion activity originating from Ukraine that appeared to be possible Master Boot Records (MBR) Wiper activity. During Microsoft’s investigation, it…… Continue reading Healthcare and Public Health Sector Cybersecurity Notification: Microsoft Warns of Destructive Malware Targeting Ukrainian Organizations

Updates to CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines in Healthcare and Non-healthcare Settings

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you missed this COCA call last Thursday, January 13, 2022, you can listen at your convenience and obtain the corresponding slides as well here.  If you’re just looking for the slide deck, click here. Lots of great information in this as well as all COCA…… Continue reading Updates to CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines in Healthcare and Non-healthcare Settings