Register for an iQIES Account – Action Required

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Dear Home Health Agency (HHA): The Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES), which providers and vendors use to submit assessment data, is being upgraded to make the system more reliable, scalable, secure, and accessible.  The enhancements will occur in phases (by provider type) and began with…… Continue reading Register for an iQIES Account – Action Required

Clinician Guide for Appropriate Opioid Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics.  This 6-page Guide looks to be a great resource and I encourage you to download it and share with your…… Continue reading Clinician Guide for Appropriate Opioid Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation

Are You Ready for the 2019 – 2020 Flu Season???

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The flu season is fast approaching and you as well as your facility/community need to be prepared! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Influenza is a serious health threat, especially to vulnerable populations…… Continue reading Are You Ready for the 2019 – 2020 Flu Season???

Iowa SNF/LTC Providers – Optional State Assessment (OSA) Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) issued a joint informational letter dated October 9, 2019 (I received it via email just this afternoon) updating information provided late last month regarding the use of the OSA for IA Medicaid Case…… Continue reading Iowa SNF/LTC Providers – Optional State Assessment (OSA) Update

Consumer Alerts Added to Nursing Home Compare Website and the Five-Star Quality Rating System

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I provided the press release/information on October 7, 2019 regarding the updates to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System.   CMS also issued Survey & Certification Notice QSO-20-01-NH, dated that same day, to relay this information to providers and State Survey Agency Directors.…… Continue reading Consumer Alerts Added to Nursing Home Compare Website and the Five-Star Quality Rating System

MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 12.1 Now Available – Again

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the updated Quality Measures manual – version 12.1 – in early September 2019 then pulled it off the website a short time later.  The updated QM manual – still version 12.1 was posted again on October 8, 2019 in the form of a…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 12.1 Now Available – Again