Does your emergency preparedness program include ways to strengthen infectious disease surveillance and response?

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare It’s that time of year when people travel for pleasure and generously share their pathogenic microorganisms. It’s also a good reminder that earlier this year CMS updated Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual to include; “Planning for using an all-hazards approach should also include emerging…… Continue reading Does your emergency preparedness program include ways to strengthen infectious disease surveillance and response?

Effective June 8, 2019, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) restructured the BFCC-QIO coverage.

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare When a Medicare health plan, either directly or by delegation, terminates pre-authorized coverage of services from a Home Health Agency (HHA) a special expedited review procedure applies. Expedited review requests filed timely bypass the health plan’s reconsideration process, and an independent review entity known as a…… Continue reading Effective June 8, 2019, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) restructured the BFCC-QIO coverage.

Early Release of October 2019 RAI User’s Manual Just Posted by CMS

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted this notification initially the evening of Saturday, May 18th and again this forenoon: “The PDF file labeled “MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 October 1, 2019” is now available in the Related Links section below. Please note this early release is being provided in…… Continue reading Early Release of October 2019 RAI User’s Manual Just Posted by CMS

Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A bill in the Minnesota legislature is being finalized to license Assisted living facilities for the very first time. This agreement, which is expected to pass, will bring Minnesota in line with the rest of the country in terms of regulating AL. ALFs have been…… Continue reading Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed

July 1, 2019 your agency will need to use the renewed HHCCN

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the Home Health Change of Care (HHCCN) Form, CMS-10280.  Effective July 1, 2019, all Home Health Agencies (HHA) will be required to use the renewed form with the expiration date of 4/30/2022 on the bottom.  Please…… Continue reading July 1, 2019 your agency will need to use the renewed HHCCN

Just in case you didn’t see the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door announcement…

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 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 Acting…… Continue reading Just in case you didn’t see the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door announcement…