COVID-19 Blanket Swing Bed Waiver for Addressing Barriers to NH Placement

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS issued SE20018 on May 20, 2020.  This MLN Matters Article “is for hospitals requesting Medicare approve swing beds as a hospital service to provide skilled nursing level care for hospitalized patients who don’t need acute level care but can’t find nursing home placement during…… Continue reading COVID-19 Blanket Swing Bed Waiver for Addressing Barriers to NH Placement

CDC Releases Reopening America Guidelines

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This past weekend, the CDC released its version of safely reopening America: CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again.  This 60-page document was to have been released back on May 8th but the White House…… Continue reading CDC Releases Reopening America Guidelines

AMDA Considerations to Consider Before Implementing Universal Testing

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AMDA posted this document on May 18, 2020.  Here is the issue that the document addresses: “There is a clear understanding that protecting our vulnerable post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) population is dependent on adequate access to testing. Testing must be readily accessible, completed in…… Continue reading AMDA Considerations to Consider Before Implementing Universal Testing

CMS Issues Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This Press Release was issued late on Monday, May 18, 2020 to announce new guidance for state and local officials to ensure the safe reopening of nursing homes across the country.  “The recommendations would allow states to make sure nursing homes are continuing to take…… Continue reading CMS Issues Nursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials

No MDS 3.0 v1.18.1 – But There Will Be MDS 3.0 v1.17.2

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Yes, you read that right.  CMS posted the draft version of the MDS 3.0 Item Set that we were to start using October 1, 2020 but a couple of events in particular prompted CMS to remove v1.18.1 back on March 19th: CMS is delaying the…… Continue reading No MDS 3.0 v1.18.1 – But There Will Be MDS 3.0 v1.17.2

COVID-19 NHSN Reporting Requirements for Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare While researching NHSN for a lab session I’m presenting at the virtual AAPACN annual conference June 3-5th, I found this document that provides the CMS requirements for reporting COVID-19 data to NHSN. It’s also found on this page near the top, with this information: And…… Continue reading COVID-19 NHSN Reporting Requirements for Nursing Homes