AHCA/NCAL Guidance: Accepting Admissions from Hospitals During COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AHCA (American Health Care Association) and NCAL (National Center for Assisted Living) had updated guidance on accepting admissions from hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The guidance was revised/updated on March 30, 2020. “The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to long term care…… Continue reading AHCA/NCAL Guidance: Accepting Admissions from Hospitals During COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised

Updated CMS and CDC COVID-19 Guidance for LTC

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are issuing new recommendations to State and local governments and long-term care facilities (also known as nursing homes) to help mitigate the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus…… Continue reading Updated CMS and CDC COVID-19 Guidance for LTC

COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has a website dedicated to podcasts and transcripts.  “This page holds all Partner Relations Group Podcasts, transcripts and audio recordings. CMS makes Open Door Forums and other presentations available as an audio podcast. The Podcasts are available, free of charge.” A National Stakeholder Call…… Continue reading COVID-19 Stakeholder Calls

RAI Manual – Updated Appendix B List Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated Appendix B of the RAI Manual.  The effective date of the revision is March 26, 2020. If you’re not familiar with Appendix B, this Appendix B contains the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members and Regional Office…… Continue reading RAI Manual – Updated Appendix B List Posted

LTC/SNF: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted a Fact Sheet dated March 28, 2020 that outline recent emergency declaration and emergency rule making. These temporary changes will apply immediately across the entire U.S. healthcare system for the duration of the emergency declaration. This 5-page document provides a few details…… Continue reading LTC/SNF: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Clarity for Home Health Agencies – COVID-19 Waivers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C from Provider Insights, Inc. has provided more clarity for home health agencies during this time. Read the full summary: So, last night, CMS published a “Fact Sheet” of additional blanket waivers and flexibilities provided to the home health industry.  Immediately,…… Continue reading Clarity for Home Health Agencies – COVID-19 Waivers