Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems Revised July 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS released an updated Survey & Certification notice – now identified as QSO-17-30- Hospitals/CAHs/NHs  – on Friday, July 6, 2018.  The subject of this QSO is: Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease (LD).…… Continue reading Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems Revised July 2018

Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Results in Discrimination Charges – Residents with Hearing Disabilities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Does your assisted living facility make reasonable accommodations for residents with hearing disabilities? If the answer is no or you’re not sure, you’ll want to read about a Federal lawsuit recently filed against “at least 14 operators of assisted-living and nursing facilities in Arizona (who)…… Continue reading Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Results in Discrimination Charges – Residents with Hearing Disabilities

Nursing Home Compare and Payroll-Based Journal Data Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On June 22, 2018, CMS announced updates related to Nursing Home Compare, Payroll-Based Journal data and the Health Inspection Rating Freeze. The announcement was made via an Open Door Forum email to subscribers. Long-Stay Hospitalization Quality Measure CMS continues to focus on reducing hospitalizations to…… Continue reading Nursing Home Compare and Payroll-Based Journal Data Updates

Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has just posted a SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program FAQ document. “The Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program awards incentive payments to SNFs based on their performance on the Program’s measure of readmissions. SNF VBP payment incentives will be included on Medicare Part…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Submit the MBI Without Hyphens or Spaces to Avoid Rejection of Your Claim

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS released a revised SE18006 on June 21, 2018 “to emphasize the need to submit the MBI without hyphens or spaces to avoid rejection of your claim. All other information remains the same.” “This Special Edition MLN Matters® Article is intended for physicians, providers, and…… Continue reading Submit the MBI Without Hyphens or Spaces to Avoid Rejection of Your Claim