Upcoming Holiday Celebrations and COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Monday, September 21, 2020, CMS provided Holiday Celebrations guidance that is pertinent to our communities at large as well as to those individuals that enter/work in LTC facilities and other congregate living communities. “As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall…… Continue reading Upcoming Holiday Celebrations and COVID-19

Abbott BinaxNOW™ Resources Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AHCA/NCAL has posted information regarding the availability of Abbott BinaxNOW™ Resources.  The date of the post is September 23, 2020. Skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities who are receiving the Abbott BinaxNOW™ test kits can refer to the following resources from Abbott: Contact Information:    ​To report…… Continue reading Abbott BinaxNOW™ Resources Available

CMS Updates County Data for COVID-19 Testing Weekly Now

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Monday, September 21, 2020, AHCA/NCAL posted a blog entitled CMS to Update County Data for COVID-19 Testing Weekly and Allow Use of State or County Data in Updated Methodology (underlining added by me to emphasize CMS changes): “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has…… Continue reading CMS Updates County Data for COVID-19 Testing Weekly Now

jRAVEN Updated in Preparation for MDS 3.0 v1.17.2

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Data Collection Software: jRAVEN The Resident Assessment Validation and Entry System (jRAVEN) was developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). jRAVEN is a free Java based software application which provides an option for facilities to collect and maintain MDS Assessment data for subsequent…… Continue reading jRAVEN Updated in Preparation for MDS 3.0 v1.17.2

Version 10 – Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in NHs Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The latest version of this toolkit was posted yesterday: Version 10 – Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes.  This version is 176 pages and updates individual state actions found in all previous versions. If you aren’t familiar with this toolkit or…… Continue reading Version 10 – Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in NHs Posted

Recent COVID-19 Guidance/Information Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Updated county positivity rates are now available: Week Ending September 17, 2020.  Archived county positivity data is found here. Ten Clinical Tips on COVID-19 for Healthcare Providers Involved in Patient Care for Healthcare Workers was updated by CDC on September 16, 2020. Areas covered include: Treatment…… Continue reading Recent COVID-19 Guidance/Information Updates

CMS Releases Additional Information on Coverage and Payment Information for COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Facilities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today (September 18, 2020), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released information to help states, nursing facilities, and other providers better understand the sources of Medicare and Medicaid coverage and payment for COVID-19 testing, including a flow chart detailing testing coverage for nursing facility…… Continue reading CMS Releases Additional Information on Coverage and Payment Information for COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Facilities

CMS Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late in the afternoon of Thursday, September 17, 2020, CMS dropped the latest guidance for nursing home visitation during COVID-19: QSO-20-39-NH. There is a great deal of information within this 7-page memorandum so be sure to review it carefully with your team and colleagues. I’m highlighting…… Continue reading CMS Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Nursing Homes