Latest COVID-19 Data: CMS, CDC and NHSN

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home data for the week ending October 10, 2021.  This latest data set shows these changes from the October 3rd data set: Resident vaccination increased 0.5% from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 1.4% from the previous weekResident confirmed cases increased 4,016 from…… Continue reading Latest COVID-19 Data: CMS, CDC and NHSN

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On October 21, 2021, “CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as…… Continue reading CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Letters for CY2022 APU for Home Health Agencies

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS is providing notifications to home health agencies that were determined to be out of compliance with Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for CY 2020, which will affect their CY 2022 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications are being distributed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs)…… Continue reading Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Letters for CY2022 APU for Home Health Agencies

Upcoming Rulemaking for Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Hospice Programs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On October 20, 2021, CMS posted QSO-22-01-Hospice. Discussion: In current rulemaking, CMS outlines the statutory requirements and dates included in the CAA 2021. Given that some statutory timelines are effective prior to the effective date of the final rule, CMS’s ability to conduct compliance monitoring activities…… Continue reading Upcoming Rulemaking for Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Hospice Programs

Updated Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines is published in an electronic format that can be updated in step with the rapid pace and growing volume of information regarding the treatment of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) is committed to updating this document…… Continue reading Updated Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines

Food for Thought: A Place for Dignity in Eldercare?

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A recent article in Harvard Medicine (Autumn 2021 issue) caught my eye and has given me plenty to think about.  I encourage you to review the piece and give it some thought as well.  The subtitle of A Place for Dignity in Eldercare? is “As a…… Continue reading Food for Thought: A Place for Dignity in Eldercare?