Assisted Living Facilities Excluded from EPA Final Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® I just blogged on the December 11, 2018 EPA Final Rule that is awaiting publication in the Federal Register.  Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed this final rule on December 11, 2018 however the clock for implementation 6 months later cannot start until…… Continue reading Assisted Living Facilities Excluded from EPA Final Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Final Rule – EPA Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The Final Rule for hazardous waste disposal was signed by Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on December 11, 2018 however it cannot be published in the Federal Register yet due to the ongoing partial government shutdown. The pre-publication of the unofficial Final Rule…… Continue reading Final Rule – EPA Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

Did You Know…

On December 20, 2018 CMS released the FINAL Guidance Manual for OASIS-D 12 days before the implementation of assessment instrument. In July of 2018 an errata for the manual was released. Historically CMS has released an errata after the final manual. The final OASIS-D Guidance Manual contained only 4 of the 17 identified errors. CMS…… Continue reading Did You Know…

Upcoming Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS’ Medicare Learning Network (MLN) is hosting a national provider call on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time). Register early to reserve your “seat” for this call. Here is the information for this call: Description During this call, gain insight on…… Continue reading Upcoming Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool Call

CMS Posts DRAFT MDS 3.0 Item Sets for October 1, 2019 Release

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® As promised, CMS posted the DRAFT MDS 3.0 v1.17 Item Sets late in the day on January 3, 2019.  (If MDS runs in your blood too, you’ve been watching for this as well!)  This information can be found at: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/… Scroll down this page to Downloads…… Continue reading CMS Posts DRAFT MDS 3.0 Item Sets for October 1, 2019 Release

SNF PPS: New Patient Driven Payment Model Call Recording and Transcript Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted the audio recording and transcript of the December 11, 2018 national call – SNF PPS: New Patient Driven Payment Model. You’ll want to listen to the recording or read the transcript as well as review the presentation slides that are available at…… Continue reading SNF PPS: New Patient Driven Payment Model Call Recording and Transcript Now Available

Upcoming Webinar: All Cause Harm Prevention Change Package

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® A week ago, I blogged on the All Cause Harm Prevention Change Package just after it was posted.  The National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign is offering a one-hour webinar next month that you’ll want to take advantage of.  This upcoming webinar on the All Cause…… Continue reading Upcoming Webinar: All Cause Harm Prevention Change Package