Facility-Initiated Discharges in Nursing Homes Require Further Attention

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted this 44-page study (same name as the title of this blog) on November 18, 2021.  The report summary is found here. “Nursing homes can legally discharge residents for certain reasons (known as facility-initiated discharges). Facility-initiated discharges that do not…… Continue reading Facility-Initiated Discharges in Nursing Homes Require Further Attention

CMS Updates Appendix B of the RAI User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an updated Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual late on Monday afternoon, November 22, 2021. The November update of Appendix B to the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and…… Continue reading CMS Updates Appendix B of the RAI User’s Manual

Reduced Payment for P.T. and O.T. Services Furnished In Whole or In Part by a PTA or OTA

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS issued Transmittal 11129 … Change Request 12397 on Monday, November 22, 2021.  The red ink for the Medicare Claims Processing Manual Chapter 5 – Part B Outpatient Rehabilitation and CORF/OPT Services begins on page 9 of the 11-page transmittal.  You’ll also find general information regarding…… Continue reading Reduced Payment for P.T. and O.T. Services Furnished In Whole or In Part by a PTA or OTA

Over The Counter (OTC) Home Testing and CLIA Applicability

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare There’s new FAQ guidance posted as of Monday, November 22, 2021 on the CMS Current Emergencies website: Over The Counter (OTC) Home Testing and CLIA Applicability. This 4-page FAQ addresses: Does use of over the counter (OTC) tests authorized by the FDA intended for home use…… Continue reading Over The Counter (OTC) Home Testing and CLIA Applicability

jRAVEN Software Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an update to its free MDS 3.0 software on November 24, 2021.         jRAVEN (version 1.7.9) is now available for download which contains the following update: 1.   The new version number for the PDPM Grouper, v2.0001.

Latest CDC, CMS and NHSN COVID-19 and Flu Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending November 7, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the October 31st data set: Resident vaccination rate increased 0.2% from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 0.7% from the previous week (same as the…… Continue reading Latest CDC, CMS and NHSN COVID-19 and Flu Data Posted

Be Antibiotics Aware Educational Materials Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare November 18, 2021 was the 1st day of Antibiotic Awareness Week. In observance of U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, CDC encourages healthcare professionals to continue improving antibiotic prescribing and use by using CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware educational materials and sharing them with your colleagues and patients. These…… Continue reading Be Antibiotics Aware Educational Materials Available