Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the COVID-19 nursing home data for the week ending September 18, 2022. Comparing the September 18th data to the September 11th data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased 0.2% from previous week Residents with booster doses decreased 1.1% from previous week Staff primary…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

CMS Statement on IRF PAI and Compliance with the QRP

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing a statement on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) V4.0 and compliance with the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) to address concerns brought forth by the IRF provider community. Additionally, CMS is publishing a Q&A…… Continue reading CMS Statement on IRF PAI and Compliance with the QRP

Care Compare September Release of IRF and LTCH QRP Data Now

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The September 2022 Release of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data is now available on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC). The data are based on quality assessment data submitted by IRFs to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from…… Continue reading Care Compare September Release of IRF and LTCH QRP Data Now

CMS-R-5: Physicians Certifications/Recertificationsin Skilled Nursing Facilities Manual Instructions

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS’ intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register…… Continue reading CMS-R-5: Physicians Certifications/Recertificationsin Skilled Nursing Facilities Manual Instructions

Expanded HHVBP Model: Registration Now Available – Live Encore – Navigating Performance Feedback Reports: Interim Performance Report (IPR) and Annual Performance Report (APR)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On October 11th from 2:00 pm ET – 3:00 pm ET, the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Technical Assistance (TA) Team will present a live encore presentation of the August 25th webinar: Navigating Performance Feedback Reports: Interim Performance Report (IPR) and Annual Performance Report (APR). The…… Continue reading Expanded HHVBP Model: Registration Now Available – Live Encore – Navigating Performance Feedback Reports: Interim Performance Report (IPR) and Annual Performance Report (APR)

CMS Updates the LTC Survey Process Documents Again

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted 2 updates for the LTCSP on 2 consecutive days this week: #3 in the 9/27/2022 update – 2022 Summary of Major Software Enhancements looks like this: The Revision History and the .zip folder containing the Survey Resources with Staff Vaccine are found beneath…… Continue reading CMS Updates the LTC Survey Process Documents Again

COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey Tool for Acute and Continuing Care Providers and Suppliers (REVISED)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the revised QSO-21-08-NLTC on Monday, September 26, 2022. This QSO Memorandum does not apply to Nursing Homes/LTC. Ending the COVID-19 FIC Survey and Tool for Acute and Continuing Care: Returning to the Existing Standard Survey Process CMS has always focused its regulatory and oversight…… Continue reading COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey Tool for Acute and Continuing Care Providers and Suppliers (REVISED)

GAO Report: Medicare Telehealth – Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight and Help Providers Educate Patients on Privacy and Security Risks

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) temporarily waived certain Medicare restrictions on telehealth—the delivery of some services via audio-only or video technology. Use of telehealth services increased from about 5 million services pre-waiver (April to December 2019) to…… Continue reading GAO Report: Medicare Telehealth – Actions Needed to Strengthen Oversight and Help Providers Educate Patients on Privacy and Security Risks

Biden-Harris Administration Makes More Medicare Nursing Home Ownership Data Publicly Available, Improving Identification of Multiple Facilities Under Common Ownership

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Monday, September 26, 2022 … Today, in another effort to improve nursing home transparency, safety and quality, and accountability, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is making additional data publicly available that provide more…… Continue reading Biden-Harris Administration Makes More Medicare Nursing Home Ownership Data Publicly Available, Improving Identification of Multiple Facilities Under Common Ownership

CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today, September 26, 2022, CMS posted updates to the LTC Survey Process: The updates are found here. [Briggs subscribers to the 1766 … Survey Guide – Interpretive Guidelines for Long-Term Care and  1766E … Survey Guide – Interpretive Guidelines for Long-Term Care – eManual will receive…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents