AMDA: Interim Recommendations for Communal Activities and Visitation in PAC and LTCFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AMDA (The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) has released their final Interim Recommendations for Communal Activities and Visitation in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities.  These recommendations carry a date of February 25, 2021.  To be clear – this is NOT guidance from CMS but…… Continue reading AMDA: Interim Recommendations for Communal Activities and Visitation in PAC and LTCFs

Third COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Emergency Use + Webinar

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The last weekend of February 2020 saw a much welcome approval of a 3rd vaccine to protect Americans from the serious outcomes due to COVID-19. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky issued a media statement on Sunday, February 28, 2021 announcing the signing of the ACIP (Advisory Committee…… Continue reading Third COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Emergency Use + Webinar

CMS and CDC COVID-19 Data Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted COVID-19 nursing home data for week ending February 14, 2021. CDC has posted COVID-19 data, including vaccinationsas of 5pm (ET) February 25, 2021: LTC Data: We’re making progress.  Keep up the good work.  Get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to you. …… Continue reading CMS and CDC COVID-19 Data Updates

Key Insights from GAO’s Oversight of the Federal Public Health Response

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The GAO (Government Accountability Office) released Testimony Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives.  This document contains the statement of A. Nicole Clowers, Managing Director, Health Care Team – beginning on page 3 of this 17-page document.  Additional materials about this testimony/GAO report can…… Continue reading Key Insights from GAO’s Oversight of the Federal Public Health Response

CDC COVID-19 Updates – Week of February 22, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine was updated February 23, 2021.  This website provides a lot of information, particularly for the consumer, including: Common side effectsHelpful tipsReducing pain and discomfort at the site of the injectionReducing discomfort from feverWhen to call the doctorScheduling your…… Continue reading CDC COVID-19 Updates – Week of February 22, 2021

NHSN Reporting Webinar – Last Week of February 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Topic: LTCF COVID-19 Module: Resident Impact and Facility Capacity Surveillance Reporting Pathway – Updates The NHSN team will review significant updates made to the LTCF NHSN COVID-19 Module, Resident Impact & Facility Capacity Pathway. These changes went into effect on November 23, 2020. Download Slideset Date: Thursday, Feb…… Continue reading NHSN Reporting Webinar – Last Week of February 2021

Geography Is Not Destiny: Protecting Nursing Home Residents from the Next Pandemic

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This 51-page report with the same title as this blog, was released on February 18, 2021.  I offer these excerpted statements from the CMA Press Release as well as the Executive Summary of the report: The report “explores facilities’ responses to the coronavirus crisis and examines…… Continue reading Geography Is Not Destiny: Protecting Nursing Home Residents from the Next Pandemic

Unavoidable Pressure Injury During COVID-19 Pandemic

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Unavoidable Pressure Injury During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Position Paper from the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel was posted this week by NPIAP (National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel; previously known as NPUAP – U for ulcer). The purposes of this National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) Position…… Continue reading Unavoidable Pressure Injury During COVID-19 Pandemic