New Waiver Added: Director of Food and Nutrition Services

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS added a new waiver to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers on November 26, 2021. You’ll find this additional waiver at the bottom of page 21/top of page 22: • Director of Food and Nutrition Services (New as of 11/26/21). CMS…… Continue reading New Waiver Added: Director of Food and Nutrition Services

Recent CDC Updates – COVID-19 Topics

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has updated the What You Need to Know About Variants website as of December 1, 2021.  It now addresses the Omicron variant. You may also want to check out SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions, updated the same day Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines…… Continue reading Recent CDC Updates – COVID-19 Topics

OSHA Extends Comment Period for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard to Jan. 19, 2022. OSHA extended the comment period by 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and…… Continue reading OSHA Extends Comment Period for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing ETS

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN NH COVID-19 Data Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted COVID-19 nursing home data for the week ending November 21, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the November 14th data set: Resident vaccination rate increased 0.3% from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 0.8% from the previous week (same as week prior)Resident…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN NH COVID-19 Data Available

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Available; Also, Flu Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending November 14, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the November 7th data set: Resident vaccination rate increased 0.2% from the previous week (same as week before)Staff vaccination increased 0.8% from the…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Available; Also, Flu Data

CDC Expands COVID-19 Booster Recommendations and Statement on the Omicron Variant

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC released this media statement on November 29, 2021: “Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer…… Continue reading CDC Expands COVID-19 Booster Recommendations and Statement on the Omicron Variant

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

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

Status of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard: COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare You may have heard late yesterday/early this morning that OSHA has “suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending further developments in the litigation.” That message is found on the OSHA website: You’ve also likely been following the news that several states…… Continue reading Status of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard: COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN LTC COVID-19 Data 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home data for week ending October 31, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the October 24th data set: Resident vaccination rate remains unchanged from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 0.7% from the previous weekResident confirmed cases increased 3,097 from the…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN LTC COVID-19 Data