Updated Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines is published in an electronic format that can be updated in step with the rapid pace and growing volume of information regarding the treatment of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) is committed to updating this document…… Continue reading Updated Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for week ending October 3, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the September 26th data set: Resident vaccination increased 0.7% from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 2.1% from the previous weekResident confirmed cases increased 3,963 from the…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

Vaccination Linked to a Reduction of Over a Quarter Million COVID-19 Cases, 100,000 Hospitalizations and 39,000 Deaths Among Seniors

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that COVID-19 vaccinations may have helped prevent hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19 infections and tens of thousands of deaths among seniors. The study, which was conducted by researchers with HHS’s Office…… Continue reading Vaccination Linked to a Reduction of Over a Quarter Million COVID-19 Cases, 100,000 Hospitalizations and 39,000 Deaths Among Seniors

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for HC Providers Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS updated the 44-page COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Skimming through the document, this waiver shows with a 10/7/2021 date: Hospitals Classified as Medicare-Dependent, Small Rural Hospitals (MDHs) Terminated waivers are included as well.  Here are a…… Continue reading COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for HC Providers Updated

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending September 26, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the September 19th data set: Resident vaccination increased 0.1% from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 1.7% from the previous weekResident confirmed cases increased 5,265…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data

Nursing Homes Experienced Steeper Increase In COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in August 2021 Than the Rest of the Country

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On October 1, 2021, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) published an analysis with the same title as this blog. “Staff and residents at long-term care facilities were particularly hard-hit by the first year of the pandemic, accounting for 31% of all COVID-19 deaths in the US as of…… Continue reading Nursing Homes Experienced Steeper Increase In COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in August 2021 Than the Rest of the Country

OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On September 30, 2021, the Office of Civil Rights issued guidance to help the public understand when the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies to disclosures and requests for information about whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine. The…… Continue reading OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA, COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace