CMS, NHSN & CDC COVID-19 Data Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP                                                                                                                                    Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for week ending July 18, 2021.  This link takes you to the list of every nursing home’s resident and staff vaccination rates as of the week ending July 18, 2021.  When the spreadsheet opens, you’ll see 2 tabs: The 2nd…… Continue reading CMS, NHSN & CDC COVID-19 Data Updates

CDC COVID-19 Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, CDC updated the Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People: CDC updated the COVID Data Tracker on July 27, 2021 about noon (CT): CDC data also includes aCOVID-19 Integrated County View. Hover your mouse over any county to see specific…… Continue reading CDC COVID-19 Updates

Looking Beyond the Numbers to See Pandemic’s Effect on NH Residents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “Nursing homes throughout the United States have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic with many perceptions and misperceptions but little documentation about what has happened on a day-by-day basis to residents in these facilities.  A study from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine research…… Continue reading Looking Beyond the Numbers to See Pandemic’s Effect on NH Residents

$103 Million from American Rescue Plan to Strengthen Resiliency and Address Burnout in the Health Workforce

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, July 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of an estimated $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding over a three-year period to reduce burnout and promote mental health…… Continue reading $103 Million from American Rescue Plan to Strengthen Resiliency and Address Burnout in the Health Workforce

CMS Posts Latest County Positivity Rates for COVID – July 19, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare County positivity rates dated July 19, 2021 are now available. As a reminder, nursing homes are required to conduct testing of residents and staff. More information about these requirements and guidelines can be found here. These guidelines include testing staff on a certain frequency based on the…… Continue reading CMS Posts Latest County Positivity Rates for COVID – July 19, 2021

NHSN Data Quality Alerts: Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Modules

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The NHSN application was updated on July 8, 2021 to create new data quality alerts for the Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Modules within the long-term care (LTC), Dialysis, and Healthcare Personnel Safety (HPS) Components. These data quality alerts generate within the application for Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Modules…… Continue reading NHSN Data Quality Alerts: Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Modules

CDC COVID-19 Information Recently Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The following CDC information was updated/posted on Friday, July 16, 2021: Laws and Regulations To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help our country cope during the pandemic, CDC has occasionally issued legally binding orders and regulations: Face Masks Required in Public Transportation and at…… Continue reading CDC COVID-19 Information Recently Updated

Flu Vaccine May Reduce Severe Effects of COVID

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “People who are vaccinated against influenza may be partly protected against some of the severe effects of coronavirus, and be less likely to need emergency care, according to a major study. The analysis of nearly 75,000 Covid patients found significant reductions in stroke, deep vein thrombosis…… Continue reading Flu Vaccine May Reduce Severe Effects of COVID