CMS Posts County Positivity Rates – January 11, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the most recent – January 11, 2021 – county positivity rates for COVID-19.  This data is used by LTC facilities to determine the frequency of staff testing.  QSO-20-38-NH guidelines include testing staff on a certain frequency based on the COVID-19 positivity rate for…… Continue reading CMS Posts County Positivity Rates – January 11, 2021

CDC NHSN LTCF Module: Updates to the NHSN Point of Care Test (POCT) Reporting Tool for COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Updates to the NHSN Point of Care Test (POCT) Reporting Tool for COVID-19 Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021Time: 3:30 – 4:45 PM ET Date: Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021Time: 12:30 – 1:45 PM ET Date: Thursday, Jan 14, 2021Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM ET Register in advance for these webinars:https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_qsltX2jvSCC5FkNa-yytogexternal icon After…… Continue reading CDC NHSN LTCF Module: Updates to the NHSN Point of Care Test (POCT) Reporting Tool for COVID-19

Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Alex Azar, officially renewed the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, effective January 21, 2021, for an additional 90 days.  This renewal happened on Thursday, January 7, 2021. The current PHE declaration was set to expire…… Continue reading Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists

Social Media Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccinations

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare We’ve heard a lot about social media in recent days.  Here’s a good use of social media – get the word out about vaccinations, particularly for LTC residents and staff.  CDC has provided a social media toolkit to provide education for this group (and others) on…… Continue reading Social Media Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 Update: Vaccination Recommendations & Implementation (Webinar Recording Available)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you missed this webinar hosted by NFID (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases) on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, you can view the webinar recording at your convenience. This recorded webinar includes a discussion on recent COVID-19 vaccine updates. This webinar addresses implementation guidance and frequently asked…… Continue reading COVID-19 Update: Vaccination Recommendations & Implementation (Webinar Recording Available)

NHSN Tracking of COVID-19 Vaccination for Residents and Staff

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) now allows long term care facilities to report weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel. Weekly reporting is currently optional. CDC is promoting weekly reporting through NHSN as the COVID-19 Vaccination Module allows for reporting of vaccination percentages…… Continue reading NHSN Tracking of COVID-19 Vaccination for Residents and Staff

Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination at Your Facility

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I’m posting a separate blog on this toolkit as it looks to be an extremely valuable resource and I want it to be searchable within this blog site.  It will also be posted on our COVID-19 Resources webpage. This toolkitprovides long-term care facility (LTCF) administrators and…… Continue reading Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination at Your Facility

COVID-19 News and Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare States are working very hard to speed up COVID-19 vaccination rates.  Here are some state plans and dashboards you may want to check out and bookmark for future reference: TexasCOVID-19 Vaccination InformationCOVID-19 Vaccination in Texas dashboard NebraskaNebraska COVID-19 Vaccination dashboard.  On this same dashboard, you can access…… Continue reading COVID-19 News and Updates