News Alert: Provider Reimbursement Available for Counseling Patients to Self-Isolate at Time of COVID-19 Testing

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The following News Alert was issued mid-day on Thursday, June 30, 2020: CMS and CDC announce provider reimbursement available for counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…… Continue reading News Alert: Provider Reimbursement Available for Counseling Patients to Self-Isolate at Time of COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Advocates Guide to Beneficiary-Related Medicare Changes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In case you’re looking for a comprehensive guide that explains Medicare changes during the COVID-19 pandemic from a beneficiary perspective, look no further than COVID-19: An Advocates Guide to Beneficiary-Related Medicare Changes.  You’ll also find that it is a great, quick guide for healthcare providers as…… Continue reading COVID-19 Advocates Guide to Beneficiary-Related Medicare Changes

COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing Updated Again

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This 140-page COVID-19 FAQ document was updated on July 28, 2020.   This is what’s new in this version during July: Page 10 – Diagnostic Laboratory Services … 14. Question: If a physician/non-physician practitioner (NPP) reports CPT code 99211 “Office or other outpatient visit for the…… Continue reading COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Fee-for-Service Billing Updated Again

Minnesota SNF and AL Facility Directors – Please Review This COVID-19 Testing Information ASAP!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I received the following email notification at 4pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020 and wanted to pass it on to SNF and AL facilities to make sure you see it: Dear Facility Directors, Long-term care populations, including those in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, are…… Continue reading Minnesota SNF and AL Facility Directors – Please Review This COVID-19 Testing Information ASAP!

CMS Updates Data on COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released its first monthly update of data that provides a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population. For the first time, the snapshot includes data for American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries. The new data indicate…… Continue reading CMS Updates Data on COVID-19 Impacts on Medicare Beneficiaries

Underlying Medical Conditions That Increase a Person’s Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This list was most recently updated on July 28, 2020. Updates to the list of underlying medical conditions that put individuals at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 were based on published reports, articles in press, unreviewed pre-prints, and internal data available between December 1,…… Continue reading Underlying Medical Conditions That Increase a Person’s Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19

COVID-19: Staff and Survey Team Members – Food for Thought

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare These are indeed very strange times that we live in.  All our lives are on the line during this pandemic, especially individuals in congregate living communities and workers in those communities.  In the past few days, I’ve read two (2) articles that were almost heart-stopping for…… Continue reading COVID-19: Staff and Survey Team Members – Food for Thought

SNF QRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The 4-page SNF COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is now available. This tip sheet is designed to assist Skilled Nursing Facility providers in understanding the status of the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).  Also provided is practical guidance to address…… Continue reading SNF QRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is Available

NH COVID-19 Toolkit – Version 6 and Submitted COVID Data for Week Ending July 12, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare  CMS updated Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes … Version 6on July 23, 2020.  If you’re keeping track, this latest version has 154 pages.  COVID-19 Nursing Home Submitted Data as of Week Ending: 07/12/2020 is now available.  “The Nursing Home COVID-19…… Continue reading NH COVID-19 Toolkit – Version 6 and Submitted COVID Data for Week Ending July 12, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: COVID-19 Testing at Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Homes and PRF Reporting Information Released

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted a 6-page FAQ document that answers 21 questions regarding provision of COVID-19 testing platforms and tests to nursing homes.  Also posted was information about CMS methodology for prioritizing facilities and a listing of the facilities.  The methodology and listing is in the form…… Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: COVID-19 Testing at Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Homes and PRF Reporting Information Released