COVID-19 NH Data and Nursing Home Infection Control Surveys Data Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated Nursing Home Infection Control Surveys as of August 6, 2020.  This information comes in the form of Excel spreadsheets in a .zip file. You can also access this information on the Five-Star Quality Rating System webpage.  Scroll down to the bottom of the…… Continue reading COVID-19 NH Data and Nursing Home Infection Control Surveys Data Updated

State-By-State Breakdown: PPE Supplies and COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AHCA/NCAL has posted two (2) general population at-a-glance graphics:        PPE shortages by state andCOVID-19 positivity The data displayed on the testing positivity graphic is from July 26, 2020; the source is Johns Hopkins University and the COVID Tracking Project.  The percent of NHs with less than…… Continue reading State-By-State Breakdown: PPE Supplies and COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates

NEW TIME for CMS Stakeholder Call on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Please join CMS Administrator Seema Verma for a National Stakeholder call today Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30 PM Eastern. Phone lines are limited, so we encourage you to join via webcast, if possible. Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820  Conference ID: 2853889 Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=6530a94e-39648065-65309871-0cc47a6d17cc-b9220ebf09cd50ea&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=07435b48-5b174234-07436a77-0cc47adc5fa2-424bd2b6abf4b1eb&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2436  For yesterday’s…… Continue reading NEW TIME for CMS Stakeholder Call on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

COVID-19 Surveillance to Enable Early Detection and Response to Outbreaks: NHSN Mandatory Data Collection (Webinar)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Topic: COVID-19 Surveillance to Enable Early Detection and Response to Outbreaks: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Mandatory Data Collection Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET Advance Registration Required: Register here. Note: Once you register, you will receive an email with…… Continue reading COVID-19 Surveillance to Enable Early Detection and Response to Outbreaks: NHSN Mandatory Data Collection (Webinar)

Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries Beyond the COVID-19 PHE and Advances Access to Care in Rural Areas

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This Press Release announced CMS changes as well as an Executive Order signed on Monday, August 3, 2020. “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, consistent with the Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access that President…… Continue reading Administration Proposes to Expand Telehealth Benefits Permanently for Medicare Beneficiaries Beyond the COVID-19 PHE and Advances Access to Care in Rural Areas

COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Calming the Perfect Storm

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I just learned of a new article that will soon be published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society – COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Calming the Perfect Storm.  This 31-page article is a definite must-read!  This special article was prepared for JAGS with final submission on…… Continue reading COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Calming the Perfect Storm

COVID-19 Guidance Updates for Last Week of July 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The CDC has updated these resources during the past week: Interim Guidance for Use of Pooling Procedures in SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic, Screening, and Surveillance TestingResources for Laboratories Working on Coronavirus (COVID-19)Toolkit for Retirement CommunitiesConsiderations for Retirement Communities and Independent Living FacilitiesInterim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody TestingInvestigating and…… Continue reading COVID-19 Guidance Updates for Last Week of July 2020

COVID-19 Testing – Talking Points for Providers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Along with the news that provider reimbursement is now available for counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing, CMS has provided a Talking Points for Providers document. This 2-page document explains the difference between quarantine and self-isolation.  It also provides clear guidance for patients…… Continue reading COVID-19 Testing – Talking Points for Providers

COVID-19 Response for Nursing Facilities (Version 3.3) – Texas Health and Human Services

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I’m providing this guidance as another resource to help LTCFs hone their response to COVID-19.  The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has published this document to give nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities guidance in the event a positive COVID-19 case is associated with the…… Continue reading COVID-19 Response for Nursing Facilities (Version 3.3) – Texas Health and Human Services

FDA Reiterates Warning About Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The subtitle sums up this warning: Agency Urges Consumers, Health Care Professionals Not to Use Certain Products, Citing Serious Adverse Events and Death. In FDA News issued July 27, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration “continues to warn consumers and health care professionals not to use…… Continue reading FDA Reiterates Warning About Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol