CMS Posts Latest COVID-19 Data for Week Ending September 12, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for week ending September 12, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the September 5th data set: Resident vaccination remains unchanged from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 0.7% from the previous weekResident confirmed cases increased 5,257 from…… Continue reading CMS Posts Latest COVID-19 Data for Week Ending September 12, 2021

Survey: Nearly Every U.S. Nursing Home And Assisted Living Community Is Facing A Workforce Crisis

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The subtitle of this September 22, 2021 AHCA/NCAL Press Release is “86 percent of nursing homes and 77 percent of assisted living providers said their workforce situation has gotten worse over the last three months. 58 percent of nursing homes limiting new admissions due to shortages.”  …… Continue reading Survey: Nearly Every U.S. Nursing Home And Assisted Living Community Is Facing A Workforce Crisis

Latest CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has posted COVID-19 community data for Time Period: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Remember that you can determine your community’s level of transmission on this same page, using the options seen below on that page. On this CDC page, you’ll…… Continue reading Latest CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

COVID-19 Vaccines: Act Now

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS announced last week that we’ll require staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to get COVID-19 vaccines. Make efforts now to vaccinate you and your staff so you’re in compliance when the rule takes effect. The higher the level of vaccination rates among you and…… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccines: Act Now

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home data for the week ending September 5, 2021. CDC community transmission for Thursday September 9, 2021 – Wednesday September 15, 2021: NHSN Nursing Home Covid-19 Data Dashboard shows this data as of September 13, 2021, at 5:30am (ET):

LTC Administrators and Managers: Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The CDC website with the same title of this blog is one you’ll want to visit as well as bookmark for future reference. You’ll find lots of information on access to COVID-19 vaccines including: Vaccination in the Local CommunityVaccination On-siteAdditional Support for LTC SettingsInformation About COVID-19…… Continue reading LTC Administrators and Managers: Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC Updates Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes as of September 10, 2021. Scroll down on the landing page (hyperlink above chart) to find numerous categories and corresponding guidance/recommendations. Also updated on September 10, 2021 was Interim Infection…… Continue reading CDC Updates Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations

Upcoming NHSN Webinar: Changes to Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for LTCFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Topic: 2021 Changes to the Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Register in advance for this webinar:https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_wQWphrcdRvCy4ATVbJ6BpQexternal icon After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ PARTICIPANTS WILL…… Continue reading Upcoming NHSN Webinar: Changes to Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for LTCFs

URGENT: QSO-20-38-NH Revised … Testing Changes Effective Immediately

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late the afternoon of Friday, September 10, 2021, CMS posted a revised QSO-20-38-NH.  Note the red ink for the last 2 bullets in this Memorandum Summary: Other changes in the 12-page Memorandum include: Be sure to review the entire QSO Memorandum carefully with your team.  I’ve…… Continue reading URGENT: QSO-20-38-NH Revised … Testing Changes Effective Immediately

MLN Matters: Medicare FFS Response to the PHE on COVID-19 (Revised)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS issued this revised SE20011 (19 pages) on September 8, 2021. SNF Qualifying Hospital Stay (QHS) and Benefit Period Waivers – Provider Information CMS recognizes that disruptions arising from a PHE can affect coverage under the SNF benefit: Prevent a patient from having the 3-day inpatient…… Continue reading MLN Matters: Medicare FFS Response to the PHE on COVID-19 (Revised)