COVID-19 Had a Devastating Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries in Nursing Homes During 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The title of this blog is the same as the OIG Report (OEI-02-20-00490) posted on June 22, 2021. WHY (OIG) DID THIS STUDY Nursing home residents have been particularly affected by COVID-19, as they are predominately elderly, tend to have underlying conditions, and live in close…… Continue reading COVID-19 Had a Devastating Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries in Nursing Homes During 2020

How Immunity Generated from COVID-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare How Immunity Generated from COVID-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection is an interesting read. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read the entire blog. This blog was posted June 22, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH (National Institutes of Health). “A…… Continue reading How Immunity Generated from COVID-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection

Recent CMS and AHRQ Updates to COVID-19 Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated the Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes.  This is Version 23. Here’s a reminder of what’s included in the Toolkit: AHRQ’s new Nursing Home Vaccine Administration Records for Staff and Residents help users collect, record and file necessary…… Continue reading Recent CMS and AHRQ Updates to COVID-19 Information

Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Interim Final Rule Scheduled for Publication

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare One week ago, I blogged about the upcoming OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard rule that requires employers to help protect healthcare workers in settings where suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients are treated.   You will want to reference that blog as there are important resources for you/your team…… Continue reading Occupational Exposure to COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Interim Final Rule Scheduled for Publication

Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Post-COVID Conditions (Webinar)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 17, 2021, I blogged on the CDC’s update of interim guidance on the subject of evaluating and caring for patients with post-COVID conditions.  COCA (CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity) also hosted a webinar on June 17th on the same subject.  It was an…… Continue reading Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Post-COVID Conditions (Webinar)

New Tools/Resources/Info from AHRQ

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Back in March, I blogged on New AHRQ Nursing Home Resources Aimed at Preventing COVID-19.   AHRQ (Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality) now has new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) COVID-19 Observational Audit Data Tracking Tool helps nursing home staff compile and track data on PPE use.…… Continue reading New Tools/Resources/Info from AHRQ