Thanksgiving Wishes to Healthcare Personnel

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Wishing you a peaceful and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!  THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything you do every day but especially during the past 9 months +.   You and the work you do is absolutely priceless!  We are truly in the fight of our lives and you…… Continue reading Thanksgiving Wishes to Healthcare Personnel

AHCA/NCAL Updates 3-Day Stay and Benefit-Period Waivers for Medicare Part A SNF PPS Fact Sheet

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AHCA/NCAL updated their Fact Sheet on November 19, 2020.  The Fact Sheet provides information regarding Medicare Part A PPS 3-Day Stays and Benefit Period Waivers. You’ll note that the text shown in green represents CMS updates since October 16, 2020.  There’s quite a bit of green…… Continue reading AHCA/NCAL Updates 3-Day Stay and Benefit-Period Waivers for Medicare Part A SNF PPS Fact Sheet

Nursing Home Podcast Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Thursday, November 19, 2020, CMS released the first episode in a series of short podcasts for frontline nursing home staff “CMS Beyond the Policy”. This first episode is titled “Nursing Home Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff.” Dr. Shari Ling, Deputy Chief Medical Office…… Continue reading Nursing Home Podcast Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff

CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today, in advance of the approaching holiday season, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging nursing home staff, residents and visitors to follow established guidelines for visitation and adherence to the core principles of infection prevention. These guidelines include remaining six feet apart…… Continue reading CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season

CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 CMS publicly recognized the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS training designed to help staff combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes. CMS applauds these facilities for taking this…… Continue reading CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

CMS COVID-19 County Positivity Rates Posted November 17, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted an updated COVID-19 county positivity rate spreadsheet – November 17, 2020. Remember that you must test residents and staff based on your county’s positivity rate.  If you need help to determine the testing frequency required, access those guidelines.  Archived county positivity rates are found here.