President Biden to End COVID-19 Emergencies on May 11, 2023  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing COVID-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after they were first declared. The move to end the national emergency…… Continue reading President Biden to End COVID-19 Emergencies on May 11, 2023  

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending January 15, 2023. Comparing the January 15, 2023 data to the January 8, 2023 data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased another 0.1% this past week; Residents up to date with vaccines…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data 

Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for the Current SARS-CoV-2 Variants (COCA Call)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare As SARS-CoV-2 variants evolve, circulating variants have increased transmissibility and ability to evade the immune system, which changes the treatment and prevention options for COVID-19. Clinicians should understand the nuances of current SARS-CoV-2 testing and treatment to prevent hospitalizations and deaths among people at high risk…… Continue reading Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for the Current SARS-CoV-2 Variants (COCA Call)

Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare    CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending January 8, 2023. Comparing the January 8, 2023 data to the January 1, 2023 data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased another 0.1% this past week; Residents up to date with vaccines increased…… Continue reading Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data  

Quick Reference Guide: Reporting Up to Date COVID-19 Vaccination Status Through the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules     

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has posted an updated Quick Reference Guide: Reporting Up to Date COVID-19 Vaccination Status Through the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules dated January 2023.  This is a 3-page Quick Reference Guide. CDC appreciates facilities’ efforts with collecting and submitting data on individuals who are up to date…… Continue reading Quick Reference Guide: Reporting Up to Date COVID-19 Vaccination Status Through the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules     

CDC & FDA Identify Preliminary COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Signal for Persons Aged 65 Years and Older  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare January 13, 2023 safety update: Transparency and vaccine safety are top priorities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). U.S. government agencies use multiple, complementary safety monitoring systems to help detect possible safety signals for vaccines and…… Continue reading CDC & FDA Identify Preliminary COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Signal for Persons Aged 65 Years and Older  

Latest COVID-19 Nursing Home Data – CMS, CDC and NHSN

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has just posted the COVID-19 nursing home data for the week ending January 1, 2023.  CMS took a break for 2 weeks over the holidays. Comparing the January 1, 2023 data to the December 18, 2022 data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased…… Continue reading Latest COVID-19 Nursing Home Data – CMS, CDC and NHSN

COVID-19 Vaccination and Therapeutics in PALTC Toolkit: Resources for Clinicians     

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare During a meeting with members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team on October 17, 2022, leaders from healthcare associations across the country were asked to educate their members and stakeholders about the importance, effectiveness and accessibility of the COVID-19 bivalent booster and the therapeutics available…… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccination and Therapeutics in PALTC Toolkit: Resources for Clinicians     

FDA Update: Agency Closely Monitoring Emergence of XBB.1.5 Subvariant

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The FDA posted this news release on Friday, January 6, 2023. Today, the FDA posted an update that the agency is closely monitoring the emergence of the XBB.1.5 subvariant, a SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant that is currently estimated to account for 28% of circulating variants in the U.S. Because of its…… Continue reading FDA Update: Agency Closely Monitoring Emergence of XBB.1.5 Subvariant