CDC COVID-19 Updates: First Full Week of October 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC was busy updating COVID-19 guidance/website late last week: Clinical Care Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19) No details provided on what was updated but this is a good site to bookmark for future reference. Flowchart for management of HCWs with exposure to a person…… Continue reading CDC COVID-19 Updates: First Full Week of October 2020

Nursing Home Introductory Webinar Series (AHRQ ECHO)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare You’re Invited: Nursing Home Introductory Webinar Series The AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network will virtually bring together small groups of regional peers and experts to learn about the most current best practices to tackle pressing COVID-19 related problems at nursing homes.  You’ll hear from experts…… Continue reading Nursing Home Introductory Webinar Series (AHRQ ECHO)

CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, October 9, 2020 (late in the afternoon), CMS announced that it is “is taking every action to ensure U.S. laboratories are fit to deliver reliable, accurate and timely patient test results for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by confirming Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988…… Continue reading CMS Takes Action to Protect Integrity of COVID-19 Testing

Version 11 – Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in NHs Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The latest version – 11 of this toolkit was recently posted. This version is 186 pages, up 10 pages from Version 10.   This toolkit catalogs the many innovative solutions designed at the state level to protect our nation’s vulnerable nursing home residents during the Coronavirus disease…… Continue reading Version 11 – Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in NHs Available

CMS Posts COVID-19 NH Data for Week Ending September 27, 2020 County Positivity Rates for October 5, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted Nursing Home Data for  Week ending 9/27/2020. Facility-specific data is found by scrolling down the website to the NH Database. County positivity rates are posted for October 5, 2020.  You can access past positivity rates in the Archives.  Currently, the Archives shows these…… Continue reading CMS Posts COVID-19 NH Data for Week Ending September 27, 2020 County Positivity Rates for October 5, 2020

CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for COVID-19 Provider Medicare Loans

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late in the afternoon on Thursday, October 8, 2020, CMS announced “amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program as required by recent action by President Trump and Congress.  This Medicare loan program allows CMS to make advance payments to providers…… Continue reading CMS Announces New Repayment Terms for COVID-19 Provider Medicare Loans

CMS Updates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nursing Home Visitation

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS updated the FAQs on Nursing Home Visitation guidance on October 6, 2020.  The update comes in the form of this statement – in red font – at the top of the FAQ document. On September 17, 2020, CMS released new guidance for nursing home visitation…… Continue reading CMS Updates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nursing Home Visitation

Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC; Requirements and Enforcement Process for Reporting COVID-19 Data Elements for Hospitals and CAHs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On October 6, 2020, CMS issued this QSO-21-03-Hospitals/CAHs memorandum.  This is a 12-page memorandum.   Also included with this QSO is a Hospital Mandatory COVID-19 Reporting Enforcement Workflow document: Facilities to Report The following hospitals should report the data elements specified in the table below on a…… Continue reading Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC; Requirements and Enforcement Process for Reporting COVID-19 Data Elements for Hospitals and CAHs

COVID-19 in LTC Office Hour: New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare COVID-19 in LTC Office Hour: New testing requirements in nursing homes and labs … Straight from the CDC: CMS Implements Stricter COVID Testing Requirements Starting August 26th, 2020 Dr. Nimalie Stone from the CDC will be presenting for Telligen’s interactive LTC Office Hours on Thursday, October…… Continue reading COVID-19 in LTC Office Hour: New Testing Requirements in Nursing Homes and Labs

CDC Updates “How COVID is Spread” Webpage

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On October 5, 2020, CDC issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  This updated guidance was announced via a Media Release. “CDC continues to believe, based on current science,…… Continue reading CDC Updates “How COVID is Spread” Webpage