Unwinding and Returning to Regular Operations after COVID-19   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Before you get anxious, thinking that this blog is announcing the end of the PHE – it’s not.  The PHE declaration is still in place as evidenced by the January 5, 2023 CMCS Informational Bulletin: Key Dates Related to the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Condition.  Towards the…… Continue reading Unwinding and Returning to Regular Operations after COVID-19   

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the latest nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending December 18, 2022. Comparing the December 18th data to the November 27th data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased 0.3% during these 3 weeks Residents up to date with vaccines increased 2.6% during…… Continue reading Latest CMS, NHSN and CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

Preparing for and Preventing the Next Public Health Emergency: Lessons Learned from the Coronavirus Crisis

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “Since it was established on April 23, 2020, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has been investigating the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Select Subcommittee’s work has produced an extensive investigative record. The committee has released 37…… Continue reading Preparing for and Preventing the Next Public Health Emergency: Lessons Learned from the Coronavirus Crisis

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the latest nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending November 27, 2022. Comparing the November 27th data to the November 20th data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased 0.2% this week Residents up to date with vaccines increased 0.5% Staff primary vaccination…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

Clinical Guidance and Patient Education for Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines COCA Call  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare COVID-19 vaccination provides protection against serious illness and outcomes associated with COVID-19, including emergency department or urgent care visits, hospitalizations, and death. Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines, containing original and Omicron BA.4/5 spike protein components, help restore protection that has waned since previous vaccination. During this COCA Call,…… Continue reading Clinical Guidance and Patient Education for Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines COCA Call  

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending November 20, 2022. Comparing the November 20th data to the November 13th data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased 0.1% this week Residents up to date with vaccines increased 0.8% – same as the…… Continue reading Latest CMS, NHSN and CDC COVID-19 Nursing Home Data Posted

Nearly 9 Out of 10 Deaths Now in People 65 or Older – the Highest Rate Since the Pandemic

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This is the subtitle of a November 28, 2022 Washington Post article – a must read for all healthcare workers and frankly, all U.S. citizens. “And while older Americans have consistently been the worst hit during the crisis, as evident in the scores of early nursing…… Continue reading Nearly 9 Out of 10 Deaths Now in People 65 or Older – the Highest Rate Since the Pandemic

22 States Request Repeal of COVID-19 HC Worker Staff Vaccination Mandate

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Attorneys General of 22 states have signed a 39-page petition to the HHS Secretary and the CMS Administrator as of November 17, 2022. “The undersigned Attorneys General submit the attached petition under 5 U.S.C. § 553(e) to request that the U.S. Department of Health and…… Continue reading 22 States Request Repeal of COVID-19 HC Worker Staff Vaccination Mandate

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the latest COVID-19 nursing home data for the week ending November 13, 2022. Comparing the November 13th data to the November 6th data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate remained the same as the previous 2 weeks Residents up to date with vaccines increased 0.8%…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data

The Importance of Timely Use of COVID-19 Therapeutics

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS issued QSO-23-03-All on November 22, 2022 – same title as this blog. Some excerpts from this 2-page Memorandum: “The purpose of this memo is to highlight the importance of providing timely access to available COVID-19 therapeutics to patients who test positive for the virus. Treatments,…… Continue reading The Importance of Timely Use of COVID-19 Therapeutics