OSHA COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard Comments Reopened Through May 23rd

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 21, 2021, OSHA published an interim final rule establishing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present (86 FR 32376). The ETS…… Continue reading OSHA COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard Comments Reopened Through May 23rd

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending April 24, 2022. Comparing the April 24th data to the previous April 17th data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate increased by 0.1% (had remained stagnant for the previous 5 weeks)Residents with booster doses increased by 0.6% this…… Continue reading Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Posted

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home Data Posted 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home data for the week ending April 17, 2022. Comparing the April 17th data to the previous April 10th data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate remained unchanged from the previous week (same as past 5 weeks)Residents with booster doses increased by 0.4%…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home Data Posted 

2021: COVID-19 is Third Leading Cause of Death After Heart Disease and Cancer

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC’s April 22, 2022, MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) Provisional Mortality Data — United States, 2021 shows some significant provisional statistics. “The year 2021 saw the highest death rate since 2003, with increases in many leading causes of death, including COVID-19 and unintentional injuries. Although…… Continue reading 2021: COVID-19 is Third Leading Cause of Death After Heart Disease and Cancer

COVID-19 Mortality Preventable by Vaccines

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “This updated analysis estimates that nationally at least 234,000 deaths from COVID-19 between June 2021 and March 2022 could have been prevented with a primary series of vaccinations. These vaccine-preventable deaths represent 60% of all adult COVID-19 deaths since June 2021, when vaccines first became widely available to adults across…… Continue reading COVID-19 Mortality Preventable by Vaccines

Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home data for the week ending April 10, 2022. Comparing the April 10th data to the previous April 3rd data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate remained unchanged from the previous week (same as past 4 weeks)Residents with booster doses increased by 0.5%…… Continue reading Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home Data

OSHA COVID-19 Healthcare Rulemaking – Upcoming Comments and Public Hearings

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 21, 2021, OSHA published an interim final rule establishing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present (86 FR 32376). The ETS…… Continue reading OSHA COVID-19 Healthcare Rulemaking – Upcoming Comments and Public Hearings

Reported Exposure Trends Among HCP: COVID-19 Cases March 2020–March 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A recent CDC study published in the American Journal of Infection Control on April 13, 2022 provides some interesting information, including these highlights: 83,775 health care personnel COVID-19 cases reported known exposure settingsCases reported health care (52%), household (31%), and community (26%) exposuresHealth care exposures and…… Continue reading Reported Exposure Trends Among HCP: COVID-19 Cases March 2020–March 2021

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending April 3, 2022. Comparing the April 3rd data to the March 27th data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate increased 0.1% from the previous week (same as past 3 weeks)Residents with booster doses increased by 1% this past…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC & NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

Surveyor Guidance for New and Modified CLIA Requirements Related to SARS CoV-2 Test Result Reporting Revised

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS just posted QSO-21-10-CLIA with revision date of April 15, 2022.  The Memorandum is 35 pages in length with the last 32 pages consisting of the FAQ document.  Look for the verbiage in red. COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Laboratory Data Reporting: CARES Act is the document referenced…… Continue reading Surveyor Guidance for New and Modified CLIA Requirements Related to SARS CoV-2 Test Result Reporting Revised