Minnesota: Assisted Living Licensure Webpage Updates and Upcoming Hearings

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has updated their Assisted Living Licensure webpage. Information has been updated to provide further clarity on how to attend the Assisted Living Licensure hearing and methods an attendee can testify. In addition, MDH has posted its hearing exhibits pertaining to…… Continue reading Minnesota: Assisted Living Licensure Webpage Updates and Upcoming Hearings

Five-Star User’s Guide Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an updated Five-Star User’s Guide on Friday, January 15, 2021.  I’ve italicized and underlined the key changes in each of the 3 areas of January 2021 Revisions (in the updated 29-page guide itself, all such verbiage found on page 2 is italicized). Health Inspection…… Continue reading Five-Star User’s Guide Updated

Iowa LTC Providers: Updated Iowa Case Mix Roster Distribution Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 14, 2021, Iowa DHS and IME issued Informational Letter NO. 2210-MC-FFS.  **This Informational Letter (IL) replaces IL 2204-MC-FFS dated January 7, 2021.** This letter is intended to update providers on the process for registering to receive distribution of quarterly case mix rosters. Please note:…… Continue reading Iowa LTC Providers: Updated Iowa Case Mix Roster Distribution Information

Enhancing Your Advocacy Toolbox-Protecting Residents from Nursing Facility-Initiated Discharges

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center has posted a 53-page Enhancing Your Advocacy Toolbox – Protecting Residents from Nursing Facility-Initiated Discharges guide. “Complaints regarding nursing facility-initiated discharges have been the most common type of complaint received by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program for the last…… Continue reading Enhancing Your Advocacy Toolbox-Protecting Residents from Nursing Facility-Initiated Discharges

AARP Report: 10 Steps to Reform and Improve Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 13, 2021, AARP issued 10 Steps to Reform and Improve Nursing Homes with a subtitle of Expert insights on how the industry should evolve in response to COVID-19.  “The current system for funding and delivering long-term care services is a national crisis that we…… Continue reading AARP Report: 10 Steps to Reform and Improve Nursing Homes

jRAVEN Updated in Early January 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Resident Assessment Validation and Entry System (jRAVEN) was developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). jRAVEN is a free Java based software application which provides an option for facilities to collect and maintain MDS Assessment data for subsequent submission to the appropriate…… Continue reading jRAVEN Updated in Early January 2021

MDS 3.0 Provider’s Guide Updated – Error Messages

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated Section 5 of the MDS 3.0 Provider’s Guide.  The MDS 3.0 Provider User’s Guide provides information and instructions pertaining to the QIES ASAP MDS 3.0 system to Long-Term Care (LTC) facility and Swing Bed (SB) hospital users who are required to submit assessment…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 Provider’s Guide Updated – Error Messages

Iowa LTC Providers: Medicaid Case Mix Roster Distribution Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 7, 2021, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) announced that effective December 29, 2020, the IME is using the Iowa Medicaid Portal Access (IMPA) for distribution of quarterly case mix rosters for nursing facilities.  This announcement is…… Continue reading Iowa LTC Providers: Medicaid Case Mix Roster Distribution Information