Latest COVID-19 Data from CMS, CDC and NHSN

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted COVID-19 nursing home data for week ending June 6, 2021. Facilities with 75% or more completed vaccinations for staff are listed here. This list is as of June 16, 2021.  CDC’s COVID Data Tracker provides this information: Recent updates to CDC’s Tracker: The County View…… Continue reading Latest COVID-19 Data from CMS, CDC and NHSN

Medicare Provider Reimbursement Manual … Chapter 41 Updates – Skilled Nursing Facility and Skilled Nursing Facility Health Care Complex Cost Reports

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Transmittal 10 … June 11, 2021 updates Chapter 41, Skilled Nursing Facility and Skilled Nursing Facility Health Care Complex Cost Reports and Form CMS-2540-10 to clarify or revise the following: Worksheet S, Part I: Clarified lines 1 and 2 to read “Electronically prepared cost report” and…… Continue reading Medicare Provider Reimbursement Manual … Chapter 41 Updates – Skilled Nursing Facility and Skilled Nursing Facility Health Care Complex Cost Reports

New York State Adopts Case Mix Regulations

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 2, 2021, the State of New York posted amended “regulations concerning the operating component of rates of Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes.”  NY will use larger data sets within the case mix period to determine case mixes, for purposes of calculating rates for periods…… Continue reading New York State Adopts Case Mix Regulations

Minnesota Providers: Assisted Living Teleconference Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Assisted Living Teleconference Call Save the Date! Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Topics: 1) Discussion about Staffing Requirements              2) Hear about Person Centered Care and Services in relation to               144G.63 and…… Continue reading Minnesota Providers: Assisted Living Teleconference Call

State Veterans Homes COVID-19 Tool (NHSN)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The NHSN Long-term Care Facility Component supports the nation’s COVID-19 response through the LTCF COVID-19 Module. Facilities eligible to report data to NHSN’s COVID-19 Module include nursing homes/skilled nursing, long-term care for the developmentally disabled, and assisted living. In response to H.R. 7105 – Veterans Healthcare…… Continue reading State Veterans Homes COVID-19 Tool (NHSN)

Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) May Forum Materials and May 2021 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Wednesday, May 12, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted the Spring 2021 HQRP Forum to provide information on the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation, or HOPE. Materials from this HQRP Forum, including a recording of the presentation, are now available in…… Continue reading Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) May Forum Materials and May 2021 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update Now Available

TEXAS LTC PROVIDERS: Certification Process for Nurse Aides Training and Working Under a Waiver

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued PL 2021-19 on May 19, 2021.  This is definitely a must-read for TX LTC providers as it addresses “the process a person who has completed nurse aide tasks under the waiver during the COVID-19 public health emergency can…… Continue reading TEXAS LTC PROVIDERS: Certification Process for Nurse Aides Training and Working Under a Waiver

Replacing Home Health Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) with a Notice of Admission (NOA) – Manual Instructions

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted a 3-page MLN Matters Number: MM12256 for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) who submit bills to Home Health & Hospice Medicare Administrative Contractors (HH&H MACs) for services they provide to Medicare patients.  This article tells you about updates to Chapter 10 of the Medicare…… Continue reading Replacing Home Health Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) with a Notice of Admission (NOA) – Manual Instructions

Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on May 18, 2021. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button, then select ‘My Inbox’ or the…… Continue reading Five-Star Preview Reports Available

May 2021 Update to RAI Manual – Appendix B

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted an update to Appendix B of the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual.  The May update contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS Locations contacts. For quick reference, this month’s changes are: