May 24, 2019 OASIS-D1 Data Specs available

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare A specifications document providing technical details for OASIS-D1, effective January 1, 2020, is now available at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Downloads/v2-31-0-OASIS-D1-changes-DRAFT.pdf These specifications supplement the information provided in the OASIS-D1 Update memorandum revised and posted May 2019 at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/HHQIOASISUserManual.html.    

January 1, 2020: Seven Months To Go and Counting!

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare If your agency is in a state where CGS provides services beginning January 1, 2020, you MUST submit your home health and hospice billing transactions using the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) regardless of the dates of service. Billing transactions include home health requests for anticipated payments…… Continue reading January 1, 2020: Seven Months To Go and Counting!

Does your emergency preparedness program include ways to strengthen infectious disease surveillance and response?

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare It’s that time of year when people travel for pleasure and generously share their pathogenic microorganisms. It’s also a good reminder that earlier this year CMS updated Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual to include; “Planning for using an all-hazards approach should also include emerging…… Continue reading Does your emergency preparedness program include ways to strengthen infectious disease surveillance and response?

Effective June 8, 2019, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) restructured the BFCC-QIO coverage.

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare When a Medicare health plan, either directly or by delegation, terminates pre-authorized coverage of services from a Home Health Agency (HHA) a special expedited review procedure applies. Expedited review requests filed timely bypass the health plan’s reconsideration process, and an independent review entity known as a…… Continue reading Effective June 8, 2019, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) restructured the BFCC-QIO coverage.

Early Release of October 2019 RAI User’s Manual Just Posted by CMS

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted this notification initially the evening of Saturday, May 18th and again this forenoon: “The PDF file labeled “MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 October 1, 2019” is now available in the Related Links section below. Please note this early release is being provided in…… Continue reading Early Release of October 2019 RAI User’s Manual Just Posted by CMS

Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A bill in the Minnesota legislature is being finalized to license Assisted living facilities for the very first time. This agreement, which is expected to pass, will bring Minnesota in line with the rest of the country in terms of regulating AL. ALFs have been…… Continue reading Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed