SNF QRP Provider Training – New Items in Section GG and I

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® This afternoon, CMS hosted a follow-up training designed to provide information about properly coding the new items in Section GG as well as Section I that will be found on the MDS 3.0, v1.16.1 Item Set effective October 1, 2018.  The presentation handout provides additional…… Continue reading SNF QRP Provider Training – New Items in Section GG and I

CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, August 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final (Advanced Copy) of the HHA Interpretive Guidelines associated with the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that became effective on January 13, 2018. The Interpretive Guidelines will be incorporated into the State…… Continue reading CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines

Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations – HOME HEALTH AIDE COURSE

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare August 30, 2018 Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) announced a FREE 60 minute online course for home health or hospice aides and community health workers. Providers should take this FREE opportunity to educate aides on the following subjects: Diabetes & Your Patients Heart Attack & Stroke…… Continue reading Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations – HOME HEALTH AIDE COURSE

Section N Pre-Training Materials Are Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Registration for today’s SNF QRP Training Webinar – Section N is closed but the  85-slide presentation document has been posted. If you would like your name placed on a list to receive an email notification when a recorded version of the webinar is available, please…… Continue reading Section N Pre-Training Materials Are Now Available

Upcoming SNF QRP Webinars – Registration Open

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® REGISTRATION OPEN – Upcoming SNF QRP Webinars (August 27 and September 12, 2018 Related to Changes Associated with Coding Sections GG, I, and N of the MDS The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting two webinars for providers of Skilled Nursing…… Continue reading Upcoming SNF QRP Webinars – Registration Open

Breaking News! RAI User’s Manual for October 1, 2018 Posted!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS posted the RAI User’s Manual for v1.16 – effective October 1, 2018 late in the day on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. This is a gift from CMS as it was originally reported to be available the 1st or 2nd week of September! Posting it…… Continue reading Breaking News! RAI User’s Manual for October 1, 2018 Posted!

Iowa SNFs/NFs – Reminder of Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Section Q Referral Process

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The Iowa Department of Human Services issued an INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO. 1939-MC-FFS today (August 21, 2018) to “remind SNF/NF providers of the current process for MDS Section “Q” referrals to IME (Iowa Medicaid Enterprise).” The 2-page letter reiterates the “process of contacting IME after completion…… Continue reading Iowa SNFs/NFs – Reminder of Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Section Q Referral Process