OASIS Patient Assessment Service Update in iQIES

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On December 30, 2021, a minor update to the iQIES OASIS Patient Assessment service will occur. Items included in this release are as follows: Extend the current OASIS data specifications, V2.31.0, to support patient assessment collection in Calendar Year (CY) 2022. Extending the year of the data…… Continue reading OASIS Patient Assessment Service Update in iQIES

OIG Report: CMS Should Take Further Action to Address States with Poor Performance in Conducting Nursing Home Surveys

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General posted this 42-page report (same title as this blog) on January 14, 2022. CMS oversees how State survey agencies (States) conduct surveys of nursing homes to assess the homes’ compliance with Federal requirements. Recent work by OIG has found problems with…… Continue reading OIG Report: CMS Should Take Further Action to Address States with Poor Performance in Conducting Nursing Home Surveys

January 2022 Update of Appendix B of the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 18, 2022, CMS posted its monthly update to Appendix B of the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual.  Appendix B contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and contacts. The changes, displayed above, are found…… Continue reading January 2022 Update of Appendix B of the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual

HHA Providers: January 14, 2022 HHA Preview Report Announcement Sent in Error

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, January 14, 2022, CMS sent a notice to HHA Providers stating that their Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the April 2022 Refresh of Care Compare/Provider Data Catalog, had been updated and were ready for viewing. We would like to note that…… Continue reading HHA Providers: January 14, 2022 HHA Preview Report Announcement Sent in Error

GAO Health Care Capsule: Improving Nursing Home Quality and Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Government Accountability Office has posted this January 2022 Health Care Capsule to “summarize past GAO reports on concerns about nursing home quality of care, consumer information, and COVID-19. It also describes relevant GAO recommendations and agency efforts to address them and identifies relevant policy questions.”…… Continue reading GAO Health Care Capsule: Improving Nursing Home Quality and Information

Association Between the PDPM, Therapy Utilization and Patient Outcomes in U.S. SNFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A team of Brown University researchers asked this question: Was the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), implemented in October 2019, associated with rehabilitation therapy utilization and health outcomes of patients admitted to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs)? Their findings: In this cross-sectional study of 201,084 patients admitted…… Continue reading Association Between the PDPM, Therapy Utilization and Patient Outcomes in U.S. SNFs

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Reports (Q2 – 2021) Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. The National Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus…… Continue reading National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Reports (Q2 – 2021) Available

HQRP Quarterly Update for 4th Quarter of 2021 is Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Hospice Quarterly Update for the fourth quarter of 2021 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from October 2021 to December 2021, events and engagement opportunities for the first quarter of 2022 (January – March 2022), and selected questions and answers…… Continue reading HQRP Quarterly Update for 4th Quarter of 2021 is Available

Upcoming CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – January 27, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, January 27, 2022 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) This call will be Conference Call Only. To participate by phone: Dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Conference…… Continue reading Upcoming CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – January 27, 2022