jRAVEN Users: FY2022 Update Released

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS via the QIES Technical Support Office has released the latest update for jRAVEN users – jRAVEN 1.7.8.  If you are using jRAVEN to encode your MDS’, you’ll want to download and install this version for use beginning October 1, 2021.  Here are those Release Notes:…… Continue reading jRAVEN Users: FY2022 Update Released

Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on September 20, 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

COVID-19 Resident and Staff Vaccination Rates Now on Care Compare

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS announced this afternoon that nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 vaccinations are now available on Care Compare.  This data was unveiled this afternoon (September 21, 2021).  The reported data will be updated by CMS bi-weekly. When you go into the nursing homes area and select…… Continue reading COVID-19 Resident and Staff Vaccination Rates Now on Care Compare

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 State Performance Standards System (SPSS) Findings, FY 2021 SPSS Guidance, and FY 2019 Results

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On September 15, 2021, CMS issued Admin Info: 21-08-ALL.  This is a 34-page Administrative Memorandum. Beginning on page 6 of the QSO you’ll find these attachments: • Attachment A: FY 2021 SPSS Measure Definition Details                                                                                      • Attachment B: Conduct of Focused Infection Control Surveys in FY2020…… Continue reading Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 State Performance Standards System (SPSS) Findings, FY 2021 SPSS Guidance, and FY 2019 Results

MN AL Providers: Upcoming Assisted Living Teleconference Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Save the Date! Date: Monday, September 27, 2021 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Topics: 1) Review survey findings              2) Change of Ownership              3) Closures Contact: health.assistedliving@state.mn.us Please join the Minnesota Department of Health for…… Continue reading MN AL Providers: Upcoming Assisted Living Teleconference Call

Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare QM Reports now include two measures based on Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Medicare claims data: the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL). Hospices can use the QM Report to learn about HCI and HVLDL and begin efforts…… Continue reading Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures

CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents and Files

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has just posted these LTC Survey Process updates: Once you navigate to the LTC Survey Process landing page, you’ll see these updated files beneath Downloads: LTC Survey Pathways – Updated 09/14/2021 (ZIP)Survey Resources – Updated 09/14/2021 (ZIP)The Updated Entrance Conference Form is found in the…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents and Files

CMS’s COVID-19 Data Included Required Information from the Vast Majority of Nursing Homes, But CMS Could Take Actions to Improve Completeness and Accuracy of the Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted this 43-page report on September 1, 2021. OIG’s objective was to determine whether CMS’s COVID-19 data for nursing homes were complete and accurate. These recommendations are found on page 22 of the report: CMS concurred with three of (OIG)…… Continue reading CMS’s COVID-19 Data Included Required Information from the Vast Majority of Nursing Homes, But CMS Could Take Actions to Improve Completeness and Accuracy of the Data