Infection Preventionist Training Now Available – CMS Official Announcements

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® I blogged last week to let you know of the specialized training now available on the CDC website for infection prevention and control in nursing homes as well as Infection Preventionist training. CMS has now officially confirmed my spring fever in QSO-19-10-NH issued yesterday, March…… Continue reading Infection Preventionist Training Now Available – CMS Official Announcements

Spring 2019 is Here – For Infection Preventionist Training

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Our weather the past few weeks certainly doesn’t indicate spring is anywhere near, however CDC is providing us, as promised, with some signs of spring – infection prevention and control training.  I blogged about this some 50 weeks ago.  The CDC is much more reliable…… Continue reading Spring 2019 is Here – For Infection Preventionist Training

CMS Issues 2 Guidance Documents That You Need to Review!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Tuesday, March 5, 2019 was a busy day for CMS postings.  Two such postings should be reviewed by your team: Revisions to Appendix Q, Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy – QSO-19-09-ALL April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the Five Star Rating – QSO-19-08-NH  …… Continue reading CMS Issues 2 Guidance Documents That You Need to Review!

CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2019 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019 Changes offer greater support to consumers looking to compare quality of Nursing Homes Today, the Centers for Medicare &…… Continue reading CMS Improving Nursing Home Compare in April 2019

Keep your eyes open! Starting in March, CMS is updating the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES)

Sharon Hamilton, MS, RN, NLCPC, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The updated system will be called Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES).  CMS is phasing in the iQIES system beginning with Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCH). To learn more continue reading. If you have questions, contact the service desk at: help@qtso.com or by phone: 800-339-9313. Starting in…… Continue reading Keep your eyes open! Starting in March, CMS is updating the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES)

New Telehealth bills and what it means for Home Health Services. Could your state be next?

Sharon Hamilton, MS, RN, NLCPC, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Virginia lawmakers, both the House and Senate, have unanimously passed legislation that requires commercial health plans to cover remote patient monitoring services. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is expected to sign the bill into law soon.Legislation (HB 1970 and SB 1221) defines remote patient monitoring as;…… Continue reading New Telehealth bills and what it means for Home Health Services. Could your state be next?

CMS Updating QIES/ASAP System Starting in March

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS is updating the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System Starting in March, the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES), Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) and Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) will undergo a series of modernizing enhancements. Once updated, the system will be…… Continue reading CMS Updating QIES/ASAP System Starting in March