Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems Revised July 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS released an updated Survey & Certification notice – now identified as QSO-17-30- Hospitals/CAHs/NHs  – on Friday, July 6, 2018.  The subject of this QSO is: Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease (LD).…… Continue reading Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems Revised July 2018

Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Results in Discrimination Charges – Residents with Hearing Disabilities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Does your assisted living facility make reasonable accommodations for residents with hearing disabilities? If the answer is no or you’re not sure, you’ll want to read about a Federal lawsuit recently filed against “at least 14 operators of assisted-living and nursing facilities in Arizona (who)…… Continue reading Denial of Reasonable Accommodation Results in Discrimination Charges – Residents with Hearing Disabilities

Nursing Home Compare and Payroll-Based Journal Data Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On June 22, 2018, CMS announced updates related to Nursing Home Compare, Payroll-Based Journal data and the Health Inspection Rating Freeze. The announcement was made via an Open Door Forum email to subscribers. Long-Stay Hospitalization Quality Measure CMS continues to focus on reducing hospitalizations to…… Continue reading Nursing Home Compare and Payroll-Based Journal Data Updates

Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has just posted a SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program FAQ document. “The Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program awards incentive payments to SNFs based on their performance on the Program’s measure of readmissions. SNF VBP payment incentives will be included on Medicare Part…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Final Revised Policies Regarding the Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted QSO 18-18-NH with this summary: The 3-page memorandum is followed by 15 pages of the revised Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual (SOM). These pages are an Advance Copy of the revisions and thus have no effective or implementation dates at…… Continue reading Final Revised Policies Regarding the Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual

SNF Provider Preview Reports – Reminder to Review Your Data!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS reminds LTC providers to preview your SNF QRP Provider Report before June 30, 2018. At that time, your performance data will be publicly displayed on Nursing Home Compare. Here’s this morning’s CMS Reminder message: Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports have been updated…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports – Reminder to Review Your Data!