New Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Behavioral Health Services in Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare May 16, 2022 …The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing a funding opportunity of nearly $15 million for a three-year federal grant to establish a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) program that will strengthen the delivery of behavioral health care…… Continue reading New Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Behavioral Health Services in Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities

CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers Updated   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated Section 13 – SNF Quality Reporting Program in the CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers. In that Section, you’ll find: Scroll down the page beneath the hyperlink found in the 1st sentence of this Blog to find: Each of the Sections…… Continue reading CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers Updated   

Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on May 16, 2022. 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

NOW AVAILABLE: Updated Draft OASIS-E Instrument and Changes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The updated draft OASIS-E All Items Instrument is now available in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets webpage. A log of changes since posting in February is also available. OASIS-E will be effective January 01, 2023. Please note the instrument is not yet final. Office of Management and…… Continue reading NOW AVAILABLE: Updated Draft OASIS-E Instrument and Changes

NOW AVAILABLE: Draft OASIS-E Guidance Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The draft Guidance Manual for the OASIS-E version of the OASIS data set, effective January 1, 2023, is available in the Downloads section on the OASIS Users Manuals page.  The updated draft OASIS-E All Items Instrument is now available in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets webpage. A…… Continue reading NOW AVAILABLE: Draft OASIS-E Guidance Manual

National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Providers: An Interim Assessment (OIG) 

Mary Madison, Rn, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Background checks for employees of long-term-care facilities are an important safety measure that can help protect some of the facilities’ most vulnerable populations. More than 13 million beneficiaries are served by long-term-care facilities each year, including the elderly, individuals in hospice care, and individuals with intellectual…… Continue reading National Background Check Program for Long-Term-Care Providers: An Interim Assessment (OIG) 

Nursing Facility Staff Vaccinations, Boosters, and Shortages After Vaccination Deadlines Passed  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “In a new analysis, KFF researchers find that COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing home staff increased by 25 percentage points nationally (63% to 88%) from when the Biden administration announced the vaccine mandate for health care workers in August 2021 to after vaccination deadlines passed in March…… Continue reading Nursing Facility Staff Vaccinations, Boosters, and Shortages After Vaccination Deadlines Passed  

Accuracy of Falls Reporting in Home Health OASIS Assessments   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In April 2022, CMS will begin publicly reporting on the Care Compare website the percentage of patients in home health care who fell and endured major injuries for each home health agency (HHA). HHAs report falls in patient assessments using the standardized Outcome and Assessment Information…… Continue reading Accuracy of Falls Reporting in Home Health OASIS Assessments   

Minnesota Nurse Aide Training Program Call – May 16, 2022 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Join the Nurse Aide Training Program call May 16 at 11 a.m. MDH’s Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) staff will host an informational call on Microsoft Teams for nurse aide training programs registered with the State of Minnesota on Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. to 12…… Continue reading Minnesota Nurse Aide Training Program Call – May 16, 2022 

Home Health Low Utilization Payment Adjustment Threshold: Bill Correctly 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In a report, the Office of Inspector General found that Medicare improperly paid some claims for home health services with 5–7 visits in a payment episode. Review home health prospective payment system (PPS) information to properly bill for services slightly above the low utilization payment adjustment threshold. Visit the…… Continue reading Home Health Low Utilization Payment Adjustment Threshold: Bill Correctly