Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Alzheimer’s Association posted a guidance document on Monday, March 30, 2020 to “help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Emergency Preparedness: Caring for persons living with dementia in a…… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting

Minnesota AL Providers: New Assisted Living Licensure Law

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Minnesota Department of Health, Health Regulation Division is writing to share important news about Minnesota’s new assisted living licensure law.  We understand that as providers you have many concerns related to managing your agency’s response to COVID-19. We will send this information again in…… Continue reading Minnesota AL Providers: New Assisted Living Licensure Law

Some Assisted-Living Residents Don’t Get Promised Care

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On February 14, 2020, the New York Times published a very interesting article with the same title as this blog that spoke to court decisions in California that addressed how large assisted-living chains make staffing decisions.  That was the headline that began with telling the…… Continue reading Some Assisted-Living Residents Don’t Get Promised Care

Assisted Living Medicaid Services in OIG’s FY2020 Work Plan

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) made this announcement on August 15, 2019: “Medicaid may provide assisted living services to beneficiaries who are medically eligible for placement in a nursing home but opt for a less medically intensive, lower-cost setting. These services may include personal…… Continue reading Assisted Living Medicaid Services in OIG’s FY2020 Work Plan

Public Webinars About Quality Measure Development

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare CMS is reaching out to the public. Keeping the public aware of initiatives is part of transparency. The information below was posted today and is part of that effort. Please share it with your friends and family. The more informed we are as a nation the…… Continue reading Public Webinars About Quality Measure Development

Suicide Among Older Adults Living in or Transitioning to Residential Long-Term Care

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This is the title of a very interesting study out of the University of Michigan that was published June 14, 2019 in JAMA Network Open. Researchers looked at 47,759 deaths in the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) from 2003-2015 and identified 1037 suicides among…… Continue reading Suicide Among Older Adults Living in or Transitioning to Residential Long-Term Care

Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A bill in the Minnesota legislature is being finalized to license Assisted living facilities for the very first time. This agreement, which is expected to pass, will bring Minnesota in line with the rest of the country in terms of regulating AL. ALFs have been…… Continue reading Historical Agreement Expected to Become Law: Minnesota Assisted Living Facilities to be Licensed

Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation – Heightened Scrutiny Guidance

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On March 22, 2019, CMS issued a set of guidance responses associated with the January 2014 home and community-based settings final rule in the form of an 11-page FAQ document. The cover letter is addressed to State Medicaid Directors.  Here are 3 key points excerpted…… Continue reading Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation – Heightened Scrutiny Guidance

Assisted Living Facilities Excluded from EPA Final Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® I just blogged on the December 11, 2018 EPA Final Rule that is awaiting publication in the Federal Register.  Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed this final rule on December 11, 2018 however the clock for implementation 6 months later cannot start until…… Continue reading Assisted Living Facilities Excluded from EPA Final Rule on Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Assisted Living Residents Need Stronger Protections

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The title of this blog (and an excerpted subtitle in one of the reports) sums up the findings of two (2) significant reports this year on the status of Assisted Living. The February 2018 GAO Report examined state and Federal oversight of assisted living services…… Continue reading Assisted Living Residents Need Stronger Protections