Clarity for Home Health Agencies – COVID-19 Waivers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C from Provider Insights, Inc. has provided more clarity for home health agencies during this time. Read the full summary: So, last night, CMS published a “Fact Sheet” of additional blanket waivers and flexibilities provided to the home health industry.  Immediately,…… Continue reading Clarity for Home Health Agencies – COVID-19 Waivers

If Palmetto is your MAC this will interest you.

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Palmetto just issued a notice that CMS has delayed filing deadlines for cost reports.  I’ve pasted in the Q&A (available on the Palmetto website) below: Question: Will CMS delay the filing deadline of Fiscal Year End (FYE) December 31, 2019 cost reports due at the end…… Continue reading If Palmetto is your MAC this will interest you.

IA Board of Nursing Posted Scope of Practice Guidance – COVID-19

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Letter to Licensees March 19, 2020 Dear Licensees, Due to the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Iowa Board of Nursing has received numerous inquiries about the permissible scopes of practice for LPNs, RNS, and ARNPs during this public health emergency. By law, nursing does…… Continue reading IA Board of Nursing Posted Scope of Practice Guidance – COVID-19

CMS COVID-19 Call Covers Waivers, Q&A from CMS Call 3-20-2020

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare On Friday, March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a call with home health organizations to discuss recent developments related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  Even though the call was specific to home health agencies there hospice questions addressed, as well. CMS…… Continue reading CMS COVID-19 Call Covers Waivers, Q&A from CMS Call 3-20-2020

3-20-2020 – CMS – Home Heath Face to Face and Waiver 1135 Update

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare If you were not signed into the CMS call this morning here is the latest information regarding the Face to Face and waiver 1135 situation. The statutory requirements regarding the patient being rural and limited to certain originating sites has been waived for the required physician…… Continue reading 3-20-2020 – CMS – Home Heath Face to Face and Waiver 1135 Update

The Joint Commission – Effective July 2020 – Revisions to National Patient Safety Goals

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Effective July 2020, The Joint Commission approved changes to its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) for all applicable accreditation programs. Because the NPSGs identify high-priority patient safety topics that are assessed during every accreditation survey, The Joint Commission periodically reviews them using contemporary literature, internal data,…… Continue reading The Joint Commission – Effective July 2020 – Revisions to National Patient Safety Goals