Did You Know…

On December 20, 2018 CMS released the FINAL Guidance Manual for OASIS-D 12 days before the implementation of assessment instrument. In July of 2018 an errata for the manual was released. Historically CMS has released an errata after the final manual. The final OASIS-D Guidance Manual contained only 4 of the 17 identified errors. CMS…… Continue reading Did You Know…

[Free Webinar] Part II – The ABC’s of OASIS-D: A Step-by-Step Review of Changes Effective on January 1, 2019

Sharon Hamilton, RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Tue, Dec 11, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST Start training your staff now on the new OASIS-D items. Join Sharon Hamilton and take an in-depth look at the GG and J items. Understand the difference between the M elements and the new standardized item sections…… Continue reading [Free Webinar] Part II – The ABC’s of OASIS-D: A Step-by-Step Review of Changes Effective on January 1, 2019

[breaking news] CMS issued a final rule (CMS-1689-FC) that updates the Medicare HH PPS rates & wage index for CY 2019

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Briggs Healthcare Clinical Consultant CMS-1689-F The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1689-FC) that updates the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates and wage index for calendar year (CY) 2019. The final rule results in a 2.2 percent increase ($420 million) in payments to…… Continue reading [breaking news] CMS issued a final rule (CMS-1689-FC) that updates the Medicare HH PPS rates & wage index for CY 2019

CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, August 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final (Advanced Copy) of the HHA Interpretive Guidelines associated with the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that became effective on January 13, 2018. The Interpretive Guidelines will be incorporated into the State…… Continue reading CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines

Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations – HOME HEALTH AIDE COURSE

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare August 30, 2018 Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) announced a FREE 60 minute online course for home health or hospice aides and community health workers. Providers should take this FREE opportunity to educate aides on the following subjects: Diabetes & Your Patients Heart Attack & Stroke…… Continue reading Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations – HOME HEALTH AIDE COURSE

FREE WEBINAR: The Next Big Change: OASIS-D in 2019

On September 18, 2014, Congress passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (the IMPACT Act). The Act requires among, other significant activities, the reporting of standardized patient assessment data with regard to quality measures, resource use, and other measures. It further specifies that the data elements be standardized and interoperable, so as to allow…… Continue reading FREE WEBINAR: The Next Big Change: OASIS-D in 2019