California Should Improve Oversight w/Federal Requirements for Life Safety/Emergency Preparedness

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare From September to December 2018, OIG (Office of Inspector General) conducted unannounced site visits of 20 nursing homes in California (there are 1,202 such facilities in this state) from a nonstatistical sample that included a number of high-risk deficiencies that California reported to CMS.  OIG…… Continue reading California Should Improve Oversight w/Federal Requirements for Life Safety/Emergency Preparedness

CMS Updates Appendix B of the October 2019 RAI User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS updated Appendix B of the current RAI User’s Manual on October 31, 2019.  This 6-page listing was previously updated in late August 2019.   Appendix B contains current information, including email addresses, for: State RAI Coordinators RAI Coordinator Panel Members State MDS Automation Coordinators CMS…… Continue reading CMS Updates Appendix B of the October 2019 RAI User’s Manual

CMS Holding Limited Number of SNF Claims

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has just announced that is holding a “limited number” of SNF Claims (bolding added by me): “As CMS has undertaken the implementation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), we are holding a limited number of Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) claims while we make…… Continue reading CMS Holding Limited Number of SNF Claims

CMS Posts Section GG Video Tutorials

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released a short video tutorial to assist providers with coding GG0130A. Eating. This 6-minute video is designed to provided targeted guidance using simulated patient scenarios. To access the video, click on the link below: Coding GG0130A. Eating…… Continue reading CMS Posts Section GG Video Tutorials

LTC Infection Management and Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A study and a survey were published this week that should interest the LTC community. A study on the Role of Post‐Acute Care in Readmissions for Preexisting Healthcare‐Associated Infections was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  This study looked at 2013 –…… Continue reading LTC Infection Management and Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

CDC Enhanced Barrier Precautions Presentation

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you missed the October 24th CDC webinar on Enhanced Barrier Precautions, you missed a good one!  Lots of great information was provided. You can access the 73-slide presentation and get continuing education credit (information found on slides 3 and 67 of the presentation) as…… Continue reading CDC Enhanced Barrier Precautions Presentation

Trends in Nursing Home Complaints (2016-2018)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The nursing home complaint process is a critical safeguard to protect vulnerable nursing home residents. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relies upon each State’s survey agency to respond to health and safety concerns raised by residents, their families, and nursing home staff.…… Continue reading Trends in Nursing Home Complaints (2016-2018)