Five-Star State-Level Cut Point Tables Posted – May 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On May 25, 2022, CMS posted the Five-Star State-Level Cut Point Tables for the month of May. The Five Star Quality Rating System Technical Users’ Guide: State Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table – provides the data for the state-level cut points for the star…… Continue reading Five-Star State-Level Cut Point Tables Posted – May 2022

Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Emergency preparedness plans capture a nursing home’s approach to meeting the health, safety, and security needs of staff and residents during an emergency or disaster. The written emergency preparedness plan should be a comprehensive plan that includes a risk assessment based on an all-hazards approach,…… Continue reading Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan

May 2022 Update of Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted this month’s update of Appendix B on May 25, 2022. Appendix B contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and contacts. This is the updated Appendix B.May’s changes to Appendix B are:…… Continue reading May 2022 Update of Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual 

CMS Updates Numerous LTC Data Sets 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS updated and posted numerous LTC Data Sets in May: Those Data Sets are found here and include (note: there is 1 Data Set for Swing Bed Providers): COVID-19 Vaccination Rates – State and National AveragesCOVID-19 Vaccination Rates – Provider DataProvider InformationSkilled Nursing Facility Quality…… Continue reading CMS Updates Numerous LTC Data Sets 

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

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  

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