Disaster Ready Behavioral Care Tool Kit

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The state of Arizona has posted this Disaster Ready Behavioral Care Tool Kit which can be used beyond Arizona although some things are specific to AZ.  This is a 128-page guide was developed as a result of the Disaster Ready Behavioral Care Pilot conducted in 2018/2019.…… Continue reading Disaster Ready Behavioral Care Tool Kit

PBJ Reporting Waiver Ends – Get the Facts from the Experts!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late last week, I blogged about the QSO-20-34-NH notification and what its contents meant for LTC providers.  A key element of this QSO was the end of the PBJ reporting waiver.  It was a short-lived waiver, to be sure.  ezPBJ – a Briggs family member and…… Continue reading PBJ Reporting Waiver Ends – Get the Facts from the Experts!

Missed the First Session of May 28, 2020 National NH Training Series?

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Yesterday’s session for Establishing an Infection Prevention Program and Conducting Ongoing Infection Surveillance in the Nursing Home (registration filled rapidly for this session) was a great kickoff for this series of eight (8) one-hour sessions every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm (ET) through July 16th to…… Continue reading Missed the First Session of May 28, 2020 National NH Training Series?

No MDS 3.0 v1.18.1 – But There Will Be MDS 3.0 v1.17.2

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Yes, you read that right.  CMS posted the draft version of the MDS 3.0 Item Set that we were to start using October 1, 2020 but a couple of events in particular prompted CMS to remove v1.18.1 back on March 19th: CMS is delaying the…… Continue reading No MDS 3.0 v1.18.1 – But There Will Be MDS 3.0 v1.17.2

Happy NAC Day!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare From one Nurse Assessment Coordinator to all others: Happy NAC Day!!  Nurses Week ends today, on Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.  (The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife continues through December 31st.)  Today is also the day that Nurse Assessment Coordinators in long-term care facilities…… Continue reading Happy NAC Day!

Federal Regulatory Groups (F-Tags) and Survey Resources for LTC Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late in the day on Friday, May 8, 2020, CMS posted these updates: Federal Regulatory Groups for Long Term Care Survey Resources – UPDATED: 5/7/2020 (ZIP) Revision History for LTC Survey Process Documents and Files Here’s what’s been updated: Note that the Survey Resources are…… Continue reading Federal Regulatory Groups (F-Tags) and Survey Resources for LTC Updated

Five-Star Technical Users’ Guide Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an updated Five-Star Technical Users’ Guide this morning, April 29, 2020. The following statement appears on the page prior to the Introduction page: April 2020 Revisions: Temporary Changes due to COVID-I9 On March 23, CMS announced a new, targeted inspection plan designed to…… Continue reading Five-Star Technical Users’ Guide Updated