Early Release of October 2019 RAI User’s Manual Just Posted by CMS

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted this notification initially the evening of Saturday, May 18th and again this forenoon: “The PDF file labeled “MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 October 1, 2019” is now available in the Related Links section below. Please note this early release is being provided in…… Continue reading Early Release of October 2019 RAI User’s Manual Just Posted by CMS

SNF QRP Provider Training Materials Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Training materials for the upcoming 2-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Training event on May 7, and Wednesday, May 8, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, are now available under the…… Continue reading SNF QRP Provider Training Materials Posted

OIG Issues Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies Report

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) just posted a data brief for its analysis of “nursing home deficiencies that were identified by State survey agencies (State agencies) across the Nation for calendar years 2013 through 2017 (review period). This data brief offers the Centers for…… Continue reading OIG Issues Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies Report

SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS made this announcement on May 1, 2019: “Skilled Nursing Facility Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. Providers have until May 30, 2019 to review their performance data prior to the July 2019 Nursing Home Compare site refresh, during which this…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Training on Legionella Water Management Programs Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you’re involved in water safety for buildings, you’ll want to take advantage of a new and free training program developed by CDC and partners on creating a water management program to reduce the risk for Legionnaires’ disease in facilities. The Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease: A…… Continue reading Training on Legionella Water Management Programs Now Available

CMS Policy Change for Assessment Submission Time Frame Announced Today

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted this policy change today: “The current CMS policy for submission of patient assessment records allows providers to submit records for up to 36 months from the assessment target date. Effective October 1, 2019, the CMS policy for patient assessment submission will be changed…… Continue reading CMS Policy Change for Assessment Submission Time Frame Announced Today

OIG Report on National Background Check Program for Long Term Care Providers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On April 25, 2019, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a 40-page report on the assessment of state programs conducted from 2013 to 2016. “Background checks are an important safety measure that can help protect the 9 million beneficiaries who rely on long-term-care services…… Continue reading OIG Report on National Background Check Program for Long Term Care Providers