The Chain of Infection and How to Use it to Prevent the Spread of Infection in LTC

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare NETEC has posted a great resource in the form of an infographic: The Chain of Infection and How to Use It to Prevent the Spread of Infection in LTC. The 9 slides following the above initial slide expand on the 6 opportunities to break the chain…… Continue reading The Chain of Infection and How to Use it to Prevent the Spread of Infection in LTC

SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. These reports contain provider performance scores for quality measures, which will be published on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC) during the July 2022 release. The data contained within the Preview Reports are based on quality assessment…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Helping Residents with Dementia Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in LTC Communities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This 4-page document acknowledges challenges to and provides strategies for preventing the spread of COVID-19 among long-term community residents living with dementia. Strategies used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are especially difficult for residents with dementia living in long-term care communities, such as nursing homes,…… Continue reading Helping Residents with Dementia Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in LTC Communities

Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Staffing Data Sets Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted recent Nurse and Non-Nurse Staffing Data sets as well as Employee Detail Data on April 27, 2022. The Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Nurse Staffing and Non-Nurse Staffing datasets provide information submitted by nursing homes including rehabilitation services on a quarterly basis. The data include…… Continue reading Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Staffing Data Sets Updated

Summary of Key Points: New Optional Event-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Forms in NHSN

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP   Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The NHSN Vaccination Team hosted two office hours webinars for the Event-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Forms on Tuesday, April 12th and Tuesday, April 19th. During these webinars, CDC provided long-term care facilities with an overview of how to use this feature to manage person-level vaccination data directly…… Continue reading Summary of Key Points: New Optional Event-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Forms in NHSN

Care Compare April Refresh of SNF QRP Data – Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The April 2022 refresh of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data is now available on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC). The data are based on quality assessment data submitted by SNFs to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from…… Continue reading Care Compare April Refresh of SNF QRP Data – Now Available

Five-Star State-Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the April Five-Star State-Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table which was updated April 27, 2022. This document – 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…… Continue reading Five-Star State-Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table Updated

Recent Study of Nursing Home Residents with Type 2 Diabetes – Overtreatment 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The February 2022 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) provides information on Glycemic treatment deintensification practices in nursing home residents with type 2 diabetes. “Nursing home (NH) residents with diabetes represent a large, growing population at high-risk for adverse events from glucose-lowering medications (GLMs). Approximately…… Continue reading Recent Study of Nursing Home Residents with Type 2 Diabetes – Overtreatment 

National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call – Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Please join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wed, April 27th @ 3:00pm ET for a National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call. Long-term care providers, facility staff and resident advocates are encouraged to attend. This event is…… Continue reading National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call – Wednesday, April 27, 2022