Repeat Information on Delay of MDS Item Set for October 1, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 27, 2020, CMS posted this notification on the MDS 3.0 Technical website.  It was previously posted on the RAI Manual website on March 19th.  In case you missed it then and there, here it is again: CMS is delaying the Minimum Data Set…… Continue reading Repeat Information on Delay of MDS Item Set for October 1, 2020

Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Alzheimer’s Association posted a guidance document on Monday, March 30, 2020 to “help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Emergency Preparedness: Caring for persons living with dementia in a…… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting

Hospital Discharges and Admissions to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Sunday, March 29, 2020, AMDA (PALTC: Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) and AHCA/NCAL issued a joint statement regarding the recent New York order: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis…… Continue reading Hospital Discharges and Admissions to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities

Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 27, CMS issued an electronic toolkit regarding telehealth and telemedicine for Long Term Care Nursing Home Facilities. Under President Trump’s leadership to respond to the need to limit the spread of community COVID-19, CMS has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that…… Continue reading Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

COVID-19 LTC Resources from APIC

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) is providing complimentary access to APIC Text Chapter Collection: Long-Term Care through Sept. 30. “The most dire of COVID-19 symptoms disproportionately affect older adults and those with pre-existing conditions. Infection preventionists (IPs) working in long-term care…… Continue reading COVID-19 LTC Resources from APIC

COVID-19 LTC Surveyor Training Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has made the COVID-19 LTC Surveyor Training available on the QSEP website. CMS provides this training description: “A brief training related to a focused COVID-19 survey for Nursing Homes surveyors. This is not mandatory, but is recommended for LTC surveyors.”   This is what you’ll…… Continue reading COVID-19 LTC Surveyor Training Available

Iowa Providers: Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Regarding COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This afternoon (March 26, 2020), Kim Reynolds (Iowa Governor) held her daily press conference on the state of COVID-19 in Iowa.  Her office also issued this proclamation (or the official copy) after that press conference.  The proclamation includes public directives regarding: Telehealth services Non-essential medical…… Continue reading Iowa Providers: Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Regarding COVID-19