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  

Accuracy of Falls Reporting in Home Health OASIS Assessments   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In April 2022, CMS will begin publicly reporting on the Care Compare website the percentage of patients in home health care who fell and endured major injuries for each home health agency (HHA). HHAs report falls in patient assessments using the standardized Outcome and Assessment Information…… Continue reading Accuracy of Falls Reporting in Home Health OASIS Assessments   

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 

Home Health Low Utilization Payment Adjustment Threshold: Bill Correctly 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In a report, the Office of Inspector General found that Medicare improperly paid some claims for home health services with 5–7 visits in a payment episode. Review home health prospective payment system (PPS) information to properly bill for services slightly above the low utilization payment adjustment threshold. Visit the…… Continue reading Home Health Low Utilization Payment Adjustment Threshold: Bill Correctly 

Expanded HHVBP Model – Achievement Thresholds and Benchmarks Now Available on IQIES   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The achievement thresholds and benchmarks for each quality measure in the expanded HHVBP Model are now available on the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) portal: https://iqies.cms.gov/. The achievement thresholds and benchmarks were calculated by cohort using quality measure data for the Model baseline year,…… Continue reading Expanded HHVBP Model – Achievement Thresholds and Benchmarks Now Available on IQIES   

Update on May 2022 LTCSP and Appendix PP   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I have an update on my post 2 days ago regarding the CMS update of the LTCSP documents and files. I reached out to CMS after comparing the “Appendix PP – added 2018 revision” to the November 22, 2017 version. In short, they told me that…… Continue reading Update on May 2022 LTCSP and Appendix PP   

Claims-Based Quality Measure Tip Sheets 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare TMF Networks has posted 2 Claims-Based QM Tip Sheets: Percentage of Short-Stay Residents Who Have Had an Outpatient Emergency Department Visit This claims-based measure tip sheet provides an overview of the measure, including questions to ask, monitoring ideas and resource links. This measure reports the percentage…… Continue reading Claims-Based Quality Measure Tip Sheets 

CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Materials Again 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted updated LTC Survey Process documents on May 9, 2022. The Revision History for LTC Survey Process Documents and Files shows these updates: A quick look at the previous updates shows that this is the 3rd update in the past 30 days. [NOTE: Briggs subscribers…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Materials Again 

PBJ: Submission of 2nd Quarter FY2022 Deadline Coming Fast – May 15, 2022 (Next Sunday)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS hasn’t posted a reminder of this upcoming deadline yet, but I suspect they will next week. You have a busy week preceding that deadline – Mother’s Day, National Skilled Nursing Week, National Nurses Week. As you prepare for those, don’t forget that your 2nd quarter…… Continue reading PBJ: Submission of 2nd Quarter FY2022 Deadline Coming Fast – May 15, 2022 (Next Sunday)

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