Minnesota’s New Assisted Living Licensure Law/Upcoming Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Provisional and Conversion Applications Now Open MDH’s Health Regulation Division is now accepting Assisted Living License applications for providers interested in providing assisted living services under Minnesota’s new Assisted Living Licensure law. The new Assisted Living Licensure becomes law August 1, 2021. What is the new…… Continue reading Minnesota’s New Assisted Living Licensure Law/Upcoming Call

Information from April 29th, 2021 CMS National NH Stakeholder Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Yesterday’s CMS National Stakeholder Call was a good one.  At the end of the call, CMS stated that the recording and transcript of the call would be posted today on their Podcasts and Transcripts webpage, but as of mid-day, it is not found there.  Podcasts and…… Continue reading Information from April 29th, 2021 CMS National NH Stakeholder Call

National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call – April 29, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On April 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated select infection prevention and control recommendations in the Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC. These updates are for healthcare personnel (HCP) while at work and patients and…… Continue reading National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call – April 29, 2021

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum – May 12, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Wednesday, May 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share updates on the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment. During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will discuss the following: HOPE background and objectivesHOPE development and testing…… Continue reading Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum – May 12, 2021

CMS Revises QSO-20-39-NH

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted a revised QSO-20-39-NH the afternoon of April 27, 2021.  The title of this 8-page QSO is Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19. Here’s what’s new in this QSO (look for the red ink when reviewing with your team):

CMS Revises QSO-20-38-NH

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted a revised QSO-20-38-NH the afternoon of April 27, 2021.  The official title of this 11-page QSO is Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements and…… Continue reading CMS Revises QSO-20-38-NH

5-Star Preview Reports and NH Care Compare Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The following notice was posted today (April 27, 2021) on the QIES website: The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on April 20, 2021. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the…… Continue reading 5-Star Preview Reports and NH Care Compare Update

Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS updated Appendix B – MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual on April 21, 2021 (you’ll see the date as 4/29/21 when you view the actual document).  Changes to Appendix B – April 2021 Update identify these personnel changes: “The April update of Appendix B to the RAI 3.0…… Continue reading Appendix B – RAI User’s Manual Updated

Training Materials Available for the SNF QRP: Achieving a Full APU Webinar, March 30, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The training materials for the SNF QRP: Achieving a Full APU webinar that took place on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, are now available under the Downloads section of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training web page. Scroll down the above web page…… Continue reading Training Materials Available for the SNF QRP: Achieving a Full APU Webinar, March 30, 2021

OIG Adds SNF Reimbursement to Work Plan + NH COVID-19 Challenges

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare OIG (Office of Inspector General) has added SNF reimbursement to its work plan this month. A skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a nursing home that provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services such as physical, speech, and occupational therapy to beneficiaries who need assistance after hospitalization.…… Continue reading OIG Adds SNF Reimbursement to Work Plan + NH COVID-19 Challenges