Overview of the List of Measures Under Consideration for December 1, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The pre-rulemaking process provides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with a vehicle to hear from stakeholders for early consideration of measures. CMS is issuing this List of Measures Under Consideration (MUC) to comply with the statutory requirement that the Secretary of the Department…… Continue reading Overview of the List of Measures Under Consideration for December 1, 2022

National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 5-12

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare National Influenza Vaccination Week is a critical opportunity to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to protect themselves and their loved ones from flu this flu season by getting their annual flu vaccine if they have not already. Currently, flu activity is…… Continue reading National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 5-12

World AIDS Day: Putting Ourselves to the Test – Achieving Equity to End HIV

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Each year on December 1st, we commemorate World AIDS Day. This important awareness day remains a time to reflect on our worldwide response to HIV/AIDS while honoring the lives of those lost to AIDS-related illnesses. On this day, we also renew our commitment to supporting the…… Continue reading World AIDS Day: Putting Ourselves to the Test – Achieving Equity to End HIV

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over…but It’s Never Over – Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Once considered a potentially static field of medicine, the discipline of studying infectious diseases has proven to be dynamic as emerging and reemerging infectious diseases present continuous challenges, Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., writes in a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the piece,…… Continue reading It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over…but It’s Never Over – Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases

Workplace Violence – Hospitals

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted QSO-23-04-Hospitals on Monday, November 28, 2022. This is a 3-page Memorandum. “CMS believes that healthcare workers have a right to provide care in a safe setting. CMS health and safety requirements do not preclude healthcare workers from taking appropriate action to protect themselves from…… Continue reading Workplace Violence – Hospitals

Infection Prevention Learning Journey 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This accredited continuing education activity is intended primarily for healthcare workers and teams which may include but are not limited to, medical and nursing staff, administration, education/training leadership, and infection control leadership. Staff specializing in emergency management, communications, specialized clinical areas, laboratory, facilities management and environmental services are also…… Continue reading Infection Prevention Learning Journey 

New CMS Survey Training Resources

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare There is a new Quality in Focus tab at the CMS QSEP Training website: LTC training includes: Quality in Focus Resources for Addressing LTC Free of Accident Citations Training for Providers Quality in Focus Resources for Addressing LTC Treatment and Prevention of Pressure Ulcer Citations Training…… Continue reading New CMS Survey Training Resources

Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkits

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AHRQ supports U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, an annual observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in…… Continue reading Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkits

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: November 18 – 24, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This Friday kicks off U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW), November 18-24. This year’s theme is prevention. Data in CDC’s 2022 COVID-19 Special Report [PDF – 44 Pages] showed that many patients with COVID-19, including outpatients, receive unnecessary antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics can save lives, but their use can cause…… Continue reading U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: November 18 – 24, 2022

Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day: Thursday, November 17, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) is proud to announce thatWorldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is to be celebrated on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The objective of Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is to increase awareness about pressure injury prevention and to educate the public on this topic. NPIAP has developed an…… Continue reading Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day: Thursday, November 17, 2022