May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP                                                                                                                                        Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in observing World Hand Hygiene Day. Today and every day, we want to remind everyone that practicing good hand hygiene, such as handwashing and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is a simple yet effective way to help prevent…… Continue reading May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day

IRF/LTCH/SNF QRP May 17, 2021 Submission Deadline Reminder

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Programs is approaching. IRF-PAI and LTCH CARE Data Set assessment data and data submitted to CMS via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National…… Continue reading IRF/LTCH/SNF QRP May 17, 2021 Submission Deadline Reminder

Reporting Exception Granted Due to Texas Severe Winter Storms

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs located in areas affected by the Texas Severe Winter Storm to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing…… Continue reading Reporting Exception Granted Due to Texas Severe Winter Storms

Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix Z – Emergency Preparedness

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted Transmittal 204 – Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix Z – Emergency Preparedness – on Friday, April 16, 2021.   This is a 101-page Transmittal. If you read my March 26, 2021 blog, you’ll find reference to the QSO-21-15-ALL memorandum telling us about…… Continue reading Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix Z – Emergency Preparedness

Critical Access Hospital (CAH) PEPPER Report Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I’m providing this information for our Critical Access Hospital (CAH) readers. The Q4FY20 release of the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your CAH PEPPER: Visit the PEPPER Resources…… Continue reading Critical Access Hospital (CAH) PEPPER Report Available

Iowa 2021 Medicaid Reference Guide

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Department of Human Services (DHS) has a new resource for stakeholders to understand how the state’s Medicaid program operates. The 2021 Iowa Medicaid Reference Guide provides an overview of both the state’s Medicaid program as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including program…… Continue reading Iowa 2021 Medicaid Reference Guide

Materials for Residents with Dementia-Related Psychosis: Strategies for Evaluation and Care

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you missed the live MLN event on March 23, 2021, you can now access these materials when it’s convenient for you: Audio recording (ZIP) … MP3 filePresentation (PDF) … 33-page handout Transcript (PDF) … 26-page written transcript You can also access the above as well as…… Continue reading Materials for Residents with Dementia-Related Psychosis: Strategies for Evaluation and Care

Remember PEPPER? New Data Elements + Annual Reports Coming

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report) is still very much alive and there are updates that you need to be aware of. On March 30, 2021, the SNF PEPPER User’s Guide, Ninth Edition was posted to the PEPPER Resources website.   This is a 15-page…… Continue reading Remember PEPPER? New Data Elements + Annual Reports Coming