Immediately Stop Use of Mobility Transfer Systems Adult Portable Bed Rails Due to Entrapment and Asphyxia Hazard  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 2, 2022, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) issued a warning to “consumers to immediately stop using 285,000 Mobility Transfer Systems adult portable bed rails. These products can create an entrapment hazard and pose a risk of serious injury or death to users.…… Continue reading Immediately Stop Use of Mobility Transfer Systems Adult Portable Bed Rails Due to Entrapment and Asphyxia Hazard  

ArjoHuntleigh Polska Recalls Sara Plus Floor Lift

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Recalled Product  Product Name: ArjoHuntleigh Polska Sara Plus floor liftProduct Serial Numbers: See recall database entryManufactured Dates: October 13, 2016,…… Continue reading ArjoHuntleigh Polska Recalls Sara Plus Floor Lift

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Updated FMLA Guidance on Mental Health, Job-Protected Leave for Workers, Employers 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, posted this News Release on May 25, 2022: The National Institute of Health estimates that nearly one in five U.S. adults – or about 52.9 million people in 2020 – live with a mental illness, and that only about…… Continue reading U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Updated FMLA Guidance on Mental Health, Job-Protected Leave for Workers, Employers 

Texas: HHSC Urges LTC Facilities to Update Emergency Preparedness Plans Before Hurricane Season – Healthcare and Public Health Sector 2022 Hurricane Season Preparedness

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging all long-term care facilities to make sure their emergency preparedness plans are updated ahead of the start of an active hurricane season forecasted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Providers across the state are urged…… Continue reading Texas: HHSC Urges LTC Facilities to Update Emergency Preparedness Plans Before Hurricane Season – Healthcare and Public Health Sector 2022 Hurricane Season Preparedness

Updates to CMS-3401-IFC: Requirements and Enforcement Process for Reporting of COVID-19 Data Elements for Hospitals and CAHs 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, May 27, 2022, CMS posted updates to QSO-21-03-Hospitals/CAHs. Data Reporting Elements and Reporting Mechanisms On July 29, 2020, HHS published updated guidance for hospital COVID-19 reporting: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/covid-19-faqs-hospitals-hospital-laboratory-acute-carefacility-data-reporting.pdf. The guidance states that hospitals should report specified information at least once daily through one of the…… Continue reading Updates to CMS-3401-IFC: Requirements and Enforcement Process for Reporting of COVID-19 Data Elements for Hospitals and CAHs 

New/Modifications to the Place of Service (POS) Codes for Telehealth 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted a replacement Transmittal 11437 – Change Request 12427 on Friday, May 27, 2022. A corresponding 2-page MM12427 – New/Modifications to the Place of Service (POS) Codes for Telehealth was posted as well.  This MLN Matters Article is for physicians, providers, and suppliers billing…… Continue reading New/Modifications to the Place of Service (POS) Codes for Telehealth 

Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing Program Exemption 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS revised and reposted QSO-20-41-ALL on May 26, 2022.  This QSO was “revised to provide additional guidance and clarifications due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).” The red ink (denoting the revised verbiage) begins on page 4 of this 14-page Memorandum and continues…… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing Program Exemption 

IRF and LTCH Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare TRAINING MATERIALS AVAILABLE: The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program – Prerecorded Training Videos The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing a virtual training program that will review the updated guidance for the IRF…… Continue reading IRF and LTCH Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program

CMS Administrative Memo Revised: Transition Several Providers and Suppliers and Provide Additional Guidance and Updates to the Standard Operating Procedures 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS revised Admin Info: 22-02-ALL on May 19, 2022. To improve efficiency in the enrollment process for Medicare-participating certified providers and suppliers, CMS is transitioning certain certification-enrollment functions performed by the CMS Locations to CMS’ CPI/PEOG and the MACs. The transition of workload will continue to…… Continue reading CMS Administrative Memo Revised: Transition Several Providers and Suppliers and Provide Additional Guidance and Updates to the Standard Operating Procedures 

CDC COCA Call Today: What Clinicians Need to Know About Monkeypox + CDC Advisory 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare OVERVIEW This COCA Call will present what clinicians need to know about monkeypox including guidance about the typical clinical presentation, treatment options, pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, and reporting to public health authorities. What Clinicians Need to Know about Monkeypox in the United States and Other…… Continue reading CDC COCA Call Today: What Clinicians Need to Know About Monkeypox + CDC Advisory