SNF, IRF and LTCH QRP Quality Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manuals V4.0 and Accompanying Documents Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare       The Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Quality Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 4.0, Change Table, and Risk Adjustment Appendix File are now available. These documents serve as an update to the specifications used to calculate quality measures that are included in…… Continue reading SNF, IRF and LTCH QRP Quality Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manuals V4.0 and Accompanying Documents Now Available

Upcoming CMS Email Transition Over Labor Day Weekend

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be undergoing an email transition over the Labor Day weekend (late Friday, September 2, to early Tuesday, September 6). CMS employees will not be able to access or receive email during the transition. If you send…… Continue reading Upcoming CMS Email Transition Over Labor Day Weekend

Variant Influenza Virus Infections: Recommendations for Identification, Treatment, and Prevention for Summer and Fall 2022 (HAN Health Advisory Issued)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC issued this HAN Health Advisory the afternoon of Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to provide updates on recent variant influenza virus infections and summarize CDC’s recommendations for identification, treatment, and…… Continue reading Variant Influenza Virus Infections: Recommendations for Identification, Treatment, and Prevention for Summer and Fall 2022 (HAN Health Advisory Issued)

2022 Iowa Medicaid Annual Provider Training

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare 2022 Iowa Medicaid Annual Provider Training sessions will be held in-person and via Zoom live broadcast. There will be six 4-hour sessions. Each session will cover the same material; providers need only sign up for one session. Iowa Medicaid will record the sessions and post the…… Continue reading 2022 Iowa Medicaid Annual Provider Training

Reporting Exceptions Granted Due to Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions1 under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to providers located in areas affected by the Kentucky severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward…… Continue reading Reporting Exceptions Granted Due to Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides

Significant Updates to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Manual, Chapter 5

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On August 12, 2022, CMS posted Transmittal 11550: Pages 2 through 9 of the 220-page document provide the overview of these changes. Note that the implementation and effective date of this transmittal is October 13, 2022. A corresponding MM12765- Significant Updates to Internet Only Manual…… Continue reading Significant Updates to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Manual, Chapter 5

HHS Secretary Becerra Declares Public Health Emergency

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced today (August 4, 2022) that he will declare the ongoing spread of monkeypox virus in the United States a Public Health Emergency (PHE). This action will further strengthen and accelerate the Biden-Harris Administration’s responsein…… Continue reading HHS Secretary Becerra Declares Public Health Emergency

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare ​​​​National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. To commemorate NIAM, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have developed toolkits with key messages, graphics,…… Continue reading August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Finalized Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2023 Rates; Quality Programs and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for inpatient and long-term care hospitals that builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s key priorities to advance health equity and improve maternal health outcomes. As required by statute, the fiscal year (FY) 2023…… Continue reading Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Finalized Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2023 Rates; Quality Programs and Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program  

Happy Anniversary Medicare and Medicaid

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act Amendments, thus establishing Medicare and Medicaid, the health insurance programs for Americans. For over 57 years, these two medical support programs have been the foundation that ensures affordable healthcare for all Americans…… Continue reading Happy Anniversary Medicare and Medicaid