CMS Posts Two Transmittals/One Change Request Impacting Part B Therapy

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Updates to Reflect Removal of Functional Reporting Requirements and Therapy – Transmittal 4214/Change Request 11120 was posted on Friday, January 25, 2019.  “The purpose of this Change Request (CR) is to update chapter 5 to reflect recent changes in outpatient therapy service billing instructions and payment…… Continue reading CMS Posts Two Transmittals/One Change Request Impacting Part B Therapy

Notice of Final Rule Adjusting Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) for Inflation

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS issued a Notice of Final Rule Adjusting Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) for Inflation on Tuesday, January 2019.  As noted in the above Memorandum Summary found in QSO 19-04-NH/HHA/CLIA, the new CMP amounts and ranges are effective October 11, 2018. Final Rule – Adjustment of Civil…… Continue reading Notice of Final Rule Adjusting Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) for Inflation

Final Rule – EPA Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The Final Rule for hazardous waste disposal was signed by Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on December 11, 2018 however it cannot be published in the Federal Register yet due to the ongoing partial government shutdown. The pre-publication of the unofficial Final Rule…… Continue reading Final Rule – EPA Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

Revised HIPAA Basics for Providers Fact Sheet

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted a revised MLN Matters Fact Sheet – HIPAA Basics for Providers: Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules. The 8-page Fact Sheet addresses: The Privacy Rule, which sets national standards for when protected health information (PHI) may be used and disclosed. The Security…… Continue reading Revised HIPAA Basics for Providers Fact Sheet

OIG Fall 2018 Semi-Annual Report to Congress

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The Office of Inspector General issued its Fall 2018 Semi-Annual Report to Congress on December 3, 2018.   The period covered by this 90-page report is April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018. Highlights of OIG Accomplishments: Identifying Improper Payments and Opportunities for Savings in HHS…… Continue reading OIG Fall 2018 Semi-Annual Report to Congress

Guidance for LTC Leaders Planning to Implement an Influenza Vaccination Requirement Policy for Health Care Personnel to Improve Influenza Vaccination

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® While implementing a mandatory influenza vaccination policy for health care personnel is not required by the federal government or any regulatory agency, employers can influence the vaccination status of their employees.  “Influenza vaccination requirements work; they are the only intervention that have consistently raised influenza…… Continue reading Guidance for LTC Leaders Planning to Implement an Influenza Vaccination Requirement Policy for Health Care Personnel to Improve Influenza Vaccination