CDC Training on Antibiotic Stewardship

By Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® This week, CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Office of Antibiotic Stewardship announced an “interactive web-based activity (with) the first of four sections designed to help clinicians optimize antibiotic use to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety. This course…… Continue reading CDC Training on Antibiotic Stewardship

Person-Centered Care Planning and Practice Recommendations Call Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® A national call is scheduled for March 20, 2018 from 1:30pm to 3pm (Eastern time) to: Gain insight on the Phase 2 changes for person-centered care planning and discharge planning and Learn about the new Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. CMS will share updates…… Continue reading Person-Centered Care Planning and Practice Recommendations Call Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

CMS Updates LTC Regulations, Survey Process and Training FAQ Document

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS posted an updated FAQ document on February 6, 2018. The 25-page document identifies January 26, 2018 as the date. “This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document contains questions and answers about Long Term Care (LTC) regulations, the survey process, technical questions, and other related LTC…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Regulations, Survey Process and Training FAQ Document

Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed in Medicaid ALFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The GAO (Government Accountability Office) released this report on Monday, February 5, 2018. “GAO was asked to examine state and federal oversight of assisted living services in Medicaid. This report (1) describes state spending on and coverage of these services, (2) describes how state Medicaid…… Continue reading Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed in Medicaid ALFs

CMS Revises SNFABN (CMS-10055)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late January 2018, CMS posted this announcement regarding the SNFABN notice that skilled facilities must issue to Medicare beneficiaries before the facility provides: an item or service that is usually paid for by Medicare, but may not be paid for in this particular instance because…… Continue reading CMS Revises SNFABN (CMS-10055)

Enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Available

By Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Mid-day on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, CMS notified providers that the enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Reports are posted online and available for viewing.  That announcement came from info@QTSO via email.  It can also be found here. Announcement:  Enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Reports Available…… Continue reading Enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Available