Specialized Infection Prevention and Control Training for LTC Staff – Spring 2019

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on the development of a free on-line training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff in the long-term care setting.   This announcement was…… Continue reading Specialized Infection Prevention and Control Training for LTC Staff – Spring 2019

Website Tips & Tricks

Whether you’ve been a long-time customer or are new to Briggs Healthcare, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding during our transition to the new website! Here’s a few tips and tricks to help make your shopping experience better and show you the new capabilities we now offer!  Quick Order: Have you…… Continue reading Website Tips & Tricks

MedPAC Recommends Cut for SNF Medicare Rates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® MedPAC (Medicare Payment Advisor Commission), in its March 2018 report to Congress, recommends “no payment update in 2019 for four FFS payment systems (long-term care hospital, hospice, ambulatory surgical center, and skilled nursing facility) and reductions of 5 percent of the base payment for the…… Continue reading MedPAC Recommends Cut for SNF Medicare Rates

New Medicare Cards – Important Information for Providers!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® In case you missed it, CMS’ National Training Program provided a great webinar on March 8, 2018 to provide information for providers/partners on the new Medicare card initiative that kicks off April 1st. This webinar was the March event for the CMS Learning Series and…… Continue reading New Medicare Cards – Important Information for Providers!

Today’s CMS Skilled/LTC Open Door Forum – RCS-1 Agenda Item Added

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS relayed a reminder of today’s SNF/LTC Open Door Forum this morning.  Today’s posting now includes an additional announcement/update – Clarification on RCS-1 Status.  This topic is a welcome addition as all providers are anxious to hear more specifics, particularly regarding implementation, of this proposed…… Continue reading Today’s CMS Skilled/LTC Open Door Forum – RCS-1 Agenda Item Added

CMS Schedules Next SNF/LTC Open Door Forum

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The last SNF/LTC Open Door Forum was held back on November 2, 2017. We’ve been waiting for the next ODF!! Here’s the information that CMS posted on February 28, 2018: The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:…… Continue reading CMS Schedules Next SNF/LTC Open Door Forum

New Medicare Card Educational Resources Webinar

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS is hosting a National Training Program on Wednesday, March 8, 2018 from 1pm to 2:30pm (Eastern Time) to provide an overview of the new Medicare card educational resources. Register for this webinar here. The new Medicare cards will be mailed out to all Medicare…… Continue reading New Medicare Card Educational Resources Webinar

Briggs Partners with PilotFish to Provide Interoperability to Paperless Forms Workflow

February 26, 2018 – Briggs Healthcare® introduced eBriggs to the healthcare market as its digital plug-and-play content solution that offers full integration between HTML and advanced PDF technology. Now, Briggs has partnered with PilotFish – a leader in healthcare interoperability – to offer eBriggs Powered by PilotFish. By combining eBriggs electronic forms with the PilotFish…… Continue reading Briggs Partners with PilotFish to Provide Interoperability to Paperless Forms Workflow

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