CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 4/27/20

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions…… Continue reading CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 4/27/20

CMS Updates for Nursing Homes – Friday, April 24, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted QSO-20-28-NH late in the day on Friday.  Here’s the Memorandum Summary for this 15-page notification: A couple of the subjects in this notification speak to surveys, quality measures and staffing domains (MDS and PBJ).  I’ve highlighted key verbiage in both: “Due to the…… Continue reading CMS Updates for Nursing Homes – Friday, April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Preventing Your Medicare Home Health Agency from Reporting Skilled Visits on the Claim – Maybe Your Agency Qualifies for Condition Code 54

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare With a greater number of senior citizens aging in place it seems counter intuitive that the frequency of Medicare home-based visits is down. But agencies are reporting a sharp drop in visits due to factors like the moratorium of elective surgeries, family members being home to…… Continue reading COVID-19 Preventing Your Medicare Home Health Agency from Reporting Skilled Visits on the Claim – Maybe Your Agency Qualifies for Condition Code 54

State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit (CMS)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “Today (April 23, 2020), the Trump Administration released a new (25-page) toolkit for states to help accelerate adoption of broader telehealth coverage policies in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  This release builds on the agency’s…… Continue reading State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit (CMS)

Recent COVID-19 Healthcare Updates and Resources

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare   This blog is a digest of recent COVID-19 updates for healthcare entities and staff.  It also includes a must-read commentary you won’t want to miss and a resource for stress relief for staff. Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes…CDC was updated on…… Continue reading Recent COVID-19 Healthcare Updates and Resources

Communication Strategies for Keeping Families Up to Date

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare   Nursing Homes/Long-Term Care Facilities/Senior Living Communities are committed to the well-being of each and every resident or tenant.  THAT IS A FACT.  Our care communities are families within families.  This is not something new – we have always taken great pride in the care…… Continue reading Communication Strategies for Keeping Families Up to Date

CMS Update: New Guidance on PBJ Reporting Waiver

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare ezPBJ, a Briggs family member, has received new details from CMS regarding its recent PBJ reporting waiver. The original PBJ reporting waiver (issued two weeks ago) stated that nursing facilities do not have to submit Q1 (Jan. 1–Mar. 31) data by May 15. We reached…… Continue reading CMS Update: New Guidance on PBJ Reporting Waiver