RAI Manual – Updated Appendix B List Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated Appendix B of the RAI Manual.  The effective date of the revision is March 26, 2020. If you’re not familiar with Appendix B, this Appendix B contains the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members and Regional Office…… Continue reading RAI Manual – Updated Appendix B List Posted

LTC/SNF: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted a Fact Sheet dated March 28, 2020 that outline recent emergency declaration and emergency rule making. These temporary changes will apply immediately across the entire U.S. healthcare system for the duration of the emergency declaration. This 5-page document provides a few details…… Continue reading LTC/SNF: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Clarity for Home Health Agencies – COVID-19 Waivers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C from Provider Insights, Inc. has provided more clarity for home health agencies during this time. Read the full summary: So, last night, CMS published a “Fact Sheet” of additional blanket waivers and flexibilities provided to the home health industry.  Immediately,…… Continue reading Clarity for Home Health Agencies – COVID-19 Waivers

The Joint Commission Statement on Personal Face Masks Provided from Home

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 31, 2020, The Joint Commission issued this statement “supporting the use of standard face masks and/or respirators provided from home when health care organizations cannot provide access to protective equipment that is commensurate with the risk health care workers are exposed to amid…… Continue reading The Joint Commission Statement on Personal Face Masks Provided from Home

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator is an Excel spreadsheet-based model that provides information for healthcare facilities to plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Similarly, non-healthcare facilities (e.g., correctional facilities) may find this tool useful…… Continue reading Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator

CMS Posts COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Interim Final Rule & Additional Waivers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late in the day on Monday, March 30, 2020, CMS posted Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Interim Final Rule with Comment Period.  As per their usual policy/mandate, there is a 60-day comment period.  The…… Continue reading CMS Posts COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Interim Final Rule & Additional Waivers

Repeat Information on Delay of MDS Item Set for October 1, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 27, 2020, CMS posted this notification on the MDS 3.0 Technical website.  It was previously posted on the RAI Manual website on March 19th.  In case you missed it then and there, here it is again: CMS is delaying the Minimum Data Set…… Continue reading Repeat Information on Delay of MDS Item Set for October 1, 2020

Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Alzheimer’s Association posted a guidance document on Monday, March 30, 2020 to “help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Emergency Preparedness: Caring for persons living with dementia in a…… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting