CMS Announces New Reporting and Testing Requirements for Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has been busy once again – now with a 3rd Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (CMS-3401-IFC). AHCA/NCAL has posted a High-Level Summary that provides an easier-to-digest (3-pages) view of this IFC.  Thank you AHCA/NCAL!  You and your team should still review the entire IFC…… Continue reading CMS Announces New Reporting and Testing Requirements for Nursing Homes

QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH Issued – Interim Final Rule Guidance

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Earlier today, I blogged about the Interim Final Rule with Comment Period that was posted online late yesterday.  Now there’s more information and it’s a lot to digest. QSO-20-38-NH and QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH were posted shortly before the CMS COVID-19 Nursing Homes Call at 4:30pm Eastern Time. …… Continue reading QSO-20-37-CLIA, NH Issued – Interim Final Rule Guidance

Interim Final Rule with Comment Period Coming: Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A Press Release issued late afternoon on August 25, 2020 promises to bring “sweeping regulatory changes.”  The broad categories of this initiative are: New testing requirements for nursing homesHospitals must report dataNew reporting requirements for labsPhysician and pharmacist orders for tests I’ve excerpted the “high” points…… Continue reading Interim Final Rule with Comment Period Coming: Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

National Training Program to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Just announced today (August 25, 2020), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing an unprecedented national nursing home training program for frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management. The training is designed to equip both frontline caregivers and their management with the…… Continue reading National Training Program to Strengthen Nursing Home Infection Control Practices

National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network Conversation Series

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Project ECHO is mobilizing our national network of ECHO partners to rapidly deploy COVID-19 ECHO programs to train mentor, and support nursing home staff on infection prevention and control. With support from the Agency for…… Continue reading National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network Conversation Series

Nursing Home Strategies for COVID-19 Only Isolation of COVID-19 Residents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Monday, August 24, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Medicaid Informational Bulletin (CIB) that provides guidance to states on flexibilities that are available to increase reimbursement for nursing facilities that implement specific infection control practices, such as designating a quarantine or…… Continue reading Nursing Home Strategies for COVID-19 Only Isolation of COVID-19 Residents

Have You Accessed Your PEPPER Report?

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The PEPPER Team has updated the maps that display the PEPPER retrieval rates for PEPPERs accessed via the PEPPER Resources Portal for each state/territory. Percentages reflect the PEPPER release that was completed July 29, 2020, for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), critical access hospitals (CAHs), hospices, and long-term…… Continue reading Have You Accessed Your PEPPER Report?

Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services is Back

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS is phasing in participation in the Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in North Carolina and Florida, for a limited period of time, to help ease the transition during the current public health emergency.  Specifically, for HHAs in North Carolina and Florida: Providers…… Continue reading Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services is Back

COVID-19 News for Week Ending August 21, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I blogged on the updated Interim Guidance for Rapid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2 earlier this week.  Thursday, August 20, 2020, AHCA/NCAL posted CDC Interim Guidance for Rapid Antigen Testing … AHCA/NCAL Member Summary (thank you so much!).  “This document provides an explanation and summary of this…… Continue reading COVID-19 News for Week Ending August 21, 2020