Minnesota Assisted Living Providers: Licensure Webpage Updates And Upcoming Task Force Meeting

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has updated its Assisted Living Licensure webpage. MDH has posted two new documents: Additional Modifications to Proposed Rules (PDF) provides a description of additional modifications MDH is proposing to the Assisted Living Licensure Rules based on feedback received from stakeholders…… Continue reading Minnesota Assisted Living Providers: Licensure Webpage Updates And Upcoming Task Force Meeting

Upcoming Webinar: Navigate the Challenges & Pitfalls of COVID-19 Coding

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare COVID coding gets confusing with evolving guidelines, changed codes and different patient scenarios in post-acute settings. Join Lisa Selman-Holman in this free webinar as she simplifies the guidelines while providing examples and applying PDGM and PDPM principles. PLUS…download the free tool provided by Selman-Holman: A quick…… Continue reading Upcoming Webinar: Navigate the Challenges & Pitfalls of COVID-19 Coding

OIG Report: Iowa Should Improve Its Oversight of Selected Nursing Homes’ Compliance with Federal Requirements for Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its life safety and emergency preparedness regulations to improve protections for all Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including those residing in long-term care facilities (commonly referred to as nursing homes). Updates included requirements that nursing homes…… Continue reading OIG Report: Iowa Should Improve Its Oversight of Selected Nursing Homes’ Compliance with Federal Requirements for Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Attorney General Releases Report on NY Nursing Homes’ Response to COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Attorney General James Releases Report on Nursing Homes’ Response to COVID-19 was released in late January 2021. The controversy generated by this report continues to this date. “Since March (2020), Attorney General James has been investigating nursing homes throughout New York state based on allegations of…… Continue reading Attorney General Releases Report on NY Nursing Homes’ Response to COVID-19

Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports were available on February 15, 2021. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button and access the Five Star Report in…… Continue reading Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Interim Recommendations for Coadministration of COVID-19 Vaccine and TB Testing Products in ALFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The State of Washington has posted Interim Recommendations for Coadministration of COVID-19 Vaccine and TB Testing Products for Assisted Living facilities. “Dear Assisted Living Facility Administrator: Currently, tuberculosis (TB) testing requirements under WACs 388-78A-2484, -2480(1), and 2485(1) are suspended by the Department of Social and Health…… Continue reading Interim Recommendations for Coadministration of COVID-19 Vaccine and TB Testing Products in ALFs

CMS Posts County COVID-19 Positivity – February 16, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Just a few minutes ago, CMS posted the latest county COVID-19 positivity data – February 16, 2021.  This posting usually occurs on Monday mornings but yesterday was a Federal holiday (Presidents Day), thus the delay in posting. As always, archived data is found here; regulations pertinent…… Continue reading CMS Posts County COVID-19 Positivity – February 16, 2021

Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare You may have heard that the Biden Administration and CDC have posted the Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation.  This was posted on Friday, February 12, 2021.   I’m blogging on this because many of the healthcare workers in acute as well as post-acute care…… Continue reading Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation

Updated Provider Demographic Data Process

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS will be transitioning to a new data source for a provider’s demographic data for all five Post-Acute Care (PAC) provider types (Skilled Nursing Facilities / Nursing Facilities (SNF/NFs), Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) and Hospices).  These demographic data…… Continue reading Updated Provider Demographic Data Process

Update: Common Questions – Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Claims-Based-Quality Measures: February 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A new document, entitled “Common Questions-HQRP Claims-Based-Quality Measures: February 2021” is now available in the Downloads section of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) page. This document will give providers information and answers to some common questions about the HQRP including changes in the draft HIS Manual V3.00;…… Continue reading Update: Common Questions – Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Claims-Based-Quality Measures: February 2021