Recent CMS Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare As we all know, CMS, CDC and the White House Task Force on COVID-19 are working constantly on this pandemic.   Today (March 26, 2020) issued another summary of recent CMS activities in the form of this Press Release which includes a lot of information: CMS…… Continue reading Recent CMS Actions Taken in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Focused Survey Folder Added to the Survey Resource Zip File

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today, March 26, 2020, CMS updated the Nursing Home Survey website to convey that a COVID-19 Focused Survey Folder has been added to the existing Survey Resources .zip file.  Scroll down to Downloads on this webpage to find: The arrow above indicates the hyperlink to…… Continue reading COVID-19 Focused Survey Folder Added to the Survey Resource Zip File

Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has a designated website for information on all things related to COVID-19 specimens: collecting, handling and testing.  This website details when changes are made to guidelines and where to find additional information – an easy to follow timeline of changes. Here are 2 recent…… Continue reading Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for COVID-19

COVID-19 Workers Get Training to Protect Their Own Health

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 23, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new website with important educational resources for coronavirus workers dealing with the spread of COVID-19.  “The initiative got underway after Congress passed a supplemental appropriation of $10 million on March 6 “for worker-based training to…… Continue reading COVID-19 Workers Get Training to Protect Their Own Health

When COVID-19 is Currently in Your Regional Community (FAQ)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 18, 2020, I blogged about resources from the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (PALTC – also known as AMDA, the American Medical Directors Association).  PALTC has again updated COVID-19 guidance for clinicians on March 23, 2020.  (I encourage you to bookmark…… Continue reading When COVID-19 is Currently in Your Regional Community (FAQ)

PEPPER Reports Delayed

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking measures to free up the attention of providers as they respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To this end, the release of the Q4FY19 PEPPER has been delayed for the following provider types: Critical access hospitals (CAHs) Hospices…… Continue reading PEPPER Reports Delayed

Telligen COVID-19 Prevention and Preparedness in LTC Webinar: Recording and Handout Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Telligen hosted a Webinar on March 19, 2020, that provided an opportunity to share challenges and ask questions in regards to implementing current guidance for COVID-19.  The guest speaker was Dr. Gregory Gahm, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado…… Continue reading Telligen COVID-19 Prevention and Preparedness in LTC Webinar: Recording and Handout Available