Care Compare January Refresh of SNF QRP Data Now Available   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The January 2023 refresh of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data is now available on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC). The data are based on quality assessment data submitted by SNFs to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from…… Continue reading Care Compare January Refresh of SNF QRP Data Now Available   

National Activity Professionals Week: January 23– January 27, 2023 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “As an Activity Professional, you are part of a vitally important profession that helps people live a life that is full of fun and meaningful activities. The holistic and person-directed approach to caring for our elders you provide is a sight to behold. You are the…… Continue reading National Activity Professionals Week: January 23– January 27, 2023 

Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – January 2023

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The January 2023 quarterly refresh for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) will be based on the standard number of quarters. For additional information on the COVID-19 public health…… Continue reading Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – January 2023

Incorporation of Recent Provider Enrollment Regulatory Changes into Chapter 10 of CMS Publication (Pub.) 100-08

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The purpose of this Transmittal 11808 Change Request (CR) is to incorporate into Chapter 10 of Pub. 100-08 certain provider enrollment policies included in the Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule.  The CR is dated January 24, 2023.  The Effective Date is…… Continue reading Incorporation of Recent Provider Enrollment Regulatory Changes into Chapter 10 of CMS Publication (Pub.) 100-08

AHCA/NCAL Long Term Care Jobs Report – January 2023

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late last week, AHCA/NCAL posted Long Term Care Jobs Report – January 2023.  There are 7 slides. Below are 2 slides excerpted from that report. Please review all slides. “Looking at data from the federal government, nursing homes are still facing historic job losses while other…… Continue reading AHCA/NCAL Long Term Care Jobs Report – January 2023

Still Time for Comment on Proposed Rule: CMS-4201-P

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare                 My apologies for missing this important proposed rule!  CMS-4201-P was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2022.  The subtitle of  this proposed rule is Contract Year 2024 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicare Cost…… Continue reading Still Time for Comment on Proposed Rule: CMS-4201-P

SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare REMINDER: The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. These reports contain provider performance scores for quality measures, which will be published on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC) during the April 2023 refresh. The data contained within the Preview Reports…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

HQRP Quarterly Update for 4th Quarter 2022 Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Hospice Quarterly Update for the fourth quarter of 2022 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from October to December 2022, events and engagement opportunities for the first quarter of 2023 (January – March 2023), and selected questions and answers from…… Continue reading HQRP Quarterly Update for 4th Quarter 2022 Available

Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for the Current SARS-CoV-2 Variants (COCA Call)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare As SARS-CoV-2 variants evolve, circulating variants have increased transmissibility and ability to evade the immune system, which changes the treatment and prevention options for COVID-19. Clinicians should understand the nuances of current SARS-CoV-2 testing and treatment to prevent hospitalizations and deaths among people at high risk…… Continue reading Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for the Current SARS-CoV-2 Variants (COCA Call)

Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare    CMS has posted nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending January 8, 2023. Comparing the January 8, 2023 data to the January 1, 2023 data shows these changes: Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased another 0.1% this past week; Residents up to date with vaccines increased…… Continue reading Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Nursing Home Data