BNI Has Moved – New Resources Website

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Early this morning, CMS announced the launch of a new mailbox with great resources: “This message is to announce the launch of the new CMS Beneficiary Notices Initiative (BNI) mailbox portal for beneficiary notices and related policy questions.  Please note this mailbox portal replaces the…… Continue reading BNI Has Moved – New Resources Website

Latest OIG Report: Background Check Program for LTC Providers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a 40-page report last week (August 21, 2019) that assessed 11 of 12 states that conducted background checks on prospective LTC employees during 2017 and 2018. “Background checks are an important safety measure that can help protect the…… Continue reading Latest OIG Report: Background Check Program for LTC Providers

Check CASPER Reports Now for Your SNF VBP Performance Report!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare During this afternoon’s CMS Understanding Your SNF VBP Program Performance Score Report call, it was announced provider’s SNF VBP annual performance reports were placed in CASPER today.  Be sure to retrieve your 1st year of program performance report and review it carefully.  Correction requests to…… Continue reading Check CASPER Reports Now for Your SNF VBP Performance Report!

Appendix B of the RAI Manual Updated Including New Feature

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated the Appendix B list of State RAI Coordinators, RAI Coordinator Panel Members, MDS Automation Coordinators and Regional Office Contacts.  The list is actually pre-dated for August 29, 2019. For the first time ever, CMS has provided a separate Change List for Appendix…… Continue reading Appendix B of the RAI Manual Updated Including New Feature

CDC/STRIVE Training Introduces Additional Infection Control Courses

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Environmental Cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment courses are the latest in a series of 11 new infection control training courses. These courses are part of the new States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) curriculum.  The training courses were developed by national infection prevention…… Continue reading CDC/STRIVE Training Introduces Additional Infection Control Courses

ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting – FY2020 – Released

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late afternoon on Thursday, August 8, 2019, CMS released the ICD-10-CM updates for FY 2020 with this announcement: “These 2020 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 and for patient encounters occurring from October 1,…… Continue reading ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting – FY2020 – Released

Confused About Billing and the 3-Day Rule? CMS Has a Resource for You

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS updated the MLN Fact Sheet: Skilled Nursing Facility 3-Day Rule Billing to help providers and billers navigate the 3-day rule.  The 8-page document was updated in July 2019.  This resource has a lot of information that you need to be aware of so be…… Continue reading Confused About Billing and the 3-Day Rule? CMS Has a Resource for You