MN AL Providers: Upcoming Assisted Living Teleconference Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Save the Date! Date: Monday, September 27, 2021 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Topics: 1) Review survey findings              2) Change of Ownership              3) Closures Contact: health.assistedliving@state.mn.us Please join the Minnesota Department of Health for…… Continue reading MN AL Providers: Upcoming Assisted Living Teleconference Call

Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare QM Reports now include two measures based on Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Medicare claims data: the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL). Hospices can use the QM Report to learn about HCI and HVLDL and begin efforts…… Continue reading Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures

COVID-19 Vaccines: Act Now

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS announced last week that we’ll require staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities to get COVID-19 vaccines. Make efforts now to vaccinate you and your staff so you’re in compliance when the rule takes effect. The higher the level of vaccination rates among you and…… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccines: Act Now

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted nursing home data for the week ending September 5, 2021. CDC community transmission for Thursday September 9, 2021 – Wednesday September 15, 2021: NHSN Nursing Home Covid-19 Data Dashboard shows this data as of September 13, 2021, at 5:30am (ET):

Corrected Link for CMS National Stakeholder Call – Friday, September 17, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS National Stakeholder Call on Friday, September 17 at 12:30pm ET (Corrected Link) You are invited to join the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS), Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, and her leadership team, to hear key updates from her first 100 days in office.…… Continue reading Corrected Link for CMS National Stakeholder Call – Friday, September 17, 2021

LTC Administrators and Managers: Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The CDC website with the same title of this blog is one you’ll want to visit as well as bookmark for future reference. You’ll find lots of information on access to COVID-19 vaccines including: Vaccination in the Local CommunityVaccination On-siteAdditional Support for LTC SettingsInformation About COVID-19…… Continue reading LTC Administrators and Managers: Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC Updates Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes as of September 10, 2021. Scroll down on the landing page (hyperlink above chart) to find numerous categories and corresponding guidance/recommendations. Also updated on September 10, 2021 was Interim Infection…… Continue reading CDC Updates Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) Quarterly Q&A, September 2021, Consolidated June 2020 to September 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) Quarterly Q&As, September 2021, Consolidated June 2020 to September 2021 document so that all IRF providers have the benefit of the clarifications to existing guidance. Through inquiries to…… Continue reading Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) Quarterly Q&A, September 2021, Consolidated June 2020 to September 2021

CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents and Files

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has just posted these LTC Survey Process updates: Once you navigate to the LTC Survey Process landing page, you’ll see these updated files beneath Downloads: LTC Survey Pathways – Updated 09/14/2021 (ZIP)Survey Resources – Updated 09/14/2021 (ZIP)The Updated Entrance Conference Form is found in the…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents and Files