OIG – Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Deficiencies: 18 of 20 Texas NHs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare According to a OIG Report in Brief – February 2020, deficiencies related to life safety and/or emergency preparedness were found in 18 of the 20 nursing homes audited – 235 specifically related to life safety requirements and 55 related to emergency preparedness requirements.  “As a…… Continue reading OIG – Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Deficiencies: 18 of 20 Texas NHs

MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 13.0 Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V13.0 and Quality Measure Reporting Module Table V1.8 have been posted. The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V13.0 contains detailed specifications for the MDS 3.0 quality measures. The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V13.0 can be found in the Downloads section…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 13.0 Now Available

Dementia Care: CMS Toolkits Call March 3rd – National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement is hosting a Medicare Learning Network national call on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 1:30 to 3 pm (ET). Register here and select the March 3rd event. During this call, learn about new…… Continue reading Dementia Care: CMS Toolkits Call March 3rd – National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care

Medicare Mental Health – MLN Booklet

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This 35-page booklet provides the following Medicare mental health services information: Covered and non-covered mental health services Eligible professionals Eligible professionals commonly used Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Provider charts Assignment Outpatient psychiatric hospital services Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Community…… Continue reading Medicare Mental Health – MLN Booklet

CMS Issues Information for Healthcare Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On February 6, 2020, CMS issued QSO 20-09-ALL. CMS expectations include: Every Medicare participating facility in the Nation’s healthcare system must adhere to standards for infection prevention and control in order to provide safe, high quality care. As concerns arise with the emerging 2019 Novel…… Continue reading CMS Issues Information for Healthcare Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness

NEW TRAINING EVENT — Upcoming PAC QRP Requirements and FY 2020 Training Resources

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Just this afternoon, CMS sent this email to inboxes of past PAC Training participants: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a quick web-based training to walk providers through upcoming changes to the Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs) for the following post-acute care…… Continue reading NEW TRAINING EVENT — Upcoming PAC QRP Requirements and FY 2020 Training Resources

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Mission & Priority Document (MPD)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I missed sharing this posting by CMS in mid-December!  My apologies.   While preparing for my webinar next week, I spotted the Admin Info: 20-03-ALL I had printed on my desk. Here some’s background to the annual MPD: “The MPD is an annual document which directs…… Continue reading Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Mission & Priority Document (MPD)