June 2022 MedPAC Report to Congress: Medicare and the HC Delivery System

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare MedPAC released its June 2022 Annual Report to Congress on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.  The 3-page Press Release is found here. The full report is found on the MedPAC website; the direct link to the 267-page report is here. It’s always interesting to read the Commission’s…… Continue reading June 2022 MedPAC Report to Congress: Medicare and the HC Delivery System

LTCH Provider Preview Reports and LCDS Quarterly Q&As Now Available 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) 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 September 2022 release. Please note that historically, in any given calendar…… Continue reading LTCH Provider Preview Reports and LCDS Quarterly Q&As Now Available 

IRF Provider Preview Reports and IRF-PAI Quarterly Q&As Now Available  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) 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 September 2022 release. Please note that historically, in any given…… Continue reading IRF Provider Preview Reports and IRF-PAI Quarterly Q&As Now Available  

Surveys for Compliance with Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted QSO-22-17-ALL the afternoon of Tuesday, June 14, 2022 with the same title as this blog. Note the change from previous survey oversight – 2nd bullet above and verbiage from the QSO below. “The staff vaccination requirement for all CMS-certified providers and suppliers has…… Continue reading Surveys for Compliance with Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements

HHS Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare (On June 13, 2022), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), (issued) guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services when such communications are conducted…… Continue reading HHS Issues Guidance on HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth

CNA Week: June 16 – 22, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP                                                                                                                                Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “This year, CNA Week 2022 is from June 16 to June 22. With the theme of “I’m Still Standing,” NAHCA created this toolkit for CNAs and for the skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, and staffing and home health agencies they work for so that…… Continue reading CNA Week: June 16 – 22, 2022

Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Settings 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities can take steps to assess and improve their preparedness for responding to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Each facility will need to adapt this checklist to meet its needs and circumstances based on differences among facilities (e.g., patient/resident characteristics, facility…… Continue reading Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Settings 

New Home Health and Hospice Industry Study Reveals Crucial Healthcare Performance Insights

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare PORTLAND, ME, June 9, 2022 – LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit providers of aging services, announces the release of the National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study results. LeadingAge collaborated with national accounting and consulting firm BerryDunn to conduct the yearlong effort collecting data…… Continue reading New Home Health and Hospice Industry Study Reveals Crucial Healthcare Performance Insights