Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare We all know how difficult it can be to communicate with physicians for numerous reasons. Under PDGM effective communication will be more important than ever. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice is partnering with John Hopkins University conducting a survey addressing Agencies’ Communications with…… Continue reading Be proactive, don’t let your agency miss the chance to participate in the survey!
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Last week, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released 2 reports that describe “specific instances of harm to hospice beneficiaries and identifies vulnerabilities in CMS’s efforts to prevent and address harm” and “hospices did not always provide needed services to beneficiaries and sometimes provided poor…… Continue reading Two (2) OIG Studies Released: Hospice Care Provided to Medicare Beneficiaries
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a 2-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) in-person ‘Train the Trainer’ event for providers on August 13 and 14, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202.…… Continue reading SNF QRP Train the Trainer Sessions – August 13 & 14, 2019 (In-Person & Webcast)
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare In March 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began delivering a series of enhancements to the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES). The upgraded system, called the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES), is an Internet facing, cloud-based system that is more…… Continue reading Do you know that your organization should request access to iQIES as soon as the onboarding for your state begins?
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The QIES Technical Support Office has posted the July 2019 Downtime Schedule. Possible QIES scheduled downtime begins Tuesday, July 2, at 8:00 PM (ET) and ends at 11:00 PM (ET) Possible QIES scheduled downtime begins Tuesday, July 16, at 8:00 PM (ET) and ends at…… Continue reading July 2019 QIES Downtime Schedule and Five-Star/SNF Provider Preview Reports
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted an update to Appendix B of the RAI Manual with a date of June 27, 2019. Appendix B contains the list and email addresses of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members and Regional Office contacts. CMS updates this 6-page…… Continue reading Updated RAI Manual Appendix B Available
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course on how to properly code of Section GG. This 45-minute course is intended for providers in the following care settings: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities…… Continue reading Updated Section GG Online Training Course Available for PAC Providers