One Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “(May 12, 2022), we mark a heartbreaking moment in this pandemic: one million American lives have been lost to COVID-19. On the heels of President Joe Biden addressing the nation about our continued fight against COVID-19, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra issued the following statement:…… Continue reading One Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19

Minnesota Nurse Aide Training Program Call – May 16, 2022 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Join the Nurse Aide Training Program call May 16 at 11 a.m. MDH’s Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) staff will host an informational call on Microsoft Teams for nurse aide training programs registered with the State of Minnesota on Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. to 12…… Continue reading Minnesota Nurse Aide Training Program Call – May 16, 2022 

Home Health Low Utilization Payment Adjustment Threshold: Bill Correctly 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In a report, the Office of Inspector General found that Medicare improperly paid some claims for home health services with 5–7 visits in a payment episode. Review home health prospective payment system (PPS) information to properly bill for services slightly above the low utilization payment adjustment threshold. Visit the…… Continue reading Home Health Low Utilization Payment Adjustment Threshold: Bill Correctly 

Expanded HHVBP Model – Achievement Thresholds and Benchmarks Now Available on IQIES   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The achievement thresholds and benchmarks for each quality measure in the expanded HHVBP Model are now available on the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) portal: https://iqies.cms.gov/. The achievement thresholds and benchmarks were calculated by cohort using quality measure data for the Model baseline year,…… Continue reading Expanded HHVBP Model – Achievement Thresholds and Benchmarks Now Available on IQIES   

Update on May 2022 LTCSP and Appendix PP   

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I have an update on my post 2 days ago regarding the CMS update of the LTCSP documents and files. I reached out to CMS after comparing the “Appendix PP – added 2018 revision” to the November 22, 2017 version. In short, they told me that…… Continue reading Update on May 2022 LTCSP and Appendix PP   

Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted nursing home data for the week ending May 1, 2022. Comparing the May 1st data to the previous April 24th data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate remained the same as the previous weekResidents with booster doses increased by 0.2% this past weekStaff vaccination rate remained…… Continue reading Most Recent CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data  

WHO Launches First Ever Global Report on Infection Prevention and Control

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The World Health Organization (WHO) posted its first ever Global Report on Infection Prevention and Control – Executive Summary on May 6, 2022.  This is a 30-page document. “This document provides a detailed summary of the content of the WHO global report on infection prevention and…… Continue reading WHO Launches First Ever Global Report on Infection Prevention and Control

Claims-Based Quality Measure Tip Sheets 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare TMF Networks has posted 2 Claims-Based QM Tip Sheets: Percentage of Short-Stay Residents Who Have Had an Outpatient Emergency Department Visit This claims-based measure tip sheet provides an overview of the measure, including questions to ask, monitoring ideas and resource links. This measure reports the percentage…… Continue reading Claims-Based Quality Measure Tip Sheets 

Suicide Prevention – 5 Things You Should Know  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare May is National Mental Health Awareness month.  OSHA provides today’s daily reminder. Suicide is a leading cause of death among working age adults in the United States. It deeply impacts workers, families, and communities. Fortunately, like other workplace fatalities, suicides can be prevented. I encourage you…… Continue reading Suicide Prevention – 5 Things You Should Know  

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing a virtual training program that will review the updated guidance for the IRF-PAI 4.0 and the LCDS 5.0 for providers in the IRF and LTCH settings. Part 1 of the Virtual Training Program is now available.…… Continue reading Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program