MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Errata Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted a 5-page RAI Manual Errata document dated October 1, 2018.  The revisions addressed by this Errata document are to Section J of the MDS 3.0 Item Set, v1.16.1, specifically J2000 –  Prior Surgery.  “The criteria for major surgery needed to be modified…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Errata Posted

2018 SNF QRP Training Documents and Videos Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted a Q&A document from the July 31st/August 1st SNF Quality Reporting Program training held in Baltimore, MD. This 13-page document begins with an Acronym List and contains the answers (current as of September 2018) to 33 questions asked during these sessions: 6…… Continue reading 2018 SNF QRP Training Documents and Videos Posted

SNF QRP Provider Training – New Items in Section GG and I

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® This afternoon, CMS hosted a follow-up training designed to provide information about properly coding the new items in Section GG as well as Section I that will be found on the MDS 3.0, v1.16.1 Item Set effective October 1, 2018.  The presentation handout provides additional…… Continue reading SNF QRP Provider Training – New Items in Section GG and I

CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, August 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final (Advanced Copy) of the HHA Interpretive Guidelines associated with the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that became effective on January 13, 2018. The Interpretive Guidelines will be incorporated into the State…… Continue reading CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines

Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations – HOME HEALTH AIDE COURSE

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare August 30, 2018 Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) announced a FREE 60 minute online course for home health or hospice aides and community health workers. Providers should take this FREE opportunity to educate aides on the following subjects: Diabetes & Your Patients Heart Attack & Stroke…… Continue reading Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations – HOME HEALTH AIDE COURSE

Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The August 30, 2018 edition of MLN Connects provides a great Fact Sheet for all health care professionals as well as health care organizations. Here’s a sample of the topics and resources available in this Fact Sheet: Medical Privacy Health Care Professionals’ Privacy Guide HIPAA…… Continue reading Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information

Section N Pre-Training Materials Are Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Registration for today’s SNF QRP Training Webinar – Section N is closed but the  85-slide presentation document has been posted. If you would like your name placed on a list to receive an email notification when a recorded version of the webinar is available, please…… Continue reading Section N Pre-Training Materials Are Now Available

Upcoming SNF QRP Webinars – Registration Open

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® REGISTRATION OPEN – Upcoming SNF QRP Webinars (August 27 and September 12, 2018 Related to Changes Associated with Coding Sections GG, I, and N of the MDS The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting two webinars for providers of Skilled Nursing…… Continue reading Upcoming SNF QRP Webinars – Registration Open