Geriatric Competent Care Webinar Series – 2017 and 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS and the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) announced two (2) upcoming webinars designed to promote competent geriatric care. Also announced is the availability to access the 2017 Geriatric Competent Care Webinar series. Both the current year’s webinars as well as last year’s series provide continuing…… Continue reading Geriatric Competent Care Webinar Series – 2017 and 2018

SNF Provider Compliance Tips

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® A February 2018 MLN Fact Sheet – Provider Compliance Tips for Skilled Nursing Facility Services – provides information for Physicians, non-physician practitioners (NPPs) and providers who bill for services related to beneficiaries in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). Included in the 3-page Fact Sheet is some…… Continue reading SNF Provider Compliance Tips

Variation in Residential Care Community Resident Characteristics, by Size of Community

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a brief based on data gleaned by the 2016 National Study of LTC Providers conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. This NCHS Data Brief ■ No. 299 ■ February 2018 is an…… Continue reading Variation in Residential Care Community Resident Characteristics, by Size of Community

Comparative Surveys of State Survey Agencies for the LTC Survey Process

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Two weeks ago, CMS issued an Administrative Letter – Admin Info: 18-11-NH – reporting Federal oversight activities to “assure the adequacy of the SA’s (State Agency) survey performance following the implementation of the LTCSP.” In short, CMS is auditing how State Agencies are implementing the…… Continue reading Comparative Surveys of State Survey Agencies for the LTC Survey Process

2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Late last week, the Alzheimer’s Association released its annual report on the human and financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease. The 88-page report is full of vital information regarding the numbers behind this ever-growing international health care crisis (this author’s term) we are facing. Here are…… Continue reading 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Medicare Manual Updates to Correct Errors and Omissions

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On March 16, CMS posted updates to Medicare manuals “to correct various minor technical errors and omissions. Those changes are intended only to clarify the existing content and no policy, processing, or system changes are anticipated.” These updates are effective/being implemented as of June 19,…… Continue reading Medicare Manual Updates to Correct Errors and Omissions