Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in NHs – Now Version 4

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In case you’re keeping track, CMS has released Version 4 about 12 days after the release of Version 3.  That alone will tell you how fast things are changing with COVID-19 in LTC facilities. The latest version – 4 consists of 142 pages, 8 more pages…… Continue reading Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in NHs – Now Version 4

PBJ Reporting Waiver Ends – Get the Facts from the Experts!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late last week, I blogged about the QSO-20-34-NH notification and what its contents meant for LTC providers.  A key element of this QSO was the end of the PBJ reporting waiver.  It was a short-lived waiver, to be sure.  ezPBJ – a Briggs family member and…… Continue reading PBJ Reporting Waiver Ends – Get the Facts from the Experts!

Transparency: Resident and Family Notification – 6th in National NH Training Series

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This next session is entitled Transparency: Resident and Family Notification. The session is on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 4-5pm EDT. During this webinar, the latest federal guidance regarding the importance of transparency during the COVID-19 public health emergency will be reviewed. Participants will learn best…… Continue reading Transparency: Resident and Family Notification – 6th in National NH Training Series

CY21 Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Released

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 25, 2020, CMS issued the annual home health payment proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2021.  The CY21 Home Health PPS Proposed Rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, June 30, 2020.  Two (2) important reads: CY21 HH PPS Proposed…… Continue reading CY21 Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Released

SNF Benefit Period COVID-19 Waiver – Provider Information and Related Billing Instructions

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, June 26, 2020, MLN Matters SE20011 was revised to add the section, “Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Benefit Period Waiver – Provider Information” and related billing instructions. All other information remains the same.  You will definitely want to share this updated information with your billers. …… Continue reading SNF Benefit Period COVID-19 Waiver – Provider Information and Related Billing Instructions

Policy Recommendations Regarding SNF Management of COVID-19: Lessons From New York State

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare We’ve all been up-to-our-eyeballs battling the spread of COVID-19 in our senior living facilities as well as our communities at large.  By now, you’re well aware that New York State sustained great losses in both communities overall as well as senior living communities.  A recent study…… Continue reading Policy Recommendations Regarding SNF Management of COVID-19: Lessons From New York State

FAQs on Nursing Home Visitation Issued

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS issued a 4-page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nursing Home Visitation guidance document on Wednesday afternoon, June 24, 2020 (this document is dated June 23rd).  This is a 7-point document that includes responses to these questions: What steps should nursing homes take before reopening to…… Continue reading FAQs on Nursing Home Visitation Issued

QSO 20-34-NH Posted – Numerous Items You Need to Know (PBJ is One of Them)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The actual subject title of QSO-20-34-NH is this: Changes to Staffing Information and Quality Measures Posted on the Nursing Home Compare Website and Five Star Quality Rating System due to the COVID19 Public Health Emergency  That’s a mouthful.  Here’s the CMS-provided summary of its contents: I’m…… Continue reading QSO 20-34-NH Posted – Numerous Items You Need to Know (PBJ is One of Them)