Recent COVID-19 Updates, Resources and Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare MLN Matters Number: SE20011 … Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was revised and posted November 9, 2020.  This is a 19-page MLN Matters. Pages 14 through 16 speak to clarification of SNF billing instructions as noted above.  You’ll…… Continue reading Recent COVID-19 Updates, Resources and Information

CMS COVID-19 County Positivity Rates for November 10, 2020 Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The most recent COVID-19 county positivity rates are posted here – November 10, 2020. There are many more red zones on this posting than previously.  For example, my home state of IA has 94 red zones and 5 yellow zones.  There are no green zones currently.…… Continue reading CMS COVID-19 County Positivity Rates for November 10, 2020 Posted

Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars and Others You May Be Interested In

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare 2 NHSN Webinars – Same Topic – Different Dates Topic: Reporting Results of Point of Care Testing for COVID-19: A New NHSN PathwayDate: Thursday, Nov 12, 2020Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST Please select which date you’d like to attend and register in advance for this webinar: https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_av-J138jRzedbNaSjZU-PQexternal…… Continue reading Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars and Others You May Be Interested In

Updated RAI User’s Manual Coming??

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This morning, during my usual ritual of checking key websites for new information, I found this on the CMS RAI Manual website: You’ll find it beneath Downloads on that webpage: I will continue to monitor this website for an updated RAI User’s Manual.  Stay tuned!

Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Nursing Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On November 4, 2020, CMS issued a 13-page document with this title and opening paragraph: “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Trump Administration has issued an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facilities and/or Nursing Facilities: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Updated COVID-19 Information & Guidance: CMS, CDC, OSHA

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has provided a website housing COVID-19 Vaccine Policies & Guidance.   On October 30, 2020, OSHA issued respiratory protection guidance focused on protecting workers in nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities from occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus.   Source…… Continue reading Updated COVID-19 Information & Guidance: CMS, CDC, OSHA