CDC Releases Two Respiratory Disease Dashboards

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare    COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can cause severe disease resulting in preventable deaths, thousands to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and millions of illnesses each year in the United States. This combined disease burden can impose a strain on healthcare systems during periods of…… Continue reading CDC Releases Two Respiratory Disease Dashboards

More Than a Thousand Nursing Homes Reached Infection Rates of 75% or More in the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Better Protections Are Needed for Future Emergencies

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare    You read that correctly.  On January 19, 2023, the OIG posted this 40-page report. Almost every American has been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of 2020, COVID-19 had spread throughout the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating…… Continue reading More Than a Thousand Nursing Homes Reached Infection Rates of 75% or More in the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Better Protections Are Needed for Future Emergencies

Provider and Supplier Compliance Education Through Quality in Focus (QIF) Trainings

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare    CMS posted QSO-23-06-ALL on January 19, 2023. CMS performs over 100,000 compliance surveys of Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers, each year. To increase compliance with CMS’ health and safety regulations, CMS has used the findings from those surveys to inform a series of short (10–15…… Continue reading Provider and Supplier Compliance Education Through Quality in Focus (QIF) Trainings

Five Star Preview Reports Available on January 23, 2023  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on January 23, 2023. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button, then select ‘My Inbox’ or the…… Continue reading Five Star Preview Reports Available on January 23, 2023  

Quick Reference Guide: Reporting Up to Date COVID-19 Vaccination Status Through the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules     

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC has posted an updated Quick Reference Guide: Reporting Up to Date COVID-19 Vaccination Status Through the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules dated January 2023.  This is a 3-page Quick Reference Guide. CDC appreciates facilities’ efforts with collecting and submitting data on individuals who are up to date…… Continue reading Quick Reference Guide: Reporting Up to Date COVID-19 Vaccination Status Through the COVID-19 Vaccination Modules     

Additional Steps to Strengthen Nursing Home Safety and Transparency

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare January 18, 2023 … As part of the continuing efforts under President Biden’s initiative to improve nursing home transparency, safety and quality, and accountability, today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced new actions to reduce…… Continue reading Additional Steps to Strengthen Nursing Home Safety and Transparency

January 2023 CMS Quarterly OASIS Q&As

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This morning (January 17, 2023), CMS posted the January 2023 CMS Quarterly OASIS Q&As. This document is intended to provide guidance on OASIS questions that were received by CMS help desks. Responses contained in this document may be time-limited and may be superseded by guidance published…… Continue reading January 2023 CMS Quarterly OASIS Q&As

2023 Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On December 20, 2022, OSHA issued this Enforcement Memo – same title as this Blog. Purpose.The penalty information included in this memorandum is intended to supplement the penalties and debt collection information found in Chapter 6 of the Field Operations Manual (FOM). Tables included in this…… Continue reading 2023 Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties

Expanded HHVBP Model: Live Event Registration and Updated Resource Available  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Upcoming Live Streaming Event! First Performance Year Quick Guide To provide home health agencies (HHAs) with a review of what to expect in the first performance year of the expanded HHVBP Model and highlight the resources provided during the pre-implementation year, the HHVBP Technical Assistance (TA)…… Continue reading Expanded HHVBP Model: Live Event Registration and Updated Resource Available  

SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. These reports contain provider performance scores for quality measures, which will be published on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC) during the April 2023 refresh. The data contained within the Preview Reports are…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available