Current CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending May 29, 2022. Comparing the May 29th data to the previous May 22nd data shows these changes: Resident vaccination rate dropped 0.1% for the first time in 4 weeksResidents with booster doses increased by…… Continue reading Current CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data

Update to Chapter 7 – Home Health Services – Medicare Benefit Policy Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted Transmittal 11447 – Change Request 12615on June 6, 2022, with the same title as this blog. The updated material is found on pages 6, 7 and 8 of this 8-page Transmittal. Look for the red ink. A corresponding MLN Matters (4 pages) was…… Continue reading Update to Chapter 7 – Home Health Services – Medicare Benefit Policy Manual

OIG Spring 2022 Semi-Annual Report to Congress

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The OIG issued this Press Release on Monday, June 6, 2022 with this subtitle: “America’s taxpayers could recoup nearly $3 billion in misspent Medicare, Medicaid, and other health and human services funds as a result of work by HHS-OIG The Spring 2022 Semiannual Report to Congress (SAR)…… Continue reading OIG Spring 2022 Semi-Annual Report to Congress

Revisions to Medicare Part B Coverage of Pneumococcal Vaccinations for the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual Chapter 15

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted Transmittal 11448 – Change Request 12723 on June 6, 2022. The red ink is found on pages 5 and 6 of the 7-page Transmittal: Effective July 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the Medicare coverage requirements to align with…… Continue reading Revisions to Medicare Part B Coverage of Pneumococcal Vaccinations for the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual Chapter 15

Immediately Stop Use of Mobility Transfer Systems Adult Portable Bed Rails Due to Entrapment and Asphyxia Hazard  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 2, 2022, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) issued a warning to “consumers to immediately stop using 285,000 Mobility Transfer Systems adult portable bed rails. These products can create an entrapment hazard and pose a risk of serious injury or death to users.…… Continue reading Immediately Stop Use of Mobility Transfer Systems Adult Portable Bed Rails Due to Entrapment and Asphyxia Hazard  

Get the Facts – Available Outpatient COVID-19 Treatments (Infographic)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Treatments are now available for non-hospitalized adults and some children with COVID-19. Get and share the facts on available outpatient COVID-19 treatments with the Real-Time Learning Network’s new infographic.    More information is available here. Bookmark this reference for future use! Thank you IDSA (Infectious…… Continue reading Get the Facts – Available Outpatient COVID-19 Treatments (Infographic)

OASIS-E Q&As Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the updated OASIS-E Q & A’s on May 20, 2022. Here are the direct links to these 4 documents: Category 1: Applicability (4 pages)Category 2: Comprehensive Assessment(33 pages)Category 3: Follow-up Assessments(7 pages)Category 4: OASIS Data Set – Forms and Items (124 pages)