May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP                                                                                                                                        Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CDC joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in observing World Hand Hygiene Day. Today and every day, we want to remind everyone that practicing good hand hygiene, such as handwashing and using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is a simple yet effective way to help prevent…… Continue reading May 5th is World Hand Hygiene Day

IRF/LTCH/SNF QRP May 17, 2021 Submission Deadline Reminder

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Programs is approaching. IRF-PAI and LTCH CARE Data Set assessment data and data submitted to CMS via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National…… Continue reading IRF/LTCH/SNF QRP May 17, 2021 Submission Deadline Reminder

Minnesota’s New Assisted Living Licensure Law/Upcoming Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Provisional and Conversion Applications Now Open MDH’s Health Regulation Division is now accepting Assisted Living License applications for providers interested in providing assisted living services under Minnesota’s new Assisted Living Licensure law. The new Assisted Living Licensure becomes law August 1, 2021. What is the new…… Continue reading Minnesota’s New Assisted Living Licensure Law/Upcoming Call

Information from April 29th, 2021 CMS National NH Stakeholder Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Yesterday’s CMS National Stakeholder Call was a good one.  At the end of the call, CMS stated that the recording and transcript of the call would be posted today on their Podcasts and Transcripts webpage, but as of mid-day, it is not found there.  Podcasts and…… Continue reading Information from April 29th, 2021 CMS National NH Stakeholder Call

Latest COVID-19 Data Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the latest LTC COVID-19 data – week ending April 18, 2021.  CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker shows this LTCF data as of early morning April 30, 2021: NHSN data as of April 26, 2021:

COVID Vaccination Reduced Risk for Hospitalization 65+ Years of Age

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The April 28, 2021 Early Release of this week’s MMWR (CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) provides this very encouraging information! Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines Against COVID-19 Among Hospitalized Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, January–March 2021 “In the current report, Pfizer-BioNTech and…… Continue reading COVID Vaccination Reduced Risk for Hospitalization 65+ Years of Age

Leadership, Management and Safe Operations – AHRQ COVID-19 Resources

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare During April 2021, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) created a landing page that is filled with resources to assist LTCFs.  It’s a website you’ll want to bookmark and check periodically for additional information. “Nursing home administrators and others may benefit from the following specific…… Continue reading Leadership, Management and Safe Operations – AHRQ COVID-19 Resources

National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call – April 29, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On April 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated select infection prevention and control recommendations in the Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC. These updates are for healthcare personnel (HCP) while at work and patients and…… Continue reading National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call – April 29, 2021