Updated SNF QRP FAQs for FY 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare An update to the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document is now available. This document has been updated to reflect the finalized policies for the SNF QRP in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and includes other useful resources available to…… Continue reading Updated SNF QRP FAQs for FY 2022

FY 2022 Hospice Final Rule: What Hospices Need to Know

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The post-event training materials are now available for The FY 2022 Hospice Final Rule: What Hospices Need to Know! webinar that took place Tuesday, August 31, 2021. The training materials are available under the Downloads section of the HQRP Training and Education Library. Training materials include:…… Continue reading FY 2022 Hospice Final Rule: What Hospices Need to Know

Vaccination Linked to a Reduction of Over a Quarter Million COVID-19 Cases, 100,000 Hospitalizations and 39,000 Deaths Among Seniors

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that COVID-19 vaccinations may have helped prevent hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19 infections and tens of thousands of deaths among seniors. The study, which was conducted by researchers with HHS’s Office…… Continue reading Vaccination Linked to a Reduction of Over a Quarter Million COVID-19 Cases, 100,000 Hospitalizations and 39,000 Deaths Among Seniors

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum – October 19, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Tuesday, October 19th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share updates on the new claims-based measures for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on the following topics: • Quality…… Continue reading Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum – October 19, 2021

Minnesota Assisted Living Providers: ALL Together News and Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The ALL Together newsletterwill provide updates details and information about Assisted Living for providers, residents, family members and the public regarding the Assisted Living Licensure. The Minnesota Department of Health’s Health Regulation Division (HRD) will work to provide information, news, updates and links to resources for Assisted…… Continue reading Minnesota Assisted Living Providers: ALL Together News and Updates

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for HC Providers Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS updated the 44-page COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Skimming through the document, this waiver shows with a 10/7/2021 date: Hospitals Classified as Medicare-Dependent, Small Rural Hospitals (MDHs) Terminated waivers are included as well.  Here are a…… Continue reading COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for HC Providers Updated

Section O: Special Treatments, Procedures and Programs Web-Based Training Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training that provides an overview of Section O: Special Treatments, Procedures, and Programs. Intent of Section O will also be reviewed, as will the item rationale, steps for assessment, and coding instructions for data…… Continue reading Section O: Special Treatments, Procedures and Programs Web-Based Training Available

Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending September 26, 2021. This latest data set shows these changes from the September 19th data set: Resident vaccination increased 0.1% from the previous weekStaff vaccination increased 1.7% from the previous weekResident confirmed cases increased 5,265…… Continue reading Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN COVID-19 Data

Updated Hospice Current Measures and New Quality Measure (QM) Specifications User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Version 1.00 of the HQRP QM Specifications User’s Manual and updated Current Measures document are now available. These documents detail the four HQRP measures that meet the HQRP requirements. They are the HIS Comprehensive Assessment at Admission (NQF# 3235); the claims-based Hospice Visits in the Last…… Continue reading Updated Hospice Current Measures and New Quality Measure (QM) Specifications User’s Manual