Attention Billers: Implementation of the SNF PDPM – Updates to Default HIPPS Code

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS issued Change Request:11513 on January 9, 2020 to inform SNFs and Swing Bed Providers that a previous CR (11152) “erroneously omitted the default Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) code from the CR. This CR will implement change to include the instructions to bypass…… Continue reading Attention Billers: Implementation of the SNF PDPM – Updates to Default HIPPS Code

Updated Appendix B (RAI User’s Manual) Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an updated Appendix B on December 26, 2019. Appendix B is the reference you need in the event you have questions for your state RAI Coordinator (interpretation of the RAI Manual) or MDS Automation Coordinator (submission of MDS records).  It also contains contact…… Continue reading Updated Appendix B (RAI User’s Manual) Posted

Home health agencies need to be aware of issues with OASIS assessment rejections and validation report .

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare On January 7, 2020; the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) reported they have been hearing from their members regarding issues with OASIS assessment rejections and validation report errors. CMS has been in communication with NAHC about this situation. The information below is an…… Continue reading Home health agencies need to be aware of issues with OASIS assessment rejections and validation report .

CMS E-Learning Website Has New Address and New Name

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Quality, Safety & Education Portal (QSEP) “provides the full curriculum of surveyor training and guidance on health care facility regulations.  QSEP is an online platform that empowers learners to lead and manage their own learning in order to master the content.  All training is…… Continue reading CMS E-Learning Website Has New Address and New Name

PROVIDERS BE AWARE – New ICD-10-CM code for vaping-related disorder to be implemented April 1, 2020

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare In response to the recent occurrences of vaping related disorders and in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHOFIC) Network Classification and Statistics Advisory Committee (CSAC) was convened to discuss a diagnosis code for…… Continue reading PROVIDERS BE AWARE – New ICD-10-CM code for vaping-related disorder to be implemented April 1, 2020

Update to Review Choice Demonstration from CMS

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare If your HHA is in a state participating in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) and your agency selected the Pre-claim Review (PCR) option you will need to be aware of CMS’s update to the RCD Operational Guide, dated December 5, 2019. See excerpt below then follow…… Continue reading Update to Review Choice Demonstration from CMS

Registration Open for Dementia Care Call: CMS Toolkits – March 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS’ Medicare Learning Network (MLN) is hosting a National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement call.  Register here. Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Time: 1:30 – 3:00PM Eastern Time During this call, learn about new CMS toolkits for nursing homes: Head-to-Toe…… Continue reading Registration Open for Dementia Care Call: CMS Toolkits – March 2020