Nursing Home Podcast Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Thursday, November 19, 2020, CMS released the first episode in a series of short podcasts for frontline nursing home staff “CMS Beyond the Policy”. This first episode is titled “Nursing Home Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff.” Dr. Shari Ling, Deputy Chief Medical Office…… Continue reading Nursing Home Podcast Series for Front Line Clinicians and Staff

Update to Medicare Deductible, Coinsurance and Premium Rates for CY 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On November 20, 2020, CMS posted Transmittal 10469 for Medicare contractors to update the claims processing system with the new Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Medicare rates. This Recurring Update applies to Chapter 3, Sections 10.3, 20.2 and 20.6 of the Medicare General Information, Eligibility, and Entitlement…… Continue reading Update to Medicare Deductible, Coinsurance and Premium Rates for CY 2021

CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today, in advance of the approaching holiday season, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging nursing home staff, residents and visitors to follow established guidelines for visitation and adherence to the core principles of infection prevention. These guidelines include remaining six feet apart…… Continue reading CMS Urging Nursing Homes to Follow Established COVID Guidelines This Holiday Season

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Wednesday, November 18, kicks off U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week 2020 and CDC encourages you to get involved! Antibiotics can save lives and are critical tools for treating infections, including those that can lead to sepsis. However, any time antibiotics are used—in people, animals, or crops—they can…… Continue reading U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) 2020

CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 CMS publicly recognized the 1,092 nursing homes at which 50% or more of their staff have completed CMS training designed to help staff combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes. CMS applauds these facilities for taking this…… Continue reading CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with Urgent Call to Action

CMS COVID-19 County Positivity Rates Posted November 17, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted an updated COVID-19 county positivity rate spreadsheet – November 17, 2020. Remember that you must test residents and staff based on your county’s positivity rate.  If you need help to determine the testing frequency required, access those guidelines.  Archived county positivity rates are found here.  

CMS to Retire the Original Compare Tools on December 1st

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS will retire the original Compare Tools on December 1st. Use Medicare.gov’s Care Compare to find and compare health care providers. In early September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Care Compare on Medicare.gov, which streamlines our eight original health care compare tools.…… Continue reading CMS to Retire the Original Compare Tools on December 1st

Influenza Vaccination Among Healthcare Personnel

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This CDC toolkit is intended to assist post-acute and long-term care (LTC) facility owners and administrators with improving vaccination coverage among their healthcare personnel (HCP). The toolkit outlines the importance of influenza vaccination for HCP, provides strategies for increasing influenza vaccination coverage among HCP, and describes…… Continue reading Influenza Vaccination Among Healthcare Personnel