MLN Matters Special Editions – Clarifying Use of Modifier CR and/or Condition Code DR

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 1, 2020, CMS revised and posted MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20011 on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to clarify when you must use modifier CR (catastrophe/disaster related) and/or condition code DR (disaster related) when submitting…… Continue reading MLN Matters Special Editions – Clarifying Use of Modifier CR and/or Condition Code DR

LTC COVID-19 Data Quality Webinar – NHSN (CDC)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Topic: LTC COVID-19 Data Quality Tips and Tricks Description: Join us for a data quality webinar to address some frequent issues including common data errors and how to fix and avoid them. Time: June 10, 2020 … 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register…… Continue reading LTC COVID-19 Data Quality Webinar – NHSN (CDC)

National Nursing Home Training Series: Implementation Strategies for COVID-19 Surveillance

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Registration information for this second weekly session is now available here.      ________________________________________ Topic: Implementation Strategies for COVID-19 Surveillance and Early Detection Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET Advance Registration Required: Note: Once you register, you will receive an email with your…… Continue reading National Nursing Home Training Series: Implementation Strategies for COVID-19 Surveillance

WHO Releases Interim Guidance: Clinical Management of COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On May 27, 2020, the World Health Organization released an Interim Guidance: Clinical Management of COVID-19.  This is a 62-page document and it is the 3rd edition (v1.3). “This guidance document is intended for clinicians caring for COVID-19 patients during all phases of their disease (i.e.…… Continue reading WHO Releases Interim Guidance: Clinical Management of COVID-19

Enhanced Enforcement Actions Based on Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspection Results

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late afternoon, Monday, June 1, 2020 CMS “unveiled enhanced enforcement for nursing homes with violations of longstanding infection control practices. This announcement builds on the previous actions CMS has taken to ensure the safety and security of America’s nursing homes as the nation battles coronavirus disease…… Continue reading Enhanced Enforcement Actions Based on Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspection Results

Testing and Cohorting Residents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AHCA/NCAL (American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living) has developed an algorithm for testing and cohorting nursing home residents.  This algorithm incorporates the latest guidance from CDC on the coronavirus. AHCA/NCAL Algorithm for Testing and Cohorting Nursing Home Residents is a 10-page document posted on…… Continue reading Testing and Cohorting Residents

Imposition Notices of Civil Monetary Penalty for Failure to Report COVID-19 Data to NHSN

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On May 27, 2020, CMS announced the following: The purpose of this communication is to inform you that CMS will utilize the QIES mailbox to communicate important information related to your nursing home’s compliance with the requirement to report COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease…… Continue reading Imposition Notices of Civil Monetary Penalty for Failure to Report COVID-19 Data to NHSN

HHS Announces Nearly $4.9 Billion Distribution to Nursing Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In case you haven’t heard this news yet, HHS announced on May 22, 2020 that it has begun distributing billions in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to help them combat the devastating effects of this pandemic. Nursing homes play a pivotal role in…… Continue reading HHS Announces Nearly $4.9 Billion Distribution to Nursing Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

WHO Launches Public Service Announcement – You’ll Want to See This

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the World Health Organization along with the United Nations Foundation and Illumination, “partnered to launch a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that reinforces safe and healthy practices during these challenging times, featuring Illumination’s globally beloved Gru and the Minions. The PSA focuses…… Continue reading WHO Launches Public Service Announcement – You’ll Want to See This

COVID-19 in LTC Office Hours – COVID-19 Testing Considerations and Cohorting

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The May 28, 2020 LTC Office Hours was a great session!  The subject was testing considerations and cohorting of COVID-19 patients in LTC.  This link will take you to the presentation handout.  The presenter was Nimalie Stone, MD from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…… Continue reading COVID-19 in LTC Office Hours – COVID-19 Testing Considerations and Cohorting