Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 Deadline

By Mary Madison, RN RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The deadline for data submission for Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 (October 1 – December 31) is February 14, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.  Data submission for this quarter will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 12:01 AM EST February 15, 2018.  CMS will re-open for late data…… Continue reading Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 Deadline

MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Unavailable Beginning Jan 29, 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Mid-afternoon on January 26, 2018, QTSO posted this announcement: The reports and report package in the MDS 3.0 QM Reports category in the CASPER Reporting application will be unavailable beginning 01/29/2018 while new measures are being added to the reports. The reports that will be…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Unavailable Beginning Jan 29, 2018

Focused Dementia Survey Tools Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has recently released two (2) updated tools to allow facilities to assess their own dementia care practices for providing resident care. 2018_Focused Dementia Care Survey: Facility-Specific Questions is a 3-page worksheet that addresses your facility’s: Demographics Dementia Care Policies, Leadership & Documentation Dementia Training and…… Continue reading Focused Dementia Survey Tools Updated

2018 Dementia Care Recommendations for LTC Providers and Caregivers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On January 18, 2018, the Alzheimer’s Association posted new recommendations for dementia care. “The 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations were developed to better define quality care across all care settings and throughout the disease course. They are intended for professional care providers who work with…… Continue reading 2018 Dementia Care Recommendations for LTC Providers and Caregivers

CMS Posts Two (2) New Survey-Related Documents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted two (2) new documents that merit review by all LTC providers: Frequently Asked Questions Related to LTC Regulations, Survey Process and Training 21 pages in length, dated January 12, 2018. Specific questions are answered related to specific §483 regulations, F-tags, LTC survey…… Continue reading CMS Posts Two (2) New Survey-Related Documents

CMS Releases Memorandum pursuant to new Conditions of Participation for Home Health on 1/12/2018

By Sharon Hamilton, RN, MS – Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare On January 12, 2018, CMS released a memorandum that revised Appendix B of the SOM pursuant to new Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which were implemented on January 13, 2018. ***Revised Attachments A & B to Reflect Removal of Tags G670, G700, G848 and G940; Addition…… Continue reading CMS Releases Memorandum pursuant to new Conditions of Participation for Home Health on 1/12/2018

Special Open-Door Forum: New Medicare Card Project

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS’ Office of Information Technology is hosting an upcoming conference call on the New Medicare Care Card Project†. Here are the specifics: DATE: January 23, 2018 TIME: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern Time) CALL-IN NUMBER FOR PARTICIPANTS: (800)837-1935 CONFERENCE ID: 8259057 TTY SERVICES: Dial 7-1-1 or…… Continue reading Special Open-Door Forum: New Medicare Card Project