Assisted Living Residents Need Stronger Protections

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The title of this blog (and an excerpted subtitle in one of the reports) sums up the findings of two (2) significant reports this year on the status of Assisted Living. The February 2018 GAO Report examined state and Federal oversight of assisted living services…… Continue reading Assisted Living Residents Need Stronger Protections

Inaugural Release of SNF QRP Data on Nursing Home Compare Website

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Today, October 24, 2018, “CMS is announcing the inaugural release of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) quality data on Nursing Home (NH) Compare.  Section 1899B(g)(1) of the Social Security Act requires CMS to provide for the public reporting of SNF provider…… Continue reading Inaugural Release of SNF QRP Data on Nursing Home Compare Website

Updated Hand in Hand Dementia Training Series Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS announced, during the SNF/LTC Open Door Forum on October 11, 2018, that the Hand in Hand Training Series for Dementia has been updated and is now available for nursing homes. The Self-Paced Online training is available online. The Downloadable Materials for Instructor-Led Training are…… Continue reading Updated Hand in Hand Dementia Training Series Available

Physician Certification and Recertification of Residents in SNF

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On October 5, 2018, CMS published Transmittal 832. This transmittal is also known as Change Request 10921 and is a modification to Chapter 6, Section 6.3 (Medical Review of Certification and Recertification of Residents in SNFs) of the Medicare Program Integrity Manual (Publication 100-08). “The…… Continue reading Physician Certification and Recertification of Residents in SNF

Hurricane-Related CMS Information Releases: Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia Claims Extraordinary Circumstances Extension / Exception (ECE) due to Hurricane Florence

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has just issued a revised special edition MLN Matters (SE18021) on Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia Claims. President Trump has declared a state of emergency for the states of Florida and Georgia, and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health…… Continue reading Hurricane-Related CMS Information Releases: Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia Claims Extraordinary Circumstances Extension / Exception (ECE) due to Hurricane Florence

SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date:  Thursday, October 11, 2018 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET); Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling **This Agenda is Subject…… Continue reading SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2018

MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Errata Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted a 5-page RAI Manual Errata document dated October 1, 2018.  The revisions addressed by this Errata document are to Section J of the MDS 3.0 Item Set, v1.16.1, specifically J2000 –  Prior Surgery.  “The criteria for major surgery needed to be modified…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Errata Posted

2018 SNF QRP Training Documents and Videos Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted a Q&A document from the July 31st/August 1st SNF Quality Reporting Program training held in Baltimore, MD. This 13-page document begins with an Acronym List and contains the answers (current as of September 2018) to 33 questions asked during these sessions: 6…… Continue reading 2018 SNF QRP Training Documents and Videos Posted