Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator is an Excel spreadsheet-based model that provides information for healthcare facilities to plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Similarly, non-healthcare facilities (e.g., correctional facilities) may find this tool useful…… Continue reading Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator

CMS Posts COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Interim Final Rule & Additional Waivers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late in the day on Monday, March 30, 2020, CMS posted Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Interim Final Rule with Comment Period.  As per their usual policy/mandate, there is a 60-day comment period.  The…… Continue reading CMS Posts COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Interim Final Rule & Additional Waivers

Repeat Information on Delay of MDS Item Set for October 1, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 27, 2020, CMS posted this notification on the MDS 3.0 Technical website.  It was previously posted on the RAI Manual website on March 19th.  In case you missed it then and there, here it is again: CMS is delaying the Minimum Data Set…… Continue reading Repeat Information on Delay of MDS Item Set for October 1, 2020

Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Alzheimer’s Association posted a guidance document on Monday, March 30, 2020 to “help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Emergency Preparedness: Caring for persons living with dementia in a…… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness: Caring for Persons with Dementia in LTC or Community-Based Care Setting

Coronavirus Waiver Information – Federal and State

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has a designated website for COVID-19 waivers – both Federal and state-specific. 1135 blanket waiver information is found on this page as is 1135 state-specific information.  This webpage appears to be updated daily. Please bookmark it and check as needed to see if your…… Continue reading Coronavirus Waiver Information – Federal and State

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources from TMF

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare We’ve all been inundated with directives, guidances, etc. regarding COVID-19 pandemic.  I’d like to introduce you to this resource: TMF Health Quality Institute.  TMF has some great resources to help healthcare providers deal with COVID-19. Check these out: Each of the above has a drop-down…… Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources from TMF

CMS Issues Additional Guidance for COVID-19 for Multiple Providers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 30, 2020, CMS issued the following guidances: QSO-20-15…Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements and Implications Related to COVID-19 (Revised) … Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Hospitals, EMTALA QSO-20-15…Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in Hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Critical Access…… Continue reading CMS Issues Additional Guidance for COVID-19 for Multiple Providers

Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “CMS today (March 30, 2020) is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  These temporary changes will apply immediately across the entire U.S.…… Continue reading Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131 “Update”

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP        Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS-R-131 is issued by providers (including independent laboratories, home health agencies, and hospices), physicians, practitioners, and suppliers to Original Medicare (fee for service – FFS) beneficiaries in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied. The ABN is issued in order to transfer potential…… Continue reading Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131 “Update”

Hospital Discharges and Admissions to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Sunday, March 29, 2020, AMDA (PALTC: Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine) and AHCA/NCAL issued a joint statement regarding the recent New York order: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis…… Continue reading Hospital Discharges and Admissions to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities