2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Late last week, the Alzheimer’s Association released its annual report on the human and financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease. The 88-page report is full of vital information regarding the numbers behind this ever-growing international health care crisis (this author’s term) we are facing. Here are…… Continue reading 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Medicare Manual Updates to Correct Errors and Omissions

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On March 16, CMS posted updates to Medicare manuals “to correct various minor technical errors and omissions. Those changes are intended only to clarify the existing content and no policy, processing, or system changes are anticipated.” These updates are effective/being implemented as of June 19,…… Continue reading Medicare Manual Updates to Correct Errors and Omissions

Specialized Infection Prevention and Control Training for LTC Staff – Spring 2019

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on the development of a free on-line training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff in the long-term care setting.   This announcement was…… Continue reading Specialized Infection Prevention and Control Training for LTC Staff – Spring 2019

Website Tips & Tricks

Whether you’ve been a long-time customer or are new to Briggs Healthcare, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding during our transition to the new website! Here’s a few tips and tricks to help make your shopping experience better and show you the new capabilities we now offer!  Quick Order: Have you…… Continue reading Website Tips & Tricks

MedPAC Recommends Cut for SNF Medicare Rates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® MedPAC (Medicare Payment Advisor Commission), in its March 2018 report to Congress, recommends “no payment update in 2019 for four FFS payment systems (long-term care hospital, hospice, ambulatory surgical center, and skilled nursing facility) and reductions of 5 percent of the base payment for the…… Continue reading MedPAC Recommends Cut for SNF Medicare Rates

New Medicare Cards – Important Information for Providers!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® In case you missed it, CMS’ National Training Program provided a great webinar on March 8, 2018 to provide information for providers/partners on the new Medicare card initiative that kicks off April 1st. This webinar was the March event for the CMS Learning Series and…… Continue reading New Medicare Cards – Important Information for Providers!

Today’s CMS Skilled/LTC Open Door Forum – RCS-1 Agenda Item Added

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS relayed a reminder of today’s SNF/LTC Open Door Forum this morning.  Today’s posting now includes an additional announcement/update – Clarification on RCS-1 Status.  This topic is a welcome addition as all providers are anxious to hear more specifics, particularly regarding implementation, of this proposed…… Continue reading Today’s CMS Skilled/LTC Open Door Forum – RCS-1 Agenda Item Added