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SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Proposed Rule

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare Late on the afternoon of April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) under the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. In addition, the proposed rule includes proposals for the SNF Quality Reporting Program and the …

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Who Are Our Health Care Workers?

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare We’ve been talking about health care workers a lot during this public health emergency/pandemic. Just who are these workers? The U.S. Census Bureau has some answers. Many of the nation’s health care workers are now on the front line of the battle with COVID-19. Who are these people putting their lives at risk daily …

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CDC ICAR Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19 Updated

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare Guidance released March 10, 2021 regarding Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC affects only select elements of the current Nursing Home ICAR tool until an updated version of the tool is available. Please reference this guidance when using the ICAR tool to ensure alignment with updated considerations for COVID-19 …

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Breaking News: Nursing Home Visitation – COVID-19 (REVISED)

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare Late this afternoon, CMS posted a revised QSO-20-39-NH … Nursing Home Visitation. This 8-page memorandum was updated from its initial version, back on September 17, 2020. “Since the release of QSO memorandum 20-39-NH on September 17, 2020, COVID-19 vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. Millions of vaccinations have …

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[On-demand webinar] How to accurately code dressing changes, wound care & aftercare

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To use Z48.00 and Z48.01 or NOT? When is it appropriate to use these codes to indicate wound care and what is wound care? In this on-demand webinar, Lisa Selman-Holman shares the appropriate use of these codes according to CMS with lots of examples so agencies can optimize the wound grouper and the comorbidity adjustment while remaining compliant. Recording length …

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Long Term Care Administrator’s Week: March 8 -12, 2021

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare “During this week, staff, residents, families, and volunteers have the opportunity to say “thank you” and honor the administrators who lead our nation’s long-term care communities. This year LTC Administrator’s Week takes on added significance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our nation’s Long Term Care leaders have lead the way in the battle …

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CMS offers comprehensive support to the State of Texas to combat winter storm

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare On Monday, February 22, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that “efforts are underway to support Texas in response to severe winter storms that have affected the state over the past several days.  On February 17, 2021, Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health …

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Upcoming webinars provided by Selman-Holman

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Join Lisa Selman-Holman in these upcoming webinars as she breaks down hot topics in the coding world like COVID-19 and wound care! Navigate the challenges & pitfalls of COVID-19 coding Thur, Feb. 25, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:15pm CT COVID coding gets confusing with evolving guidelines, changed codes and different patient scenarios in post-acute settings. Join Lisa as she simplifies …

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Hospices: Create an Effective Plan of Care

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare In the February 11, 2021 edition of  MLN Connects, you’ll find this posting of valuable hospice resources (information in brackets added by me): An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report [38 pages – July 2019] found that most hospices have at least one deficiency in their quality of care. Review the Creating an …

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CDC/CMS/HHS/OSHA COVID-19 Updated Information – Last Week of January 2021

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HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration to Increase Workforce Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines was issued January 28, 2021. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a fifth amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to add additional categories of qualified persons authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines …