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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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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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Texas Adopts New COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Emergency Rules for NF and ALF Providers

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Effective Jan. 11, HHSC has adopted new COVID-19 vaccination data reporting emergency rules. The rules require nursing facilities and assisted living facilities to accurately report COVID-19 vaccination data for staff and residents to HHSC in the format established by HHSC within 24 hours of completing a round of vaccinations. The data will allow HHSC to accurately track vaccinations of staff …

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COVID-19 News & Updates

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States are working very hard to speed up COVID-19 vaccination rates.  Here are some state plans and dashboards you may want to check out and bookmark for future reference: Texas COVID-19 Vaccination Information COVID-19 Vaccination in Texas dashboard  Nebraska Nebraska COVID-19 Vaccination dashboard.  On this same dashboard, you can access the COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  Click on the yellow navigation …

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New Codes for COVID-19

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In an unprecedented move, the CDC has approved new codes for COVID-19 effective with dates of stay January 1, 2021 or later. Code changes are reserved for October 1 each year with April 1 as a date for emergency changes. April 1, 2020 was the effective date for the U07.1 code for COVID-19. New codes effective January 1 include J12.82, …

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CMS to Retire the Original Compare Tools on December 1st

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CMS will retire the original Compare Tools on December 1st. Use Medicare.gov’s Care Compare to find and compare health care providers. In early September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Care Compare on Medicare.gov, which streamlines our eight original health care compare tools. Since then, you’ve had the opportunity to use and familiarize yourself with Care Compare …

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NEW: CMS COVID-19 Nursing Home Resource Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online platform – the Nursing Home Resource Center – to serve as a centralized hub bringing together the latest information, guidance and data on nursing homes that is important to facilities, frontline providers, residents and their families, especially as the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues. Previously, individuals …

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Breaking News: Incentive Payments to Nursing Homes Curbing COVID-19 Deaths and Infections

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Just a few minutes ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced it will distribute approximately $333 million in first round performance payments to over 10,000 nursing homes. These nursing homes are being recognized for demonstrating significant reductions in COVID-19 related infections and deaths between August and September. “These …