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National Skilled Nursing Care Week: May 9 – 15, 2021

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare “Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967, National Skilled Nursing Care Week® (NSNCW) recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s frail, elderly, and disabled. The week starts each year on Mother’s Day and is celebrated through the following Saturday.” I love spring for many …

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National Nurses Week: May 6 – 12, 2021

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare May 6th is National Nurses Day. National Nurses Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It kicks off the annual observation of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12th – the birthday of Florence Nightingale (200th birthday in 2020). This year’s theme is Celebrating Our Frontline Warriors. This is …

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HQRP Quarterly Update for 1st Quarter of 2021 Available

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare The Hospice Quarterly Update for the first quarter of 2021 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from January 2021 to March 2021, events and engagement opportunities for the second quarter of 2021 (April – June 2021), and selected questions and answers from the Hospice Quality Help Desk. Please …

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Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare On April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would provide routine updates to hospice base payments and the aggregate cap amount for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This proposed rule also includes a comment solicitation regarding hospice utilization. In addition, this rule proposes to rebase the hospice labor shares and clarify certain …

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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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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 …