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Spotlight news related to Briggs Corporation.

October 06, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017 the “National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced that it met its goal of reducing the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home residents by 30 percent by the end of 2016.
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October 04, 2017
The following links contain the handouts and materials used for Mary Madison’s webinars titled MDS 3.0 – v1.15.1 Be Ready for the New Items!
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October 03, 2017
Late last week, CMS posted three (3) important documents for LTC providers: PBJ Going Public, LTC Survey Process Procedure Guide and RAI Manual Updates
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September 28, 2017
CMS has posted the new Emergency Preparedness Training Online Course to https://surveyortraining.cms.hhs.gov/. This course is a requirement for all State Survey Agency and Regional Office surveyors and reviewers
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September 22, 2017
In case you missed the September 18th CMS webinar on the new Medicare cards coming next year, CMS has posted the PowerPoint presentation at
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September 21, 2017
Date: Thursday September 28, 2017 Time: 1-2 pm EST
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September 12, 2017
Briggs Healthcare, the leading provider of post-acute care documentation solutions, announced today a strategic partnership with PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care continuum. This partnership will provide Assisted Living providers with required state specific documentation content, enabling faster and more efficient regulatory compliance.
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September 01, 2017
CMS has been busy in the hours right before the Labor Day Holiday weekend.  These documents have been posted in the past 12 hours:
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September 01, 2017
Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, National Assisted Living Week® provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
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August 31, 2017
CMS has posted a resource document to assist surveyors (and SNF/LTC providers!) to identify:
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August 30, 2017
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in post-acute documentation and regulatory solutions, today announced it has joined the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) to promote EHR innovation and interoperability standards for the LTPAC community. 
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August 29, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just posted numerous documents related to the new survey process that will be implemented in November 2017.
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August 28, 2017
The Office of Inspector General has issued the preliminary results of an “ongoing review of potential abuse or neglect of Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
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August 09, 2017
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in post-acute documentation and regulatory solutions, is pleased to announce the completion of its third eBriggs digital documentation package. In addition to skilled nursing and home care, eBriggs digital forms are now available for assisted living software systems.
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August 02, 2017
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, August 3, 2017
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August 01, 2017
When: Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 1:30 to 3 pm ET Registration: Visit the MLN Event Registration website.
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July 28, 2017
CMS has announced a new name for the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI). This name will be much easier to remember and explain to Medicare beneficiaries as well as providers - New Medicare Card.
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July 26, 2017
Thursday, Aug. 17, 10:00am CDT (11:00am EDT) Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant, LTC/Senior Care, Briggs Healthcare
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July 25, 2017
Is your home care getting ready for the 21st Century Cures Act?
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July 24, 2017
Join Sharon Hamilton – Briggs Healthcare’s Clinical Consultant for Home Care on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 1 PM CDT
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July 24, 2017
Revised Interpretive Guidance for Nursing Homes and New Survey Process Call Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:30 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
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July 07, 2017
Tuesday, July 25 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET CMS experts discuss the revised Interpretive Guidance for Nursing Homes and the new Survey Process effective November 28, 2017.
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July 07, 2017
CMS finalizes delay of Conditions of Participation days before the original July 13th implementation date. The new proposed compliance date is now January 13, 2018 – but don’t get too comfortable.
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July 03, 2017
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June 22, 2017
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in post-acute documentation and regulatory solutions, is pleased to announce the completion of the eBriggs Long Term Care digital documentation package.
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June 20, 2017
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 Start Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)
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June 20, 2017
Des Moines, IA, June 20, 2017 – Briggs Healthcare has welcomed Tim Caver as Vice President of Sales & Business Development – Digital
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June 16, 2017
During the June 15, 2017 MLN Connects® Call on National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI, the presenters announced that there is a PowerPoint slide deck available online
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June 15, 2017
On June 6, 2017, I shared the SSNRI (Social Security Number Removal Initiative) information with healthcare providers. CMS has now provided additional information in the form of this drop-in article:
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June 14, 2017
If you viewed my June 7, 2017 In the Spotlight piece (http://www.briggscorp.com/news/news.aspx?nid=301), you saw that CMS posted an Advance Copy of a brand new Appendix to the State Operations Manual (SOM) – Appendix Z.
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June 07, 2017
On June 2, 2017, CMS released the advance copy of a new appendix for the State Operations Manual (SOM) – Appendix Z. This Appendix “contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule.” This Final Rule affects 17 providers and suppliers and will be implemented on November 15, 2017.
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June 06, 2017
There’s a “new” initiative that you may or may not be aware of but it will affect all providers and Medicare beneficiaries. SSNRI, along with MBI, are acronyms that will soon become part of our regular conversations.
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June 06, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed revisions to arbitration agreement requirements for long-term care facilities. These proposed revisions would help strengthen transparency in the arbitration process, reduce unnecessary provider burden and support residents’ rights to make informed decisions about important aspects of their health care.
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June 05, 2017
The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Review and Correct reports are now available on demand in the CMS Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application. Providers can access these reports by selecting the CASPER Reporting link on the "Welcome to the CMS QIES Systems for Providers" webpage. The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Review and Correct reports are now available on demand in the CMS Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application. Providers can access these reports by selecting the CASPER Reporting link on the "Welcome to the CMS QIES Systems for Providers" webpage.
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June 02, 2017
Asheville, NC (May 30, 2017) – Avadim Technologies Inc. (“Avadim”), the Bionome Therapies life sciences company, today announced an official partnership with Briggs Healthcare to provide Theraworx, its’ line of topical bionome therapies, to their customers.
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May 25, 2017
CMS has posted the first version of the User’s Manual for the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP).
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May 16, 2017
CMS issued S&C: 17-27-NH on Friday May 12, 2017. In this Survey and Certification notice, CMS provided clarification as to when the State LTC Ombudsman must be notified of a resident’s transfer or discharge from the facility.
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May 12, 2017
National Nursing Home Week has been celebrated for 50 years - since 1967. This year’s theme is The Spirit of America. The theme “underscores the bond between staff, volunteers and residents that capture the American spirit.” (AHCA – American Health Care Association).
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May 09, 2017
National Nurses Week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th each year. May 12, 1820 is the day Florence Nightingale was born.
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April 28, 2017
On April 27, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule [CMS-1679-P] outlining proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Medicare payment rates and quality programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
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April 28, 2017
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:  Date:  Thursday, May 4, 2017 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)
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April 24, 2017
CMS has posted an updated LTC policy manual for submission of Payroll-Based Journal data.
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April 21, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a live webcast for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET.
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April 18, 2017
A Quick Reference Guide for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) is now available. This guide includes frequently asked questions, information on help desks and helpful links to additional resources for the Quality Reporting Program (QRP).
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April 13, 2017
LTC providers are now subject to two (potentially) types of SNF PPS audits. Here are the specifics:
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April 04, 2017
CMS is hosting a national provider call on Thursday, April 27, 2017 to learn more about the Emergency Preparedness Requirements final rule. The call will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 pm (ET).
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March 24, 2017
A great education tool is available at Medicare-Required SNF PPS Assessments Educational Tool.  Not only will you learn more about the assessments required for the SNF PPS (Prospective Payment System), you’ll get information regarding factors that affect the assessment schedule and the reporting of assessment results.  Below is a view of the Menu within this tool:
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March 20, 2017
CMS has made 2 changes to the SNF/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017:
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March 17, 2017
CMS is offering two (2) training webinars during the 1st week of April 2017 for physicians, nurses, social workers, care managers, family caregivers, those caring for persons with dementia and providers involved in assisting persons with decision-making.
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March 12, 2017
On Thursday March 8, 2017 CMS released a revised Appendix PP via Transmittal 168.
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February 27, 2017
The TMF Health Quality Institute, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is hosting a series of webinars for post-acute care providers to increase understanding of the PEPPER program and the data that the PEPPER forms provide.
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February 22, 2017
CMS’ Medicare Learning Network (MLN) is hosting 3 national provider calls that will be of great interest to all LTC providers:
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February 16, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa, February 16, 2017 – Briggs Healthcare is happy to announce a partnership with MatrixCare to provide Home Care users with its documentation through eBriggs.
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February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017 CMS posted an updated Appendix PP for the State Operations Manual (SOM). 
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February 02, 2017
As of July 1, 2016, electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is mandatory for all Long Term Care Facilities.
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January 25, 2017
Originally appeared in McKnight’s: January 22, 2017
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January 23, 2017
Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts premieres on PBS stations Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 10pm ET. This is “an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease.
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January 17, 2017
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January 12, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted two important references for skilled nursing facilities: Payroll-Based Journal and an updated SNF PPS booklet.
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January 11, 2017
The new OASIS C2 data set present a challenge when answering M1028 – Active Diagnoses – Comorbidities and Co-existing Conditions.
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January 03, 2017
On March 22, 2016, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued a proposal to ban powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove, citing “powdered gloves are dangerous for a variety of reasons.
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January 02, 2017
Des Moines, IA, December 28, 2016 – Briggs Healthcare, the leader in post-acute documentation and regulatory solutions, announced the appointment of Dustin Epstein as their new Chief Digital Officer.
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December 14, 2016
The Briggs Healthcare corporate office will be relocating over the weekend!
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December 12, 2016
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December 06, 2016
CMS has posted the draft version of the MDS 3.0 Item Sets that will be effective October 1, 2017.
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December 05, 2016
Based on this CMS reply, Briggs Healthcare® will release the updated Survey Guide shortly after the final version of Appendix PP is posted.  
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December 02, 2016
The week of December 4, 2016 showcases two very important health observances – National Influenza Vaccination and National Handwashing Awareness Weeks.
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November 30, 2016
Signage is a budget-friendly update for your building!
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November 15, 2016
ATTENTION: MDS Coordinators You will receive notification shortly from the QTSO Help Desk of the need to modify NO and SO assessment records that have a target date on or after October 1, 2016.
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November 11, 2016
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, November 17, 2016 Start Time:  2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET);
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November 04, 2016
October 31, 2016: CMS issued the 2017 Final Rule for Home Health PPS, Value-Based Purchasing model and Quality Reporting Requirements
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October 19, 2016
West Des Moines, Iowa, October 18, 2016 – Briggs Healthcare announced a new partnership with Fazzi Associates to offer online and on demand training programs for home health care and hospice agencies.
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October 14, 2016
Briggs Healthcare has expanded its offering of Patient Education Guides with our all-new “Let’s Talk About End-of-Life” brochure.
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October 06, 2016
On September 8, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the final rule that outlines emergency preparedness requirements for 17 Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers. The final rule was published on September 16, 2016 in the Federal Register.
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October 06, 2016
Long-term care providers should stop telling staff to avoid taking photos, and instead create policies to make such images part of a medical record, an expert said Friday.
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September 30, 2016
CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has released this much-anticipated final rule for publication in the Federal Register on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 with the first phase due for completion by November 28, 2016. 
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September 29, 2016
CMS Skilled/LTC ODF – Thursday, October 6, 2016
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September 22, 2016
We missed you at this webinar on 21st! Our goal was to provide you with a quick overview of major MDS 3.0 Item Set changes that are effective October 1, 2016
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September 12, 2016
During the week of September 11th through 17th, we recognize and honor the residents and staff members in all Assisted Living and Resident Care Communities across the United States.
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August 26, 2016
EXPIRATION OF MEDICARE FLEXIBILITIES (new 08/18/2016)
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August 22, 2016
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET);
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August 15, 2016
Partnership aims to expand data analytics and workflow automation options for post-acute healthcare providers
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August 01, 2016
If you answered yes, that’s great! You’re a step ahead of many providers. If you answered no, you have some work to do. There’s no time like the present to retrieve that report.
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July 29, 2016
CMS is hosting an upcoming National Provider Call on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) to address data elements that are used to develop quality measures.
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July 25, 2016
It’s hot outside now – no doubt about that. Despite the heat and summer activities, it’s not too early to start preparing for the upcoming influenza season in this country. The flu vaccine will soon be shipped and will be available in our communities in just a few short weeks.
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July 21, 2016
We missed you at this webinar on July 20th!  Our goal was to provide you with the basic overview of MDS 3.0 Item Set changes that are effective October 1, 2016 and a specific look at the new Section GG as well as the new standalone End of Part A Stay discharge assessment.
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July 05, 2016
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for: Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016 Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & reference Conference ID: 41652346
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June 21, 2016
CMS is hosting the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program Provider Training on Tuesday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 22nd in Atlanta, GA.  This training session filled up very quickly so most providers were not able to get a seat.
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June 20, 2016
Value-Based Purchasing is one of CMS’ long-standing initiatives to change from the existing reimbursement system(s) to a value-based business model
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June 20, 2016
Learn about the reporting requirements for the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP), effective October 1, 2016
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June 16, 2016
Understanding Value Based Purchasing is essential in continuing to provide care!
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May 31, 2016
CMS has posted the draft RAI 3.0 User’s Manual, Version 1.14, “so that users can preview significant changes before they become effective October 1, 2016”.
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May 25, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the FY 2016 to 2017 Nursing Home Action Plan on Friday, May 20, 2016 along with S&C: 16-26-NH.
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May 18, 2016
Do you have a renovation project in your future? Replacing your outdated, institutional looking signage is a budget friendly way to create a homelike environment!
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May 10, 2016
ICD-10-CM Code Freeze and Specificity Safe Harbor Both End October 1, 2016
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May 06, 2016
Understanding Value Based Purchasing is essential in continuing to provide care!
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May 05, 2016
Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. 
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May 02, 2016
CMS recently posted two (2) pieces of important Quality Measure information for long-term care facilities.
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April 28, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted Version 2.1 of the PBJ manual on April 27, 2016.
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April 28, 2016
On April 21, 2016, CMS issued a proposed rule “outlining proposed FY 2017 Medicare payment rates and quality programs for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until June 20, 2016.”
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April 27, 2016
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET);
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April 25, 2016
Understanding Value Based Purchasing is essential in continuing to provide care. Join Briggs for a free webinar that will provide the information you need to know!
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April 07, 2016
“Active Shooter on Campus” - no one wants to hear those words. Unfortunately, these situations can and do happen in our Senior Care facilities, and we owe it to our staff and residents to be prepared if the unthinkable happens.
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March 30, 2016
PEPPER Update Webinar for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and Long-term Acute Care Hospitals May 12, 2016
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March 23, 2016
Briggs Healthcare and Dynarex are excited to offer a free, 60-minute webinar on Monday, March 28, 2015 beginning at 1 PM CST. This webinar will feature the Dynarex advanced wound care product line.
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March 18, 2016
Research done in a hospital based in South Carolina suggests that the location of hand sanitizers in a hospital is critical to how much they get used. By placing them in the middle of the lobby in front of the visitor entrance, there was a significant increase in usage.
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March 15, 2016
Nearly a quarter of seniors who are admitted to post-acute care facilities from hospitals carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria with them, according to a study published Monday.
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March 15, 2016
Briggs Healthcare® salutes all long-term care Administrators for their hard work and commitment to their facilities/communities! The Administrator provides leadership, guidance and support for staff as well as oversees quality care and quality of life for each resident.
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March 11, 2016
Colon cancer affects the lower portion of the digestive tract known as the large intestine. Rectal cancer involves the last several inches of the colon. These cancers are often referred to as colorectal cancer.
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March 04, 2016
During today’s Skilled/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum (ODF), CMS officials announced the addition of six (6) new Quality Measures (QMs) to Nursing Home Compare beginning next month - April 2016.
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March 01, 2016
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016 Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET);
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February 23, 2016
Did you know the QIES System will be unavailable from March 16th after 7 p.m. through March 21st at 11 p.m. CST?
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February 17, 2016
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in healthcare documentation and regulatory compliance services, is pleased to announce the launch of its new partnership with Virtual Interactive Families to offer an interactive, encrypted video-conferencing platform.
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February 11, 2016
A FULL HOUSE – A Long Term Care Guide to Full Occupancy by Nina See-Quick Life enrichment and programming can bring the community to life, define the culture of the community and most importantly, help the organization stand out from others down the street.
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February 10, 2016
Know your vulnerabilities. In most facilities, they're literally right under your nose.
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February 01, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the a “diverse” group of elder abuse experts and with the support of the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living, has just published a 124-page document for “possible use in standardizing the collection of (elder abuse) data locally and nationally”.
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January 15, 2016
Briggs Healthcare invites you to join Lorna L. Waggoner, Director of Business Development & Certified HIPAA Trainer on Friday, Jan 29, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST for Lack of Risk Assessment
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January 12, 2016
Of the more than four million people in U.S. nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 380,000 die because of healthcare-associated infections annually
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January 08, 2016
January has been observed as National Mentoring Month for the past 15 years. President Obama provided this statement with his 2016 presidential proclamation: "At the heart of America's promise is the belief that we all do better when everyone has a fair shot at reaching for their dreams.
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January 07, 2016
Another new year has begun. Chances are you’ve made some resolutions and chances are even greater that they’re the same ones you’ve made in the past. Instead of resolutions, let’s take a look at some tips to start and end 2016 successfully – personally and professionally.
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December 16, 2015
In 2016, Briggs Healthcare will be launching our brand new, redesigned website! What’s changing?
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December 09, 2015
Beginning January 1, 2016, HCPCS code G0154 for reporting skilled nursing visits on home health claims will be retired and replaced by two codes:
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December 07, 2015
Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941 the American naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked.
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December 07, 2015
It’s that time of year – flu season.
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December 07, 2015
We’ve all heard our mothers say that as we were growing up and we’re saying it now to our children and grandchildren. Wiser words have never been spoken….
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December 01, 2015
World AIDS Day has been observed on December 1st every year since 1988. This day provides an opportunity to draw attention to the HIV epidemic around the world.
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December 01, 2015
December 1, 2015 – DeVero, Inc., a cloud-based and customizable electronic health record (EHR) software, is pleased to announce the expansion of their partnership with Briggs Healthcare, the leader in Home Health and Hospice documentation and regulatory solutions. After the success of the initial partnership, driven by the Home Health Service Line, DeVero and Briggs have teamed up to develop a Hospice forms suite, leveraging the workflow, content, and compliance of the Briggs Hospice paper forms together with the simple, yet powerful DeVero technology.
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November 27, 2015
Every year the holidays seem to sneak up on us. This year is no exception. Briggs Healthcare offers these tips to help you stay healthy during the fast approaching busy holiday season
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November 17, 2015
President Obama has proclaimed the week of November 16th through the 22nd as Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.
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November 16, 2015
National Hospice & Palliative Care Month is observed in November of each year. This year, the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s theme is “Hospice. Helps. Everyone.”
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November 13, 2015
In order to help with the daily care and maintenance of diabetes, Briggs offers Sensifoot Diabetic Socks. These socks provide minimal compression, a smooth toe seam, extra padding, wicking properties are antibacterial and antifungal!
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November 10, 2015
Veterans to designate November 11th each year as the day to honor American veterans of all wars.
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November 04, 2015
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast.
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November 03, 2015
GEORGETOWN, TX and DES MOINES, IA, November 2, 2015 – Collain Healthcare, an LG CNS Company, and Briggs Healthcare announced a partnership to facilitate compliance and create efficiencies for clinical teams. With this partnership, patient assessment documentation from Briggs Healthcare will be available in the LG CNS post-acute software solution suite.
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October 23, 2015
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in Post-Acute documentation and regulatory solutions, announced the launch of Briggs Inside, a web based platform offering a robust library of Briggs forms electronically.
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October 20, 2015
Shop our complete offering of wound care supplies today!
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October 08, 2015
Limbkeepers are designed to help protect fragile skin from bruising, scratching and tearing.
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October 07, 2015
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in Post-Acute documentation and regulatory solutions, announced the launch of Briggs Inside, a web based platform offering a robust library of Briggs forms electronically.
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October 05, 2015
Briggs Inside available for Assisted Living!
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September 30, 2015
October 1, 2015 marks the 5th birthday of the MDS 3.0. The MDS Item Set has been used by long-term care facilities as a component of OBRA ’87 legislation.
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September 22, 2015
Every year on the first day of fall, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) observes Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Last year 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this event
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September 18, 2015
September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, an annual campaign that draws attention to older Americans aging with HIV/AIDS. Older adults are often overlooked in the ongoing HIV/AIDS conversation, yet the number of people aged 50 and older who are living with AIDS continues to grow.
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September 16, 2015
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September 16, 2015
“September 2015 will mark the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.
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September 14, 2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an extension for the comment period to October 14, 2015.  (The original comment period was scheduled to end on September 14, 2015.) 
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September 14, 2015
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) are alerting healthcare providers and facilities about the public health need to properly maintain, clean, and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices.
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August 28, 2015
The “Countdown to ICD-10” National Provider Call took place on Thursday, August 27, 2015. If you missed that call, you can still obtain the handout as well as listen to the audio recording and view the written transcript.
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August 19, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will offer a webinar on CRE and C. difficile Prevention Efforts Thursday August 20, 2015 at 2 p.m. EST. Participants can join this call by dialing 888-469-1370 and entering the passcode 3791890.
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August 10, 2015
MLN Connects® National Provider Call When: Thursday, September 03, 2015 Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time
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August 06, 2015
The “no healthcare facility is an island” effect is growing concern for acute and sub-acute infection prevention programs.1 Between an estimated one and three million serious infections occur in long-term care facilities each year, and these infections have been demonstrated to impact infection rates at regionally-associated hospitals and nursing homes
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August 04, 2015
Don’t wait to order your updated OASIS C1/ICD-10 forms, the Home Health Certification and Plan of Care (485) form!
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August 03, 2015
The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, August 6th at 2:00 PM ET.
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July 30, 2015
Two important birthdays are occurring: today as well as late last week. Let’s take a moment to reflect on these momentous occasions.
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July 23, 2015
Proposed Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities When: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
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July 16, 2015
These are a few of the words President Obama used when announcing that his administration and CMS are poised to release a proposed rule that will rewrite regulations for Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing facilities.
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July 10, 2015
CMS has just announced a National Provider Call that will be held just 5 weeks before the implementation of ICD-10 coding. All of the information about the content of this call is provided below. CMS recommends registering early as “space may be limited.” Don’t miss out on this important call!
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July 07, 2015
Limbkeepers & Diabetic socks are here! Limbkeepers protect fragile skin, Sensifoot Diabetic Socks provide antibacterial compression
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July 06, 2015
The push for long-term care facilities to abandon the use of off-label use of antipsychotic medications for residents with dementia will intensify over the next two years, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Thursday
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July 02, 2015
Nursing homes will face more scrutiny based on a new key hazard list from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The new hazards, specified in an OSHA memorandum, include musculoskeletal disorders related to resident handling, workplace violence, bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis and slips, trips and falls.
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July 01, 2015
The greater Des Moines area received almost six inches of rain less than 12 hours on Wednesday, June 24 causing historic flooding in some areas of the city. This flooding caused the streets in the area to be barricaded for the majority of the day on Thursday until flood waters receded back into the river banks.
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June 26, 2015
Monday, June 22nd marked day 100 in the countdown to implementation of ICD-10 coding.  To mark the occasion, CMS has posted a new Quick Start Guide highlighting 5 steps for providers to ensure readiness for October 1, 2015. 
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June 17, 2015
June is a glorious month. School is out for the summer, and the watermelons are sweet on the vine. Add the smell of freshly cut grass and you know summer is here. However, along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts this month means the arrival of hurricane season.
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June 12, 2015
Now is the time to update and streamline your hiring and recruiting processes!! myCNAjobs and Briggs Healthcare have partnered to deliver powerful new recruiting tools to help you hire caregivers, certified nursing assistants, resident assistants, and home health aides more effectively.
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June 11, 2015
Monday June 15th is the 10th observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.
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June 10, 2015
So this year as we celebrate the 38th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week take the time to thank your aides. It is important to remember that they are an important part of delivering quality patient-centered health care.
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June 08, 2015
Clostridium difficile is responsible for 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, and 75% of them involve nursing home residents, according to an expert presenting Thursday at a McKnight's webinar.
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June 03, 2015
During the first week of June, the White House convened the Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship “to bring together key human and animal health constituencies involved in the development, promotion, and implementation of activities to improve antibiotic use (antibiotic stewardship) nationwide.”
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June 03, 2015
As designated by the National Safety Council, June is National Safety Month. This year, they are focusing on the important topics of prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, ergonomics, emergency preparedness, and slips, trips and falls
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May 21, 2015
Depression can cause irreversible damage leading to stroke even after depressive symptoms have subsided, according to new research.
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May 20, 2015
The Joint Commission approved modifications to the National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 15.02.01 in home oxygen use.
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May 12, 2015
Store Briggs binders and keep medical records readily accessible.
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May 07, 2015
To honor these dedicated individuals for all that they do day in and day out, Briggs Healthcare® extends a huge thank you for all you do! To show our appreciation, we would like to offer specials on items to assist NACs with their daily responsibilities.
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May 05, 2015
PROTECT YOUR FRAGILE SKIN with NON-COMPRESSION SLEEVES AND GLOVES!
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April 30, 2015
Download your copy of our Ringbinder Brochure today!
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April 16, 2015
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in healthcare documentation and medical supplies has partnered with ErgoNurse to be the exclusive distributor of their “no-lift” patient repositioning system.
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April 16, 2015
Briggs Healthcare®, the leader in Post-Acute documentation and regulatory solutions, announced a partnership with Extended Care Professional (ECP), a web-based software solution for senior living communities.
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April 09, 2015
New Mexico has filed suit against one of the nation's largest nursing home operators for providing what it claims were inadequate resources that led to poor care and improper billing.
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April 07, 2015
More aggressive interventions with lonely elders may significantly decrease physician visits and healthcare costs, authors of a recent study conclude. And they assert their findings support a growing body of research establishing loneliness as a significant public health issue among older adults.
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April 06, 2015
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in healthcare documentation and medical supplies is pleased to announce its partnership with Beantown Bedding, the pioneer of disposable textiles.
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March 30, 2015
Utmost dignity. Highest quality. Most affordable. Comfort Care Clothing.
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March 26, 2015
Does your facility provide adequate activities for residents? Activity Directors in facilities are faced with small budgets and low participation by other staff members. With A Full House: A Long Term Care Guide to Full Occupancy, you can learn to engage residents without breaking the budget
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March 19, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015 is the National Day of Recognition for Long-Term Care Physicians. Congress authorized this annual observance in 2010 to honor the work of its founder Dr. William Dodd. “Dr. Dodd was a community physician who recognized that residents of nursing homes were patients with complex medical problems and that physicians needed to be involved in establishing the standards of management and clinical care for the frail elderly and other residents in [LTC] facilities.”
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March 18, 2015
Certified Nurses Day is March 19th. Briggs Healthcare has customizable nurse bags available.
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March 11, 2015
March 8th through 14th, 2015 is National Long-Term Care Administrator’s Week.
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February 25, 2015
On December 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Special Open Door Forum to announce the proposed addition of a new tool on the Home Health Compare website. Expected to start in July 2015, the Five Star Rating System will provide an easily understood comparative performance summary of home care agencies, for customer review. Agencies will be rated from one to five stars.
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February 20, 2015
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in healthcare documentation and regulatory services, is happy to announce a partnership with LifeBio, which offers a simple yet innovative solution to capturing biographical data of residents or patients.
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February 19, 2015
Briggs Healthcare has the resources needed for a smooth transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015! Download our 2015 ICD-10 Resource Guide  today for our current offering of ICD-10 resources that includes Mappings, Quick Reference, Staff Training and more!
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February 17, 2015
CMS issued Survey & Certification S&C: 14-01-NH on October 18, 2013 to address CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) in Nursing Homes. That S&C notice was revised on January 23, 2015 to include information on CPR certification and Appendix PP draft guidance revisions at F155.
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February 13, 2015
In yesterday’s Skilled/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum, CMS announced the posting of an Errata document late last week to clarify A1900 on the MDS 3.0 item set. Specifically, the document clarifies the meaning of Entry and Reentry as well as how to encode the fields A1600 through A1900. There are additional minor corrections to other parts of the RAI Manual.
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February 12, 2015
Gloves are close to the cheapest and most effective defense against infections in healthcare settings. But even the best gloves are useless without proper infection control protocols and gloving techniques.
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February 12, 2015
Stop the spread of pathogens and infections with these blood pressure cuff barrier sleeves!
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February 06, 2015
Briggs Healthcare, the leader in healthcare documentation and regulatory services, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Briggs Academy – offering flexible accredited online classes and cert refresher training courses for healthcare professionals.
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February 05, 2015
As a healthcare provider in the United States, you have a very personal stake in coding diagnoses on your facility’s claim forms (UB-04s) as well as identifying diagnosis codes on the MDS 3.0 Item Set or the OASIS C1 Item Set.
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February 03, 2015
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January 28, 2015
PEPPER, produced under contract for CMS, is a report that summarizes Medicare claims data statistics for areas that may be at risk for improper payment. One of the most valuable aspects of PEPPER is that is shows how a provider's billing statistics compare to all other providers in the nation, MAC jurisdiction, and state. These comparisons provide context so that providers can determine if they are at higher risk for improper payments
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January 21, 2015
Limbkeepers are designed to help protect fragile skin from bruising, scratching and tearing. Each sleeve is made to provide comfort and cushion while allowing everyday clothing to be worn! Their universal design makes protecting arms, legs and hands simple and comfortable.
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January 18, 2015
Join myCNAjobs CEO, Brandi Kurtyka, for a demo of myCNAjobs' latest hiring tools and a few tips to drive more applicants from the latest Caregiver Trend Report.
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January 13, 2015
“According to the state health department, 64 percent of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications this winter have been 65 or older, even though that age group makes up less than 16 percent of the population. Just 15 percent of those hospitalized have been younger than 25.
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December 19, 2014
A recent, first-of-its-kind HIPAA settlement demonstrates that long-term care and other providers need to be vigilant about updating software and other basic security tasks, officials say.
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December 16, 2014
Effective on or after January 1, 2015, the revised CMS homecare therapy reassessment regulations require a qualified therapist provided a functional reassessment at least every 30 days.
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December 15, 2014
Influenza is a serious health threat for older adults. Influenza is a serious health threat, especially for vulnerable populations like older adults and people living with long-term disabilities.
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December 12, 2014
Long-term care providers that consistently submit improper claims could have their Medicare enrollment revoked, under a final rule released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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December 11, 2014
Nursing homes and other healthcare providers should prepare for a bad flu season, based on indications that this year's dominant strain is dangerous and the vaccine might be of limited effectiveness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
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December 08, 2014
Allow patients and residents to easily access chains and call bells with these products form Cosch!
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December 01, 2014
Ten New York counties were in a state of emergency Wednesday, and one nursing home near Buffalo had to partially evacuate the building after a deadly winter storm swept through the area.
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November 17, 2014
CMS conducted a short-term MDS Focused Survey pilot in mid 2014 in five states following a 2013 OIG (Office of Inspector General) report. According to the report, in 37 percent of stays, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) did not develop care plans that met requirements or did not provide services in accordance with care plans. It was also found that for 31 percent of stays, SNFs did not meet discharge planning requirements. Earlier work by the OIG reported that assessment errors are common in nursing homes.
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November 13, 2014
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November 12, 2014
Instead of fearing further scrutiny by federal authorities, providers should embrace the opportunity to get feedback in the form of PEPPER reports, legal experts said Oct. 20 at the LeadingAge annual meeting and exposition in Nashville.
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November 07, 2014
Order products and supplies with the push of a button on your mobile device with the Briggs Healthcare Home Care Catalog app!
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November 03, 2014
Long-term care operators have many good reasons to keep resident falls to an absolute minimum.
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October 24, 2014
Briggs Healthcare®, the leader in Home Health and Hospice documentation and regulatory solutions, announced a partnership with CareVoyant, an integrated software solution for Home Care, Long Term Care and Outpatient Medical Practices. “We are excited that this partnership with CareVoyant will offer the Briggs documentation that healthcare professionals have come to know and trust, now in a convenient and efficient electronic format.” says Jeff Kane, Vice President of Marketing.
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October 20, 2014
Briggs Healthcare®, the leader in Home Health and Hospice documentation and regulatory solutions, announced a partnership with HHH Innovations, a provider of Electronic Organizational Management Systems (EOM).
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October 06, 2014
On August 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule [CMS-1609-F] to update the Medicare hospice payment rates and the wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2015.
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October 03, 2014
The influenza season is underway. Briggs Healthcare® has the materials you need to accomplish this important task
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October 03, 2014
Can you afford a costly settlement? Are you prepared for a HIPAA Audit?
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September 25, 2014
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September 25, 2014
In order to adhere to the CMS dementia care initiative to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in treating residents with dementia, facilities will need to educate employees involved with every aspect of resident care. These role-specific Dementia Care Handbooks will help caregivers understand and address the challenging care needs of residents with dementia at each stage of the disease’s progression.
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September 22, 2014
sponsoring Falls Prevention Day on September 23rd – the first day of fall. This year’s theme is Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow. This is the 7th annual Falls Prevention Day.
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September 18, 2014
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September 06, 2014
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September 05, 2014
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September 02, 2014
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September 02, 2014
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August 22, 2014
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August 19, 2014
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August 18, 2014
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July 28, 2014
Briggs Healthcare®, the leader in Home Health and Hospice documentation and regulatory solutions, announced a partnership with HEALTHCAREfirst, a Web-based Home Health and Hospice software solution and services provider. “We are excited that this partnership with HEALTHCAREfirst will offer the Briggs documentation in an electronic format that is easy-to-implement and use, while keeping the look and feel of the Briggs forms that our customers have come to know and trust.” says Jeff Kane, Vice President of Marketing.
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July 28, 2014
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July 24, 2014
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July 24, 2014
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July 09, 2014
Briggs Healthcare Now Has Raft Cushions
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July 08, 2014
Briggs Healthcare® has ComfiHips®! Watch this Dramatic Video!
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June 18, 2014
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June 06, 2014
Another of dementia’s horrible, yet hidden, costs has been exposed as researchers in Canada claim to have found a solid link between dementia and hip fractures.
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June 06, 2014
Long-term care facilities are by far the most common settings for Norovirus outbreaks, dwarfing the number of outbreaks in hospitals, according to government data released Tuesday. More than 2,000 outbreaks of Norovirus originated in a long-term care facility between 2009 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Only about 120 outbreaks occurred in hospitals during those years.
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April 24, 2014
Briggs Healthcare® is proud to announce its partnership with DeVero, Inc. Briggs documentation to be incorporated into DeVero’s SaaS EHR Solution
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April 24, 2014
Briggs Healthcare®, the leader in Long Term Care documentation and regulatory solutions, announced a partnership with //SOS/Corporation. “We are excited that this partnership with //SOS/Corporation introduces the first Electronic Medical Record containing officially licensed Briggs ® Documentation in an electronic format  to the Long Term Care market.” says Jeff Kane, Vice President of Marketing.  “It is exciting to see our official content in an EMR, but what they can do with custom reporting off of our documentation is the truly impressive part.  //SOS/Corporation’s commitment to both software and service uniquely positions them to provide a complete package that is second to none.
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April 21, 2014
Celebrate National Nurse's Week 5/6/14 - 5/12/14!
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April 21, 2014
GREAT SALE on Pulse Oximeters!
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April 08, 2014
Briggs Healthcare is pleased to announce a new partnership with myCNAjobs.com – an innovative caregiver recruitment program designed to help senior living recruiters streamline the process while learning more about the psyche of this workforce.
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April 03, 2014
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March 14, 2014
Our Top-of-the-Line Oximeter + New Low Price = You Win BIG-TIME! OUR BUYING POWER MEANS YOU ENJOY A $40 SAVINGS. BCI® Digit® Finger Pulse Oximeter A pulse oximeter and sensor in one unit providing fast, reliable SpO2, pulse rate and pulse strength measurements on patients from pediatric to adult.
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March 14, 2014
Natural disasters and catastrophic events by definition arise unpredictably and consequently do not remain even in the back of people's minds on a consistent basis. Nevertheless, disaster readiness is something that all long-term care providers should seriously consider during their management or operation team meetings If you're not already having these discussions, it may not be too long before these talks are mandated, at least if LTC providers wish to continue participating in Medicare and Medicaid.
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March 07, 2014
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March 03, 2014
DIRTY STETHOSCOPES ON NBC TODAY SHOW
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February 28, 2014
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February 25, 2014
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February 14, 2014
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October 22, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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August 26, 2013
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July 11, 2013
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July 08, 2013
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July 08, 2013
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July 01, 2013
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May 20, 2013
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May 02, 2013
CMS announced in the LTC Open Door Forum that the Survey Guide will be revised 5/9/2013. Briggs will provide a timeline when the updates to the Survey Guide Manual will be shipping once the revision is posted. Stay tuned for more information!
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