Feeling the effects of the recession at your long-term care facility? Most LTC providers are, according to a recent survey.
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, the principal investigator for CMS’ development and validation of the MDS 3.0, discusses the new delirium assessment used under the MDS 3.0 in the January issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care.
The resident review looks at major care issues that will be targeted and whether important quality of life issues exist. Surveyors will look at whether residents have been properly evaluated through use of the MDS process and how accurate this process has been in the facility’s evaluation.
The amount of time needed to train staff members is long-term care providers’ greatest concern about implementing the MDS 3.0, according to a recent HCPro survey.
In a major departure from the MDS 2.0, the MDS 3.0 will require nursing facility staff members to conduct structured resident interviews to complete several sections of the assessment. Find out which sections of the draft MDS 3.0 item set require interviews.
Several of the “change in status” items found at the end of MDS 2.0 sections, such as change in cognitive status since 90 days ago or change in communication/hearing, are not present on the most recent MDS 3.0 draft.
The MDS 3.0 will be implemented on October 1, 2009 as planned, CMS officials said at the October 23 SNF Long-Term Care Open Door Forum.