Category: MDS 3.0 Items

CMS posts much anticipated MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17

On Monday, May 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual, v1.17, containing many of the requirements that providers will need to follow to prepare for the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) effective October 1, 2019. New changes will be reflected in HCPro’s MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual. The […]

New draft MDS data specs available for updating billing systems by PDPM implementation

CMS posted a new draft version (V3.00.0) of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications to be effective October 1, 2019. Software developers and vendors will use these specifications to update SNF PPS grouper, MDS, electronic health records, and billing systems to align them with annual update to the RAI Manual and SNF PPS billing requirements. CMS […]

What you need to know about the updated MDS items sets for 2019

Source: The Bottom Line CMS posted a new DRAFT version of the 2019 MDS item sets (v1.17.0) last week. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019, giving facilities until then to update their software with the new MDS questions and answers. Downloadable files can be accessed here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/NHQIMDS30TechnicalInformation.html HCPro’s post-acute regulatory specialist […]

Care area triggers, the CAA process, and how they help the IDT

Editorial Note: This post has been adapted from HCPro’s popular title Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide by Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT. For content details and ordering information, visit our Marketplace! What is a care area trigger? Certain single MDS items can trigger a care area. Some care areas are triggered by comparing responses entered […]

CMS is seeking technical expert panel members for QMs

CMS is currently soliciting nominations for technical expert panel members for quality measures developed under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) to meet the domain of the transfer of health information and care preferences. The quality measures, Transfer of Information at Post-Acute Care Admission, Start, or Resumption of Care from […]

SNF Readmission Measure: Top 10 Things You Should Know

A new fact sheet is available for the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Readmission Measure (SNFRM). The SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program ties portions of SNF payments to performance on this measure, which is calculated by assessing the risk-standardized rate of all-cause, unplanned hospital readmissions for Medicare Fee-For-Service SNF patients within 30 days of discharge from […]

Upcoming webcast! Surviving the MDS/Staffing Focused Survey

Presented by Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, RAC-MT, C-NE on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Despite CMS’ high-profile introduction of an MDS focused survey pilot last year, recent expansion of the program to the national stage, and addition of a staffing component to the mix, the agency has offered little in the way of provider education […]

CMS releases a memo announcing expansion of MDS and surveys

On October 31st, 2014 CMS released Survey and Certification Memo 15-06-NH announcing the expansion of the MDS and Staffing Focused Surveys to begin in FY 2015. MDS/Staffing Focused Surveys will be conducted nationwide and the number of surveys conducted will vary from state to state. Summary of CMS Memo CMS will collaborate with States to […]

CMS announces corrections to MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual

On November 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released corrections to the current version of the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual. Corrections include (directly from CMS): The flowchart “ADL Self-Performance Algorithm,” which describes the algorithm for ADL function items in Chapter 3 Section G (page G-7), and the accompanying change table Coding […]

Ask the expert: Updated MDS 3.0 forms

Q: How can I get a paper copy of the MDS Version 3.0 – Resident Assessment and Care Screening Swing Bed (SP) Item Set? I file the completed form electronically, but have to fill it out on paper first and transpose the answers to the queries. The assessment tool has recently been updated, and the […]