CMS posted an updated MDS 3.0 timeline on its Web site Tuesday, but apparently removed the MDS 3.0 Web site and timeline Wednesday.
CMS is getting ready to launch a value-based purchasing demonstration in Arizona, Mississippi, New York, and Wisconsin, according to an e-mail CMS sent to providers Tuesday.
CMS recently released a manual designed to help nursing facilities that want to implement dining assistant (DA) programs.
Last week, CMS put an end to the MDS 3.0 rumors by announcing that the MDS 3.0 implementation would be delayed until October 2010.
SNFs must use the revised advanced beneficiary notice (ABN) form for items or services expected to be denied under Medicare Part B beginning March 1, 2009, according to CMS.
CMS recently updated the RAI User’s Manual.
The economic stimulus provision that may be most significant for SNFs is an additional $87 billion for state Medicaid programs.
CMS is revising its MDS 3.0 timeline, but officials said at a SNF/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum today CMS is still “working aggressively toward” an October 2009 implementation date for the new assessment system.
California nursing homes could be required to publicize the ratings they receive under CMS’ five-star rating system.
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.