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.