Tag: MDS 3.0

Long-Term Care Quality Measures: A Guide to Data Analysis, Performance Improvement, and Public Reporting, coming soon!

Increasingly, we rely on data and data analysis to objectively view the quality of care delivered in our long-term care facilities. The data gathered and reported by the quality measures (QM) systems designed for long-term care are information-rich and provide guidance, direction, statistics, frequency, and monitoring of potential quality problems. Armed with this information, facilities […]

Ask the expert: Why is it recommended that facilities remove alarms in phases, rather than cold turkey?

Listen in on Tuesday, November 14 as HCPro’s post-acute care regulatory specialist Stefanie Corbett, DHA dives into how to make the transition to an alarm-free facility without compromising resident safety, including how to utilize your QAPI programs to understand root causes for falls, regulatory guidance, and how to achieve culture change through alarm elimination. Click here to […]

CMS still seeking feedback on RCS-1

During their SNF/LTC Open Door Forum call yesterday, CMS announced that, although the comment period for an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) published in May officially closed this August after receiving more than 200 comments, the agency encourages providers to continue submitting feedback by sending comments, questions, or concerns to CMS’ email inbox at […]

The essential role of MDS 3.0 in RCS-1

Written by Steven Littlehale, MS, GCNS-BC, executive vice president & chief clinical officer for PointRight. The full article originally appeared in the October issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care. The clinical and technical eligibility requirements for skilled care coverage in a SNF are unchanged under the proposed RCS-1 system—and frankly, those are just about […]

CMS releases new facility assessment tool

Last week, CMS provided information about its new facility assessment tool during an MLN Connects call and presentation. The tool, which is optional and can either be used as is or adapted by nursing home providers, provides a template for facilities to use when conducting their facility-wide assessment, which is a new requirement under Phase […]

Updated RAI Manual released: What’s changed?

The updated MDS 3.0 RAI Manual has been released. The changes to the RAI Manual are in alignment with what we expected from the draft released earlier this year. There are a total of 21 change tables, but they mostly include language changes to clarify coding instructions/criteria or definitions. Such changes were made to 12 […]

Understanding the evolution of care planning sets the stage for improvement

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s popular title, MDS Care Plans: A Person-Centered Interdisciplinary Approach to Care by Debbie Ohl, RN, M.Msc, PhD. Looking back in time can help us understand the significance of care planning. Federal involvement in nursing homes began with the passage of the Social Security Act in […]

Evidence-based strategies for transitioning to an alarm-free facility

Editorial note: This post is an excerpt taken from an article published in the July issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, the industry’s leading resource dedicated to helping long-term care professionals navigate through continual shifts in regulatory compliance, the MDS and PPS processes, and keeping you up to date on industry news. Interested in […]

CMS welcomes feedback on proposed case-mix rule, extends comment deadline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the comment deadline for the advance notice of proposed revisions to case-mix methodology rule from June 26, 2017 to August 25, 2017. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking, titled “Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Revisions to Case-mix Methodology,” was published […]

SNF Quality Reporting deadline tomorrow, June 1

Tomorrow, June 1, is the deadline for all SNFs receiving Medicare funding to have all their MDS forms for admissions/discharges happening between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 completed. This requirement must be met in order to remain compliant with the SNF Quality Reporting Deadline. SNFs that do not comply with this requirement risk […]