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By the first week in December 2016, new Excel and PDF files will be posted to the CMS Web site at: http://www.cms.gov/SNFConsolidatedBilling/ .
The finalized MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.14 and MDS forms, effective October 1, 2016, is posted. This version of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual incorporates the new Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals, the new Part A PPS Discharge assessment, and clarifications to existing coding and transmission policy; it also addresses clarifications and scenarios concerning complex areas.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RAND to develop standardized assessment-based data items to meet the requirements as set forth under the IMPACT Act of 2014, Section 2(a). The contract name is “Development and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care Cross-Setting Standardized Assessment Data." As part of its data element development process, CMS requests interested parties to submit comments on the data elements described in this posting, which are being considered for this project.
To participate by phone: Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 42968641.
Any NAC can tell you that MDS is a language all its own, and usually, it’s a language that only MDS professionals are fluent in. Combined with the nuances of the RAI process and the weight of responsibility that being an MDS coordinator entails, the role can be daunting without the proper support. Whether new to the position or a veteran of the field, MDS coordinators face daily hurdles that they must overcome in order to do their jobs effectively.
A new version (v1.14.1) of the MDS 3.0 item sets was posted, including the new Part A PPS Discharge assessment. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2016. The item sets should be considered final.
CMS contractor Acumen LLC is studying potential alternatives to the existing methodology used to pay for services under the SNF prospective payment system (SNF PPS). Acumen hosted two technical expert panels (TEPs) during 2015, one related to therapy payments and the second related to nursing and nontherapy ancillaries. In November 2015, CMS posted the presentation and a summary report from the first TEP. In April 2016, CMS posted information from the second TEP related to nursing and nontherapy ancillaries. In August 2016, CMS posted information from a third TEP--held in 2016--to provide an outline of basic payment structure for a revised SNF PPS, including the various new components of the revised SNF PPS and a discussion of potential pricing schedules which may be incorporated.
CMS has released a four-part YouTube training series for Section GG of the MDS 3.0
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