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  • Antipsychotic Meds: MDS Coding and Survey Issues Collide

    May 13, 2015
    Inattention to Section N is starting to have a significant impact on many providers. Five percent of the MDS 3.0 assessments reviewed in the summer 2014 MDS 3.0 Focused Survey Pilot showed disagreement between the coding of antipsychotic medications and the medical record, putting antipsychotic meds among the top 10 coding issues identified in the pilot, according to survey-and-certification (S&C) memo 15-25-NH.
  • MDS 3.0 Accuracy Surveys: Time to Get Focused

    Apr 22, 2015
    This month, CMS is beginning the process of training surveyors for the new MDS 3.0 Focused Surveys. As the surveyors prepare for the new regulatory process, it’s time for facility staff to ask themselves: Are we ready?
  • Section M Coding Tips: 5 MDS Items To Review Before a Focused Survey

    Apr 08, 2015
    During the MDS 3.0 Focused Survey Pilot conducted from June to July 2014, surveyors assessed seven clinical conditions. The second-highest level of disagreement between the MDS 3.0 and the medical record involved pressure ulcer status (showing 18 percent disagreement), said CMS in survey-and-certification memo S&C-15-25-NH.

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