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Scanning the Horizon: The Latest Updates to the RAI User’s Manual Effective October 1, 2018

By Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP - August 28, 2018

Just in time to help celebrate Labor Day, CMS has provided us with many pages to “labor” over in the few weeks that remain before October 1, 2018. Since August 22, we have had the opportunity to review the draft item sets and the technical specifications, but what our hearts most desired was to get the manual. And that we did—even a bit earlier than CMS had originally projected for its release. The good news: we have more time to absorb the changes that we have long been anticipating due to the SNF Quality Reporting Program. Let’s cover a high-level review of the chapter 3 updates and changes so that the horizon to October 1 will be clear.