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Prepare for October 1 with this Draft RAI Manual v1.17 Overview

By Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP - May 23, 2019

CMS hinted that the release was coming and, sure enough, on May 20, 2019, we got our first look at the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual changes expected for this October. One word of caution as you go through the changes: CMS indicated that what was posted is an “early release” and that we must “check back prior to October 1, 2019 for a final posting which may contain additional updates.” 

Despite the document being only a draft version, we are anxious to see just what the changes may be that will impact the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) and the rest of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) this fall. Let’s start at the beginning and review some of the changes that are coming your way.