Get MDS Section C Ready For PDPM

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - June 05, 2019

Under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that implements on October 1 for the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS), “there has to be a cognitive score in order to calculate the speech-language pathology (SLP) case-mix component and obtain a HIPPS code for billing,” points out Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MT, CPC, director of education for Hansen, Hunter & Co. PC in Vancouver, WA.

The PDPM cognitive performance level (aka cognitive score) is calculated from MDS section C, “Cognitive Patterns” based on the following: