What you need to know about the updated MDS items sets for 2019

Source: The Bottom Line
CMS posted a new DRAFT version of the 2019 MDS item sets (v1.17.0) last week. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019, giving facilities until then to update their software with the new MDS questions and answers. Downloadable files can be accessed here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/NHQIMDS30TechnicalInformation.html
HCPro’s post-acute regulatory specialist Stefanie Corbett, DHA, reports the following changes:
New assessment types added – Optional State Assessment (OSA) and Interim Payment Assessment (IPA)
Discontinued assessment types …

Care area triggers, the CAA process, and how they help the IDT

Editorial Note: This post has been adapted from HCPro’s popular title Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide by Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT. For content details and ordering information, visit our Marketplace!
What is a care area trigger?
Certain single MDS items can trigger a care area. Some care areas are triggered by comparing responses entered on the previous MDS to the present MDS. Care area triggers (CAT) alert the assessors to potential problems/needs/strengths. The triggers also direct …

CMS is seeking technical expert panel members for QMs

CMS is currently soliciting nominations for technical expert panel members for quality measures developed under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) to meet the domain of the transfer of health information and care preferences. The quality measures, Transfer of Information at Post-Acute Care Admission, Start, or Resumption of Care from Other Providers/Settings, and the Transfer of Information at Post-Acute Care Discharge or End of Care to Other Providers/Settings were developed …

SNF Readmission Measure: Top 10 Things You Should Know

A new fact sheet is available for the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Readmission Measure (SNFRM). The SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program ties portions of SNF payments to performance on this measure, which is calculated by assessing the risk-standardized rate of all-cause, unplanned hospital readmissions for Medicare Fee-For-Service SNF patients within 30 days of discharge from a prior proximal hospitalization. Click here for more information on the program.