Updated pain management guidance for nursing homes under F309 is now in effect: CMS released the new guidance Friday afternoon.
Providers who want to participate in the CMS nursing home value-based purchasing demonstration must apply by May 1 to be part of the pay-for-performance demonstration that begins July 1.
CMS posted an updated MDS 3.0 timeline on its Web site Tuesday, but apparently removed the MDS 3.0 Web site and timeline Wednesday.
Coding pain frequency under the MDS 2.0 is based on how often the resident complains or shows evidence of pain. Coding for frequency is not affected by the way pain medications are administered, e.g., as a prophylactic.