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.
Physician nursing home specialists may improve the quality of care in nursing homes, says Paul R. Katz, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Aging at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.