New Measures, No Data: When Can Facilities Expect to See New Quality Measure Data?

One of the frustrations nursing home providers have experienced since the transition to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 version 1.18.11 that went into effect on Oct. 1, 2023, is being able to effectively monitor the new Quality Measures (QMs) introduced at the same time. Although the Centers for Medicare …

Anticonvulsants on the MDS: What to Expect in October 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on the Dec. 7 Skilling Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum that the drug classification of anticonvulsants will be added to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) item set starting Oct. 1, 2024. The new item will be added to N0415, High-risk …

Keep Significant Corrections Simple: Tips for NACs

The nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) role is a complex one that requires managing numerous deadlines, compliance regulations, and the involvement of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) in the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment. The job can be overwhelming, even when everything proceeds as expected. And the NAC can feel defeated when …

How to Explain the Nurse Assessment Coordinator Role to Others

The role of the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) can often be an enigma to many nursing home staff. Misunderstandings about the position abound, and NACs may find it frustrating that no one knows what they do or its true impact. One of the most common misunderstandings about the NAC’s role …

Relieving the Pressure of Coding Reopened Pressure Ulcers

In the updated Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) 3.0 User’s Manual, v1.18.11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added several clarifications to help ease the pressure that nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) experience attempting to code section M accurately. Although strong clinical documentation of these wounds is …

4 Essential MDS Changes Documents NACs May Have Missed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) 3.0 User’s Manual version 1.18.11, and also a document outlining the draft-to-final changes and updated item sets (v.1.18.11 v5). But the updates and clarifications don’t end there. Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) need …

NACs Like a Reasonable Challenge: 2023 AAPACN NAC Work Study and Salary Report

Over the last few years, nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) are being hired with less long-term care experience, being paid more, and facing a multitude of challenges including stress and burnout, staffing shortages, and increased workloads. The 2023 AAPACN NAC Work Study and Salary Report received responses from 632 NACs. The …

Solving the Mystery: How to Document for Section GG

Section GG, Functional Abilities and Goals, will expand to all OBRA assessments starting Oct. 1, 2023, with the retirement of the section G activities of daily living (ADL) items. This change disrupts the long-standing practices and policies facilities have developed to capture episode-level-of-care information from nurse aides on the section …

Using New MDS Items Beyond the MDS

Several new items added or revised on the Minimum Data Set (MDS) this October are considered social determinants of health (SDOHs): ethnicity, race, language, transportation, health literacy, and social isolation. SDOHs are nonmedical factors that can affect health outcomes. On the MDS, these items are collected directly from the resident. …