FY 2025 Final MDS 3.0 Item Sets version 1.19.1 Effective Oct. 1, 2024

The final Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Item Sets version (v)1.19.1 are now available. The MDS Item Sets v1.19.1 will be effective beginning October 01, 2024. Items in sections A, B, D, GG, I, J, N, and O are affected. From https://www.cms.gov/medicare/quality/nursing-home-improvement/resident-assessment-instrument-manual

SNF QRP Quick Reference Guide

An updated Quick Reference Guide is now available. The Quick Reference Guide provides high-level information on the SNF Quality Reporting Program, including frequently asked questions and helpful links. PAC-SNF-QuickReferenceGuide-20240425 (PDF) From https://www.cms.gov/medicare/quality/snf-quality-reporting-program/submission-deadlines

April 2, 2024 SNF LTC Open Door Forum Transcript and Finalized Q&A

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC), Open Door Forum (ODF) Tuesday, April 2, 2024: Transcript, Q&A, Agenda and Audio File- Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Care Open Door Forum (ZIP) From https://www.cms.gov/training-education/open-door-forums/about/odf-podcast-and-transcripts

CMS iQIES Implements Inactive User Policy, Requiring Logins Every 60 Days

To: iQIES Users, CMS Staff CMS security policy requires deactivation of user roles for inactive accounts.To align with CMS security policies, iQIES will begin implementing an inactive user policy this month. This will allow CMS to continue to ensure that our system is safe and secure.  System audits will be …

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) MDS Coding Explainer Video

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering a 4-minute, animated explainer video, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Items: Using Sources Other Than the Resident to Code for SNF providers. This video is intended to assist providers in accurately determining when the use of other sources is allowed for SDOH items: A1005. …

Q&A: If a resident is care planned for a certain expected behavior, must we code the behaviors on the MDS?

Question: If a resident is care planned for a certain expected behavior, must we code the behaviors on the MDS? Answer from Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC You must code any behaviors that occurred during the 7-day look-back from the ARD. This AAPACN resource is copyright protected. …

CMS iQIES Reports User Manual v2.6

This user manual provides information for CMS, Providers, Vendors, Accrediting Organizations, Contractors, and State Agencies to effectively perform Reports functions and the processes necessary to request, view, download, and save reports in iQIES. Also see CMS iQIES MDS Upload an Assessment v1.0 From https://qtso.cms.gov/software/iqies/reference-manuals

MDS Tools to Make the NAC’s Job Easier

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, chief nursing officer for AAPACN, and Jessie McGill, RN, BSN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, and Jennifer LaBay, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP, CRC, curriculum development specialists for AAPACN, discuss AAPACN tools that make the nurse assessment coordinator’s (NAC’s) job easier. Additional Resources: