State RAI Coordinators Contact List, Appendix B, RAI User’s Manual Update

The March update of Appendix B to the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and contacts. To ensure accurate formatting, use a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF. Web-based or mobile browser plug-ins …

Culturally Competent Care Planning: What It Takes to Get It Right

Effective with the Oct. 1, 2023, implementation of MDS v1.18.11, items A1005 (Ethnicity), A1010 (Race), A1110 (Language), and B1300 (Health Literacy) will provide nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) and other interdisciplinary team members with a starting point for creating more culturally competent care plans—especially if the team conducts a more detailed …

TIP: CMS Answers iQIES Question on Change in Ownership

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials answered a question regarding the ability to submit MDS assessments in the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) if a change in ownership occurs after the April 17 transition date. CMS clarified during the recent Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open …

Q&A: What is required if a resident passes away the day after the ARD for a Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) due to hospice initiation?

Question: What is required if a resident passes away the day after the ARD for a Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) due to hospice initiation? Answer from Scott Heichel RN, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, DNS-CT, QCP, ICC, IPCO:You do not need to complete an SCSA for this situation as the resident …

CMS Section GG Training Videos: GG0130A, GG0110, GG0170C, GG0130B, Decision Tree for GG0130/GG0170

Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is releasing a series of short videos to assist providers with coding select Section GG items on the OASIS, IRF-PAI, LTCH CARE Data Set, and the MDS. These videos, ranging from 4-12 …

What Role Should the NAC Sign Up for in iQIES?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that MDS assessment submissions and reporting will transition to the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) on April 17, 2023. To prepare for this transition, skilled nursing facilities must register for an account in the HCQIS Access Roles and …

5 Major MDS Changes and How to Operationalize What’s Coming October 1, 2023

Significant changes are coming with the Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument 3.0 User’s Manual, version 1.18.11, which will become effective October 1, 2023. Facilities that prepare ahead of time will integrate the updates into their processes more smoothly and move ahead with confidence that their team can ensure MDS …

TIP: CMS Announces MDS Submission Transition to iQIES April 2023

CMS announced that the transition of MDS assessment submission and reporting to the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) will occur on Monday, April 17, 2023. Nursing facilities currently use the QIES Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system for MDS submissions, which will be turned off on Thursday, April …

New MDS Items Series: Transfer of Health Information

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, and Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AAPACN curriculum development specialist, continue the New MDS Items Series on the upcoming changes to the MDS with version 1.18.11, effective Oct. 1, 2023. …

Q&A: How does the new CMS memo, QSO-23-05-NH, for the schizophrenia diagnosis apply to OBRA assessments for residents who have been in the facility long-term?

Question: How does the new CMS memo, QSO-23-05-NH, for the schizophrenia diagnosis apply to OBRA assessments for residents who have been in the facility long-term? Answer from Jeff Taylor: I would say that memo, the errata document, and related State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP changes apply to all MDS …