July 31 CMS Health Equity Confidential Feedback Report Listening Session

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to invite providers to an upcoming listening session on July 31, 2024 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET. to discuss the 2023 Health Equity Confidential Feedback Reports, which were released to Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers in the Home Health (HH), Inpatient …

Draft RAI User’s Manual v1.19.1 Study Guide: Key Changes to Review

What the MDS will look like effective Oct. 1, 2024, is beginning to take shape for nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) and the rest of the interdisciplinary team (IDT). Following up on the May 17, 2024, posting of the final MDS item sets version 1.19.1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid …

DRAFT MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual version 1.19.1

The draft Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual version (v)1.19.1 is now available in the Downloads section on the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual page. The MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual v1.19.1 will be effective beginning October 01, 2024. This version of …

Q&A: Is a “Level 7-Easy to Chew” diet coded as a mechanically altered diet?

Question: Is a “Level 7-Easy to Chew” diet coded as a mechanically altered diet?  Could there be ADR concerns? Note: “Level 7-Easy to Chew” is from the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI), more information is available here:  iddsi.org/IDDSI/media/images/ConsumerHandoutsAdult/… Answer from Jeff Taylor This does not appear to be a …

Q&A: To code isolation in section O, does the isolation need to be every day during the look-back period?

Question: To code isolation in section O, does the isolation need to be every day during the look-back period?  Also, if the resident has COPD and shortness of breath is not documented, but it is documented once that the head of the bed is elevated related to shortness of breath …

Q&A: Is a Notice of Medicare Noncoverage (NOMNC) beneficiary notice required when the resident and family request services be ended?

Question: A resident is receiving speech-language pathology services under Medicare Part B. The resident and family decided they no longer want to pay the copays and requested services be ended. Is a Notice of Medicare Noncoverage (NOMNC) beneficiary notice required in this situation?  Answer from Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, …

Overview of the FY 2025 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

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, curriculum development specialist for AAPACN, discuss the fiscal year 2025 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) proposed rule and how the changes may impact the …

Quick Guide to the SNF QRP iQIES Report: Resident-Level QM Report

The Quick Guide to the SNF QRP iQIES Report: Resident-Level QM Report tool offers detailed information on how to interpret the SNF QRP Resident-Level Report for each MDS-based measure, depending on if the resident has not triggered (NT) or has triggered (X). This AAPACN resource is copyright protected. AAPACN individual …

TIP: NOW AVAILABLE: Draft MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual version 1.19.1

The draft Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual version (v)1.19.1 is now available in the Downloads section on the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual page. The MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual v1.19.1 will be effective beginning October 01, 2024. This version of …