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CMS Updates Isolation Coding on the MDS

On March 3, 2021 by Kari Everson

The Minnesota Department of Health Case Mix Review team released information on updated documentation requirements when isolation is coded on the MDS under O0100M. This updated information will be effective for all MDS’ with an assessment reference date (ARD) on or after Friday, March 5. In order to correctly code O0100M, Isolation on the MDS, case mix review auditors will check for required documentation in the resident’s medical record. This required documentation includes:

CMS Quality Measures and MDS Web-Based Trainings Available

On January 20, 2021 by Julie Apold

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the following new quality and Minimum Data Set (MDS) web-based training content for skilled nursing facilities and Medicare home health providers:

Delayed Implementation of Updated MDS

On March 25, 2020 by Julie Apold

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 v1.18.1 release, which had been scheduled for Oct. 1, 2020, in response to stakeholder concerns. 

CMS Posts Draft Version of 2020 MDS Item Sets

On January 7, 2020 by Sue Boyd

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unexpectedly announced last month that it posted a new draft version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) for skilled nursing settings that is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, 2020. Changes of note in this draft version: 

CMS Extends Quality Reporting Program Deadline to Nov. 18

On November 5, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the submission deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program MDS assessment data for April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019. All data must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 18.  

Now Available: Final MDS 3.0 RAI Manual (v1.17.1)

On September 24, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Good news for providers and stakeholders who are finalizing their transition to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that goes into effect Oct. 1: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final version of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual (version 1.17.1).  

MDS Expert at Your Fingertips

On September 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Are you up to speed on the MDS? One of the benefits of being a member of LeadingAge National is access to Judy Wilhilde Brandt, our MDS-expert consultant.  

CMS Final Version to MDS 3.0 and Allowable ICD Codes Available

On August 28, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) last week posted the FINAL version (V3.00.1) of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications for Skilled Nursing Facilities, which take effect Oct. 1. They also released the file of the allowable ICD codes in item I0020B of the MDS.   

SNF Quality Reporting Program Train-the-Trainer Event – Registration Open

On July 10, 2019 by Julie Apold

Registration is open for a two-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Train-the-Trainer event for providers on Aug.13 and 14. The training, which is primarily intended for those responsible for training staff at care centers, includes:   

Coding Risk for Pressure Ulcers on the MDS: M0100 and M0150

On May 14, 2019 by Sue Boyd

LeadingAge recently released guidance for coding Risk for Pressure Ulcers in section M0100 and M0150 of the MDS, which includes an overview of each section, key definitions, an overview of risk factors and steps for assessment.  

Avoid Potential 2% Reduction on Medicare Fee for Service Rates

On April 30, 2019 by Julie Apold

The next submission deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is fast approaching. MDS data for Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018 must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 15.  

Free Basic Training for New MDS Nurses on March 20

On March 6, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Licensing and Certification Program is offering a free one-day MDS class, Basic Training for New MDS Nurses, on March 20. The class is intended for new MDS nurses with less than one-year experience. Space is limited, so register early!  

Updated Quality Measures (QM) User’s Manual Released

On February 26, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) surprised all aging services providers on Feb. 21 by releasing version 12 of the MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QM) User’s Manual. The most significant revisions focused on these key areas: 

Save the Dates: MDH Hosts Basic Training for New MDS Nurses

On January 22, 2019 by Julie Apold

The Licensing and Certification Program at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released the 2019 training schedule dates for their free, one-day Basic Training for New MDS Nurses class.  

J2000: Prior Surgery – CMS Updates Coding Instructions

On November 14, 2018 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

After the RAI manual updates were released for October 2018, an errata document was posted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website concerning J2000: Prior Surgery. In the Coding Tips on page J-35, there were three criteria for a procedure to be classified as major surgery and now there are only two criteria:   

Now Available: MDS Section Q Webinar Recording and Handouts

On October 23, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Board on Aging and Minnesota Department of Health hosted a free webinar last week on how section Q of the MDS is used to target state resources towards assisting those nursing home residents who wish to return to a community setting. The webinar and handouts are now available for members to download.

Are You Ready for the Changes to Minimum Data Set?

On September 25, 2018 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

A new webinar from LeadingAge national will help care center members get ready for the changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) that take effect Oct. 1.  

Updates to RAI Manual Effective Oct. 1, 2018

On September 18, 2018 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

The annual update to the RAI Manual has been released and contains some substantive changes for care center members. The updates are effective Oct. 1, so members will want to review these changes and make the necessary adjustments to their coding and transmission policies and practices.   

On-Demand Learning: Building a Successful MDS Program

On March 27, 2018 by Heidi Simpson

The recent webinar, Building a Successful MDS Program for Your Care Center, is now available on demand from LeadingAge Minnesota. 

Building a Successful MDS Program – March 12 Webinar

On March 6, 2018 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

Don’t forget to register for the March 12 webinar, Building a Successful MDS Program for Your Care Center, featuring Nadine Olness, RN RAC-CT, Minnesota State RAI Coordinator. The registration deadline is March 8.

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