Nursing home administrators must be absolutely certain their billing department staff and MDS coordinators are up to speed on the newly implemented PPS rules for therapy. That is one of the central messages that came through at a special McKnight's webcast Oct. 5 that focused on changes to MDS 3.0 and nursing home payment systems. A rebroadcast of the extremely popular hourlong session is attainable in the mcknights.com archive. Interested individuals simply must re-enter the sign-in environment or complete the free registration for the first time.
Overwhelmed by the initial outpouring of long-term care providers wanting to learn more about pending changes to the MDS 3.0 system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host an additional conference call on the subject Thursday. The initial 7,000 telephone lines set up by the government for its Aug. 23 call were quickly snapped up, locking many out. Changes go into effect for fiscal 2012, which begins Oct. 1 this year.