Discharge Assessments

CMS: Discharge assessments must be completed when residents transfer to a non-certified bed within the nursing facility

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Skilled nursing facilities must complete a discharge assessment when a resident is transferred from a certified to a non-certified bed, even if both beds are in the same building, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasizes in a recent memorandum.

CMS clarifies recent hospice, discharge assessment regulations

CMS clarifies recent hospice, discharge assessment regulations

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently addressed provider questions related to regulations pertaining to discharge assessments and agreements between skilled nursing and hospice providers.

No timeline for official QAPI regulation, but surveyors are learning program basics, CMS official says

No timeline for official QAPI regulation, but surveyors are learning program basics, CMS official says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services still cannot say when an official regulation will be established for the Quality Assessment and Performance Initiative, but that's not stopping the agency from moving forward with QAPI initiatives. Providers should feel confident they will be well prepared for QAPI by following the recommendations in recently posted online materials, said CMS project officer Deborah Lyons, RN.

New MDS training video addresses discharge assessments, use of dashes

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Providers can now access a training video on discharge assessments and how to properly code using dashes in the Minimum Data Set, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday.

CMS to host overflowing national conference sessions on MDS 3.0 changes

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a pair of two-day MDS 3.0 Conferences for providers next week in St. Louis. The initial session (Tuesday-Wednesday) filled so quickly, regulators wound up creating a second session, which will be held Thursday and Friday. Federal regulators will analyze the most recent changes in the MDS 3.0 assessment tool — including those to be instituted in April and those that went into effect last October.