RAI Manual

Evaluating extensive versus moderate assist

Evaluating extensive versus moderate assist

Step one for improving accuracy for Section G ADL coding is to improve understanding between the language MDS uses to define levels of function and impairment in comparison to how rehab teams and nursing define these areas.

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual Friday.

CMS corrects therapy coding examples in RAI Manual

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has corrected some therapy coding information in the recently released Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual.

No more Rehab Medium RUG defaults

No more Rehab Medium RUG defaults

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Well, Oct. 1 has passed, and we're all still hanging in. The biggest changes we saw to rehab were the addition of reporting co-treatment minutes on our billing logs and Section O on the MDS. And, the new question of "how many DISTINCT calendar days" were received between SLP, OT, and PT.

Therapy with a twist (of lemon)

Therapy with a twist (of lemon)

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As you read this, you might be eyeing the new RAI manual that takes effect today, and are feeling a bit overwhelmed at the sheer number of new pages. So it's with great regret that I have to add yet another burden, and let you know that it looks like a whole new therapy discipline will need to be provided at long-term care facilities around the country.

CMS releases new RAI Manual

CMS releases new RAI Manual

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued the latest version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument User's Manual, which takes effect Oct. 1. Although CMS posted the new manual Tuesday, just one week before it goes into effect, the agency previously had issued guidance to long-term care providers on notable changes regarding therapy and nutritional status.

MDS memo clarifies transition to new therapy, nutritional status items

MDS memo clarifies transition to new therapy, nutritional status items

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a memorandum clarifying transition policies for new Minimum Data Set items related to swallowing and nutritional status, as well as therapy.

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.

Taming the MDS

Taming the MDS

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Providers will be greeted at the end of the month by more important tweaks and changes to multiple parts of the Minimum Data Set resident assessment tool.

MDS changes challenge providers to be compliant yet adaptable, expert says

MDS changes challenge providers to be compliant yet adaptable, expert says

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Providers are simultaneously coping with significant changes to survey guidelines and increased oversight, making it more important than ever to develop a responsive and well-informed staff, a compliance expert said in a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast.

CMS issues meaningful use final rule and offers RAI manual update timeline

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Regulators have released the final rule that outlines criteria hospitals and other providers must meet to receive funding for a federal electronic health-record incentive program.

SNF rehab claims scrutinized more than ever, expert says

SNF rehab claims scrutinized more than ever, expert says

Nursing home administrators who can't substantiate every minute of rehab therapy delivered in their building leave themselves open to increasingly common audits and surveys, a top MDS 3.0 expert said Tuesday.

AIS signs deal with Pathway Health Services

Pathway Health Services signed an agreement with AIS Inc. Under the deal, the chain will tap into AIS' RAI 3.0 courseware. The RAI 3.0 courseware is focused on the RAI methodologies, These include MDS 3.0, RUG IV, QM, respiratory therapy and documenting Activities of Daily Living learning topics.

Failure to prepare for MDS updates in the next 10 days could be costly, expert warns

Failure to prepare for MDS updates in the next 10 days could be costly, expert warns

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If skilled nursing facilities are not prepared for the MDS 3.0 changes that will go into effect April 1, 2012, the consequences could be expensive, a top expert warned Wednesday.