Government conference call will let providers give, get an earful on latest MDS 3.0 changes

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has hosted free monthly update conference calls for nursing home operators for several years. Next Thursday's edition is bound to be one of the most popular ever. Implementation glitches and other news about the new MDS 3.0 nursing home assessment tool will be the hot topic during the SNF Open Door Forum, which begins at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Anyone wishing to listen to the event, which includes a Q&A session open to all participants at the end, should call (800) 837-1935 and give conference ID number 98971679. Officials recommend calling a minimum of 15 minutes before the start to allow operators sufficient time to log you in, given the expected high number of participants.