Operational, fiscal and clinical alert: Time to brush up MDS procedures for big changes at hand
Nov 14, 2022
It’s time for providers to start shoring up processes to successfully implement big changes to the Minimum Data Set assessment form that will soon be in play. Failure to get ready — starting this month,...
Providers ‘on notice’ as CMS pressures states to shift Medicaid pay metrics
Nov 10, 2022
Providers still struggling to accurately capture diagnoses that drive federal reimbursement will be doubly left behind as more states start to use Patient Driven Payment Model-like systems to determine...
MDS meets VBP: I love a good value, don’t you?
Oct 10, 2022
I love a good value, don’t you? It’s hard to find one these days in this economy. Recently a friend of mine purchased a used vehicle from a reputable local dealership. Within a week, the engine...
Nearly 1,200 ICD coding changes kick in Saturday
Sep 30, 2022
Providers are trying to wrap their arms — and their software — around almost 1,200 ICD-10 coding updates that go into effect starting this weekend, including an “explosion of codes” related to...
MDS draft sends sector, states scrambling to assess effects
Sep 07, 2022
Long-term care facilities, staff and half the states in the US should start preparing immediately for extensive changes to the Minimum Data Set, resident assessment experts said this week.
The remote solution
Michele A Lynch
Jun 13, 2022
Amid the ashes of the COVID-19 pandemic came the realization that there were more casualties from this plague than we thought. It was reported that 25% of COVID-19 deaths were long-term care residents...
MDS self-care item key to planning appropriate SNF rehabilitation goals, study finds
Apr 11, 2022
A self-care item recently introduced to the Minimum Data Set allows therapeutic teams to better assess a resident’s prior health status and help predict what is needed for recovery, investigators say.
Remote MDS coordinators offer an immediate solution to reimbursement and staffing challenges
Mar 24, 2022
As a remote MDS coordinator, I could focus 100% of my time, attention and expertise on the MDS assessment and process improvements.
Six years after mandate, most of state’s nursing home residents had POLST forms
Alicia Lasek (f3)
Mar 14, 2022
By 2016, 81% of California’s long-stay residents and 68% of short-stay residents had physician orders for life-sustaining treatment recorded in the MDS.
Feds update Section GG training series for assessment, coding
Oct 28, 2021
A federal training series on the assessment and coding of Section GG of the Minimum Data Set has been updated, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday.