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MDS 3.0 Updates Effective October 1, 2018: Question and Answer (Part IV of IV)

Posted by Sally Fecto on Tue, Oct 02, 2018

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Our MDS 3.0 Updates Q&A Series concludes with a few additional questions concerning Section GG, mobility goals and discharges.  Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) will continue to publish blog posts concerning these updates and how they may affect your facilities.  If you have immediate concerns regarding MDS 3.0 Updates, please feel free to contact our team of HealthCARE Specialists to discuss facility-specific in-services and our on-site/remote training options.

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Topics: MDS 3.0

MDS 3.0 Updates Effective October 1, 2018: Question and Answer (Part III of IV)

Posted by Sally Fecto on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


We continue our MDS 3.0 Updates Q&A with Part III of our IV-part series.  Today’s blog post takes a closer look at Section GG and Drug Regimen Review.  With the looming regulatory changes, we encourage you to reach out to your facility’s Harmony HealthCARE Specialist if you have additional questions.  As previously stated, the more educated the healthcare professional, the better the care that is rendered the patient. 

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Topics: MDS 3.0

MDS 3.0 Updates Effective October 1, 2018: Question and Answer (Part II of IV)

Posted by Sally Fecto on Tue, Sep 25, 2018

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Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


As a continuation of the four-part MDS blog series, the below questions/answers add more insight into the design and intent of the MDS and its relation to the care planning process. The Team at Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) takes pride in our “we don’t know, what we don’t know” culture that fosters an environment for continuous knowledge seeking. The more educated the healthcare professional, the better the care that is rendered the patient. 

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Topics: MDS 3.0

MDS 3.0 Updates Effective October 1, 2018: Question and Answer (Part I of IV)

Posted by Sally Fecto on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

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Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Question and Answer with Sally Fecto, Sr. VP Field Operations Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) 

The MDS Updates Free Key Friday Webinar on August 31, 2018 spurred an overwhelming amount of MDS questions.  As promised, the answers are available today and over the next 3 blogs in a 4-part series. We appreciate all your inquiries and positive feedback. We hope to see you at harmony18 (the 7th annual LTPAC Symposium)!  We look forward to having a “Party in our Brains” with Kris Mastrangelo and have an all-star lineup of speakers, guests and some very special surprise meet and greets! 

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Topics: MDS 3.0

SNF Provider’s Guide to Section GG

Posted by Elisa Bovee on Fri, Jun 24, 2016

The time has come to finalize all training and determine how your facility will capture the most accurate data for coding in the new Section GG of the MDS 3.0 to be implemented in October. The draft manual provides insight for providers regarding the coding guidance. Additionally, CMS provided two days of training June 21st and June 22nd including a live broadcast to give providers an opportunity to hear firsthand how these changes to the MDS will unfold. This new section of the MDS allows the assessor to provide additional depth in reporting functional performance with eating, oral hygiene, toilet hygiene as well as mobility. The big, heavy pressing question is WHO will be responsible at the facility for gathering and coding this information? Many providers say that their knee jerk reaction is to have the rehabilitation professionals assess and code these new items. While this may work for some providers, this same approach may not be advantageous for all skilled nursing facilities. 

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Topics: Section GG, MDS 3.0

SNF Alert: Top 5 MDS Changes Effective October 1, 2016

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Fri, Apr 29, 2016

Wondering what changes will happen to the MDS in October? A DRAFT version of the MDS 3.0 Item Sets has been posted. There are many item changes in this version, including a new section GG, as well as two new item subsets for PPS Medicare Part A End of Stay Assessments – one for nursing homes and the other for swing bed facilities.  Below you find the top five changes to the MDS that will take effect October 1, 2016.

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Topics: MDS 3.0, Section GG

MDS 3.0 Section GG - Ready or Not, Here it Comes!

Posted by The Harmony Team on Mon, Feb 15, 2016

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


In an effort to connect Post-Acute Care (PAC) across the care continuum, the IMPACT Act of 2014 challenged CMS to standardize patient assessment and quality measures data including resource data use.  This allows for the exchange of this vital data among PAC and other providers to facilitate coordinated care efforts between care settings and ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

Based on these directives, CMS has developed the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Item Set. The CARE Item Set measures the health and functional status of Medicare beneficiaries at the time of acute discharge, and measures changes in severity and other outcomes for Medicare PAC patients.

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Topics: MDS 3.0, Section GG

First-Hand SNF Experience with MDS Focused Survey

Posted by Beckie Dow on Mon, Aug 03, 2015

The MDS Focused Survey purpose is to assess Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) coding practices and the relationship of that coding to resident care in nursing homes.  Since the surveyor training began in early April 2015, an increasing number of SNFs have experienced this unique type of survey.   The SNF experience with this new type of survey have been positive, and most providers felt it was an informative and helpful process.  

 

 

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Topics: MDS 3.0, MDS, MDS Focused Survey

SNFs Guide to Understanding Admission Dates on the MDS

Posted by Beckie Dow on Thu, May 21, 2015

Admission Dates A1600, A1700, and A1900 on the MDS

Section A of the MDS 3.0 Assessment provides the assessor with the opportunity to record information about the start date of the current SNF stay and the current episode of a stay.  If these dates do not agree in a logic check performed by the software there will be an error message and the assessment will not be able to be closed until the logic conflict has been resolved.  This is often termed a "warning message", and it is in place to assist providers to correct logic conflicts prior to submitting assessments to the QIES ASAP in order to decrease the number of rejected assessments during submission.

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Topics: MDS 3.0, OBRA, MDS 3.0 Assessment Schedules, Assessment Schedules, Admission Dates

Top 5 Ways to Attract and Retain a Good MDS Coordinator

Posted by Beckie Dow on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

The position of MDS Coordinator has evolved from mere paper work compliance to a field of specialty in the Long Term Care field. It is no longer sufficient to be capable of completing MDS to remain in compliance with federal regulations. Today's savvy MDS coordinator has to remain in compliance, but also recognize opportunities to capture the highest reimbursement opportunities that the facility is entitled to.

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Topics: MDS 3.0, MDS Coordinator

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