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MDS 3.0 Section GG: Ideal Number of Goals

Posted by The Harmony Team on Tue, Feb 07, 2017

C.A.R.E.

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


MDS 3.0 Section GG has proven to complicate matters when it comes to coding the MDS.  Daily calls inquiring how to interpret the regulations consumes the Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) phone lines and HarmonyHelp Client Only Knowledge Center. 

One of the most frequently asked Section GG questions to date is: 

“What is the ideal number of goals that should be addressed in Section GG?”

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MDS 3.0 Section GG Coding Examples

Posted by Christine Twombly on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

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


Is your facility capturing the most accurate data for coding in the new Section GG of the MDS 3.0?  If Section GG is still causing you and your facility anxiety, you are not alone.  Below you will find a list of Coding Examples for Section GG.  We hope that such examples will aid in the understanding of these new regulatory changes.

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Topics: MDS Section GG, Section GG

Top 10 Questions: Coding Section GG

Posted by Sally Fecto on Mon, Oct 03, 2016

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


Section GG is causing a tidal wave of questions and has the Harmony HealthCARE Specialists working around the clock.  While there are elaborate answers and references to the CMS website, industry experts and discussion groups, here is a distilled Q and A we hope you find useful.  

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Topics: Section GG, MDS Section GG

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

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