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MDS Short Stay Policy: Does the Patient Qualify? (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Last week’s Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) site visits spurred much discussion on the MDS Short Stay Policy. The criteria for this policy can be confusing, yet, should always be considered for patients with a Medicare Stay less than 8 days.

As we have all learned, the Short Stay Policy can generate a higher RUG Score for Rehabilitation patients who are discharged from the facility or terminated Medicare coverage on or prior to day 8 in their SNF stay. The early discharge may be caused by benefits exhausting, discharge home, death or discharge the hospital.

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Topics: MDS Short Stay, Patient Discharge

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