On September 1, 2022 CMS released an early look into significant changes that will impact the MDS 3.0 Item Set on October 1, 2023. Skilled Nursing Facilities will need to be aware of these upcoming changes and should consider updating workflows, data collection and staff training needs prior to the implementation of these changes in 2023. Our experts at Engage Consulting have summarized process updates that providers should consider for a successful transition to these pending changes.
HOW PROVIDERS SHOULD PREPARE
Ensure adequate training to the MDS and Facility Leadership Team
RUG-based Case Mix States will be required to change with the elimination of Section G. Many states will likely change to PDPM methodologies.
MDS 3.0 Quality Measure changes will occur in 2023 as multiple QM items require input from section G of the MDS.
ADL tracking for Nursing Assistants and Nurses will need to change to support GG and the elimination of Section G
While we have an advanced look at the Draft MDS 3.0 Item Set V1.18.11, we are still waiting on the release of the Draft Version of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual which CMS has indicated will be released likely in Quarter 2, 2023 for review. You can access the Draft MDS 3.0 Form HERE.
A CLOSER LOOK AT CHANGES FROM CMS
These updates to the MDS align with CMS Quality Initiatives including the addition of Standardized Patient Data Elements (SPADEs), the addition of questions to support the SNF QRP Measure, Transfer of Health Information, and the elimination of certain sections and questions of the MDS, like section G. Below we highlighted the changes for reference.
Expansions to Demographics and Section A:
Added response options for Ethnicity
Added response options for Race (17 options)
Added response options for identifying the location entered from and discharged to