CMS to Delay MDS 3.0 Draft Changes

CMS to Delay MDS 3.0 Draft Changes

Preferred Therapy Solutions continues to provide its partners with vital information that may impact rehabilitation management, reimbursement policies, and clinical programs, supported with compliance and regulatory requirements that are necessary for a thorough understanding of practices and procedures.

BACKGROUND

In December of 2019, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a draft version of the MDS 3.0 item set v1.18.0 that was scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020. Of significance to skilled nursing, providers was the removal of Section G from the OBRA assessments. CMS received considerable feedback from stakeholders concerned about the impact of removing Section G as the items contained within this section impact payment, quality measures, and the survey process.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

On March 19th, 2020, CMS notified health information technology (Health IT) vendors of their intent to delay the implementation of the changes contained in the draft version of the MDS 3.0 item set v1.18.0. This delay will be impactful in a number of ways:

  • Facilities will continue to be required to track and report the items required in Section G
  • The need to complete Optional State Assessments (OSA’s) for CMI capture may change
  • CMS is continuing to work with industry stakeholders regarding various changes to the MDS that may be implemented at a later date and under a more compressed timeline

PTS will continue to monitor for updates and keep our valued partners informed. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Nash, Vice President of Strategic Development at mnash@preftherapy.com