This blog is taken from a recent HealthStream webinar entitled “MDS Changes are Coming: What You Need to Know.” The webinar was moderated by Caroline Acree, Senior Marketing Manager and featured Tracy Cooley, RN, BSN, Senior Success Manager.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final version of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 version 1.18.11 for implementation on October 1, 2023. This update includes some of the most significant changes seen in the last ten years and have a far-reaching impact on reimbursement, regulatory, compliance, quality of care, and more. So, with the release of the final version of the MDS 3.0 version 1.18.11 going into effect, what do healthcare leaders need to know to prepare?
Cooley began by describing these changes as the most significant changes to the MDS in over a decade. There are 29 revised data elements with the goal of achieving standardized reporting across a variety of post-acute settings such as skilled nursing facilities, home health, inpatient rehabilitation centers, and long-term care hospitals.
Some additional changes were made as a result of the Impact Act which was developed by CMS to facilitate the exchange of information across post-acute care settings and other providers. There will be six new Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements (SPADEs) to be collected on admission and discharge including: ethnicity, health, literacy, language, race, social isolation, and transportation measures.
Leaders should plan to address changes in the following areas:
Cooley recommends that skilled nursing facilities begin to address the changes now and shared the following recommendations.
The most significant changes to the MDS in the last decade will go into effect on October 1st. Due to far reaching impacts of the MDS process, leaders need to prepare now. Contact HealthStream today to learn more about how to meet these new requirements.
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