CMS Provides Guidance on Implementing Transition to New MDS 3.0 Requirements Effective October 1st

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new memorandum regarding policy changes affecting MDS 3.0 in the areas of swallowing and nutritional status as well as therapy services.  As a result of changes outlined in the SNF PPS FY2014 Final Rule, several new MDS 3.0 items capture distinct calendar days of therapy and co-treatment minutes, as well as the proportion of total calories a person receives through parenteral or tube feeding and daily fluid intake intravenously or through tube feeding.

The memorandum describes the transition process for implementation of these new items, effective October 1.  These transition policies will apply to determination of RUGs for individuals with assessment reference dates between October 1st and October 13th.  Although an updated RAI Manual has not yet been released, CMS indicates it will be available shortly but has not specified a date when providers can expect it.