MDS 3.0 Program Scheduled May 1st

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, MDS 3.0: April 2012 Changes & Challenges, for May 1st at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Nearly 18 months after implementation of the MDS 3.0 (Minimum Data Set), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has again made changes impacting coding and policy interpretations in the guidance for completion of the assessment.  The April 2012 changes to the MDS will have a direct impact on clinical decisions related to resident-centered care, daily facility operations for coordination of care, and their related financial implications.  This full-day educational program will provide attendees with a greater understanding of MDS interdisciplinary team relationships and strategies to support and manage person-centered care, reimbursement, survey preparedness and publically reported Quality Measures (QMs). 

Presenters will describe modifications to the MDS that include new definitions for “planned” and “unplanned” discharges, scheduling, changes to Section Q that reduce the frequency of questions related to a resident’s preference to return to the community and less frequent edits to the resident assessment instrument (RAI).  Participants will review the correlation of MDS coding to the new QMs and examine how QMs will be utilized in the long term care survey process and facility quality improvement programs.  For more information and online registration click here.