Volume 2 - Issue 2 - May 2012 (PDF, New Window)
MDS 3.0 - 16 Months Later; Life & Safety Code changes; RAI Manual (v1.08)Updates; Clarifications; Facility and Resident Quality Measure Preview Reports; MDS 3.0 Item Subset (v.1.10.4) Changes
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - Nov/Dec 2013 (PDF, New Window)
The latest issue includes the major changes to sections G, K and O of the RAI Manual released by CMS in October 2013 & November 2013, additional items in the MDS sections, new ADL Self-Performance Algorithm and related links.
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - April 2014 (PDF, New Window)
The latest issue includes information on MDS 3.0 record maintenance, provides links to new training videos for providers on Sections I, G, M and O, and provides information about the upcoming revisions to the Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form and Section S. The newsletter also includes updates regarding the completion of MDS assessments, records and the correction of reports, questions and answers from the MDS 3.0 help desk, and related links.
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - October 2014 (PDF, New Window)
The latest issue includes the new MDS 3.0 section "S" information dated October 1, 2014 and the new link to the new Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) dated October 1, 2014. The key changes on the new guidance on Change of Therapy (COT), completion of discharge assessment in a Medicare and/or Medicaid certified unit to a non-certified unit, and section "Q" discharge planning information are also included.
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - April 2015 (PDF, New Window)
The April 2015 issue includes the revised items on MDS 3.0, section A. The coding instructions on item A1700 for resident reentry to the facility will be either an admission or a reentry. Errors and resolutions in the RAI manual for MDS items are also included in this issue.
Volume 5 - Issue 1 - May 2016 (PDF, New Window)
Completion of MDS Assessment prior to certification are not OBRA required; Last day of survey after compliance determination, facilities can submit MDS records; DHCS 6470 form, PASSR Level 1 evaluation online; New POLST form for NPs, PAs signature under AB 637 implemented 1/1/16; SCSA MDS assessments are performed when there is improvement or decline.