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Q: I know that a quarterly MDS must be completed within 92 days after the last MDS, but what is the earliest date that I can do the quarterly assessment?

Julia's PPS Chat, August 3, 2004

Welcome again to another edition of PPS chat!

These days it seems that everyone has more and more deadlines to meet. Not only do we have to worry about our usual ones at work, we also need to be concerned about the specific MDS deadlines.

However, what if you want to beat those MDS deadlines by doing assessment early-is that allowed?

Read on to find out-

Q: I know that a quarterly MDS must be completed within 92 days after the last MDS, but what is the earliest date that I can do the quarterly assessment?

A: You are correct regarding the 92-day time frame for completion of quarterly MDSs. Page 2-15 of the revised Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User's Manual states, "at a minimum, three quarterly reviews and one comprehensive assessment are required in each 12-month period."

Although the revised RAI User's Manual does not state how early you can do a quarterly, you would want to keep your schedule relatively close to the required schedule. If surveyors see that you are doing assessments extremely early, they might question your motives. As an example, manipulation of data for quality indicators and quality measures by doing assessments early is definitely not correct.

The best thing you can do is set your MDS completion calendar due dates close to the three-month time frame for quarterlies. Try to keep your quarterlies on a regular schedule and avoid completing them too early. Remember to include all members of the interdisciplinary team when scheduling and completing these assessments.

Follow the rules for doing quarterlies in the revised RAI User's Manual. Keep to the schedule and make those deadlines for completion of assessments-that will be one less deadline you will have to worry about!

Our next chat will concern whether or not to use grace days. Until we chat again-