Long-Term Care

Say hello to 3.0: The new MDS' effect on billers

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, April 1, 2010

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The October 1 implementation of the MDS 3.0 will mean big changes for SNFs. The latest PPS assessment will demand much attention from MDS coordinators, especially leading up to its debut and during its first few months of operation, as there are a variety of new features, including adjustments to regulations involving therapy and the HIPPS coding system.

The changes included in the new assessment also show that MDS coordinators will not be the only staff members who need to develop a thorough understanding of MDS 3.0, says Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT, director of clinical reimbursement at Ensign Facilities, Inc., in Mission Viejo, CA.

“I think there’s a lot in the MDS 3.0 that’s going to affect billers,” Maher says. “I’ve already kind of given my company a heads up that the business office managers have to be very much involved in the MDS 3.0 training.”

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