Long-Term Care

Transitioning from RAPs to CATs: How can you prepare?

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, September 1, 2009

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Implementation of the MDS 3.0 will require SNFs to adopt many new tools and processes, such as Care Area Triggers (CAT), and facilities should begin preparing their staff members for these changes.

The most recent MDS 3.0 draft introduced the long-term care industry to CATs, which will replace the Resident Assessment Protocols (RAP) of the MDS 2.0. RAPs are “problem-oriented frameworks for additional assessment based on problem identification items (triggered conditions),” according to the RAI Users’ Manual, Version 2.0. The fiscal year 2010 SNF final rule, which was released July 31, removes the mandatory use of RAPs under the MDS 3.0 and replaces these tools with CATs. Although fundamentally similar, there are some important differences between RAPs and CATs.

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