Q&A: What new MDS items will be added in October?

Jane Belt , RN, MS, RAC-MT, RAC-CT, QCP

QuestionDoes anyone have information about new MDS fields that may be required for section GG (or other sections) when Phase 2 of the Mega Rule begins this fall? I've scoured documents all over CMS and AANAC and I'm pretty sure I get what the rule changes are. However, I want to make sure that any changes to MDS that I'm going to have to get IT involved in are identified timely!

Answer:  There does not appear to be any additions for section GG this October 1. However, there were new items added to section N and section P. If you go to the website listed below and scroll to downloads, you will see the DRAFT MDS 3.0 Item Sets for October 1, 2017. These are still draft, but it does not seem that there will be other changes for this October.

MDS 3.0 Technical Information

Your MDS software company should have these specifications and be ready to go.

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