CMS has released the latest version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument User’s Manual; this version is v1.11 and it goes into effect on October 1st. The MDS 3.0 will track specific calendar days of therapy and has a co-treatment minutes item. The new manual also contains coding instructions and examples for the distinct calendar days of therapy requirement. In Chapter 3, Section K, there are new swallowing and nutrition items, detailing how providers should code the proportion of total calories a resident acquires and gives more detailed instructions on tube feeding. In sections A, H, M. N and Q the manual includes updated information about coding and transmission policies.
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