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CMS Releases SNF PPS Final Rule for 2012

MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2011
  • The ARD of the COT OMRA would be set for day seven of a COT observation period, which is a successive seven-day window beginning on the day following the ARD set for the most recent scheduled or unscheduled PPS assessment and ending every seven calendar days thereafter.
  • Changes to MDS 3.0 SNF PPS assessment schedule: The Final Rule modifies the Medicare-required assessment schedule to incorporate new assessment windows and grace days to capture more appropriately the changes in patients status, in-services, and treatments provided over the course of the stay. This will also reduce the possibility that information from the same days of the stay may be used on different scheduled MDS assessments.

To read the SNF PPS Final Rule for FY 2012 in its entirety, visit the Resources page on MDSCentral. Also, stay tuned to MDSCentral in the coming weeks for more news and analysis on this final rule.


MacKenzie Kimball is an associate editor in the long-term care market at HCPro. She writes PPS Alert for Long-term Care and manages MDSCentral.
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