Maintaining Stable RUG Levels with New MDS Schedule

Beginning October 1st the new MDS schedule for PPS remains the same for the 5 day assessment with days 1 through day 5 with grace days extending out to day 8. Possible assessments dates for the 14 day assessment have been reduced to achieve compliance with the 2012 SNF Final Rule. The new window for ARD selection for the 14 day assessment will now be day 13 and 14 with a grace allowance to day 18; an overall reduction of 3 potential assessment days. The 30, 60 and 90 day assessments have been shorten by 7 days each.

The following ARD options will be effective October 1, 2011:

30 Day: 27-29 with grace a grace day allowance to day 33

60 Day: 57-59 with grace a grace day allowance to day 63

90 Day: 87-89 with grace a grace day allowance to day 93

Will your therapy company be able to provide adequate staffing and management to maintain stable RUG levels?

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