CMS Reminder on MDS 3.0 Discharge Assessments for Resident Transfers

CMS has issued an S&C letter reinforcing the requirements for completing MDS discharge assessments when a resident is transferred from a certified bed to a non-certified bed in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). The letter states that discharge assessments are required for residents that are transferred to non-certified beds housed under the same certified facility. Failure to complete discharge assessments could result in inaccurate survey citations, inaccurate Quality Measures and could impact discharge planning.

Read the full S&C letter, “Completion of Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Discharge Assessment for Resident Transfers from a Medicare- and/or Medicaid-Certified Bed to a Non-Certified Bed.”

Read the August 2013 S&C letter mentioned in this guidance, “Minimum Data Set MDS) 3.0 Discharge Assessments that Have Not Been Completed and/or Submitted.”


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