Breaking News! RAI User’s Manual for October 1, 2018 Posted!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

CMS posted the RAI User’s Manual for v1.16 – effective October 1, 2018 late in the day on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. This is a gift from CMS as it was originally reported to be available the 1st or 2nd week of September! Posting it earlier gives LTC providers a great opportunity to start preparing for the new items that are found in the v1.16.1 MDS 3.0 Item Sets as well as the SNF QRP reporting measure items.

Several new things – besides the new items – are immediately noticeable:

  • The v1.16 manual is a single PDF instead of the chapters, appendices, etc. being in a .zip file.
  • The 1517-page manual has red ink to showcase the new items, coding tips and requirements. The changes from the current version, which we’ll use through September 30, 2018, are very obvious. That too is a gift!

Beginning on page 1364, one can view the Change Tables to see what’s different from v1.15 to v1.16. These changes are shown highlighted in yellow as well as strike-outs. These Change Tables continue through page 1517.

Start now to review these changes with your IDT so you’re ready for MDS 3.0 v1.16.1 come October 1, 2018!!