jRAVEN Users – Software Updated Again

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

The Resident Assessment Validation and Entry System (jRAVEN) was developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). jRAVEN is a free Java based software application which provides an option for facilities to collect and maintain MDS Assessment data for subsequent submission to the appropriate state and/or national data repository. jRAVEN displays the MDS Item Sets similar to the paper version of the forms. Please consult the jRAVEN Installation and User Guides for additional information.

jRAVEN v1.7.6 is now available for download under the Downloads section at the bottom of this webpage. Users do not need a previous version of jRAVEN to download, install or use jRAVEN v1.7.6.

jRAVEN v1.7.6 includes the following enhancement:

  • The new PDPM Grouper, V1.0008, included in this are the six ICD-10 codes that were added in the 1.0007 version

Beginning October 1, 2020, states will have the option to direct their providers to have the PDPM Grouper score calculated on the standalone OBRA comprehensive and quarterly assessments. In support of this a new State PDPM OBRA flag has been defined that will be used to indicate if and when the provider will be having the PDPM payment score calculated on these standalone OBRA assessments. For more detailed information on how to set the new State PDPM OBRA flag in jRAVEN 1.7.6, please refer to the “Grouper Configuration” section of the jRAVEN User Guide 1.7.4 (User Guide has not changed with this 1.7.6 release) that is downloaded with the jRAVEN application and also available in the “References & Manuals” QTSO page for Nursing Home/Swing Bed Providers. Providers whose States require these items should follow the RAI User’s Manual coding guidance and refer to State-specific guidance for additional State-specific coding instructions. Please confirm with your State Medicaid Agency if your State will require the calculation of the PDPM payment codes on the OBRA assessments when not combined with a 5-day SNF PPS assessment.

Note that the State PDPM OBRA flag will also be displayed (read-only) on the assessment screen at the bottom of Section Z for assessments with target dates on and after October 1, 2020.