SNF QRP Part 5 – Introduction to MDS 3.0 Section GG
The majority of patients/residents who receive Post-Acute Care (PAC) services, such as care provided by SNFs, LTCHs and IRFs, have functional limitations. Many of these patients/residents are at risk for further decline in function due to limited mobility and ambulation. Each of these PAC providers currently collects functional data via the use of various different assessment tools.
In order to standardize functional data collection, CMS is implementing a new Section GG for PAC providers, including SNFs. Collection of standardized functional assessment data across SNFs, LTCHs, and IRFs, using standardized data items, would establish a common language for patient/resident functioning. This may facilitate communication and care coordination as patients/residents transition from one type of provider to another.
The functional assessment items included in the Functional Status quality measure were originally developed and tested as part of the Post-Acute Care Payment Reform Demonstration (PAC PRD) version of the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Item Set. The demonstration was designed to standardize assessment of patients/residents status across acute and post-acute providers, including SNFs, HHAs, LTCHs, and IRFs.
In the SNF setting, Section GG will be implemented as a new section of the MDS 3.0 on 10/1/2016and will be used to calculate the Function Quality Measure in the Quality Reporting Program (QRP).