The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quietly posted a draft of the updated Minimum Data Set (MDS) specifications last Friday, September 1st, on their website. With this draft item set, CMS makes its long-awaited move to eliminate Section G, keeping only Section GG for functional assessment. MDS 3.0 version 1.18.1 has been in process for at least a couple of years but was withdrawn during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another significant change for 2023 appears to be the look-back period for Section GG, which will have a 3-day look-back. A finalized version will be posted later this year, with changes going into effect on October 1st, 2023.
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