Register Now for CMS Call on Changes Associated With RUG-IV Payment System
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national provider conference call on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Resource Utilization Group -Version 4 (RUG-IV). This toll-free call will take place from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., EDT, on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. You must register in advance for the call (see below).
This call will provide information on key aspects of the RUG-IV SNF PPS case mix system, which was put into place on an interim basis October 1, 2010. During the call, CMS subject matter experts will review some of the significant changes associated with the RUG-IV payment system.
CMS held three previous calls discussing the appropriate Look-back Period to be used when coding the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0; how facility staff should separately report individual, concurrent and group therapy for accurate payment; changes to the ADL coding requirements and their impact on the assignment of MDS 3.0 records to a RUG-IV group; the transition from RUG-III to RUG-IV; and SNF PPS policies including Start of Therapy and End of Therapy Other Medicare Required Assessments and the SNF short stay policy.
Information on previous calls and future information for this call will be available on the SNF PPS Web page. Following the formal presentation, callers will have an opportunity to ask questions.
In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, not to allow participation. Registration will close at 2:00 p.m. ET on November 8, 2010, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.
To register, go to the Palmetto Web site. Note: Please print and save the confirmation page, in case you do not receive a confirmation e-mail. Check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.
Requests for hearing impaired services must be sent to email@example.com at least 3 business days (November 4) before the event.
If you unable to attend, a transcript and MP3 audio file of the call will be available for at least 1 week after the call.on the SNF PPS Web page. For more information on MDS 3.0, see MDS 3.0 Training and Information.