MDS 3.0 Not as Time-Consuming as it Seems

MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media , September 28, 2009

Although completing the MDS 3.0 may actually require less time and effort than the MDS 2.0, adapting to the new assessment tool will be a time-consuming task for many SNFs.

"Change, in general, often is chaotic and it may take facilities a little while to develop policies and procedure that work with the MDS 3.0," Shephard says. "I really encourage facilities to begin training staff early on the interview items and thinking about the policies, procedures, and other things that will have to be changed once the MDS 3.0 is implemented."

So, will all the initial work be worth it? Shephard seems to think so.

"As with any new system, we will fumble with the MDS 3.0 at first," Shephard says. "But once everyone becomes comfortable with it, facilities should see how much of an improvement it is and they, along with their residents, will reap the benefits of a better assessment and an easier and faster assessment process."

MacKenzie Kimball is an associate editor in the long-term care market at HCPro. She writes PPS Alert for Long-term Care and manages MDSCentral.

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