NACs Under PDPM: What Should They Do With Their ‘Free’ Time?

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - March 27, 2019

The MDS assessment schedule for the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) will be radically simplified under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), effective October 1. In the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 SNF PPS Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimated that the switch to only two required PPS assessments (i.e., the 5-day PPS MDS and the Part A PPS Discharge assessment) would result in each skilled nursing facility (SNF) saving approximately 188 administrative hours per year based on a single PPS assessment taking 51 minutes to complete. Note: CMS didn’t include the optional provider-driven Interim Payment Assessment (IPA) in these calculations.


“However, there is a lot of debate about how much time the changes to the PPS assessment schedule actually will free up once providers move from theory to practice,” says Robin Hillier, CPA, STNA, LNHA, RAC-MT, president of RLH Consulting in Westerville, OH.