CHA News Article

New Version of RAI User’s Manual Available for Long-Term Care Facilities

As of Oct. 1, all certified Medicare and Medicaid nursing facilities are required to use the latest Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) 3.0 Manual v.1.15 as a reference in completing the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0. This version of the RAI user manual, published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, incorporates new guidance, coding instruction, steps for assessments and clarifications for:

  • Overview, content and components of the RAI
  • The RAI assessment process, requirements, state designation and nursing home responsibilities
  • Overview of the item-by-item guide to the MDS
  • Care area assessments, and care planning guidance and directions
  • Medicare skilled-nursing facility prospective payment system eligibility criteria

More information is available in the attached All Facilities Letter 17-19.