CHA News

CMS Provides Resources for Post-Acute Care Assessment and Coding

For compliance officers, directors of reimbursement, post-acute care leaders

This post has been archived and contains information that may be out of date.

Several new resources are available for post-acute care providers to assist in their assessment and coding of key patient assessment measures, including self-care and mobility, falls, and pressure ulcers/ injuries.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering an updated web-based training series on assessing and coding Section GG for long-term acute hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled-nursing facilities, and home health agencies. Each of the three courses includes interactive exercises to test Section GG assessment and coding knowledge, and address understanding prior functioning and prior devise use, self-care items (GG0130), and mobility items (GG0170).    

Additional resources offered by CMS include companion job aids and quick assessment pocket guides.  The job aids provide clinically relevant information to assist providers in understanding specific guidelines and clinical considerations that should be applied to coding self-care items (GG0130). The “Badge Buddies for Coding” pocket guides are quick references for important terms and definitions that promote accuracy when coding for the following three areas: self-care and mobility, falls, and pressure ulcers/injuries.  

Access to web training and downloads of the job aids and pocket guides are available on the Quality Reporting Program Training page for each post-acute care setting: