Version 3.0 of the MDS, being implemented on October 1, 2010, improves the ability of Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities (SNFs/NFs), states, and other qualified entities to identify individuals that are interested in returning to the community. The critical improvements to this functional assessment instrument are designed to give SNF/NF residents a voice, increase clinical relevance and accuracy, and increase communication and collaboration between providers of services. Residents will be asked directly if they want to talk to someone about returning to the community.
Section Q will be administered to all SNF/NF residents. The resident will be referred to a local contact agency (LCA) if the resident has transition needs that the SNF/NF cannot plan for or provide. The LCA will contact the resident and if the resident is Medicaid eligible, the SNF/NF and LCA will work together with the resident to plan their transition back to the community.
Courtesy of CMS (http://www.cms.gov/CommunityServices/10_CommunityLivingInitiative.asp)