In case you didn't notice ....
A memo titled "The Use of Dashes in Completing the MDS 3.0 Assessment: Potential Impact to Beneficiaries and Nursing Home Facilities" has been posted under Downloads at http://www.cms.gov/NursingHomeQualit...gMaterials.asp
on the CMS website. This memo conveys information to providers regarding the possible overuse of dashes. It is intended to help providers understand when to code dashes and the potential adverse impact of inappropriate use of a dash (-) when completing a MDS assessment.