COUNTDOWN DAY 4:
Care Area Triggers and Care Area Assessments
The Care Area Assessment (CAA) process is designed to assist assessors in systematically interpreting the information recorded on the MDS. This process enables clinicians to focus on key issues identified during assessments so decisions as to whether and how to intervene can be explored with the resident.
The MDS information, coupled with the CAA process, forms the foundation upon which care plans are developed. Within this framework, there are 20 problem-oriented CAAs, each incorporating MDS-based “trigger” conditions that signal the need for additional assessment and review of the triggered care area.
Previously, Section G items were used to trigger Care Areas in the MDS; however, with the retirement of Section G, CMS has updated Appendix C (CAA Resources), placing a much larger emphasis on Section GG for the CAA process. In fact, 17 of the 20 Care Areas now utilize Section GG as triggers or indicators for the Care Area.
Therefore, accurate Section GG assessment is imperative to ensure precise mapping within the Care Area Assessment process. It serves as a crucial link between the MDS and the development of each resident’s care plan. Strong interdisciplinary collaboration should extend throughout the MDS assessment process and continue during the CAA process. By understanding the components and the importance of accurate assessment, healthcare professionals can ensure thorough resident-centered care plans are developed that promote each resident’s optimal outcomes.
Be on the lookout for tomorrow’s blog: Impact to State Case Mix
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