COUNTDOWN DAY 6: Section GG – Functional Abilities
Gone are the days of the “rule of 3” and ADL self-performance versus support provided. In less than 2 weeks, Section G will be retired on all federal assessments, and Section GG will be the center of the MDS self-care and mobility universe. Elements of Section G will be transitioning to Section GG as outlined in the provided crosswalk.
Section GG is used in healthcare settings to assess functional abilities and care needs of residents. The data collected through this assessment serves as the foundation for creating individualized care plans designed to address each resident’s unique needs and goals. Accurate scoring of Section GG will become crucial in Care Area Assessments and Care Area Triggers (CATs), fundamentally shaping each resident’s individualized plan of care. Of the twenty Care Areas, seventeen use Section GG as CATs or indicators, thereby charting a new course in the determination of care needs. Additionally, Section GG will have a greater impact on 5-Star ratings, SNF quality reporting program (QRP), and SNF value-based purchasing (VBP) initiatives.
As healthcare facilities gear up for this monumental change, it is imperative that staff members proactively address additional training requirements. This includes a change in existing facility processes, a thorough review of coding language, aligning with the parameters of Section GG, and review of GG assessment periods. It is critical to foster a culture of strong interdisciplinary team (IDT) collaboration. By sharing expertise and insights from all departments within the facility, a seamless and successful transition to the era of Section GG can be assured.
Be on the lookout for Monday’s blog: Section D – Mood.
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