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In the continuing education (CE) article that was published in January, it was stated that the Minimum Data Set (MDS) form "must be completed within 48 hours of admission to a nursing home." In fact, the MDS for Medicare Part A residents must be completed within five days of admission. For residents who are on Medicaid, are private payers, or are insured by health maintenance organizations, it must be completed within 14 days. The day of admission counts as day 1 for all residents. This information affects CE test question #6, which will not be counted against test takers.




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