Since its inception, all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, have requested some form of technical assistance from PTAC.  As a result of questions posed by the states, PTAC has developed a library of FAQs to use as a resource for states to find a quick snapshot of information regarding common PASRR topics.  Click on Read More below to access the FAQ, as well as additional information related to the topic.

March 20, 2020

Can PASRR requirements be waived during an emergency?

PASRR requirements cannot be waived or suspended in an emergency unless the state receives authority to do so under an 1135 waiver. Under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act, the HHS Secretary may be authorized to take certain actions during eligible major disasters or emergencies. These actions may include temporarily waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements to help meet the needs of eligible individuals and providers living in emergency areas. Additional information about 1135 waivers can be found on the Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities webpage on Medicaid.gov, located at: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/cms-1135-waivers/index.html

February 25, 2020

E-PASRR systems – Key considerations and resources for state to state consultation

A number of states with internal or vendor provided e-PASRR systems have agreed to be a resource for state to state consultation around their e-PASRR experience. A full listing of the states and a contact person may be found on the following e-PASRR Resource Guide.

February 3, 2020

What is the relationship between PASRR and Nursing Facility level of care?

Need for nursing facility (NF) services is defined by individual states, all of whom establish NF level of care (LOC) criteria. The LOC assessments are conducted for NF applicants separately from the PASRR process, but Section 1919(b)(3)(F) of the Social Security Act prohibits NFs from admitting any new resident who has serious mental illness (SMI) or an intellectual disability or related condition (ID/RC), unless it has been determined by the State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) or State Intellectual Disability Authority (SIDA) that because of the physical and mental condition of the individual, nursing facility services are needed.

September 13, 2019

How does the presence of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) affect the PASRR process?

The April 10, 2018 FAQ “Are individuals with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) subject to PASRR?” confirms that all individuals applying to a Medicaid-certified nursing facility (NF), regardless of diagnosis, must undergo a Level I screen to determine if the individual possibly has a condition meeting PASRR’s definition of mental illness, intellectual disability or a related condition.

May 1, 2019

Webinar Assistance and FAQs

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January 9, 2019

Out-of-State PASRR Arrangements: Questions & Answers

Adults or children who have been identified as having a Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) disability sometimes move from a nursing facility (NF) in one state to an NF in another state. State staff members who administer PASRR programs often have questions about how such moves should be handled. For example: When does the individual need a new evaluation? And what happens if the Specialized Services an individual was receiving in State A are not available in State B? The purpose of this brief is two-fold: (1) to establish a framework for reasoning through these questions and (2) to present a series of scenarios, formulated as questions, that address situations that commonly arise.

July 8, 2018

In a preadmission screen, what counts as recent information?

For a variety of reasons, including the availability of evaluators, it may not always be possible to perform a complete psychiatric evaluation on an individual before they are admitted to a nursing facility (NF). In these cases, it is possible to rely instead on information in the individual's medical record and/or psychosocial history.

July 7, 2018

When does a Level II evaluation need to be conducted?

Pre-Admission General Rule. Under 42 CFR §483.102 (a), the PASRR process applies to all Medicaid-certified nursing facility (NF) applicants, regardless of the source of payment for the NF services, and regardless of the individual's or resident's known diagnoses. Therefore, a Level II evaluation must be completed for all such applicants who meet NF level of care requirements, and who have been identified as having suspected mental illness (MI) and/or intellectual disability (ID) by the Level I preadmission screening process.

July 7, 2018

If a nursing facility resident with MI/ID is admitted to a hospital for a short time and then wishes to return to the facility, must a Level II evaluation be completed prior to their return to the facility?

There is no federal requirement that a Level II evaluation be completed prior to the individual returning to the nursing facility (NF). A Level II evaluation is required when there is a significant change in a resident’s condition. When a resident is returning from a hospital stay, there may be a clear change in condition. In instances where the significant change is evident, the individual would be subject to a Resident Review upon their return to the nursing facility, per CFR §483.106(b)(3).