We are frequently asked about how often to update a Resident Appraisal. California RCFE regulation 87463 “Reappraisals” clearly states that the pre-admission appraisal shall be updated “as frequently as necessary to note significant changes and to keep the appraisal accurate.” However, most providers choose to update the appraisal at least annually or more often, such as quarterly. More frequent updates help you keep a more current and accurate appraisal, and can improve the accuracy of billing if you utilize a level of care system.
Keep in mind the resident appraisal is different from the physician report and the service plan. We will discuss these more in next week’s Tuesday Tip.