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Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR)

PASRR is a federally mandated, pre-admission screening program (see 42 CFR § 483.100) required to be performed on all individuals prior to admission to a Nursing Facility (NF). The screening is for suspicion of mental illness and/or intellectual disability, to ensure appropriate placement in the least restrictive environment, and to identify the need to provide applicants with needed specialized services. PASRR screening applies to all new admissions into a Medicaid certified nursing facility, and includes private pay, Medicare, and Medicaid admissions regardless of payor source. This screening is separate from a CARES medical needs assessment, which most often occurs after a person applies for Medicaid, and is a required step to qualify for Medicaid long-term care assistance.

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), as the single state Medicaid agency, is responsible for the PASRR policy. Rule promulgation was completed December 31, 2013, and can be found at 59G-1.040, Florida Administrative Code. Training regarding the rule requirements can be found at the link below. AHCA is also in the process of revising the PASRR forms and incorporating these forms by reference into the PASRR rule. The new Level I Screening Form is available on AHCA's website:   http://ahca.myflorida.com/Medicaid/PASRR/index.shtml


For information concerning Level II Referrals for Mental Illness, please visit the APS Healthcare website at www.apshealthcare.com or send your questions by email to FLPASRRMIQuestions@APSHealthcare.com.

You may also contact:

Ellen Olsen, MSW, LCSW
Program Director, APS Healthcare
phone 866.880.4080 | ext. 8927 | fax 866.677.4776

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