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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 Home. The screening is for suspicion of mental illness and mental retardation 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 typically done by discharge planners and hospital staff for all patients in Florida as a step in the discharge process. It 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.

New PASRR forms are effective November 14, 2011.   Form changes have been made to improve accuracy and completeness of PASRR Level I screens and ensure appropriate documentation is submitted with Requests for Level II Initial Evaluations or Resident Reviews. 

Below are links to updated PASRR training, new forms and related materials.

Training Materials Online

Forms and Instructions:

For information concerning any of the content of this page, please contact Pia Neustadter by email at neustadterp@elderaffairs.org or by phone at (850) 414-2376.

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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