Tennessee PASRR

Tools and Resources

Maximus performs Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) Level I screens and Level II evaluations on individuals who are applying to or residing in Medicaid-certified nursing homes. This federally mandated assessment process is used to determine whether the nursing home is the appropriate placement for individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. PASRR functions as an essential method to help match individuals with the care and services they need. Ascend also performs nursing facility Level of Care Determinations for all Level II evaluations.

If your Agency/Nursing Facility/Hospital is interested in the completion of Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) assessments via a telehealth solution, due to the current COVID-19 situation, please contact the TN PASRR Help Desk for more information: Ascend-TNPASRR@maximus.com | 833.617.2777

Are you a master's level clinician or Registered Nurse with behavioral health experience interested in working with our TN PASRR program? Contact our Recruiting team to learn more: Recruiting@maximus.com

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Phone, Fax & Email

833.617.2777

877.431.9568

Ascend-TNPASRR@maximus.com

Business Hours

7:30 am - 4:30 pm CST, M-F

Announcements

  • Quarterly Newsletter: Best Practice Process Reminders, Training Series Resources, Help Desk Contacts

    For the Tennessee PASRR Newsletter for Winter 2021, we cover several important topics that are critical for providers. Be sure to review these useful updates and reminders shown below, which include: 

    • Best Practice: PASRR Process Reminders
    • Resources: Review Training Series Content
    • Contact: Reach the Tennessee PASRR Help Desk

    BEST PRACTICE: PASRR Process Reminders
     
    The Tennessee PASRR Support Team tracks questions fielded by state providers, as well as potential issues that may crop up with PASRR Level I and Level II processes. Below are a few best practices to keep in mind when working on a referral.

    1. Include form(s) of identification
      An individual cannot be placed in a facility without some form of ID for PASRR. When an individual has no Social Security Number, Work Visa or other forms of ID listed in their referral submission data, it raises red flags and slows down the process. Please make every effort to find and include an appropriate form of ID. If after researching for appropriate ID, you may reach out to the TN Help Desk for a PASRR PIN number.  It is very important that you research all possibilities for the individual's ID prior to contacting the Help Desk to request an alternative number, for PASRR only.

    2. Closely monitor data input
      The TN PASRR Support Team sometimes find the information for one individual in a different individual's PASRR Level I upload made by providers. When inputting an individual's information, always be careful to check that the correct data is being put into the PASRR. 

    3. Data accuracy tips
      Make sure to include any relevant information related to deficits. Also, be sure to respond as soon as possible to any email requests and voicemails, when Level I is asking for more information.
       

    RESOURCES: TN PASRR Training Series Presentations

    A few months ago, the Tennessee PASRR Training team and TennCare hosted an informative Training Series, covering several key topics relevant to state providers. If you were unable to join the sessions or would like a refresher on one of the topics discussed, click on one of the presentation links below or go to the TN PASRR Resources page for access to these and other learning materials.

    After clicking on a link above, register to view when prompted.

    CONTACT: Reach out to the Help Desk
     
    Have questions about an assessment? Contact the TN PASRR Help Desk: 

    Ascend-TNPASRR@maximus.com |  833.617.2777

  • TN PASRR Quarterly Provider Newsletter: Best Practice Tips | Web Browser Support Changes


    For the TN PASRR Quarterly Provider Newsletter, we've gathered some helpful guidance for the state's provider community. Please read on below for some important updates, including a notice about a 30-day PASRR suspension period, best practice tips regarding required assessment documents, a reminder about the program's updated Help Desk phone number, new online training resources, and information about the Healthcare Worker Help Line. Also included are details on a change coming to the TN PASRR system's internet browser support.
     

    PROGRAM UPDATE: State to Halt PASRR Assessments for 30 Days

    Assistant Deputy Chief, LTSS Operations, Kristeena Wilson, announced a decision by TennCare to implement a 30-day PASRR suspension period - which will commence today, December 22nd and terminate on Thursday, January 21st. PASRR processes must resume with full adherence to federal PASRR processes on, or before that date. 

    Click here to review the press release.
     

    BEST PRACTICES: Assessment Tips & Reminders
        

    1. Be sure to include all supporting documentation when submitting a Level I. This includes:
    • H&P (within a year)
    • Current Medication list or MAR
    • Physician Attestation
    • Other medical documentation to support the condition for which they are admitting the to the facility.

        2. Please note that the TN PASRR Help Desk phone number has changed to:

            833.617.2777

        
       3. Several new training resources were added to the TN PASRR Provider Tools &  Resources site this week. Look for these new educational materials under the Education and Training subheader.

        
      4. Need to talk to someone about feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, or depression related to work? The COVID-19 Emotional Support Line for healthcare workers can help. Call 888.642.7886 - call takers are available from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. (CT), and 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. (ET) each day.

     

    IT UPDATE: Support Change for Internet Explorer & Firefox
     
    Beginning January 1st, Maximus support for Internet Explorer and Firefox in the TN PASRR system will no longer be offered. Moving forward, user browser support will be supported for one of the two most recent versions of the following browsers: Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome. This change reflects a focus on browsers which provide optimum system performance and usage.

        
    SUPPORT: Contact the TN PASRR Help Desk
     
    Have questions about an assessment? Contact the TN PASRR Help Desk: 

    Ascend-TNPASRR@maximus.com |  833.617.2777