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Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0

The minimum data set (MDS) is a tool for implementing standardized assessment and for facilitating care management in nursing homes (NH) and non-critical access hospital swing beds (SB). The new MDS 3.0 has been designed to improve the reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of the MDS, to include the resident in the assessment process, and to use standard protocols used in other settings.

In addition to ongoing updates on MDS, LeadingAge offers provider members the ability to ask an expert your specific questions. Questions are answered within a few business days. 


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Coding Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals

Medicare Part A stays that begin October 1, 2016 and beyond will require a new MDS section on the PPS 5 day assessment and the Part A PPS Discharge Assessment.

Final Manual Published – RAI Updates

The final RAI manual has been published by CMS with some substantive changes from the previous draft.

New MDS-Based Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare: MDS Coding Primer

In April CMS introduced two new MDS-based quality measures to NH compare.  These will be phased in to the Five Star Rating System by January 2016.  These measures are calculated using two ADLs in G0110 that have not been used before.  Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, reviews the coding for these new measures

2 MDS Items Used for the New Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare

There are three new MDS-based quality measures being added to Nursing Home Compare in April 2016.  One, Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication, is currently on a facility Casper Quality Measure Report.  The other two are entirely new, and use items on the MDS not used previously to calculate QMs. 

RAI Manual: CMS Releases October 2015 Update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a revised version of the Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User Manual v1.13.