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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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MDS Expert Provides Guidance on Coding Weight Loss

Our MDS expert offers guidance on the current instructions for coding weight loss in Section K0300 of the MDS.

MDS Expert Provides Guidance on Evaluation of Hearing

The latest article from LeadingAge's MDS expert consultant, Judy Wilhide-Brant, RN, provides guidance on hearing evaluation in response to several questions LeadingAge members have raised. Hearing is coded in Section B of the MDS. Understanding a resident’s ability to hear is critical to the way the rest of the assessment should proceed. For the resident, hearing problems can contribute to social isolation and mood disorders, but if hearing problems are identified and properly addressed, a resident’s life may be substantially improved.

MDS Expert Provides Guidance on the Mood Interview, Section DO200

The intent of the MDS 3.0 mood interview is to uncover mood distress, which is a serious condition that, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is underdiagnosed and undertreated in nursing homes.  LeadingAge's MDS expert consultant, Judy Wilhide-Brant, provides guidance on the mood interview in response to several questions that members have raised about completing MDS section DO200.

CMS Issues Changes to the RAI/MDS 3.0 Manual effective Oct. 1

An updated version of the Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument User’s Manual (RAI/MDS 3.0 Manual) was released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The revisions, which became effective October 1, incorporate clarifications to existing coding and transmission policy, integrate previously published Q&As into the appropriate sections, and address requested clarifications and scenarios for certain complex areas. LeadingAge’s MDS expert consultant, Judy Wilhide Brandt, has provided a summary and comments.  

How Accurate is Your MDS Data?

A recent column in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News suggests ways that skilled nursing providers can ensure the accuracy of the Minimum Data Set (MDS).