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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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Quality Care Area Assessments Lead to Better Outcomes Through Care Planning

Using the results of the Quality Care Area Assessment can help the interdisciplinary team (IDT) and the resident and/or resident’s representative to identify areas of concern. Judy Wilhide Brandt, our MDS expert, explains.

MDS Section I: Diagnoses Coding Tips: Quadriplegia

Miss the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) training video on coding Section I of MDS? We've got the transcript of the training, which addresses common questions surrounding proper coding of Quadriplegia, CVA and Hemiplegia/Hemiparesis.

MDS Expert Provides Guidance on Pain Medication Interventions

This article from LeadingAge's MDS expert consultant, Judy Wilhide-Brant, RN, provides guidance on how to code pain management medication as part of section J0110A&B of the MDS. She offers a step-by-step guide to coding, and highlights a few relevant excerpts to assist with answering the necessary questions within the section.

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.