The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the much anticipated final Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0), on Thursday, giving nursing homes approximately one year to prepare for implementation of this redesigned resident assessment instrument.
"The release of the final MDS 3.0 item set is very exciting news for the long-term care industry," says Diane Brown, a regulatory specialist, consultant, and Boot Camp instructor at HCPro. "Although the previous drafts gave us a good idea of what to expect, facilities could not do much in terms of preparation without the final version. Now, we can start preparing for the October 2010 implementation, which will be here before we know it."
In addition to the various item subsets for each MDS 3.0 assessment (e.g. admission, quarterly, annual, etc.), CMS released the following files:
The release of the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual, however, has been delayed. Rather than release the manual in its entirety, CMS is planning to release it in sections and anticipates that Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 will be published in November, while Chapter 4 (Care Area Assessments (CAA) and Appendix C (CAA resources) will be released in December.
According to CMS, the manual, once published, will include “description and instructions for types of assessments and tracking documents, each MDS 3.0 item, the CAA, submission and correction of MDS 3.0 records, SNF and Swing Bed Prospective Payment System (PPS) policy for the MDS 3.0, and the RUG-IV classification system.”
"Once the RAI User’s Manual is released, we will have a better understanding of how to code the MDS 3.0," Brown says.
To view the final MDS 3.0 item set, visit the Resources page on MDSCentral.
For additional files, visit the CMS Web site.