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MDS 3.0 Resources/Links

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Sites

1. CMS switched from facilities having a shared login and password to designated individuals within the facility having a personal login and password. Some MDS providers have only one user registered with a personal login ID. The personal login is designated for the individual not the facility. It is non-transferable from person to person nor does the login ID follow the individual if they leave employment with the facility. CMS strongly recommend each provider have two registered users (one as a primary and one as a back-up) to prevent a facility from being left without appropriate access to assessment submission and CASPER Reporting Applications.

For more information on requesting and revoking corporate and individual password and login, along with instructions for completing the forms, visit QTSO. Scroll down the page to access the forms. In the second blue box, click on MDS (Long Term Care) Personal Login ID Maintenance Forms. Select the appropriate link and follow the directions.

You may fax or email the completed form to the QTSO Help Desk. Please allow 5 business days for the request to be processed. If you forget your personal login ID and or password, you must call the QTSO/QIES Help Desk at 1-800-339-9313.

2. RAI/MDS Manual: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/MDS30RAIManual.html

3. MDS 3.0 for NHs and SB providers: Provides general information about the MDS.

4. MDS 3.0 Technical Information: Provides submission file specifications, RUG IV specifications, and Care Area Triggers (CATs) specifications.

Other Resources/Links

Pressure Ulcer

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Guidelines: CMS adapted not adopted NPUAP guidelines. Facilities must code MDS Section M in accordance with the instructions posted in the RAI Manual, Chapter 3.

Flu Season

In response to this state’s inquiry as to whether healthcare facilities should wait until October to vaccinate their residents/patients, CDC provided the following information. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. CDC continues to encourage people to get vaccinated throughout the flu season, which can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Over the course of the flu season, many different influenza viruses can circulate at different times and in different places. As long as flu viruses are still spreading in the community, vaccination can provide protective benefit.”

For more information about flu vaccination:

5 Star Rating System

On December 18, 2008, CMS’s “Five Star Quality Rating System” for nursing home compare went into effect. Nursing homes will receive an overall rating based on the facility performance in health inspections, staffing, and quality measures. Nursing Home compare displays the star rating for each of the performance measures along with the facility overall rating. Nursing homes with five (5) stars are considered to have much above average quality and homes with one star are considered to have quality much below average. Nursing homes and Swing Bed facilities can click here to view your individual rating.

Return to MDS for more information.


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