CMS posts MDS 3.0 on Web site

By SarahB

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted the Minimum Data Set, or MDS 3.0, on its Web site and says that, while implementation of the MDS is slated to occur October 1, 2010, the publication of the companion Resident Assessment Instrument manual has been delayed.

It is anticipated that Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 will be published in November, and Chapter 4 in December.
The manual focuses on daily activities, pain level, and mental status; and lists significant changes to payment items, including collecting new data about therapy times and skin conditions.
Finally, MDS 3.0 will not only provide data for nursing home Medicare reimbursement, but will also be the primary data collection tool for New York State’s new nursing home Medicaid reimbursement system, the CMS reports.