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CMS to revise MDS 3.0 timeline; officials say implementation not delayed

CMS is revising its MDS 3.0 timeline, but officials said at a SNF/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum today CMS is  still “working aggressively toward” an Oct. 1, 2009 implementation date for the new assessment system.

Many MDSCentral readers have noticed that CMS’ MDS 3.0 Timeline has been removed from its Web site. (If you click on the CMS MDS 3.0 Timeline link under our Resources page, you’ll get an error message.) At the open door forum, officials said there are “some inaccuracies” in the timeline and CMS will be revising it.

When asked whether providers could still expect to see a final MDS 3.0 form released in March, as the CMS MDS 3.0 timeline initially projected, Sheila Lambowitz, division director of CMS’ Chronic Care policy group, said “we’re evaluating the whole process and we’ll let you know as soon as we can.”

“Right now, we’re still moving  forward and we want to make sure we cover all the bases and we address all the issues before we put a revised timeline back up there,” Lambowitz said.

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