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Updated MDS 3.0 timeline appears briefly on CMS Web site

CMS posted an updated MDS 3.0 timeline on its Web site Tuesday, but apparently removed the MDS 3.0 Web site and timeline Wednesday.

I contacted CMS Thursday about why the MDS 3.0 Web site was down and a CMS spokesperson told me the timeline was pulled because it is being revised. The spokesperson also said the MDS 3.0 was delayed until October 2010 “but the details are still being worked out” and the information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.  (MDSCentral originally posted the revised timeline on Tuesday– you can see how the story progressed by reading the Comments section below.)

To see a PDF of the updated MDS 3.0 timeline CMS posted briefly, look under the Planning Tools section on our Resources page.

According to the revised timeline, the next milestone for long-term care providers will occur this month or in May, when the SNF PPS proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register. Nursing facilities should expect to receive more important information about the MDS 3.0 in October, when CMS says it will publish:

  • The final MDS 3.0 data specifications, including RUGs, RAP triggers, and Quality Measures/Quality Indicators (QM/QIs)
  • MDS 3.0 data elements, including admission, quarterly, swing bed, and discharge MDSes
  • The MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual