Q: When will the MDS 3.0 officially replace the MDS 2.0? Diane: The MDS 3.0 is expected to replace the 2.0 on Oct. 1, 2009, according to the most up-to-date information we have: CMS’ official MDS 3.0 timeline. You can find the timeline under the Planning Tools section on our Resources page. CMS officials said […]
In a major departure from the MDS 2.0, the MDS 3.0 will require nursing facility staff members to conduct structured resident interviews to complete several sections of the assessment. Find out which sections of the draft MDS 3.0 item set require interviews.
Several of the “change in status” items found at the end of MDS 2.0 sections, such as change in cognitive status since 90 days ago or change in communication/hearing, are not present on the most recent MDS 3.0 draft.
Q: Our facility will need to update our software when we transition to the MDS 3.0. What questions should we ask our vendor now? Diane: It’s important to start a dialogue now with your automation vendor. You can work with your vendor to create a better product. Sit down with your team and make a […]
CMS released the draft MDS 3.0 data specifications in late October, giving providers an opportunity to view details of the new assessment system.
The MDS 3.0 will be implemented on October 1, 2009 as planned, CMS officials said at the October 23 SNF Long-Term Care Open Door Forum.
Q: The majority of residents at my facility are cognitively impaired. I’m not sure that the new resident interview process will really work for them. What do you think?
A quick comparison between the MDS 2.0 and the MDS 3.0 draft item set, which was released by CMS in October, shows the new assessment form will be organized very differently than the previous form.
Q: I thought the look back period on the MDS 3.0 was going to be five days. Now, it looks like some sections have seven-day look backs. What’s going on?
Q: Who on my staff do I really need to train on the MDS 3.0 changes? Diane: Because of the trickle-down impact of the MDS data, most members of your staff will need some level of training. You’re going to need detailed training for MDS coordinators and other staff members who have direct MDS responsibility. […]