Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CMS is Delaying Implementation of the October 1, 2020 MDS Update

Dan Ciolek

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they are delaying the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 v1.18.1 release, which had been scheduled for October 1, 2020. The MDS item sets are used by Nursing Home and Swing Bed providers to collect and submit patient data to CMS. This MDS data informs payment, quality, and the survey process.

This delayed release will eliminate the need for significant SNF MDS training during the upcoming months as well as avoid increased documentation nationwide. 

CMS staff continues to be actively engaged in discussions with AHCA and various other stakeholders, regarding the various changes, the impacts of these changes, as well as, the timeline to educate and train facility staff and update software and IT systems.

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