CMS posted a new draft version (V3.00.0) of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications to be effective October 1, 2019. Software developers and vendors will use these specifications to update SNF PPS grouper, MDS, electronic health records, and billing systems to align them with annual update to the RAI Manual and SNF PPS billing requirements.
CMS notes that “there are many significant changes, including the removal of eight item sets (NS, NSD, NO, NOD, SS, SSD, SO, SOD), the addition of two new item sets (IPA and OSA), and item additions in Sections A, GG, I, J, O and Z. These specs accommodate the utilization of the PDPM grouper, which also begins on October 1, 2019.”
In addition, a new version (V1.04.0) of the MDS 3.0 CAT Specifications was posted. This version is also scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019. The specification for CAT 12 (Nutritional Status) has been updated in accordance with the changes in V3.00.0 of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications.”
The draft versions can be downloaded here: www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/NHQIMDS30TechnicalInformation.html