New CMS Docs for 2016 MDS

Download New CMS Documents for the 2016 Release of MDS

CMS has released 3 new documents related to the Oct. 1, 2016, release of MDS:

  • The MDS final 2016 Part A Discharge (End of Stay) (NPE/SPE) item set
  • The final MDS 3.0 Sections A and GG
  • The final SNF Quality Reporting Program specifications for the quality measures adopted through the FY 2016 final rule

The documents are available from the Downloads section at the bottom of the CMS SNF Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information website.

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MDS 3.0 Validation Utility

MDS 3.0 Validation Utility Tool Version 1.8.0 Now Available

CMS has released version 1.8.0 of the MDS 3.0 VUT, which is a software utility that can be used by MDS software developers to validate MDS 3.0 submission files in XML format. The tool enforces the edits that are mapped to the MDS 3.0 items, as published in the MDS 3.0 specifications. The current release now supports version 1.15.0 of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications, while continuing to support prior versions for older assessments. In addition, a new command-line parameter, NOSETUP, was added to allow users of listener mode to bypass the VUT UI screen (using the parameters established in VUT.XML).

Please note that there are a few edits that the VUT cannot support, because they are edits against existing Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system data. Since the VUT does not interface with ASAP, it cannot confirm those edits. The VUT also does not currently interface with the Resource Utilization Group (RUG) III and IV DLLs and cannot recalculate and confirm that RUG values are correct.

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Getting Ready for ICD-10

Let’s ensure you are ready for ICD-10! On October 1, 2015 you will begin using ICD-10 codes in place of ICD-9 codes. We will present an overview of ICD-10-CM so that we can assist you with planning for the mandated ICD-10-CM transition. We will not provide coding guidance during this webinar.

Please note: As per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Internet-Only Manual (IOM) Publication 100-09, Medicare Contractor Beneficiary and Provider Communications Manual, Chapter 6, Section 30.1.1, National Government Services cannot make determinations about the proper use of codes for the provider. Questions related to ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM are handled by the American Hospital Association’s Coding Clinic. Details about this resource is available at //

Registration is open for the following dates:

*Please note that the times listed in our training event calendar are shown in ET.

Your registration is complete only when you receive a confirmation at your email address immediately after submitting your registration.





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Drafts of the October 2016 CMS Release

CMS has released the following drafts from some of the MDS item sets for the October 2016 release:

  • a draft of the MDS 3.0 Nursing Home Comprehensive (NC) Version 1.14.0;
  • a draft of sections A and GG of the MDS 3.0; and
  • a draft of the new MDS 3.0 PPS Part A Discharge (End of Stay) (NPE/SPE) Version 1.14.0.

All may be downloaded from the Downloads section at the bottom of the SNF Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information website. They have not been made available on the MDS Technical Information website, yet.

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