Notice: Five Star Preview Reports (posted 04/17/2017)
The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on April 18th. To access these reports,
select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system,
select the 'Folders' button and access the Five Star Report in your 'st LTC facid' folder, where st is the
2-character postal code of the state in which your facility is located and facid is the state-assigned Facility ID of
Nursing Home Compare will update with March's Five Star data on April 26, 2017.
Important Note: The 5 Star Help line (800-839-9290) will be available April 24, 2017 through April 28, 2017.
Please direct your inquiries to BetterCare@cms.hhs.gov if the Help Line is not available.
PBJ 2.3.0 Release (posted 03/21/2017)
The list of items that were updated for PBJ 2.3.0 and released during the standard QIES Monthly Downtime weekend on 3/19/2017 is
available for download.
PBJ 2.3.0 Release [PDF 26KB]
PBJ XSD File Update (V2.00.3) for PBJ Data Submission Specifications V2.00.0
A new PBJ XSD file (V2.00.3) and an associated readme file is now available in the download section at
https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html . V2.00.3 of the XSD
can be used after the QIES March downtime of 3/19/2017. This XSD implements the changes described in Issues 07 and 08 of the PBJ Data Submission Specifications
Errata V2.00.3. This XSD is for use with PBJ submission XML files having item fileSpecVersion equal to "2.00.3". Please refer to the PBJ XSD Readme file for
specifics on how the XSD code has changed for this version.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The PBJ System will also continue to support the submission of PBJ XML files conforming to the previous XSD file (V2.00.0) and
having fileSpecVersion equal to "2.00.0".
PBJ Data Submission Specifications Errata V2.00.3 for PBJ Data Submission Specifications V2.00.0
We are aware that some vendors and providers had difficulty submitting hire, termination, and rehire data for employees. An updated errata V2.00.3 has been posted
for the PBJ Data Submission Specifications V2.00.0 and is now available in the download section at
https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html. V2.00.3 of the Errata
will go into effect after the QIES March downtime of 3/19/2017. Two issues have been added to the errata: (1) both the hireDate and terminationDate items are now
considered optional, and (2) edit -5001, which required that the same employeeID value could not be used more than once in a single PBJ submission XML file, is now
deleted. The resolution of these issues will result in changes to the PBJ system, a new XSD file for validating submission XML files, and an update to the PBJ Data
Submission Specifications Overview document. These changes will make it easier for providers and vendors to successfully submit this information without receiving
MDS System-Generated Final Validation Reports Available in Text and XML Format (posted: 09/22/2015)
Two final validation report links display in the Validation Report (VR) folder for each successfully processed submission file. Nursing home and swing bed
users should select the final validation report name link that displays adjacent to the green notebook icon to view the validation report in text. The text format is
the same format that providers are accustomed to receiving. The XML formatted report is easily identified by the 'XML' reference on the icon and is used by
software vendors that develop MDS 3.0 data entry software.
jRAVEN (posted 01/18/2011)
jRAVEN is the new data entry software, which Nursing Homes and Swing Bed providers may use to collect and maintain the
MDS 3.0 assessment, resident and facility data to create MDS 3.0 submission files.
jRAVEN is now available for download on the jRAVEN / RAVEN page.
Note: Please continue to regularly check the QTSO Web site for software updates or additional information.
The RAVEN 8.3 and RAVEN-SB 2.0 software should continue to be used for the MDS 2.0 system. Do NOT uninstall or remove this software.