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Extended Downtime Notice: No Access March 16 to March 21, 2016 (posted 1/12/2016)

An extended QIES downtime begins on Wednesday March 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. EST and ends Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All QIES systems will be down during this time. Users will not be able to connect to any QIES systems including the submissions systems and CASPER Reporting. Please plan your business needs around this downtime.

Notice: Five Star Preview Reports (posted 12/15/2015)

The Five Star Preview Reports will be available onDecember 15th. 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 your facility.

Nursing Home Compare will update with November's Five Star data on December 17, 2015.

Important Note: The 5 Star Help line (800-839-9290) will be available from December 14, 2015 through December 18, 2015. Provider preview reports will continue to be available on a monthly basis in advance of public posting and will include the dates and hours of helpline availability. is an alternative communication medium to direct inquiries.

Important PBJ Provider Action Items (posted: 09/23/2015)

A list of important action items for PBJ Providers is available for download. Important PBJ Provider Action Items [PDF 31 KB]

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.

Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Data Submission Specifications (V1.00.0) (posted 04/07/2015)

Detailed PBJ data submission specifications for implementation on 10-01-2015 are located at

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.

Notice: MDS Personal Login ID Requirement (updated 02/21/2010)

A MDS Personal Login ID is required in order to access the MDS Submission system and CASPER Reports. In order to acquire a Personal Login ID, a request must be submitted to the Help Desk. A link to the MDS Personal Login ID forms can be found on the Data Access Request Forms page Forms will be processed within 5 business days.

After you receive your new MDS personal login ID, login to the QIES User Maintenance Application using the link on the MDS State Welcome Page. When you login you will enter answers to security questions, as well as, create a personal, secure password. The answers you enter for the security questions can be used to securely identify you in the event that you need to reset a forgotten password or reset an inactive account.





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