Notice: Five Star Preview Reports (updated 01/19/2017)
The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on January 17th. 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 December's Five Star data on January 25, 2016.
Important Note: The 5 Star Help line (800-839-9290) will be available January 23, 2017 through
January 27, 2017.
Please direct your inquiries to BetterCare@cms.hhs.gov if the Help Line is not available.
PBJ Data Submission Specifications Errata V2.00.2 for PBJ Data Submission Specifications V2.00.0
An updated errata V2.00.2 has been posted for the PBJ Data Submission Specifications V2.00.0 and is now available. One item has been added to
the errata to incorporate edit -4018 which is a new special character restriction for the Employee ID field. During the January downtime
weekend of 01/22/2017 Employee IDs that contain invalid special characters shall be automatically updated to a character that is allowed by
edit -4018 and will require user action prior to any further submissions for existing employees whose IDs contain special characters. Please
see the updated errata for specifics on which characters will be updated and how to proceed with this new edit. After January 22, 2017 XML
files containing Employee ID's with invalid special characters will be rejected.
The Errata is available for download from the Staffing Data Submission PBJ page and can be accessed at:
Report Retention Change for MDS 3.0 Facility-Level Quality Measure and MDS 3.0 Resident-Level Quality Measure Preview Reports
The retention time period for the MDS 3.0 Facility-Level Quality Measure and MDS 3.0 Resident-Level Quality Measure Preview reports will be changing. These
automatically-created preview reports are currently stored in each nursing home's shared facility folder for a period of 230 days. Effective November 1, 2016, the
above mentioned preview reports will only be stored in the shared facility folder for a period of 90 days.
The report retention time period change affects the following:
- Any new MDS 3.0 Facility-Level Quality Measure and Resident-Level Quality Measure Preview reports saved into each nursing home's shared facility folder after
November 1, 2016. These new reports will be retained for a period of 90 days following the date the report was added to the folder.
- Any existing MDS 3.0 Facility-Level Quality Measure and MDS 3.0 Resident-Level Quality Measure Preview reports with a create date older than 90 days prior to
November 1, 2016 will be automatically deleted from the system.
Action: Facilities are encouraged to print or save a copy of the MDS 3.0 Facility-Level Quality Measure and MDS 3.0 Resident-Level Quality
Measure Preview reports prior to November 1, 2016. Any reports not printed or saved prior to the retention period time change will be permanently deleted from the
facility shared folder if the date the report was added to the folder is older than 90 days.
Note: These reports cannot be recreated once they have been deleted. The report retention time period change does not affect the MDS 3.0 Five Star
PBJ Data Submission Specifications Errata V2.00.1 for PBJ Data Submission Specifications V2.00.0 (posted 03/30/2016)
An updated errata V2.00.1 has been posted for the PBJ Data Submission Specifications V2.00.0, which are scheduled to go into effect on June 27, 2016. The only
impact of this errata document to XML submitters is the size of the XML file. Nothing has changed with regard to XML format, other than what was already communicated
in the V2.00.0 PBJ Data Submission Specifications, which were posted in January, 2016. Six items have been identified in the errata, including updates to the data
specifications and the data specification overview document.
Errata V2.00.1 for PBJ Data Submission Specifications (V2.00.0) [PDF 54 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.
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 https://www.qtso.com/accessmds.html.
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.