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Validation Utility Tool v2.0.1 (VUT) - (posted 09/15/2016)

The Validation Utility Tool (VUT) is a software utility that can be used 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 Data Specifications. The initial release of the VUT incorporated the v1.00.3 data specifications plus the errata identified prior to the VUT release. The 1.8.0 VUT release added support for version 1.15.0 of the MDS 3 Data Specifications, while continuing to support versions 1.0, 1.01, 1.02, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, and 1.14.1 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). The 2.0.0 VUT release added support for version 2.00.0 of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications as well as the 2.00.4 Data Specification Errata which are effective October 1, 2016 while continuing to support all older versions previously mentioned. VUT v2.0.1 release continues to support v2.00.0 of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications, v2.00.4 Data Specification Errata and all older specification versions previously mentioned. In addition, v2.0.1 includes updates to Section S Items for providers in the state of Florida as well as updates to Section F for providers in the state of South Dakota. As noted below v2.0.0 was inadvertently triggering warning messages for items no longer equired by these states.

Please note that there are edits which the VUT cannot support because they are edits against existing ASAP system data. The VUT does not interface with ASAP therefore it cannot confirm those edits. The VUT does not currently interface with the RUG III and IV DLLs therefore; it does not recalculate and confirm that RUG values are correct.

VUT_readme [TXT 13 KB] (posted 09/15/2016)
SetupVUT201.zip [ZIP 41.3 MB] (posted 09/15/2016)

Attention Florida Vendors: - (posted 09/15/2016)

Section S Items: S1000, S1001, S6200 and S6210 are no longer active in the state of Florida for assessments with a Target Date of 10/1/2016 or greater. However, the MDS Validation Utility Tool v2.0.0, posted on 8/12/2016, was inadvertently triggering warning message -3808 when validating MDS assessments with a target date of 10/1/2016 or greater.

While this edit is only a warning message and would not result in the submitted assessments being rejected by the QIES ASAP System a NEW Validation Utility Tool (VUT), v2.0.1, has been posted above which omits the mapping to these items. VUT v2.0.1 will not trigger warning message -3808 when validating MDS assessments with a target date of 10/1/2016 or greater.

Attention South Dakota Vendors: - (posted 09/15/2016)

Section F Items are no longer active in the state of South Dakota for quarterly (NQ) assessments with a target date (ARD) 10/01/2016 or greater. VUT version 2.0.1 no longer includes mapping for these items when validating MDS assessments with a target date of 10/1/2016 or greater.


The CMS approved MDS 3.0 Final Section S Items are available for download.

October 1, 2017 Final Section S Items [PDF 251 KB] (posted 11/28/2016)
October 1, 2016 Final Section S Items v2 [PDF 418 KB] (updated 06/27/2016)
October 1, 2015 Final Section S Items v2 [PDF 754 KB] (updated 02/05/2015)
October 1, 2014 Final Section S Items [PDF 278 KB] (updated 3/25/2014)
October 1, 2013 Final Section S Items [PDF 214 KB] (updated 03/25/2013)
October 1, 2012 Final Section S Items [PDF 185 KB] (posted 05/09/2012)
April 1, 2012 Final Section S Items [PDF 246 KB] (updated 11/17/2011)
October 1, 2011 Final Section S Items [PDF 261 KB] (updated 06/30/2011)
April 1, 2011 Final Section S Items [PDF 363 KB] (updated 03/31/2011)
October 1, 2010 Final Section S Items [PDF 204 KB] (updated 09/30/2010)

Additional Items Required by States for Nursing Home MDS 3.0 Assessments

Additional Items Required by States [PDF 52 KB] (updated 12/09/2015)

MDS Section S for Illinois - http://www.illinois.gov/hfs/MedicalProviders/ltss/ltc/Pages/default.aspx (posted 08/25/2016)

MDS Section S for New York - http://www.health.ny.gov/forms/#M (updated 04/26/2011)


Sample XML Final Validation Report (updated 09/12/2016)

Effective September 18, 2016, new item A0310H will be included in the MDS Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system-generated Final Validation Report in the text and XML formats.

A sample Final Validation Report in the text and XML format is available for download, should vendors wish to utilize the files in their software.
Sample XML MDS & SB Final Validation Report [ZIP 4.63 KB]


MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call December 10, 2015 (posted 12/16/2015)

CMS hosted an MDS informational call for MDS Software Vendors and Developers on Thursday, December 10, 2015. The minutes for this call are available for download. MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call Minutes [PDF 55 KB]


MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call February 05, 2015 (posted 02/12/2015)

CMS hosted an MDS 3.0 informational call for MDS software vendors and developers on Thursday, February 05, 2015. The notes from this call are available for download
MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call Notes [PDF 42 KB]


MDS 3.0: Questions and Answers - (updated 10/28/2014)

The Consolidated Q & A file contains all 14 sets of Vendor Q & A's.
Note: Some duplicate questions have been eliminated/combined and some answers have been updated.
MDS 3.0 Vendor Questions and Answers 1 15 Consolidated [PDF 470 KB]


Transition for Implementation of FY 2012 SNF PPS Policies - (updated 08/15/2011)

FY 2012 SNF PPS Transition Policy Memo


Guidance for M1 and M2 of the MDS - MDS M1 and M2 Consistency Checks (posted 06/04/2008)


 

 

 

 


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