Validation Utility Tool v2.0.0 (VUT) - (posted 08/12/2016)
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 adds
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.
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 08/12/2016)
SetupVUT200.zip [ZIP 41.3 MB] (posted 08/12/2016)
MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call December 10, 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
MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call Minutes [PDF 55 KB]
Sample XML Final Validation Report
Effective September 20, 2015, the MDS Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system will begin producing the system-generated Final Validation
Report in an XML format. This XML file will be loaded in the CASPER VR folders in addition to the system-generated Final Validation Report in the text
A sample Final Validation Report in the XML format is available for download, should the vendors wish to utilize the XML file in their software.
Sample XML MDS & SB Final Validation Report [ZIP 3 KB]
MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call February 05, 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]
Attention Section S States (updated 11/06/2014)
Please Note: jRAVEN 1.2 includes Section S Item changes for CA, FL, LA, ME and NY and Section S edit updates for NE and OH.