MDS Software Developer / Vendor Call February 21, 2017 (posted 01/25/2017)
CMS will host an MDS informational call for MDS software vendors and developers on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Call-in information is:
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Conference Call Number: 1-866-458-4949
Conference code: 299 76 314
This call will cover topics such as:
- MDS Data Submission Specifications (V2.01.0) effective October 1, 2017
- Validation Utility Tool (VUT) Updates
- Submitted Questions & Answers
MDS Software Developer / Vendor Call Agenda [PDF 24 KB] (posted 02/13/2017)
The MDS Draft Data Submission Specifications (V2.01.0) for the October 1, 2017 release are posted on the CMS web site at:
Vendors may submit questions specific to the October 1, 2017 release to the MDS Technical Issues mailbox (MDSTECHIssues@cms.hhs.gov). Please include "VENDOR
CALL" in the subject line.
CMS strongly recommends that all MDS vendors attend this call.
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.
October 1, 2017 Final Section S Items [PDF 251 KB]
October 1, 2016 Final Section S Items v2 [PDF 418 KB]
October 1, 2015 Final Section S Items v2 [PDF 754 KB]
October 1, 2014 Final Section S Items [PDF 278 KB]
October 1, 2013 Final Section S Items [PDF 214 KB]
October 1, 2012 Final Section S Items [PDF 185 KB]
April 1, 2012 Final Section S Items [PDF 246 KB]
October 1, 2011 Final Section S Items [PDF 261 KB]
April 1, 2011 Final Section S Items [PDF 363 KB]
October 1, 2010 Final Section S Items [PDF 204 KB]
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
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]
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]