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MDS 3.0 Software Developer/Vendor Call December 10, 2015 (posted 11/17/2015)

CMS will host an MDS informational call for MDS Software Vendors and Developers on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Call-in information is:
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Conference Call Number: 1-866-458-4949
Conference code: 2997631

This call will cover topics such as:
-MDS Draft Data Submission Specifications (V2.00.0) effective October 1, 2016
-Validation Utility Tool (VUT) Updates
-Submitted Questions & Answers

The MDS Draft Data Submission Specifications (V2.00.0) for the October 1, 2016 release are posted on the CMS web site at:

Vendors may submit questions specific to the October 1, 2016 release to the MDS Technical Issues mailbox ( Please include "VENDOR CALL" in the subject line. Questions must be e-mailed prior to 6:00 pm ET on Monday December 7, 2015.

***** CMS strongly recommends that all MDS vendors attend this call. *****

Validation Utility Tool v1.8.0 (VUT) - (posted 08/06/2015)

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 specifications. The initial release of the VUT incorporated the V1.00.3 specifications plus the errata identified prior to the VUT release. The 1.8.0 release adds 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).

Please note that there are a few edits that the VUT cannot support, because they are edits against existing ASAP system data. Since the VUT does not interface with ASAP, 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_172 [TXT 12 KB] (posted 08/06/2015) [ZIP 104 MB] (posted 08/06/2015)

Sample XML Final Validation Report (posted 04/30/2015)

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 output format.

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 (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]

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

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 51 KB] (updated 08/11/2014)

MDS Section S for New York - (updated 04/26/2011)

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.

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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