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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) [ZIP 41.3 MB] (posted 08/12/2016)

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]

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

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 - (posted 08/25/2016)

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

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]

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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