CMS S&C Memo Re: MDS 3.0 Discharge Assessments

Nancy Leveille and Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

CMS issued a S&C memo entitled:  Completion of Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Discharge Assessments for Resident Transfers from a Medicare- and/or Medicaid-Certified Bed to a Non-Certified Bed.  This memo provides reinforcement of the requirement for MDS 3.0 Discharge assessments to be completed when a resident transfers from a Medicare- and/or Medicaid-certified bed to a non-certified bed, including when housed under the same certified facility.  Discharge assessments are required assessments and are critical to ensuring the accuracy of Quality Measures (QMs) and in aiding in resident care planning for discharge from the certified facility. Note: NYS SNF beds are dually certified for Medicare and Medicaid which is different than most states. This directive would apply to a facility that is not dually certified. 

The memo also informs the RAI User’s Manual Version 1.12 is scheduled to be posted to CMS’ Nursing Home Quality Initiatives website on or about September 5, 2014.

Nancy Leveille

Senior Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800, ext. 20

Karen Morris

Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800, ext. 15