IMPORTANT MDS NOTICE – Extended Systems Maintenance

Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

CMS has notified Providers that all QIES systems will be down from Wednesday, March 16 after 8:00 p.m. (EST) through Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). This downtime will affect all QIES connectivity and systems.  This means the national database, CASPER reports, and QW will NOT be available during this time.

In addition, the following submission systems will not be available for:

  • Hospice Providers and the Hospice Item Set
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and the IRF-PAI
  • Long-term Care Hospitals and the LTCH CARE Data Set
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities and the MDS and Payroll-Based Journal, and
  • Home Health Agencies and the OASIS

As we approach March 2016, we will provide additional reminders. This downtime will affect ALL QIES users. It is critical that affected Providers make the necessary contingency plans to accommodate for this downtime and ensure their data is submitted in a timely manner.


Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15