MDS Update

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk

The NYS DOH shared the following regarding MDS assessments: With CMS delaying the implementation of the MDS 3.0 vl.18.1, the state will continue to use Section G until October 2021. We will issue guidance as it pertains to Section G and the Optional State Assessment (OSA) as that date draws closer.

The following questions have been sent to the DOH soon as we get feedback we will put out this information to the providers.   

  • With NYS DOH continuing to use Section G of the MDS assessment for NYS Medicaid RUGs III scoring, NYS facilities will need to know which MDS Item set they must use for OBRA assessments on October 1, 2020.
  • The Federal MDS OBRA assessment form includes Section G and GG.
  • Is NYS DOH instructing facilities to use the Federal MDS OBRA item set v1.17.2 on October 1, 2020 or is NYS DOH implementing the stand alone Optional Data Set (OSA) on October 1, 2020 or in 2021?
  • This is a critical item with potential software issues for facilities next week. Will NYS DOH require PDPM HIPPS codes or RUG III only on their MDS submissions.  
  • What MDS item set assessment form will be required by NYS DOH on October 1, 2020?


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16