MDS 3.0

MDS 3.0 was designed to improve the reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of the MDS using standard protocols. Included in this section are full text manuals, forms, payment information, care area triggers (CATs) and care area assessments (CAAs). Updates and revisions can be found here before paper versions from various vendors can be published. 

*RAI Manual

This section contains the most recent version of the MDS 3.0 RAI User's Manual, effective October 1, 2018


This section contains the most current Appendices including:  Forms, CAAs, State Agency Contacts, Interview Techniques, and CPS Scale

Casper User's Guide Reference and Learning Tool for Accessing CASPER for MDS Providers
Data Specifications

This section contains data specifications for each section of the MDS 3.0.

Payment Information

This section contains data relative to RUG-IV and PDPM data files.

Provider User's Guide

Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) System - MDS 3.0 Provider User's Guide

Quality Measures

Quality Measures Manual and Instructional Information

Supplemental Documents MDS 3.0 Supplemental CMS Guidelines

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