CMS reinforces the need to do MDS discharge assessments in the attached Survey & Certification memo 14-43-NH dated August 25, 2014. Specifically, if a resident is moving from a certified bed to a non-certified bed in the same facility, then a discharge assessment is completed and transmitted. The reverse then would apply: If the resident moves from a non-certified bed to a certified bed, the OBRA MDS process begins. The MDS is required to be completed and transmitted only for certified beds. Furthermore, if a facility chooses to do the MDS for a non-certified bed, then they must not transmit that MDS.
View the memo here: S&C 14-43-NH or visit http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-43.html