CMS/MDS Updates

The MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Version 1.14 and related item sets go into effect 10/1/16 and can be found at:

  • This version of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual incorporates the new Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals, the new Part A PPS Discharge assessment, and clarifications to existing coding and transmission policy; it also addresses clarifications and scenarios concerning complex areas.

    CMS Provider Training Regarding the new Section GG can be found on You Tube:


  • MDS Provider Users Guide and CASPER Reporting User’s Guide updated in September 2016 can be found at:



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stacey Bryan at (573)751-6308 or

CMS S&C Memo 16-40-NH/HHA/CLIA

CMS S&C Memo 16-40-NH/HHA/CLIA:  Notice of Interim Final Rule (IFR) Agjusting Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs)

CMS S&C Memo 16-38-ALL

CMS S&C Memo 16-38-ALL:  Notification of Final Rule Published-Emergency Preparedness


CMS S&C Memo 16-37-ALL

CMS S&C Memo 16-37-ALL:  Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Clearance

LeadingAge MDS Webinar

Commonly Asked Questions on the MDS, M-Section

Webinar – November 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CT

Presenter: Pamela Scarborough,  American Medical Technologies

The purpose of this presentation is to provide education regarding commonly asked questions from clinicians about the MDS 3.0, M-Section and wounds.


Please find registration and more information here

RAI Manual Changes

QIPMO will be presenting two different webinars on changes to the RAI Manual that are being implemented October 1st, 2016.  One webinar will cover the new MDS Section GG and Delirium and the other webinar is on General MDS Manual Updates.  Both webinars will be presented on multiple days at different times.  There is no cost for the webinars.

To sign up for these webinars:

  • Section GG and Delirium, multiple dates and times from August 26, 2016 through September 9, 2016 visit enrollment webpage here .
  • General MDS Manual Updates, multiple dates and times from September 12 through September 28, 2016 visit enrollment webpage here.

CMS S&C Memo:16-33-NH: Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home Staff

  • Each resident has the right to be free from all types of abuse, including mental abuse. Mental abuse includes, but is not limited to, abuse that is facilitated or caused by nursing home staff taking or using photographs or recordings in any manner that would demean or humiliate a resident(s).
  • This CMS memo discusses the facility and State responsibilities related to the protection of residents

The CMS memo is available at

CMS S&C Memo 16-31-NH: Mandatory Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies and Assessment Factors Used to Determine the Seriousness of Deficiencies for Nursing Homes

  • CMS is implementing a national policy that requires the use of federal enforcement remedies when one or more residents suffer significant harm.
  • This new policy is effective for all surveys completed on or after September 1, 2016.

For more information you may visit