ICYMI: CMS Updates MDS Manual to Correct Errors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted errata updates to the Minimum Data Set Resident Assessment Instrument (MDS-RAI) Manual, version 1.18.11 on the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual page effective October 1, 2023.

Provider MDS nurses and staff responsible for completing the specific sections of the MDS or Care Area Assessment (CAA) requirements impacted by this errata update should review and implement it as soon as possible.

The 54-page errata document contains corrections for 21 identified issues in the MDS-RAI Manual. The resolutions are detailed for clarity and provide additional guidance for accurate assessment and care planning activities. This includes:

  1. ​In Section D and Chapter 6 to support item D0100, Should Resident Mood Interview be Conducted? serving as a gateway item for the Resident Mood Interview (PHQ-2 to 9©) and D0500, Staff Assessment of Resident Mood (PHQ-9-OV©);
  2. Minor revisions also included are corrections to language in Section Q to provide proper guidance on CAA requirements;
  3. Corrections to language in Chapter 2 to provide proper guidance on combining Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) discharge assessments;
  4. An updated Internet Quality Improvement & Evaluation System (iQIES) warning error message in Chapter 5;
  5. Updated screenshots in Section A and Section O; and
  6. An updated MDS Item Matrix.

The errata document also includes all issues from previous MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.18.11R errata releases.

The first 11 pages of the errata PDF document include a table that lists all identified revisions and the pages to which they have been applied, which are included on pages 12-54 of the PDF document and are marked with the footer “October 2023 (R).”

These MDS manual errata updates follow the recently announced MDS item sets updates version 1.18.11 v6.