MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently held an Open Door Forum and offered an update on the MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QMs).  CMS plans to use only the term “Quality Measures” going forward and will discontinue the reference and use of “Quality Measures/Quality Indicators.”  CMS plans to release the QMs on April 19, 2012.  Nursing facilities will get an opportunity to preview their QM performance via the Casper system by the end of January.

The January preview data is only for facility review and will not be released publicly.  If facilities have questions about their QMs or the rollout, they are to direct questions to Lori Grocholski at lori.grocholski@cms.hhs.gov.  CMS has not yet made a decision on what measures to use for the 5-Star Rating system but plan to do so by April. An archived version of the CMS SNF Open Door Forum call can be accessed by calling 855.859.2056, call number 27214166.