MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently posted the MDS 3.0 Quality Measures User’s Manual (v 5.0 03-01-2012) on their website.  The measures, recommended by the NQF Steering Committee for the Development of MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QMs), were tested by CMS contractor RTI International. Chapter I of the manual includes the QM Sample, Record Selection Methodology and definitions for long and short-stay. Chapter 2 addresses the specifics of each of the  MDS 3.0 measures identifying the numeration and denominator and any exclusions and covariates. The last section, Appendices A-E include the Technical Details, Parameters Used for Each Quarter, Episode and Stay Determination, Measures Withdrawn from NQF Submission, and the Surveyor Quality Measures.