CMS Issues Memo on MDS 3.0 Discharge Assessments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a S&C memo entitled Completion of Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Discharge Assessments for Resident Transfers from a Medicare- and/or Medicaid-Certified Bed to a Non-Certified Bed.  The memo provides reinforcement of the requirement for MDS 3.0 Discharge assessments to be completed when a resident transfers from a Medicare- and/or Medicaid-certified bed to a non-certified bed, including when housed under the same certified facility.  Discharge assessments are required assessments and are critical to ensuring the accuracy of Quality Measures (QMs) and in aiding in resident care planning for discharge from the certified facility.  According to the memo the RAI User’s Manual Version 1.12 is scheduled to be posted to CMS’ Nursing Home Quality Initiatives website on or about September 5, 2014.