On Feb. 1, the QIES Technical Support Office (QTSO) announced changes to the MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Reports in the CASPER Reporting application, including calculation updates/changes to the short-stay pressure ulcer measure, the long-stay pressure ulcer measure, and the long-stay weight loss measure. As a result, providers have been expecting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to quickly release version 12 of the MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QM) User’s Manual.
However, CMS doesn’t share that sense of urgency, planning to release version 12 “in the next couple of months,” said officials during the Feb. 14 Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-term Care Open Door Forum (ODF). The methodology for those updated QMs “is not used in the public domain yet,” they explained to justify the agency’s delay in releasing new technical specifications.
In other manual news, providers also won’t get the draft version of the next update to the RAI User’s Manual for the MDS 3.0 quite as early as most hoped to help them prepare for the Oct. 1, 2019, implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) under the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS).
“We historically publish that manual more toward August,” said officials. “We do understand the need to be able to review [it for] the PDPM, so our goal is to have that published in May sometime this year.”