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. Although CMS mentioned that there would be a delay of the release of the MDS 3.0 QM User's Manual during the SNF LTC Open Door Forum on Feb. 14, the new version was posted on Feb. 21, 2019 and is now available.
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.”