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Minimum Data Set (MDS 3.0)

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) powerful tool for implementing standardized assessment and for facilitating care management in nursing homes (NHs) and non-critical access hospital swing-beds (SBs).

The MDS 3.0 has been designed to improve the reliability, accuracy and usefullness of the MDS, and to expand the resident input during the assessment process.  The MDS uses standardized protocols that are also used in other health care settings.  These improvements have great implications for NH and SB care, and public policy. 

Health Care Providers are encouraged to visit the links below to learn more about MDS 3.0. 

About the L&C Federal Systems Support Unit

The L&C Federal Systems Support Unit maintain and support numerous federally mandated systems associated with skilled nursing facilities, swing-bed hospitals and home health agencies.  Among these systems are MDS (Minimum Data Set), SB-MDS (Swing-Bed MDS) and OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set).   Through partnerships with health care providers and their respective membership associations, FSSU provides training pertinent to the federal data collection systems as well as operate and maintain a full-time helpdesk, providing technical and clinical support regarding the collecting, encoding and transmitting of patient data. 

MDS Links
Last modified on: 9/9/2014 2:17 PM