Certified Medicare or Medicaid nursing facilities are required to complete and submit, electronically, the Minimum Data Set (MDS). This assessement tool must be completed for all residents, regardless of age.
Minimum Data Set - A core set of screening, clinical, and functional status elements, including common definitions and coding categories, which forms the foundation of a comprehensive assessment for all residents of nursing homes certified to participate in Medicare or Medicaid.
While its primary purpose as an assessment tool is used to identify resident care problems that are addressed in an individualized care plan, data collected from MDS assessments is also used for the Medicare reimbursement system, Louisiana's State Medicaid reimbursement system, and monitoring the quality of care provided to nursing home residents.
Links & Resources
CMSNet Verizon Help Desk 888-238-2122, option 2 - assistance with Verizon
jRAVEN Help Desk - 1-800-339-9313 or email@example.com - assistance with jRaven software
MDS Help Line toll free number 800-261-1318 for LA callers. Persons outside LA please call 225-342-2428.
Myers & Stauffer Help Desk (Case Mix Preliminary & Final Reports) - 1-800-763-2278; Louisiana Advisor Newsletters, Supportive Documentation Guidelines, RUG-IIII Grouper and MDS 3.0 Data Collection Tools
CMS - QTSO MDS 3.0 - federal links to the RAI Manual, Technical Information & Training Materials
MDS Submission Page - Once connected to CMSNet webpage can be accessed directly by entering https://mds.qiesnet.org/MDS
MDS Section Q0500 - Return to Community Resources - information and local contact agency referral form
MDS 3.0 Errors and Reports - Don't Let Them Trip You Up - CMS 2012 Power Point presentation describes most common errors and reports available in CASPER
QIES Technical Support Office (QTSO) - links to Access Request Forms and CMSNet Information
QIES to Success - links to MDS training resources, CASPER Reports, QTSO, MDS User Maintenance, MDS Public Reports
Verizon Support Desk @ 888-238-2122
During the April 2014 downtime, the CMSNet Juniper client was upgraded to resolve any potential vulnerabilities related to the Heartbleed virus. This upgrade prompts an upgrade fo the Juniper client. In most cases, the upgrade occurs without issue, but in some cases, we have found that the user must have administrator priviledges on the workstation to do the installation. Users who aren't prompted to upgrade and can't connect can click on the other side of the map at https://www.qtso.com/submissions/submissions.html and it will prompt for the upgrade.
If you need assistance please contact the QTSO Help Desk @ 1-800-339-9313.
CMSNet Juniper Client Software Mandatory Upgrade 08/31/13:
Software used to submit MDS, OASIS, Swing Bed and IRF-PAI records will be automatically upgraded when you attempt to access the CMS-Juniper client (CMSNet software) beginning August 31, 2013. Administrator rights are required to automatically update the software. Please share this information with your IT staff.
Jonelle Thompson, RN, LNC
PH: (800) 261-1318 or 225-342-2428
FX: (225) 342-5073
MDS 3.0 Louisiana State Requirements include:
1. RUG III - 5.20 : 34 group (D01) for State assessments
3. Section S contains 2 questions. Collected on (NC) Comprehensive Assessments
4. Index Maximizing Calculation Type
5. Case Mix for Medicaid reimbursement? Yes
6. Section S field names:
Please print document for complete listing of Louisiana's requirements.