Minimum Data Set (MDS) - Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI)

The RAI consists of three parts: the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Version 3.0, the Care Area Assessment (CAA) process and the RAI Utilization Guidelines.

The utilization of the three components gives information about a resident's funtional staus, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences, as well as offering guidance on further assessment once problems have been identified.


 A Reminder to all LTC facilities of Louisiana!   Implementation and required electronic submission of Staffing Data became mandatory July 1, 2016.  This is submitted through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ).   

Some facilities still have not registered.  Others have registered but have no submitted hours, or their hours are incomplete. Please check that your facility is submitting staffing data according to specifications established by CMS.  

See Memo Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) S&C:16-13-NH for more information.


Training - Updated with 2016 SNF QRP and Casper report training slides


QTSO - Alerts and Downtimes - updated for 2017


S & C Memos - updated 11/2016

State Requirements 



LA Advisor Newsletters

CHOWs/Address change scenarios: & what to do with assessments?

Section Q and What is the Responsibility of the Nursing Home? 

Section Q MDS 3.0 website page


Physical Address

628 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Contact Information

Jonelle Thompson, RN /Louisiana RAI State Coordinator
(800) 261-1318 / or (225) 342-2428
(225) 342-5073 / or (225) 342-2428

 Weekend Downtime: February 4-5, 2017 - Software affected by this downtime:                                                    CASPER Reports, IRF/SWING submission, MDS Subission, & PBJ Systems will not be available.

 The QRP website posted an updated (as of December) Q&A page. The direct link is below.

 This is the link to the QRP Training page:


11/2016Section GG Question and Answer document

Video Series on Section GGThis four-part video series presents MDS 3.0 Section GG and is available on the CMS YouTube Channel at



CMS clarifies M0300 in RAI manual correction "present on admission"- Pressure Ulcers.


Download New CMS Documents for the 2016 Release of MDS

CMS has released 3 new documents related to the Oct. 1, 2016, release of MDS:

  • The MDS final 2016 Part A Discharge (End of Stay) (NPE/SPE) item set
  • The final MDS 3.0 Sections A and GG
  • The final SNF Quality Reporting Program specifications for the quality measures adopted through the FY 2016 final rule

The documents are available from the Downloads section at the bottom of the CMS SNF Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information website.