MDS 3.0 Version 1.17 Data Specs and Updated Nutritional Status CAT Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

Late this afternoon, CMS posted the data specifications for version 1.17 that is being implemented on October 1, 2019.   They also posted the new version of the Care Area Triggers (CAT) which includes the updated Nutritional Status CAT for the Item Sets that will be implemented at that same time.

“A new version (V3.00.0) of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications was posted.  This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019.  Note that there are many significant changes, including the removal of eight item sets (NS, NSD, NO, NOD, SS, SSD, SO, SOD), the addition of two new item sets (IPA and OSA), and item additions in Sections A, GG, I, J, O and Z. These specs accommodate the utilization of the PDPM grouper, which also begins on October 1, 2019.

In addition, a new version (V1.04.0) of the MDS 3.0 CAT Specifications was posted. This version is also scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019. The specification for CAT 12 (Nutritional Status) has been updated in accordance with the changes in V3.00.0 of the MDS 3.0 Data Specifications.”

Both files are in .zip format and can be found on the MDS 3.0 Technical Information website.  Scroll down this page to Downloads where you’ll see:

The top two hyperlinks are the data and CAT specs. 
You’ll also find the DRAFT Item Sets beneath the 4th hyperlink on this page.