Early Release of October 2019 RAI User’s Manual Just Posted by CMS

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

CMS posted this notification initially the evening of Saturday, May 18th and again this forenoon:

“The PDF file labeled “MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 October 1, 2019” is now available in the Related Links section below.

Please note this early release is being provided in response to stakeholder feedback. The MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 contains many updates including information related to the Patient Driven Payment Model. Please check back prior to October 1, 2019 for a final posting which may contain additional updates.”

Scroll down the notification website and you’ll see:


The arrow indicates the hyperlink to open to view the manual – it’s in .zip format.

You’ll see this:


The manual is 1299 pages in length.  Changes are indicated in red font; change tables are present at the end of the file. There are no change tables for Chapter 6 with this accompanying note: “This chapter has been extensively revised for this year’s manual. Due to the scope of the revisions, individual changes have not been recorded and tracked in this Change Table. Users are encouraged to review the chapter in its entirety.”

Briggs Healthcare® will be reproducing and selling this early release manual so our customers can begin their review and education in preparation for implementation of the MDS 3.0 v1.17.1 on October 1, 2019.  Watch your email inboxes for notification of when this User’s Manual will be available for purchase.

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