Iowa Minimum Data Set (MDS) / Case Mix

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

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) released Informational Letter on Friday, July 23, 2021.  Locate this IL here.  Once on this landing page, select IL 2242-MC-FFS:

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“The IME is aware that the federal PHE and the federal blanket waiver were extended allowing the extension of the MDS submission due dates. However, in an effort to set rates in a timely manner, per Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 81.6(4), the IME began extracting MDS assessment data from the Quality Improvement Evaluation System (QIES) database in December 2020 for MDS assessment reference dates of April 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020.

The extraction of MDS assessment data is back on schedule for 2021 and the data will be extracted on the specified dates listed in Table 1. The case mix 2021 important dates are listed in the Iowa Medicaid Portal Access (IMPA) and are located on the DHS website.

Pursuant to HF891, a State Plan Amendment will be submitted for the rating period effective July 1, 2021. Rate letters will be sent to providers upon approval from CMS.”

Contact information regarding this IL is provided on the second page of the document.