As of March 19, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they are delaying the release of version 1.18.1 of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and will continue to calculate Resource Utilization Group (RUG) III values on MDS 3.0 assessments. HHSC is continuing with the project to add the data elements for calculation of the RUG III for Medicaid in a new section of the MDS assessment on the TMHP Long-Term Care (LTC) Online Portal. The data elements will be automatically completed using the values from the MDS assessment, and no additional data entry will be required by the nursing facility user.
Additionally, minor revisions are being implemented by CMS for the MDS Comprehensive and Quarterly Assessments resulting in version 1.17.2. These revisions will be available on the LTC Online Portal user interface and printable PDFs, so that the correct data is displayed. Changes will be effective on assessments with Assessment Reference Date of October 1, 2020, and later.
The changes to the MDS Comprehensive and Quarterly Assessments for October 01, 2020, include:
Section I Items
Modify I0020. Indicate the resident’s primary medical condition category – Complete only if A0310B = 01 or if state requires completion with an OBRA assessment
Section J Items
Modify J2100. Recent Surgery Requiring Active SNF Care - Complete only if A0310B = 01 or if state requires completion with an OBRA assessment
For more information about the annual MDS 3.0 updates, visit the MDS 3.0 Technical Information web page on the CMS website.