Minimum Data Set (MDS)
MDS 3.0 Is Here
The MDS is a powerful tool for implementing standardized assessment and for facilitating care management in nursing homes (NHs) and non-critical access hospital swing beds (SBs). Its content has implications for residents, families, providers, researchers, and policymakers...
MDS 3.0 has been designed to improve the reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of the MDS, to include the resident in the assessment process, and to use standard protocols used in other settings. These improvements have profound implications for NH and SB care and public policy. Enhanced accuracy supports the primary legislative intent that MDS be a tool to improve clinical assessment and supports the credibility of programs that rely on MDS. Excerpted from CMS website
- MDS 3.0 for Nursing Homes and Swing Bed Providers - This page provides an overview of the MDS 3.0, timelines for implementation and other general information on the MDS 3.0.
- MDS 3.0 Technical Information - Provides submission file specifications, RUG III and RUG IV specifications, Care Area Triggers (CATs) specifications, and MDS 3.0 item subsets.
- MDS 3.0 Training Materials - Provides copies of MDS 3.0 training slides and instructors manuals from CMS and CMS Q&A documents.
- Maine Section Q Contacts - The Local Contact Agency for residents who wish to find out about resources in the community is the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. For more information or assistance call 1-800-499-0229.
- Section S for Maine - The state of Maine will be including a section S on the MDS 3.0. Section S will be required on all assessment types.
- RUG groups for MaineCare - The state of Maine uses RUG III group calculations to determine payment for MaineCare. The 5.20, 44-group calculator is used. There is a Maine-specific add-on for residents with traumatic brain injury (add-on logic). If you have any questions about the RUG III implementation for MDS 3.0 in Maine, please send e-mail to MDS3.0.DHHS@maine.gov.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Maine FAQ ( also in PDF* and Word*)
- Contacts for MDS 3.0 in Maine
- RAI Coordinators:
- Submit questions to MDS 3.0 staff via e-mail at MDS3.0.DHHS@maine.gov
Please submit your questions as soon as possible so that MDS 3.0 staff can research the topics and provide answers before or during the state trainings. A FAQ with answers will also be made available on this site. If you send in questions, you will receive a response within two business days.
- Help desk:
- Case Mix nurses:
- Suzanne Pinette, Case Mix Supervisor - Office: 207-287-3933; E-mail: Suzanne.Pinette@maine.gov
- Lois Bourque - Cell: 207-592-5909; E-mail: Lois.Bourque@maine.gov
- Maxima Corriveau - Cell: 207-215-3589; E-mail: Maxima.Corriveau@maine.gov
- Gail MacLean - E-mail: Gail.MaClean@maine.gov
- Darlene Scott-Rairdon - Cell: 207-215-4797; E-mail: Darlene.Scott@maine.gov