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Minimum Data Set (MDS)

Ron Wells
MDS Automation Coordinator

RAI Coordinator

Division of Health Quality Assurance
Survey and Certification Support Branch
Florida QIES Help Desk
2727 Mahan Drive, MS 9A
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 412-4501
(850) 488-7251 and (850) 414-6946 Fax
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All correspondence, documents and information for facilities subject to Minimum Data Set (MDS) requirements are now being distributed via the MDS Submission Bulletins Page.

Florida nursing facilities that are Medicare-certified or Medicaid-enrolled are required to electronically transmit in accordance with the federal automation regulation (effective June 22, 1998). Florida has elected not to pursue transmission of MDS assessments under state submission authority; therefore, Florida will not have SUB_REQ values of 2 on MDS records for residents on non-certified units and those in certain facilities not participating in the Medicare and/or Medicaid nursing home program. Only SUB_REQ=3 records will be accepted to the assessment database.

Sign Up for MDS or Swing Bed Alerts
The MDS Helpdesk has an e-mail alert system to notify registered providers or interested parties of "late-breaking" MDS or Swing Bed information. Complete as much information using the registration link above and check MDS or Swing Bed for Provider Type and Opt-In to receive emails or Opt-Out if you wish to stop receiving emails

MDS 3.0 Information

Florida does not utilize the MDS for Medicaid case-mix reimbursement; therefore, we have no state-specific grouper requirements. Other than Section S, no additional items will be required on quarterly assessments.

Additional Florida Section S items were approved by CMS.  These are scheduled for implementation on 10/1/2014.  Florida requires Section S items for ALL MDS 3.0 ISCS.  Section S items include:

  • S0140 Physician License Number
  • S0141 Physician Last Name
  • S0165 Specialty Services (new)
  • S0510 PASRR Screening Complete (new)
  • S0511 PASRR Date (new)
  • S1000 Local Health Department Reporting (new)
  • S1001 State Health Department Reporting (new)
  • S1100 Diseases (new)
  • S6050 Isolation Precautions Needed (new)
  • S6051 Isolation Precautions Employed (new)
  • S6200 Number of Hospital Stays (new)
  • S6210 Number of ER Visits (new)
  • S9020 Facility FRAES Number

Current Florida Section S Items approved by CMS (effective through 9/30/2014):

  • S9020 Facility FRAES Number
  • S0140 Physician License Number
  • S0141 Physician Last Name


Note: The MDS 3.0 QM User's Manual can be found at MDS 3.0 Technical Information

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services MDS 3.0 and other Web Links:

  • MDS 3.0 for Nursing Homes and Swing Bed Providers
  • MDS 3.0 Technical Information
  • MDS 3.0 Training Conference Information
  • MDS 3.0 Training Materials
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services SNF Prospective Payment Web site at
  • QIES Technical Support Office (QTSO) at QTSO is CMS's contracted agent responsible for supporting the state MDS system.
  • QTSO Vendor-MDS Information site at
  • MDS 2.0 Public Quality Indicator and Resident Reports at
  • Nursing Home Compare at
  • Agency for Health Care Administration Long Term Care Unit
  • Research Data Assistance Center, a CMS contractor that provides free assistance to academic, government and non-profit researchers interested in using Medicare and/or Medicaid data for their research
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