Minimum Data Set (MDS)

Norma Hill, RAI Coordinator
Jennifer Babcock, MDS Automation Coordinator
Florida QIES Help Desk
Survey and Certification Support Branch
Telephone: (850) 412-4501
Fax: (850) 488-7251 and (850) 414-6946

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.

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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. The following 11 items will be required on all MDS 3.0 ISCs.

The following 2 items will be required on MDS 3.0 NC - Comp ISCs.

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

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

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