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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
Florida Relay Service (TDD): (800) 955-8771
Fax: (850) 414-6946
Email: FLQIES_HELP@ahca.myflorida.com

Alert Registration:

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 Information:

New MDS 3.0 RAI Manual (effective starting 10/01/2019)

CMS Trainings Available for Review:

Prior Trainings:

CMS Videos:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a series of videos to assist providers with coding select items on the MDS and quality reporting. To access the videos, click on the links below:

Section GG Web-based Training Course

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course on how to properly code of Section GG. This 45-minute course is intended for providers in the following care settings: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs); and is designed to be used on demand anywhere you can access a browser. The course is divided into the following four lessons and includes interactive exercises that allow you to test your knowledge in real life scenarios:

  • Section GG Cross-Setting Training  (45:00)
    1. Lesson: Importance of Section GG for Post-Acute Care
    2. Lesson: Section GG Assessment and Coding Principles
    3. Lesson: Coding GG0130. Self-Care Items
    4. Lesson: Coding GG0170. Mobility Items

Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items 


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released short video tutorials to assist providers with coding Section GG. These videos, ranging from 4 to 12 minutes, are designed to provide targeted guidance using simulated patient scenarios. To access the videos, click on the links below.

Introduction to the SNF QRP Web-Based Training
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course for those who are new to the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP). This course is designed to provide a general overview of the program as well as a variety of links and resources for additional information. Specific topics include:

  • Lesson 1: What is the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?
  • Lesson 2: The Minimum Data Set (MDS).
  • Lesson 3: MDS Data Submission.
  • Lesson 4: SNF QRP Resources.

CLICK HERE to access the training.

Confusion Assessment Method (CAM©) Video Tutorial

Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) Video Tutorial        

From Data Elements to Quality Measures – Cross-Setting QRP Web-Based Training

Section M:  Skin Conditions - Assessment and Coding of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries Web-Based Training

Forms:

Useful MDS 3.0 Links: