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News Updates:


Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 Deadline:

Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 Deadline

 The deadline for data submission for Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 (October 1 – December 31) is February 14, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.  Data submission for this quarter will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 12:01 AM EST February 15, 2018.  CMS will re-open for late data submission for this quarter within approximately 24 hours.  A message will be added to the Updates and Alerts section when this quarter is available again for submission. Data submission for Fiscal Quarter 2 2018 (January 1 - March 31) will be available during this time.


Jan- 2018

To all MDS Coordinators and Administrators:

 The updated RAI User’s Manual files have been posted to the CMS MDS 3.0 RAI Manual webpage at:

 The RAI User’s Manual files, including the single PDF electronic version, located in the Related Links section of the webpage, have been updated to include the revised Sections I, N and P, per the Errata released on December 15, 2017.  Updated manual pages are marked with the footer “October 2017 (R).”

  •  MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.15R October 1, 2017 (R)
  •  MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.15R and Change Tables October 1, 2017 (R)

 The Errata file released December 15, 2017 is still located in the Downloads section of the Webpage for reference and contains the associated replacement pages.



Effective December 19, 2017:

Two new user-requested Quality Measure reports will be available in the SNF Quality Reporting Program report category in the CASPER Reporting application. The two new reports are as follows:
SNF QRP Facility-Level Quality Measure Report
This report provides facility-level quality measure values for a select 12-month period. SNF quality measure values for this report are compiled from the following sources:

 - MDS 3.0 assessment data - Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) claims - and Eligibility Files

SNF QRP Resident-Level Quality Measure Report
This report identifies each resident with a qualifying MDS 3.0 Medicare Part A Stay (SNF Stay) used to calculate the facility-level quality measure values for a select 12-month period.



Elizabeth Ayello has published an article on the MDS 3.0 Section M in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, September 2017 – Volume 30 – Issue 9.  This is a free access article, which means anyone can read the article free of charge.  There is also an option for CEUs.  Elizabeth’s article is available on the Advances in Skin & Wound Care website at, in the Clinical Management Section, and is titled:  CMS MDS 3.0 Section M Skin Conditions in Long-term Care: Pressure Ulcers, Skin Tears, and Moisture-Associated Skin Damage Data Update



The Data Specifications for the PBJ Administration Submission File have been added to V3.00.00 of the PBJ Data Submission Specs and are now available in the download section at  This file should be used if an Employee has changed Employee IDs within a facility.  This file is used strictly to link or delink Employee ID information already present in the PBJ system.  An Employee ID can only be linked to one other Employee ID per XML file.  For more information about the PBJ Administration Submission File please see “Linking Methodology” in the download section at


An Excel template and XSD will be provided for the PBJ Administration Submission File.  These items will be available on November 20, 2017. 


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