Glitches Plague CMS MDS 3.0 Validation Report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday released an alert updating the MDS 3.0 validation report computer glitch. Programming issues continue to plague the MDS 3.0 Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) System that providers use to submit MDS 3.0 assessments.

Until the issue has been resolved, CMS has suspended processing of MDS 3.0 submissions. CMS expects the release of all Final Validation Reports, including the revised reports for earlier submissions, to be completed by 9:00 p.m. EDT today, according to the American Health Care Association. When they become available, CMS encourages providers to review and use the new and revised Final Validation Reports to ensure that RUG-III and RUG-IV assignments are correct for claims submission and processing.

The CMS MDS 3.0 transmission process remains in operation, reports AHCA. All providers may continue to submit their MDSs. Successfully submitted MDSs are being held in queue and the submission date and time is being recorded for each of the submitted assessments. After each successful MDS transmission, providers should be receiving confirmation that the MDS 3.0 file has been received. Providers may wish to retain a copy of the confirmation page which includes the submission ID and the date and time of the transmission for their records.

CMS also notes that the Survey and Certification group has been notified that some MDS 3.0 assessments may be delayed due to this systems problem. The Survey and Certification staff is expected to issue written policy instructions shortly.

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