Archived: MDS 3.0 RAI Manuals

Archived: MDS 3.0 RAI Manuals

MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Archive 

Below is an archive of previous versions of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual and related documents. These previous versions are posted for reference only and should not be considered a current reference for the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual. Active versions of MDS 3.0 RAI Manual are posted on the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual webpage.

February 23, 2023

iQIES for Minimum Data Set (MDS) Submission Release on April 17, 2023

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is excited to announce that the transition of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment submission and reporting functionality to the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) will occur on April 17, 2023.

To properly prepare for the transition, the QIES Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system for MDS submissions will be turned off on Thursday, April 13 at 8:00 pm EST. Providers should submit completed MDS records prior to 8:00 pm EST on April 13th to QIES (ASAP) or wait until 8:00 am EST on April 17th to submit data in iQIES. Providers are expected to take into account all requirements when determining the date they submit completed MDS records, including but not limited to, submission timeliness, claims processing, and care planning requirements.

CMS will provide additional information through various email notifications regarding training, technical guidance, details on what to expect, and more.

Register for an iQIES Account

Please note that failure to obtain access to iQIES prior to April 17, 2023 will impact your ability to submit MDS records. As mentioned in previous communications, nursing home and swing bed providers who are required to submit data to CMS must have at least one staff person assigned and approved as the facility Provider Security Official (PSO), who works for the provider and is responsible for approving all other users for their facility. For information and instructions to register for an iQIES account, please visit:

December 23, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE: Draft MDS 3.0 Item Sets v1.18.11

The draft Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Item Sets version (v)1.18.11 are now available in the Downloads section. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to release the final version of the MDS Item Sets in early 2023.  The MDS Item Sets v1.18.11 will be effective beginning October 1, 2023.

December 17, 2021

Update to Appendix B of the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual

The December update of Appendix B to the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) 3.0 User’s Manual contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, Minimum Data Set (MDS) Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) locations and contacts. To ensure accurate formatting, use a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF. Web-based or mobile browser plug-ins may affect how the file is displayed. The file is located in the Downloads section below.

March 19, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 v1.18.1 release, which had been scheduled for October 1, 2020, in response to stakeholder concerns. The MDS item sets are used by Nursing Home and Swing Bed providers to collect and submit patient data to CMS. This MDS data informs payment, quality, and the survey process.

In December of 2019, CMS posted a draft of the MDS 3.0 item set v1.18.0 and received feedback from our stakeholders. We would like to thank the stakeholders for sharing their concerns regarding the proposed changes to the MDS 3.0 item sets and more specifically the removal of the Section G items from OBRA assessments.

The MDS changes CMS planned for October 1, 2020, will now be delayed. CMS staff are actively engaged in discussions with various stakeholders, regarding the various changes, the impacts of these changes, as well as the compressed timeline to educate and train facility staff and update software and IT systems.

Please direct any comments or questions regarding the above information to mailbox.

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