Understanding the New MDS 3.0 Quality Measures

This manual is designed to assist organizations in identifying how a resident will “trigger” for a quality measure based on quality measure specifications and the coding of the MDS 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). A snapshot definition is given for the 21 Quality Measures currently included on the CASPER MDS 3.0 Facility Level Quality Measure Report. 

Snapshot definitions for other Quality Measures not on the CASPER Reports but are included on Nursing Home Compare.

This edition also includes definitions for the new CMS Claims-Based Quality Measures.

QSEP Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to help nursing homes prepare for the fall and winter months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed to meet the urgent and ongoing needs of nursing home managers and frontline staff, insights gained during the COVID-19 pandemic have been used to create a series of scenario-based trainings to share knowledge around ways to protect, provide care and prevent the spread of COVID-19. These free CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff & Management learning intensives are hosted on the CMS Quality, Safety & Education Portal (QSEP). This fall, nursing home staff members can earn certificates of completion while receiving the latest guidance from CMS on COVID-19 preparedness, resident-centered care and infection prevention and control.

Preparing for a Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Toolkit

Friends and Family Vaccine Clinic Toolkit: Valuable tools and resources to partner with the community to host a vaccination clinic to improve vaccination rates with resident and staff friends and families. Tools included:

Friends and Family Letter From Nursing Home: A template for letter to families and friends to from the nursing home administrator to inform them of the clinic.

Friends and Family COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Cover Letter: Friends and family vaccination clinic cover letter to explain the reason and design of the toolkit to support partnerships in the community with nursing homes to offer vaccination clinics to resident and staff family and friends vaccination.

Friends and Family Media Alert: This template is meant to be sent at least a week before your clinic and the news release. It can be used to advertise your event or alert the media that you are holding a vaccine clinic.

Friends and Family News Release: This news release template is meant to be sent after the media alert, which would be sent at least a week before your clinic.

Friends and Family Social Media Posts: Sample social media posts to promote vaccine clinics. Each message can be tailored for COVID-19 vaccination clinic or for general vaccination clinics.

Sample Content: Friends and Family Newsletter: Long and short versions of a newsletter “blurb” to educate your communities.

Sample Flyer: COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic for Friends and Family (with graphics): Short, fillable flyer to advertise upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Sample Flyer: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Friends and Family (no graphics): Short, fillable flyer to advertise upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.