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QIES Team:

Diane Henry, State RAI Coordinator  ♦  Bob Bischoff, State Automation Coordinator  ♦  Wanda Roberts, RN Consultant  

Click one of the following links for more information:

QIES MDS Resources QIES Multimedia Resources MDS Regulations MDS Forms and Manuals MDS Software MDS Reports


REPORTING DEADLINE: Payroll Based Journal (PBJ)

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.




CMS has updated the RAI User's Manual by incorporating 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)'.

A single PDF file of the entire RAI Manual for use as an electronic version with bookmarks can be located under Related Links on the CMS website (MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.15R October 1, 2017 (R)).

For reference, the Errata file released December 15, 2017 is still located on the CMS website in the Downloads section and contains the associated replacement pages.

Revisions include:

  • New coding tips for I2300 Urinary Tract Infection
  • A new coding tip in N0410 Medications Received
  • N0410 updated the resources and tools links and revised the accompanying explanation regarding their use
  • New and revised coding tips in N0450 Antipsychotic Medication Review
  • New bullet point added to P0200 Alarms, Planning for Care
  • New and revised coding tips in P0200 Alarms

Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP)

The Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) Confidential Feedback Reports/Quality Measure Reports are now available on the CASPER Reporting System.

As a reminder, the SNF-QRP data submission deadline for all quarters has been modified to May 15, 2018. You will want to be sure and have all MDS data corrected and submitted by this date to ensure your facility does not receive a 2% reduction in annual payment update at the end of the year.

We are glad to assist you with these reports and the reporting requirements. Contact us at the QIES Help Desk: 405-271-5278.

Five-Star Rating Calculations

Background: To calculate a nursing home’s Five Star Rating on Nursing Home Compare, there are 3 Domains that are used: Health Inspection, Quality Measures, and Staffing. Each of these domains receive a star rating. Then, using a specified formula, the Overall Star Rating is calculated from these 3 domains. The formula starts with the Health Inspection Domain and an Overall Rating cannot be calculated without it. 

CMS will be holding constant, or “freezing,” the Health Inspection Star Rating for health inspection surveys and complaint investigations conducted on or after November 28, 2017. This “freeze” will occur in early 2018. At that time, facilities’ Health Inspection Domain Star Rating will be calculated using the two most recent standard surveys that occurred prior to November 28, 2017, and any citations from complaint surveys that occurred between 11/28/2015 and 11/27/2017. The Health Inspection Ratings will then be combined with the Staffing and Quality Measure Domain Ratings, as they normally would be, and the Overall Star Rating will continue to reflect the Health Inspection, Staffing, and Quality Measure Ratings

View the Press Release on Fall Prevention Resources - Link to the Fall Prevention Resources web page

Nursing Home Scorecard

Click here for an overview of Oklahoma nursing home performance with comparative data from region and nation for select long-stay quality measures for the period ending March 31, 2017. Note: Statistical significance was determined based on the 95% confidence interval. Email QIEShelpdesk@health.ok.gov for more information.


  • MDS Related Training (CMS Webcast)
    Original Air Date:  12/17/2009 Course Description from CMS Web site: This program will be the first of a three-part series focused on providing information on the Minimum Data Set Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) implemented on October 1, 2010 by nursing homes across the nation.
  • Resource links document - (.doc, 196 KB file) This listing of resources in this Practice Outline is being provided as a service and does not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs.  OSDH is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites.  URL addresses were current as of September 1, 2010.

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  • CMS YouTube Training Videos for MDS 3.0 - From the "MDS 3.0 Training Materials" web page, videos are located towards the bottom under "Related Links Outside CMS".  MP4 video files are also provided just in case your facility is not able to access the videos via YouTube website.  
  • Access to CASPER Quality Measure (QM) Reports YouTube Video, December 2015, click here.
  • Access to CASPER Quality Measure (QM) Reports PowerPoint Slides in .PDF, December 2015, click here. (.pdf, 624.3 KB file)
  • MDS 3.0 Corrections YouTube Video, December 2013, click here.
  • MDS 3.0 Corrections PowerPoint Slides in .PDF, December 2013, click here. (.pdf, 938.0 KB file)
  • MDS 3.0 Corrections Q&A PowerPoint Slides in .PDF, December 2013, click here. (.pdf, 201.0 KB file)

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  • CASPER User Guide - (Scroll down to the bottom of the page under "Guides and Manuals")
  • MDS QM Reports - (Scroll down to the download section at the bottom of the page)

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Nursing Facilities have two options available for obtaining software specific to the transmission of MDS assessment data:

  • Facilities may obtain software developed by private vendors, but need to ensure the software meets the minimum specifications established by CMS.

    - OR -

  • Facilities may obtain JRAVEN / RAVEN software, developed and maintained by CMS, free of charge.  JRAVEN / RAVEN Help Desk information may be found on the CMS/QTSO web page links below.

JRAVEN / RAVEN Software for Long Term Care Providers:

Dialer Software (Juniper Client/Verizon):

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