The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is delaying the release of an updated Minimum Data Set, the agency announced Thursday. 

The MDS changes, which were first announced in late December, had been set to start Oct. 1. Section G was removed in the latest draft version of the 2020 MDS item sets. The proposed Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 v1.18.1 has been particularly anticipated since it will be the first major issuance since the Patient Driven Payment Model took effect Oct. 1, 2019. PDPM is especially dependent on initial patient assessments for determining care plans, and reimbursement levels.

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“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,” CMS said in a release. 

The agency did not provide a new timeline for implementation.

“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,” the agency stated.