CMS expecting big crowd for MDS 3.0 special Open Door Forum

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the first time is requesting advance registration for a nursing home "Open Door Forum." The federal regulatory body will report results of its five-year MDS 3.0 "validation" study at the forum at 1 p.m. (Eastern time) on Jan. 24.

Registration is free but must be completed by 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Jan. 22, officials said. Registration can be accomplished online at

A regular Open Door forum that late last year unveiled the implementation timeline for MDS 3.0 attracted well over 1,000 listeners and attendees, dwarfing that of previous sessions.

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is a critical tool for facilities seeking reimbursement from government sources. The MDS has not seen wide scale clinical updating as is proposed since 1995. The new MDS is scheduled to begin implementation on Oct. 1, 2009.