MDS 3.0 to take effect in October 2009

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The implementation date for the new MDS 3.0 is set for Oct. 1, 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is expected to announce today at its Open Door Forum conference call.

The forum will take place at 2 p.m. EST. Conference leaders are Sheila Lambowitz and Natalie Highsmith. To participate by phone dial (800) 837-1935. The conference ID is 17467025.

CMS plans to announce other pivotal dates for the much-anticipated new version of the MDS, the system that governs Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. For example, draft MDS 3.0 specifications will be released in March 2008. They will then be revised in December 2008 or early January 2009, and final MDS 3.0 specifications will be released in February 2009, according to knowledgeable sources.