The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has delayed the release of an updated Minimum Data Set — another indicator of how the agency was refocusing its resources on efforts to stem the coronavirus outbreak. 

The MDS changes, which were first announced in late December, had been set to start Oct. 1. The move is especially striking as the proposed Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 v1.18.1 will be the first major issuance since the Patient Driven Payment Model took effect Oct. 1, 2019. 

The agency did not provide a timeline for implementation.