Links and Resources
QIES Technical Support Office (QTSO) — CMSNET (Verizon) information for connecting to MDS submission website, MDS Personal Login ID Maintenance Forms for logging into MDS submission website, jRAVEN free MDS software, and MDS 3.0 (including the 2012 - MDS Scheduling Calendar).
Sign up for email updates— On the DADS home page, click on the "Email Updates" tab and follow the instructions. When shown the list of subscription choices, select "DADS Texas Minimum Data Set (MDS) Resources" under DADS Providers.
CMS MDS website— CMS MDS 3.0 information.
MDS Coordinator Information Forum — Hosted by allnurses.com, this a free online forum focused on MDS Coordinators. Visit the forum to read and post MDS-related questions and answers. Keep in mind, though, that your state MDS Automation and RAI Coordinators are the final authority on technical and clinical MDS questions in Texas. It is free to register on allnurses.com so that you can post to the MDS Coordinator Information forum.
Nursing Home Compare— CMS site that compares nursing homes in a given area.
Nursing Home Help — This site is sponsored by the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and includes MDS-related materials "developed by the MU MDS and Quality Research Team, the Statewide Planning Committee for Improving MDS Assessment and Use, and the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri."
Device Decision Guide – This document aids with determining the restraining, enabling or hazard effect of a device, helping guide the decision to use the device. It also recommends information that should be included in the resident’s individual care plan when a device is used.
Quality Reporting System — DADS information site on Texas nursing homes.
Texas Medicaid RUG Rates — The Rate Analysis Department develops reimbursement methodology rules for determining payment rates or rate ceilings for recommendation to the Health and Human Services Commission for Medicaid payment rates and non-Medicaid payment rates for programs operated by the Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services.
MDS 3.0 Section Q referral process — DADS information about changes to relocation and referral processes in Texas driven by the MDS 3.0 item Q0500.
Other state Minimum Data Set (MDS) websites — The state links below are external links that will take you away from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services website. The state links are for general information purposes only. Other states may have different rules and regulations, so be sure to verify any information obtained from out-of-state sources with your Texas MDS staff.
Updated: January 12, 2015