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.
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, sponsored by the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, 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 (PDF) — 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.
Long-term Care Provider Search — Formerly called the Quality Reporting System, this site allows people not only to find a facility or provider in their area, but also to learn more about the providers and facilities.
Texas Medicaid RUG Rates — The Health and Human Services Rate Analysis Department develops reimbursement methodology rules for determining payment rates or rate ceilings for recommendation to HHSC for Medicaid payment rates and non-Medicaid payment rates for programs operated by DADS and DFPS.
MDS 3.0 Section Q referral process — 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 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.