Minimum Data Set (MDS)


The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is part of the federally mandated process for clinical assessment of all residents in Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes.  This process provides a comprehensive assessment of each resident's functional capabilities and helps nursing home staff identify health problems.  Care Area Assessments (CAAs) are part of this process, and provide the foundation upon which a resident's individual care plan is formulated.  MDS assessments are completed for all residents in certified nursing homes, regardless of source of payment for the individual resident.  MDS assessments are required for residents on admission to the nursing facility, periodically, and on discharge.  All assessments are completed within specific guidelines and time frames.  In most cases, participants in the assessment process are licensed health care professionals employed by the nursing home.  MDS information is transmitted electronically by nursing homes to the national MDS database at CMS.



Nursing Facilities – Optional State Assessment (LAC 50:II.10123 and 20001) Final Rule La Register December 2020

LAC 50 Subpart 3. Standards for Payment Chapter 101 Standards for Payment for Nursing Facilities & Chapter 200 Reimbursement Methodology LAC May 2020

MDS Resources

Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual – October 2023

Click here for CMS website providing information regarding:

MDS 3.0 RAI Manual

Nursing Home Quality Initiatives

SNF Quality Reporting

Quality Measures

MDS 3.0 Training

MDS Technical Information

Payroll Based Journal (PBJ)

Other Related Links and Downloads

Additional CMS websites on the Minimum Data Set

Other Resources:

Myers and Stauffer Information

Help Desk telephone number:1-800-763-2278

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Documentation or Reviews

Medicaid Payments

Case Mix Index Reports

Contact Information

Joseph “Jason” McDaniel, RN, RAI Coordinator

Email address:

Phone: (225) 342-2428 or 1-800-261-1318