Toward a National Health Information Infrastructure: A Key Strategy for Improving Quality in Long-Term Care. II. THE MINIMUM DATA SET FOR NURSING FACILITIES


The following section briefly describes the development and multiple uses of the federally required patient assessment form -- the Minimum Data Set (MDS) for Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing facilities (NFs). The uses addressed include assessment and care planning, payment, quality indicators, and quality measures. In addition, this section provides a short description of how the MDS is completed and concerns about MDS data accuracy. This section concludes with a brief summary of these issues and a discussion of how refinement of this patient assessment instrument could facilitate more efficient and accurate patient assessment data collection, support the implementation of electronic medical records and information systems in nursing homes, and further the evolution of the NHII.

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