DLP Fights for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: McKnight’s Long-Term Care News Reports: “CMS drops ‘enormous’ MDS changes in surprise move”

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse
Date: September 21, 2022

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News author, James Berklan, reports that a new minimum data set has been issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which will be carried out by nursing homes across the U.S. starting on October 1, 2023. It is anticipated to affect the ratings of nursing homes as well as the assessment of residents. Nursing homes were not expecting this staffing requirement announcement until the beginning of 2023. However, the article mentions that Leah Klusch, an “executive director of the Alliance Training Center”, thinks CMS’s decision to announce this new minimum data set early was a wise move as nursing homes will have more time to prepare and adjust to these changes. She believes the biggest challenge these changes will bring about for nursing homes is keeping track of records and data.


Some of the minimum data set changes include: new categories of “Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements”, the addition of antiplatelet and hypoglycemic drugs to the “High-Risk Drug Class, and during some instances, fewer questions will be asked during the PHQ-2 to 9 interviews which are used to screen residents for depression. Berklan writes that CMS also announced a “Quality Reporting Program Quality Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 4.0” which should be followed by nursing homes in October 2022.

      Overall, this new minimum data set will bring about many technical, organizational, and documentation challenges for nursing homes across the United States. Nevertheless, it is important that nursing homes work hard in order to adapt and comply with these new changes.

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Works Cited

Berklan, James. “CMS drops ‘enormous’ MDS changes in surprise move.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 6 September 2022, https://www.mcknights.com/news/cms-drops-enormous-mds-changes-in-surprise-move/. Accessed 9 September 2022.

Tara Lynott
Intern, Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP