- While MDS captures information about a person (medical, functional, cognitive, and social) at a moment in time, it does not evaluate individuals for the presence of disabilities defined for the purposes of PASRR.
- The MDS does contain two items that ask specifically about PASRR: Item A1500 (“Does the person have a PASRR disability?”) and Item A1510 (A = “serious mental illness”; B = “intellectual disability,” and C = “related condition”).
- Completing the MDS does not identify an individualized set of services for specific people.
- MDS records significant changes in status, which can trigger a Level II Resident Review.
- Both PASRR and MDS are federal requirements that apply to all residents in Medicaid-certified NFs, as specified in 42 CFR 483.122 (for PASRR) and 42 CFR 483.20 (for MDS).
- Preadmission screening (Level I, and Level II if necessary) must be conducted prior to admission; the first MDS assessment occurs within 14 days after admission (42 CFR 483.20(2)(i)).