The MDS for nursing facility residents is a comprehensive resident assessment instrument that measures functional status, mental health status, and behavioral status. Under federal regulation, assessments are conducted at the time of admission into a nursing facility, upon return from a 72-hour hospital admission, whenever there is a significant change in status, quarterly, and annually.
A government mandated screening and assessment form for Medicare- and Medicaid-certified long-term care (nursing homes) facilities in the United States. This form is completed within 14 days of admission of a resident to the facility, quarterly and when there is a significant change in the resident's status. An annual update is also required. The information collected in the MDS is used in planning the care of the resident.