MDS 3.0: Implications For Social Workers In Nursing Homes And Community-Based Settings

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Aging, Health

Practice Updates


As of October 1, 2010, nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, swing bed providers, and Veterans Health Administration nursing homes began using a new assessment instrument, the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0. This Practice Update describes social work–related changes in the resident assessment process and presents both opportunities and challenges for social workers, not only in nursing homes but also in community-based settings.

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