Attention SNFs: All MDS 3.0 and CASPER systems to be offline for 5+ days in March.
We have learned from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that all of the national QIES systems will be taken offline for an extended off-schedule maintenance period, currently scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET and end on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. (You can read the CMS announcement here.)
Note to customers: You can continue your MDS workflow as usual.
During the downtime, SimpleLTC customers can continue to produce MDS batches and submit them within SimpleMDS™ as usual, either via the auto-uploader or manually. We will hold the batches until the CMS system becomes available again and transmit them at that time. Note that final validations and CASPER reports will not be available until CMS is back online.
Other SimpleLTC software functions that do not require CMS connectivity (such as SimpleAnalyzer™ and SimpleCFS™), will remain available as usual.
We will continue to communicate with CMS about the planned maintenance window and will provide more information to customers as it becomes available. If you have questions about how this may affect your workflow, please contact our SimpleLTC Support Team.