This site provides technical information related to the family of MDS resident assessment instruments used by MaineCare (Maine’s Medicaid program).  The University of Southern Maine (USM) Catherine Cutler Institute maintains this site on behalf of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The family of MDS resident assessment instruments includes Minimum Data Sets for:

  • Nursing facilities (MDS 3.0)
  • Residential care facilities (MDS-RCA)
  • Adult family care homes (MDS-ALS)

The information stored at this site is intended to assist:

  1. State and Provider staff members with the most current MDS information and resources
  2. Computer software designers in meeting State requirements concerning the encoding and electronic transmission of MDS assessments

Suggested audiences:

  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Adult Family Care Homes
  • Nursing Facility providers
  • State agencies
  • Software programmers

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Contact Us

Please get in touch if you have questions or need additional information.

Catherine Gunn
Senior Data Resources Coordinator
Catherine Cutler Institute
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300
Portland, ME 04104-9300
Phone: 207-780-5576
Fax: 207-228-8083

Donna Reed
MDS Help Desk
Phone: 207-624-4095 or toll-free 1-844-228-1612