Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual

The final version of the revised Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual has been issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The manual, as well as the final version of the MDS assessment tools (all types of assessments) are available on the CMS website or can be accessed and downloaded on this website. Whether you are the assessment nurse or the assessment nurses report to you as the nurse leader at your nursing home, it is good to have this information as a reference.


For the nurse leader knowing the items that are included in the revised MDS assessment version 1.18.11 provides you the opportunity to know what should be included in medical record documentation as support for the MDS assessment item coding. If the nurses are completing the pain interview with the residents, it is critical for them to know the questions to ask and how they should be incorporated into the person-centered care plan.


Both the revised RAI Manual and the revised MDS assessment tools can be found at this CMS page.


Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual | CMS


RAI Manual