Tuesday, November 15, 2011 CMS to Hold MDS National Conference for Long-term Care Industry Registration for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) 2012 MDS National Conference now is open to all long-term care providers, provider associations, consultants, vendors, and organizations involved in the nation's nursing home facilities. The goal of this 2-day conference, which will be held March 6-7, 2012, and repeated on March 8-9, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency St Louis at the Arch in St Louis, is to address MDS 3.0 changes implemented in October 2011, MDS 3.0 changes for April 2012 (planned/unplanned discharge assessments), care area assessments and the care planning process, discharge planning as related to Section Q, and therapy assessment changes. Conference registration closes December 30. A block of hotel rooms at the government rate has been arranged for conference participants. Instructions for reserving a room within this block will be provided to confirmed participants. Visit the CMS MDS 3.0 Training Conference Information Web page for additional information.