As previously announced, CMS will be migrating MDS submission and reporting to the internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) in early 2023. CMS has not yet established the go-live date for the transition. The iQIES portal is available at  and will soon be the new interface for MDS submission and reporting, replacing the current Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) and the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) systems.

This change requires providers to create both an iQIES and HCQIS Access, Roles, and Profile system (HARP) account. Only individuals (not entities) can create a HARP account and initiate an iQIES account and be assigned a user role once completed.  The CMS iQIES Onboarding Guide can be found here.

All staff with CMS credentials need to create new accounts and roles will need to be defined as below. Of note, a Provider Security Official (PSO) will need to be identified by each provider and approved by CMS. This person will be responsible for approving all iQIES users for the individual provider organization, including vendors that may be accessing iQIES on behalf of the provider. There are no specific qualifications required of the Security Official, but the responsible party will need to be familiar with staff to appropriately assign roles. According to a CMS spokesperson, approximately 60% of providers have registered a PSO as of December 8, 2022. General onboarding of users began last month.


Eleisha Wilkes, RN, GERO-BC, RAC-CT, DNS-CT
Clinical Consultant

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