MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0

New to the MDS process? Start with MDS Essentials, a ten-session education program designed and delivered by AANAC Master Teacher and nursing expert, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, to help you quickly learn and perform the job duties of a nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) skillfully and with confidence.

Be MDS Confident

MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0 is a ten-session virtual workshop that moves through the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual, helping you to understand the intent, rationale, and coding requirements of each MDS item set, Care Area Assessments, care plans, and scheduling. The program is perfect for a new NAC with less than six months of experience. 

At the end of the ten sessions, you will:

  • Understand the history of the RAI process and the scope of the RAI’s impact, including Quality Measures, Five-Star Rating, reimbursement, and survey outcomes

  • Know how to avoid coding errors by effectively using the RAI User’s Manual and understanding of MDS item sets  

  • Be able to develop person-centered care plans based on an understanding of Care Area Assessments

  • Comprehend the basics of assessment scheduling to avoid being overwhelmed by PPS and OBRA timing guidelines 


Program Curriculum and Format

MDS Essentials is offered as a live virtual workshop or as a recorded virtual workshop. Once a year, AANAC hosts MDS Essential as a live virtual workshop with sessions occurring every Friday at 1 pm ET. In 2017, the live virtual workshop is scheduled to run March 31 to June 9. The recorded virtual workshop sessions are available for purchase each Friday following the live session.

1. MDS Essentials: An Introduction to RAI Process, OBRA ’87, and RAI User’s Manual – 1.25 CEs

March 31, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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2. MDS Essentials: Coding Sections A, B, C, H, and I – 1.25 CEs

April 7, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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3. MDS Essentials: Coding Sections D, E, F, and Q – 1.25 CEs

April 14, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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4. MDS Essentials: Coding Sections G and J – 1.25 CEs

April 21, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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5. MDS Essentials: Coding Sections GG and K – 1.25 CEs

April 28, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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6. MDS Essentials: Coding Sections L, M, N, and P – 1.25 CEs

May 12, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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7. MDS Essentials: Coding Sections O, V, X, and Z – 1.25 CEs

May 19, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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8. MDS Essentials: Introduction to CAA Documentation and Care Plans – 1.25 CEs

May 26, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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9. MDS Essentials: Introduction to OBRA Scheduling – 1.25 CEs

June 2, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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10. MDS Essentials: Introduction to PPS Scheduling – 1.25 CEs

June 9, 1 pm ET

75 minutes

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