MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0 (10-Session Virtual Workshop Series)

The cost for AANAC members for the 10-session bundle is $375. The cost for non-members for the 10-session bundle is $575. 
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Continuing Education: The 10-session bundle is eligible for 12.5 CE hours.
Live Session Dates: March 31 – June 9, 2017, 1 pm ET (noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT)
Duration: 75 minutes per session
Master Teacher: Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT

Kick off your career as a Nurse Assessment Coordinator (NAC) with a new education program that will help you perform your basic job duties. 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
Jessie McGill has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

When you purchase the 10-session bundle, you will receive an email with a link to watch each session live from March 31 - June 9, 2017. You will also receive the recorded version of each session one week after the live presentation airs.


You can also purchase each live or recorded session individually at the cost of $45 for AANAC members and $75 for non-members.

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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