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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 Teachers and nursing experts, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, and Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP, to help you quickly learn and perform the job duties of a nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) skillfully and with confidence.

Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP

Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QC

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 and serves as a great primer to the RAC-CT certification program.

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

Each module in MDS Essentials is 75 minutes and provides 1.25 CEs. Course content has been updated to include FY 2021 updates.

  • MDS Essentials: An Introduction to RAI Process, OBRA ’87, and RAI User’s Manual
  • MDS Essentials: Coding Sections A, B, C, H, and I 
  • MDS Essentials: Coding Sections D, E, F, and Q 
  • MDS Essentials: Coding Sections G and J  
  • MDS Essentials: Coding Sections GG and K 
  • MDS Essentials: Coding Sections L, M, N, and P 
  • MDS Essentials: Coding Sections O, V, X, and Z 
  • MDS Essentials: Introduction to CAA Documentation and Care Plans  
  • MDS Essentials: Introduction to OBRA Scheduling  
  • MDS Essentials: Introduction to PPS Scheduling and PDPM 

MDS Essentials is offered as a recorded virtual workshop. The 10-session recorded virtual workshop bundle and the individual recorded virtual workshop sessions. Note that there is no exam or certification associated with this program. It is intended to provide knowledge needed to perform MDS coordinator job duties skillfully and with confidence.

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