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5 Tips on Managing an Organized MDS Department

By Jessica Kunkler, MA - September 01, 2020

Managing an organized MDS department is difficult even in the best of times. Under the stresses of a pandemic, it can be much harder, but difficult days make a well-run department all the more important.


When COVID-19 hit Kristie Bacher’s, RN, BS, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC, QCP, facility, the MDS Department went into overdrive, getting creative with the delegation work responsibilities, offering work from home flexibilities, and putting forth the necessary extra effort to keep residents connected with loved ones in untraditional ways.  

Here are five ways to organize your MDS department, according to experts Kristie Bacher, RN, BS, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC, QCP, MDS manager in New York State, and Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, curriculum development specialist at AAPACN, so that when challenging times come, your department is ready.


1. Encourage communication and fluid accountability.

The completion of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and Care Area Assessments (CAAs) both require an interdisciplinary process. Team members should understand how their responsibilities fit with others’ responsibilities and actively communicate about contingencies, according to McGill.