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.
Recorded on: 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.

Program Curriculum and Course Format


MDS Essentials is offered as a recorded virtual workshop. The 10-session recorded virtual workshop bundle and the individual recorded virtual workshop sessions are available for purchase in the AANAC Store listed under Virtual Workshops or can be found at the links in the table below.