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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 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 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. 

MDS Essentials: Recorded 10-Session Bundle

Recorded 

March 31 - June 9

 

Purchase the 10-Session Bundle

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

Recorded March 31

75 minutes

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

Recorded April 7

75 minutes

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

Recorded April 14

75 minutes

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

Recorded April 21

75 minutes

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

Recorded April 28

75 minutes

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

Recorded May 12

75 minutes

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

Recorded May 19

75 minutes

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

Recorded May 26

75 minutes

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

Recorded June 2

75 minutes

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

Recorded June 9

75 minutes

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