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Updates and Changes! Effective October 1, 2017

Free Live Webinar:

MDS 3.0 Be READY for the NEW Items

With the upcoming changes many of us have question of the newest updates to the MDS 3.0 for Skilled Nursing Facilities. Effective October 1, 2017 CMS has released additions to the existing Users Manual and MDS Item Set.

Join us for a free Webinar  hosted by our friend and colleague Mary Madison from Briggs Healthcare Corporation as she discusses the latest updates to the RAI process.

Topics in this webinar will include:

  • The new items added to section N
  • Expansion of Section P
  • RAI Manual – October 2017

How has your facility prepared the MDS Team? Are you new to MDS and trying to keep up with what is going on?

Join us on

September 20, 2017 at 10am CST


After registering you will receive a confirmation email and instructions on joining this Webinar


About the Speaker:

Mary Madison RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant

Briggs Corporation

Mary Madison is an RN with 44 years of experience in the healthcare field, with 40 years in the long-term industry. Mary has held positions of Director of Nursing in a 330 bed SNF, DON in two 60 bed SNFs, Reviewer with Telligen (Iowa QIO), Director of Continuing Education, Manager of Clinical Software Support, Clinical Software Implementer, and Clinical Educator.

Mary has conducted numerous MDS trainings and other LTC educational sessions across the country in the past 2+ decades.  She joined Briggs Healthcare as there LTC/Senior Care Consultant in July 2014.

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As prayers, supplies, and rescue services continue to arrive in Texas and Louisiana, we would like to take a moment to wish these areas a speedy recovery. One can only imagine what it feels like to witness such devastation.

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The Role of a MDS Coordinator

Becoming a MDS Nurse can be a rewarding career choice. MDS Coordinators, also known as Clinical Reimbursement Specialist or Assessment Nurse Coordinators are responsible for assessing and evaluating levels of care in skilled nursing, extended care and swing bed acute care facilities. The role of the MDS nurse requires keen organization and a detailed eye for reviewing and assessing clinical documentation. The MDS 3.0 tools includes a very comprehensive understanding of how to manage the MDS 3.0 process from start to finish. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires that all rules and regulations related to the MDS tool be followed.

The manual of rules and regulations is approximately 1160 pages or so. Experienced MDS Coordinators will tell you first hand that learning all of this information, and how to properly become an MDS Coordinator in 3 or even 4 days in nearly impossible. You really have to ask yourself is the quick “certification” as important to you as really taking the time to properly become trained.

Upon applying to MDS positions, employers will advertise ” experience needed”.  Skilled nursing facilities are really searching for individuals who can take over this role with little or no on the job training. The truth remains that most of the time, the facilities simply may not have the resources to prepare a novice MDS Coordinator.  If a clinician isn’t knowledgeable enough, the facility can loose vital revenue. I don’t know about you, but I would not want to be responsible for that!

The advise to those that are seeking to gain knowledge, especially with the idea of applying for a “experienced only” positions, is to shop for a certification program that will hold your hand until you gain the confidence in managing the MDS process for your Long term care facility properly.



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