Many nurses are choosing the career of MDS Management in Skilled Nursing Facilities. RNs and LPNs in skilled nursing are continuously seeking to advance and for opportunity. Some have realized the MDS 3.0 has become a major component to Skilled Nursing vitality. The MDS has sparked a peak of interest among the nursing staff.
SNF nurses are reporting a desire to learn more regarding the MDS changes within the industry. Nurse managers, charge nurses, along with Director and Assistant Director of Nurses are expressing a desire to fully understand how the MDS 3.0 truly effects each department. With multiple in-services and training sessions on a regular basis, SNF staff has become exposed to MDS 3.0 lingo and the recent changes effecting nursing departments.
Here are few reasons why learning the MDS 3.0 Concepts is important for all SNF team members.
The MDS 3.0 reports care such as ADLs, wounds, therapy services, mood and behaviors. Knowledge on specific guidelines surrounding capturing these services for coding the MDS is key. Proper supporting documentation is necessary to survive state and federal audits.
The Better the Understanding. The Better is the supporting documentation
We have all heard of the saying knowledge is power. Well it is true. The more information that we can empower our IDT and nursing staff with the more that they will be able to grasp the federal (Medicare A) & State regulatory requirements to verify care services rendered.
We have witnessed time and time again, nurses reporting that they wished they would have known MDS regulations a long time ago. It would have made a dramatic difference in the depths of the resident care charting.
MDS accuracy effects the Skilled Nursing Home 5 Star Rating Program.
The nursing home Five-Star Quality Rating System for SNF has three major components. Staffing, Health Inspections, and Quality Measures. Quality Measures report statistics driven from MDS 3.0 Data. Inaccurate staff charting might lead to inaccurate MDS coding which in turn may lead to inaccuracies in Quality Measure reporting. Remember, the Quality Measure data will effect your facility SNF Five-Star Quality Rating System.