Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide

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Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide

Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT

The MDS impacts virtually every aspect of a SNF’s operations, so MDS coordinators and other nursing home staff need to fully understand it for accurate form completion. The Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide gives coordinators step-by-step guidance on the various parts of the MDS form, helping them break down and look at trouble areas in an easy-to-use format. With quick access to needed information, coordinators can accurately fill out the MDS while ensuring they are addressing optimal care, resulting in good quality measures and, in turn, accurate reimbursement.

This book will help you:

  • Accurately complete the MDS 3.0 with section-by-section guidance
  • Learn how to systematically interpret the MDS sections through care area assessments to develop individualized resident care plans
  • Understand that optimal resident care should result in good quality measures and lead the way to positive survey outcomes as well as accurate reimbursement
  • Identify and resolve MDS discrepancies prior to submission


About the Author:

Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT, is a Board Certified Gerontological Registered Nurse and Certified Professional Coder with over 30 years’ long-term care experience who has worked in long term care in many roles. Beginning as a nursing assistant, she later became a charge nurse, Nurse Manager and then RNAC. Most recently she was the Senior VP of Utilization Services and Director of Reimbursement for large multi-facility organizations. She has worked as one of the Gold Standard nurses for MDS 3.0, serving on the RAP workgroup to prepare the way for the CAAs for MDS 3.0, and participating on a number of Technical Expert Panels related to MDS, Quality Measures and care planning. A sought after speaker, she has given presentations at AANAC, AHCA and Leading Age national conferences as well as many state organization presentations. She is also a frequent author of articles related to the RAI process and PPS and is the author of Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide (HCPro). Carol served on the AANAC Board of Directors for 9 years. She is presently a member of the AANAC Expert Advisory Panel and is an AANAC Master Teacher. Ms. Maher is the Director of Education for Hansen Hunter & Co. where she provides MDS and Medicare education classes and consultation, ICD-10 classes, monthly webinars and completes compliance audits.

Published: November 2016

Page count: 200
Dimensions: 8.5x11
ISBN: 978-1-55645-906-1

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Clinical Role of the MDS
Chapter 2: OBRA MDS Scheduling
Chapter 3: MDS 3.0 A to Z
Chapter 4: MDS as the Basis of Reimbursement (SNF PPS and Medicaid Case Mix)
Chapter 5: Care Area Triggers and Care Area Assessments
Chapter 6: The MDS Correction Process: Modifications vs. Inactivations
Chapter 7: MDS 3.0 Quality Measures