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MDS Essentials

MDS Essentials

Ten-Course BundleMembers: $475 |  Non-members: $950
Individual Courses – Members: $50 | Non-members: $100
Continuing Education
: 12.5 CE hours for all ten courses
Duration: Ten courses approximately 75 minutes each
Speakers: Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, and Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP

An Introduction to the MDS 3.0

MDS Essentials, a ten-session education program designed and delivered by AAPACN Master Teachers and nursing experts, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, and Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP, to help you quickly learn and perform the job duties of a nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) skillfully and with confidence. This foundational course was originally developed by Jessie and Jane as part of the MDS curriculum offered by AANAC (American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination), now part of AAPACN.

A new mds coordinator taking MDS essentials

Start Your MDS Training

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 and serves as a great primer to the RAC-CT certification program.

At the end of your MDS training, 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

Courses may be purchased individually by clicking the links above, or save by purchasing as a bundling by clicking on the “Purchase” button at the top of the page. There is no exam or certification associated with this program. It is intended to provide knowledge needed to perform MDS coordinator job duties skillfully and with confidence.

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