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Title:MDS Nurse-RN/LPN
Salary Range:Commensurate with skills and experience


Department: Nursing



Direct Report: Administrator



Summary: This position is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely completion of MDS assessments, including completion of CAA triggers, CAA summaries, knowledge of PDPM, and individualized resident care plans.



Essential Responsibilities:



  • Coordinates and facilitates the completion of MDS assessments (including RAPS and individualized resident care plans). Is responsible for the actual completion of these assessments for Medicare skilled residents and managed care admissions. Oversees the completion of remainder of assessment by providing supervision and guidance to MDS nurses. Places and gathers ADL tracking log for applicable residents during assessment period. Communicates with staff (all shifts) to solicit information to ensure an accurate resident assessment. Offers clinical input and communicates assessment findings to RCM and/or staff for care improvements. Assures required signatures of involved team members are obtained.


  • Generates the schedule for all MDS assessments based on state and federal guidelines. Notifies all applicable IDT members of assessment due dates. Generates general care conference schedule and provides IDT members with care conference schedule. Participates in care conference meetings as needed. Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with IDT members to facilitate documentation process. Ensures MDS nurses are trained in scheduling process as back-ups.


  • Provides supervision to MDS department nurses to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements. Ensures timely and accurate completion of MDS and related assessments by MDS nurses. Provides input and assistance to maintain compliance as needed. Keeps DON and administrator informed of compliance issues.


  • Holds primary responsibility for the accurate and timely electronic submission to the State of Ohio. Verifies submission census and adjusts census and submission data accordingly. Ensures correct assessment is locked and submitted. Performs final error check and test submission. Makes modifications and corrections of errors. Maintains record of validation reports for submission. Ensures MDS nurses are trained in submission process as back-ups.


  • Generates quarterly state QI reports and provides these reports to appropriate administrative staff (DON, administrator, MDS nurses, RCM). Collaborates with administrative staff in the analysis of information in QI report. Verifies accuracy of triggered data and provides rational for triggers. Makes suggestions and assists nursing department with improvement plans for flagged or elevated indicator areas.


  • Serves as the primary MDS resource for Judson Retirement Community. The MDS coordinator maintains current knowledge regarding CMI criteria, MDS documentation and changes in interpretation and MDS reimbursement strategies. Strives to streamline the assessment process by exploring improved methods for data collection. The MDS coordinator attends seminars and lectures to remain current and educates staff on changes in the MDS process. The MDS coordinator is responsible for periodic check of the CMS Q & A section for MDS and implementing necessary changes. Assists in revising MDS/assessment policies.


  • Reviews and analyses the facility CMI. Understands assessment coding and the impact on the facility’s CMI. Strives to identify methods of CMI maximization and coordinates maximization strategies with the MDS nurses and IDT. Helps to identify opportunities for additional MDS assessments based on the clinical picture and coordinates completion of MDS assessments to identify significant changes. Explores and makes suggestions to administrative staff on CMI improvement strategies.


  • Participates in corporate compliance and quality improvement audits as assigned. The MDS coordinator is responsible for the completion of at least five PPS corporate compliance audits every month. The MDS coordinator maintains computerized working copy of CMS forms (CMS 672 census and condition and the CMS 802 roster). Coordinates updating CMS forms with the RCM. Reviews CMS forms and offers input regarding areas of concern. Offers suggestions for improvement in corporate compliance and coordinates any changes needed.


  • Develops and maintains skills in working with the computer network and software systems. Utilizes outside contracts for quality improvement and MDS accuracy verification. Submits MDS batch information to E Health Data Solutions and utilizes program to analyze areas of concern. Checks validity of “logic errors” from E Health Data Solutions. Submits data to PM Schwarz Group Max Manage on a quarterly basis. Studies results and assists administrative team in analysis of results and plans for improvement as needed.


  • Acts as the facility point person for the infection control program. Collects new antibiotic orders and assists the RCM with completion of the “Resident Infection Surveillance Report.” Places data on infection control log and submits data to the QI committee on a quarterly basis. Reviews CHL reports (monthly and quarterly) for trends and act upon any areas of concern. Serves as the main reference source for staff for infection control concerns and provides education as needed.


  • Assists front line staff and participates in emergency care to residents as needed. Maintains current clinical/assessment skills. Functions as a unit nurse PRN for staffing shortage. Takes rotating weekend on-call assignment as part of the nursing management team.


  • Miscellaneous: Maintains a record of acceptable attendance and punctuality. Observes all company rules and safety procedures. Performs other duties as assigned by the DON or administrator.







Education Requirements: Must be graduate of an accredited school of nursing with a clear and active license as a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Ohio.





Experience Requirements:


Prior experience as a MDS Coordinator is required, as well as a minimum of two years experience completing MDS assessments. Must have a current working knowledge of the electronic submission process, CMI calculation and determination, RUG classification and determination, RAP/care planning process, state QI triggers and case mix maximization strategies. Computer literacy is essential. Must be able to produce standard job-related reports for the Quality Improvement Committee.


Other skills or certifications: (ex: MS Office, CPA)


Must maintain a current RN license and practice nursing in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act for Registered Nurses.


Dimensions / Competencies: (Primary knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or behaviors that are associated with, or are indicators of high performance. Some examples would include: leadership, communications, problem solving, decision making, sales, and service.)








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