MDS Essentials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0 - a 10-Session Virtual Workshop Series

Friday, May 19 - Friday, June 9, 2017

Gain the MDS Knowledge New MACs Need with MDS Essentials

Be MDS Confident
New resident assessment coordinators with fewer than six months experience and staff interested in the MDS process can take advantage of a new education program, MDS Essenials: An Introduction to the MDS 3.0 - a 10-session Virtual Workshop Series. The workshop moves through the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User's Manual, helping staff understand the intent, rationale, and coding requirements of each MDS item set, Care Area Assesments, care plans and scheduling. The program will help the MDS coordinator perform his or her job duties skillfully and with confidence.

At the end of the ten sessions, 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

Full Schedule:


March 31: MDS Essentials: An Introduction to RAI Process, OBRA ’87, and RAI User’s Manual                     

April 7: MDS Coding Essentials: Sections A, B, C H, and I                                                                     

April 14: MDS Coding Essentials: Sections D. E. F. and Q                                                                         

April 21: MDS Coding Essentials: Sections G and I                                                                                            

April 28: MDS Coding Essentials: Sections GG and K                                                                                   

May 12: MDS Coding Essentials: Sections L, M, N, and P                                                                                

May 19: MDS Coding Essentials: Sections O V, X, and Z                                                                                   

May 26: MDS Essentials: Introduction to CAA Notes and Care Plans                                                          

June 2: MDS Scheduling Essentials: Introduction to OBRA Scheduling                                                      

June 9: MDS Scheduling Essentials: Introduction to PPS Scheduling                                                   


Learn Now or Learn Later

The ten-session virtual workshop can be viewed as a live event or in recorded form. Receive 12.5 CEs for all ten sessions! Sessions begin March 31 and continue through June 9. All sessions begin at 1pm ET.

To register and see the full schedule, visit

Member Pricing

  • 10-Session Bundle: $375
  • Single-Session: $45

Non-member Pricing

  • 10-Session Bundle: $575
  • Single-Session: $75
Special Discount: Use the promo code ESS17LACA and receive a 10% discount at checkout.


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