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Working As A MDS Coordinator

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A MDS Coordinator Do At Central Valley Specialty Hospital

* Coordinates gathers data and completes Resident Assessment Instrument in an accurate and timely manner.
* Implements individual plans of care with interdisciplinary approach in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and the established policies and procedures of Colusa Medical Center.
* Transmit, or oversees this function, of MDS data to state agency adhering to federal and state guidelines.
* Evaluates and re-evaluates as necessary resident needs and level of care by the standards and requirements of licensure and regulations and MDS requirements.
* Coordinates efforts from all resources available, i.e., clients, staff, health care professionals and the care plan team to achieve optimal plan for each individual plan of care.
* Participates in the processing of Medicaid/Medicare forms and assists in the processing of additional insurance including VA required forms.
* Attends and participates in individual resident care planning meetings, quarterly QI/QA committee meetings and other committee meetings as deemed appropriate by the DON.
* Assures that all assessments are completed in a timely manner by all departments and review for completeness and accuracy of information.
* Participates and assists in the overseeing of the care planning and modifying of care planning process.
* Monitor the quality and appropriateness of nursing care.
* Participates in the developments, periodic review and evaluation of nursing policies and procedures.
* Participates in surveys by authorized government agencies.
* Maintains privacy and confidentiality of records, conditions and other information relating to residents, other employees and the facility.
* Attends and participates in staff on-going training and educational classes.
* Coordinates wit therapies
* Occupational, Physical and Speech-regarding resident rehabilitation.
* Other duties as assigned by the Director of Nursing including, but not limited to, on call duty and other supervisory

What Does A MDS Coordinator Do At Brookdale Senior Living

* Conduct and coordinate the development and completion of resident assessments, in accordance with the requirements of State, Federal and Company guidelines
* Responsible for overseeing the generation of Minimum Data Set (MDS) for each Medicare patient and electronic transmission of required data within timeframe mandated by the State
* Develop, implement, and maintain an ongoing quality assurance program for the resident assessment/care plans
* Develop and participate in the planning, conducting, and scheduling of timely in-service training classes that include assessment skills or techniques needed to complete the assessment and MDS functions of the community

What Does A MDS Coordinator Do At Baptist Village Retirement Communities

* Other duties may be assigned.
* Utilizing the most up to date RAI User’s Manual and follow the instructions for the completing of MDS assessments.
* Ensure that other members of the interdisciplinary team also have a copy of the User Manual and that assessments are completed accordingly.
* Maintain responsibility for the accuracy and timeliness of the complete RAI process including MDS, RAPS and Care Plans.
* Maintain responsibility for OBRA assessments, completing PPS assessments, including PPS assessments for Medicare Advantage Plan residents, and calling in recertification’s to Medicare Advantage Plan or other Insurance plans as applicable.
* Understand and manage the Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) and consolidated billing, and Medicaid case-mix.
* Collaborate and communicate with each MDS Coordinator and the interdisciplinary team regarding the RAI process.
* Select and manage assessment reference dates (ARD) utilizing the team including rehab.
* With input from the interdisciplinary team determine if adjusting the assessment reference date (ARD) would be beneficial.
* Manage and make Medicare coverage determinations utilizing the Medicare coverage guidelines and medical necessity.
* Consult with the Director of Nursing as needed.
* Select, sequence and monitor diagnoses on admission and update monthly for Medicare billing purposes.
* Review and monitor Medicare documentation for medical necessity and support of the daily skilled service.
* Collaborate with nursing and MDS team members for documentation for the look-back period.
* Complete nursing/dx section of the physician certification/re-certification forms.
* Interact with rehab department to assist in determining Part A and B rehab necessity, frequency and duration of therapy services provided to residents.
* Work with and communicate with the restorative nurse.
* Complete quarterly assessments as needed, i.e. side rail, fall risk, elopement, skin, etc. prior to completion of the MDS assessment.
* Regularly monitor and communicate CMS updates with MDS team.
* Issue Liability Notices for Part A and Part B as applicable.
* Denial on Admission notices are the responsibility of the Admissions Coordinator.
* Manage case-mix as a team.
* Regularly monitor and review case-mix reports.
* Conduct Medicare Team meeting according to each MDS Coordinator’s case load.
* Regularly communicate with the DON and Administrator any unusual circumstances, i.e. software issues/problems, problems completing admission assessments at the end of the Medicaid case-mix quarter, Team issues or Medicare determination issues, etc.
* Participate in the Medicare “triple check process” prior to submission of claims (billing, rehab and MDS Coordinators).
* Audit MDS’ on a regularly scheduled basis focusing on facility needs or risk areas.
* Train and maintain the ability to transmit assessments as needed.
* Monitor Validation Report messages and errors.
* Assign duties to professional and ancillary nursing personnel based on residents’ needs and as it relates to resident care plan and assessments.
* Build admission care plans and monitor/update resident status sheet as resident needs change.
* Identify nursing service problems and assists in their solutions.
* Ensure that nursing care is carried out as directed and treatment is administered in accordance with physicians’ instructions.
* Maintain a safe environment for residents.
* Investigate and report complaints or unusual occurrences to appropriate persons.
* Promote staff development.
* Interpret nursing home policies and regulations to staff members, residents, families, and visitors, and ensure conformance.
* Participate in the quality assurance program.
* Attend in-service education classes as required and obtain required number of hours per year.
* Maintain infection control standards by use of universal precautions.
* The associate is authorized to have unlimited access to resident health information as needed to provide treatment, for billing purposes, or for the purpose of healthcare

What Does A MDS Coordinator Do At Iowa Employer

* Effectively plans, directs and coordinates MDS assessments and care plan services
* Completes health assessments on all residents at time of admission to establish initial care plan and performs additional assessments quarterly thereafter
* Assists with the development, implementation and evaluation of the care plans for each resident in accordance with other health care providers and physicians
* Analyzes and accurately codes diagnoses, operations and procedures from health records by using appropriate classification systems.
* Accurately enters data into computer system
* Organizes plans and leads care plan conferences quarterly for each resident, including family, physician and care plan team
* Develops, implements and coordinates quality management, utilization review and discharge planning by consulting with other health care providers on resident care problems and needs.
* Tracks discharge and re-entry of residents to facility
* Reviews charts of extraneous documentation each quarter according to established minimum standards for required documentation to be retained in residentis active chart
* Meets all submission timelines of reports/records/documentation as required by state and federal rules, regulations, and laws for healthcare facilities
* Actively participates in QAPI (Quality Assurance Process Improvement) program, taking a proactive approach to quality care and services on a continuous basis with engagement of residents, family members and staff
* Monitors accrediting/surveying/regulatory body criteria to maintain compliance
* Participates in continuing education to maintain credentials and increase expertise and knowledge in professional and clinical nursing and administration
* Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assessments efficiently and with strong attention to detail
* Keeps current in the field of nursing through attendance at meetings, conferences, conventions and workshops pertaining to all aspects of resident care and restoration/rehabilitation.
* Actively participates in the in-service programs in an effort to advance knowledge and skills
* Ability and willingness to perform RN duties whenever and wherever required
* Possesses understanding and compassion for the elderly population
* Has fun in creating a positive atmosphere for residents in conjunction with our core values
* Follows instructions and completes daily assignments as assigned; is proactive to change
* Demonstrates willingness to work flexible hours to meet requirements of the job
* Demonstrates high standards of excellence for meeting resident needs.
* Communicates effectively, establishes rapport and maintains relationships with residents
* Meets requirement of regular attendance to perform job duties
* Has fun in creating a positive atmosphere for residents in conjunction with our Core Values
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A MDS Coordinator Do At Seton Medical Center

* Conduct and coordinate the development and completion of the resident assessment (MDS) in accordance with current rules, regulations and guidelines that govern the resident assessment, including the implementation of RAPs and Triggers.?
* Ensure that the care plan is provided in accordance with the resident's wishes.?
* Attend and participate in continuing education programs designed to help keep abreast of changes in profession, as well as to maintain a license in current status.?
* Do rescheduling for IDT Meeting.?
* Monthly audit of weekly summaries for completion and accuracy.?
* Updates patient diagnosis on the chart.?
* Monthly submission of facility indicator to the DON.?
* Submission of rug scores to billing department.?
* Submission of completed MDS to the state every 2 weeks.?
* Review results of final validation after transmission and do corrections if necessary.?
* Develop preliminary and comprehensive assessments of the nursing needs of each resident, utilizing the forms required by current rules or regulations and facility policies.?
* Coordinate the development of a written plan of care for each resident that identifies the problems/needs of the resident, indicates the care to be given, goals to be accomplished, and which professional service is responsible for each element of care.?
* Ensure that the care plan includes measurable objectives and timetables to meet the resident's medical, nursing, mental and psychosocial needs as identified in the resident's assessment.?
* Ensure that an initial resident assessment is completed within fourteen days of the resident's admission.?
* Ensure that a comprehensive care plan is completed within twenty-one days of the resident's admission.?
* Ensure that quarterly and annual resident assessments and care plan reviews are made on a timely basis.?
* Inform all assessment team members of the requirements for accuracy and completion of the resident assessment (MDS).?
* Ensure that each portion of the assessment is signed and dated by the person completing that portion of the MDS.?
* Sign and date the assessment instrument to certify its completion.?
* Ensure that medical and nursing care is administered in accordance with the resident's wishes, including the implementation of advance directives.?
* Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.?
* Complete any other task as assigned by the DON

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How To Become A MDS Coordinator

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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MDS Coordinator Career Paths

MDS Coordinator
Case Manager Unit Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Development Coordinator Assistant Director Of Nursing Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Staff Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Coordinator Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Senior Technician Specialist Occupational Therapist
Director Of Rehabilitation
8 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Case Manager Clinical Coordinator
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Career Manager Clinical Supervisor Physical Therapist
Rehab Director
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Nurse Career Coordinator Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Development Coordinator Nursing Director Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Planning Coordinator Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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  • Portuguese

  • French

  • Tagalog

  • German

  • Dutch

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Real MDS Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
MDS Coordinator (RN) Legacy Healthcare Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $76,000
RAI Director/Mds Coordinator Covenant Care Gilroy, CA Oct 01, 2010 $75,445
MDS Coordinator HAYM Salomon Home for Nursing & Rehab New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $75,132
RAI Director/Mds Coordinator Covenant Subco, LLC & Subsidiaries Gilroy, CA Jul 16, 2010 $75,132
MDS Coordinator (RN) Legacy Healthcare Chicago, IL Aug 15, 2014 $72,000
MDS Coordinator (RN) Legacy Healthcare Chicago, IL Sep 15, 2013 $72,000
MDS Coordinator (RN) Legacy Healthcare Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2013 $71,011
MDS Coordinator (RN) Legacy Healthcare Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $71,011
MDS Coordinator Jerome Home New Britain, CT Dec 01, 2014 $66,082
MDS Coordinator Atrium at Wayne Subacute and Rehabilitation Wayne, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $64,230
MDS Coordinator Spanish Meadows of Katy Katy, TX Sep 18, 2013 $64,000
MDS Assistant Coordinator Regency Gardens Nursing Center, LLC Wayne, NJ Dec 13, 2010 $63,904
MDS Coordinator Regency Gardens Nursing Center, LLC Wayne, NJ Dec 13, 2010 $63,904
MDS Coordinator Affinity Health Care Management, Inc. Bloomfield, CT Oct 01, 2011 $62,610
MDS Coordinator Seneca Nursing Home Des Plaines, IL Oct 01, 2012 $60,500
MDS Coordinator Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Richton Park, IL Sep 01, 2010 $53,872
MDS Coordinator Glencrest Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2010 $53,872
MDS Coordinator Glenbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Niles, IL Sep 01, 2010 $53,872
MDS Coordinator Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Northbrook, IL Sep 01, 2010 $53,872
MDS Coordinator Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre Richton Park, IL Oct 01, 2010 $53,872

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Top MDS Coordinator Skills

  1. Bed Facility
  2. Medicare/Medicaid
  3. Care Plan Meetings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked as the primary wound care nurse at a 60 bed facility, provided all dressings from surgical.
  • Coordinated setting ARD date, completion of required assessments to ensure highest reimbursement set forth by Medicare/Medicaid guidelines
  • Complete Care Plans for each resident and attend care plan meetings with resident's and their responsible party.
  • Coordinate assessments with therapy department.
  • Make appropriate individualized restorative programs for the residents.

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