MDS 101: An Introduction to the RAI Process

Developed by the MDS experts at AADNS's sister organization, the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC), MDS 101 provides a high-level overview of the RAI process to directors of nursing and other administrative staff who oversee MDS professionals. .

Timely training for all LTC disciplines

Understanding the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process is critical in driving individual care, accurate reimbursement, and as evidence of required care when auditors examine documentation. This course will help you:

  • Describe the historical context for passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, which defines the statutory authority for the RAI
  • Identify general assessment timing requirements and types of assessments
  • Understand critical elements of conducting the Care Area Assessments (CAAs) and care plan development
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of MDS accuracy, transmission requirements, Quality Measures, Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI), Medicare Part A coverage, documentation requirements, and systems to support MDS accuracy
  • Exhibit insight into how the MDS 3.0 supports quality improvement and culture change and how, when used effectively, it can improve survey outcomes
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