REALLY dumb question...

  1. :uhoh21: But what it an MDS coordinator? I have heard of MDS before, but I don't know what it is, and I have tried to look it up, but MDS stands for lots of things and I just feel really dumb that I don't know what it is. My friend told me she is thinking of applying for a job as an MDS coordinator, and I was too embarassed to tell her that I don't know what that means!! Please help me feel smart again!!!!
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    MDS = Minimum Data Set

    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/NursingHomeQu...2FactSheet.pdf
    The Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment plays a key role in many nursing home activities. It drives resident care planning, generates publicly reported quality measures published on the Nursing Home Compare website, provides quality indicators (QI/QMs) used during survey and certification processes, and generates payment for care and services through the Medicare and, in some states, Medicaid systems.
  4. by   Mommy TeleRN
    That wasn't a dumb question! I had no idea either. Thanks commuter
  5. by   jill48
    Oh I would LOVE to be the MDS coordinator. I love paperwork so much.
  6. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Mommy Nurse2b
    That wasn't a dumb question! I had no idea either. Thanks commuter
    You're very welcome.
  7. by   msdobson
    Quote from jill48
    Oh I would LOVE to be the MDS coordinator. I love paperwork so much.
    If you love paperwork, you should join the Army. It FLOATS on a sea of paperwork.
  8. by   fultzymom
    Quote from NellieP73
    :uhoh21: But what it an MDS coordinator? I have heard of MDS before, but I don't know what it is, and I have tried to look it up, but MDS stands for lots of things and I just feel really dumb that I don't know what it is. My friend told me she is thinking of applying for a job as an MDS coordinator, and I was too embarassed to tell her that I don't know what that means!! Please help me feel smart again!!!!
    The MDS nurse is in charge of assessments on each patient. We assess them when they come in et based on our assessment findings are payed by Medicaid et Medicare. If they are Medicare, an assessment must be done at 5 day, 14 day, 30 day, 60 day, ect until they are no longer considered skilled. Depending on how much care is given to the resident, any IV's given, et therapy services provided, they are put into what is called a RUG catagory. Each catagory has a specific money amout assigned to it paid to the facility for each resident per day. At my facility, I am also in charge of the Skilled Charting et making sure that it gets done. We have two MDS nurses et the other one is also in charge of our Restorative Nursing Program. Hope this helps!
  9. by   NellieP73
    Thank you!!! Minimum Data Set was actually the only thing I thought it could be, but I for some reason was sure that was wrong! I knew it had something to do with nursing home admin, but I wasn't really sure. You guys are great! Thanks again!!
  10. by   Dalzac
    FYI there is no dumb questions in nursing.
  11. by   jill48
    Quote from msdobson
    If you love paperwork, you should join the Army. It FLOATS on a sea of paperwork.
    Can I just walk in and get the job? Don't I have to do some kind of basic training first like everyone else in the army? Seriously, if it's that easy I would TOTALLY do it.
  12. by   msdobson
    Quote from Dalzac
    FYI there is no dumb questions in nursing.
    [evil] [ICU Oxygen Tent]...

    "Say, can I smoke in here?"[/evil]
  13. by   jill48
    Quote from msdobson
    [evil] [ICU Oxygen Tent]...

    "Say, can I smoke in here?"[/evil]

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