oregon--- MDS is a minimum data set. The MDS is ahuge thing for long term care. basically you have a huge amount of questions to answer...everything from does the resident wear glasses, is there long or short term memory impairment, to projecting how many therapy minutes someone will have. It is meant to drive your careplans. But it has a huge financial impact. In IN we have RUGS for medicaid as well as medicare and depending on the casemix for medicaid will determine our re-imbursement from medicaid. The rugs aslo drive the reimbursement for med a. It is a huge process. you cannot just answer all the questions...you have to assure that the info is documented and sometimes examples provided --in a seven day reference period to be able to answer the question.
It is a huge undertaking and requires a loy of patience and tremendous organizational skills.
A few things to ask prior to accepting this kind of position is:
1. how often will you be pulled to the floor to work
2. how much on-call time will ou have?
3. if a larger facility, will you have an assistant?
4. will you be responsible for any other programs?
the answers to 1,2,4 should be no and you shouold get this in writing.