Hi everyone! Hope we are all going to encompass the October 1st changes without too much turmoil. I am wondering if anyone can give me an idea about a few things. I am relatively new to MDS; 6 months ago I had never heard the term let alone what it meant. I work at a SNF with an average dailt patient census of 35-40. All Medicare for the purpose of my questions. We have an average length of stay of probably 45-60 days, some are only here a week or two for just IV antibiotics, some are here months and months and months with trach care/ massive wounds/ostomies plus IV meds (all in one patient). Lots of PPS assessments! We have PT/OT generally Monday- Friday 8 to 5, Speech tx is a shared role with a related LTAC nearby, Respiratory therapy is 24/7. I am currently the only MDS person, although we are considering adding an MDS assistant (non-licensed) to support me. We do all Electronic charting and MDS, well actually there is a small amount of hard copy that goes into a patient chart. The RNs do the care plans here. I am also an RN but only do MDS, no patient care. With this information in mind what would be considered a doable ratio of patients to MDS RN? We have room to expand and are thinking through the needs. With the changes coming up as of October 1st, I feel as if I will be tied to my desk 100 hours a week just trying to keep up with all the assessments, let alone the EOT Resumes and the every 7 day COT lookbacks etc.
Also, what exactly can a non-licensed MDS assistant do? I know the person could help with filing and maybe scheduling, but what else?
Is anyone feeling as overwhelmed as I with the changes?
I dont post here often but I try to read often and enjoy the board immensely. Plus it has helped a lot with understanding some things in my MDS role, thank all so much!