Facility just starting MDS


  • Specializes in corrections and LTC. Has 25 years experience.

There is a state facility for the Developmentally Disabled who is just hiring their first MDS Coordinator. They have not completed MDS's in the past. I have 2 questions: 1) Why might they be doing this; and 2) how long would they have to complete all new assessments on the approximately 80 residents?

Thank you.


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Specializes in ER CCU MICU SICU LTC/SNF.

1. Assumably a case mix state's requirement to determine scores for medicaid funding or a requirement prior to certification.

2. Unless this is a precertification requirement, with which assessments are not submitted to the QIES, but are required to demonstrate compliance, all 80 residents will start with a comprehensive assessment (like a new admission) with completion no later than 14 days adhering to the OBRA guideline. It is best to contact the state's RAI Coordinator.