Florida’s Advocate for Long Term Care
Providers and the Elders They Serve

CMS is refining the way it collects and analyzes clinical data through the completion of the MDS assessment. This will affect MDS workflow and reimbursement for all skilled nursing centers. MDS changes take effect October 1, 2018, and will give providers a glimpse into how diagnostic categorizations outlined upon admission will frame the Patient-Driven Payment Model going forward. Designed and taught by Robin A. Bleier of RB Health Partners, Inc., a national educator on this and related topics, the Bootcamp focuses on the RAI (MDS, CATs, and CAAs) and the interdisciplinary process that supports person-centered care. Attendees will gain an understanding of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) that includes the Minimum Data Set (MDS), Care Area Triggers (CATs), Care Area Assessments (CAAs) and Utilization Guidelines.

Both the Executive (two-day, 12 hour) and the Full RAI-MDS-PPS Boot Camp (three day, 18 hour) programs are designed for the entire interdisciplinary team, including Administrators, Administrative Nurses (Nurse Managers, ADONs, DONs), Risk Managers, Dietary Managers, Therapy Staff, Social Workers, Activity Directors, and Regional/Corporate Team Members. Participants of both programs will receive the latest version of the Resident Assessment Instrument User Manual 3.0 and the Nursing Home Comprehensive Item Set.

Full Program - earn up to 18 hours of continuing education.
The program covers the MDS 3.0, with a detailed explanation of the Medicare-required PPS assessments, OBRA-required assessments and an explanation of the Care Area Triggers (CATs), the Care Area Assessment (CAA) process and the RAI Utilization Guidelines. RAI Manual updates specific to Section I0020 & I0020A, including its impact on SNF Quality Reporting Program requirements, implications when looking ahead to the proposed PDPM, and recommended next steps to prepare for the October 1, 2018 changes will also be addressed. Information related to Section N (Drug Regime Review) and the Quality Reporting Program (QRP), PDPM will also be covered.The historical legislation from OBRA ‘87 to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the past decade’s legal changes will be reviewed, as well as recent audit challenges of the RACs, MACs and ZPICs in addition to all covered in the two-day program.

Executive Program - earn up to 12 hours of continuing education.
The Executive Program for the RAI-MDS-PPS Boot Camp is geared toward Administrators, Directors of Nursing, Regional, and Corporate Staff who wish to learn or review the OBRA RAI requirements, integrate understanding of the Quality Measures, Five Star, CMS MDS/Staffing Focused Survey, the Medicare Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing. This 12-hour CEU program is contained within the three-day Full Program, omitting the item-by-item coding review day. Participants will gain the knowledge they need to help understand the processes and ultimately to inspect what they expect while managing their facility programs. This also includes the new Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment Program. The Executive Program will be on the Tuesday and Wednesday and will not receive the endorsement examination.

Training Dates

January 15-17, 2019
Miami Jewish Health
5200 NE 2 Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 751-8626 ext. 63202 (for directions only)

Registration is now CLOSED. Questions? Contact Sarah Wood by email or by phone at (850) 224-3907. 

  • Click here to download the Brochure for training information. 


November 5-7, 2019
Life Care Centers of America

LCCA SE Division Office
940 Centre Circle, Suite 2020
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 475-1686 (for directions only)

Course Schedule and Objectives

Daily Schedule:
Registration – 8 to 9 a.m.
Program – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
(A 45-minute lunch will be provided and two 15-minute breaks are included.)

Training Objectives Include:

  • Explain the history of the RAI and process through current regulations.
  • Gain a section-by-section breakdown of the key components of the MDS 3.0
  • Understand how the CATs are specific resident responses for one, or a combination of, MDS 3.0 elements
  • Learn how the four types of triggers may change the focus of the CAAs and the appropriate documentation
  • Understand Five Star, with current CMS practices
  • Discuss ICD-10 coding tips and more
  • Explain the RUG IV classification categories evolve from the MDS 3.0 and learn the important completion dates
  • Explain the quality component of the new Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment System

Learn from CMS-trained MDS Experts!

Robin A. Bleier, RN, LHRM, CLC is the President of RB Health Partners, Inc., a Clinical Risk Medicare & Operations consultancy firm. She is the past Chair of the FHCA Emergency Preparedness Council, past Chair of the FHC-PAC, and a vested long term care advocate through her volunteerism and affiliation with numerous professional associations and committees. Robin is a featured state and national presenter, is FHCA’s RAI-MDS-PPS Bootcamp trainer and has been educating on this and other topics nationally since 1998. RB Health Partners, Inc. has a strategic partnership with FHCA, consulting with the Association on quality affairs, including survey readiness. To reach Robin or a RB Health Partners, Inc. team member, contact the FHCA Quality Affairs department at (850) 224-3907.

Nathan Shaw has enjoyed a nursing career for over 22 years with the past 17 years in long-term care. His experience covers direct patient care to management in positions from Staff Nurse, MDS Coordinator, ADON, Regional MDS Consultant, as well as Corporate Director of Clinical Reimbursement. With RB Health Partners, Mr. Shaw works as the Vice President of Clinical Reimbursement & Analytics.

Wendy Davis has worked for more than 25 years in clinical roles with increasing responsibility in the sub-acute and long-term care specialties. Her positions in both direct care resident care and in nursing administration include CNA, Charge Nurse, Clinical Reimbursement Coordinator, ADON, DON, Regional Director of Clinical Reimbursement and Regional Director of Clinical Services. Ms. Davis is currently Director of Clinical Services for RB Health Partners.