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MDS 3.0 Trainings

October 2019 changes to the Minimum Data Set include the way clinical data is collected and analyzed via the MDS assessment. These changes affect MDS workflow and reimbursement for all skilled nursing centers and will give providers a glimpse into how diagnostic categorizations outlined upon admission will frame the Patient Driven Payment Model going forward. FHCA now offers two MDS-focused trainings to support members with their knowledge in this area.

The RAI-MDS-PPS 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.

The Advanced MDS Coding Program includes an explanation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), recent MDS changes that impact PDPM, key ICD-10 considerations and advanced strategies to improve your Five Star rating and Quality Measures. This program includes up to 6 hours of continuing education, designed for the more experienced MDS professional at the regional or corporate level, as well as administrators and administrative nurses (Nurse Managers, ADONs, DONs).

Advanced MDS Coding Program

This program is designed for the more experienced professionals and includes an explanation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), recent MDS changes that impact PDPM, key ICD-10 considerations and advanced strategies to improve your Five Star rating and Quality Measures. Taught by Nathan Shaw or Robin Bleier, this program includes up to 6 hours of continuing education, breaks and lunch.

Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration Opens at 8:30 a.m.

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  Registration
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Patient Driven Payment Model
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MDS Considerations Relative to PDPM
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  Lunch
1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Five Star – Detailed Review 
2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Detailed Review of Quality Measures


Learner Objectives Include:

  • Articulate MDS pertinent to the PDPM
  • Briefly explain the foundation and growth of the PDPM
  • Clarify current short- and long-term Quality Measures and how those measures are derived
  • Discuss Five Star in depth and a method to analyze

RAI-MDS-PPS Bootcamp

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, it would be difficult for FHCA to deliver the quality program our attendees have come to expect. Additionally, we did not want to distract from our participants’ ability to stay close to their care centers, especially when issues and needs surrounding COVID-19 are changing quickly. We apologize for the inconvenience. Questions can be directed to Sarah Wood of FHCA at

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 and implications related to PDPM. 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 will be 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 take place on day one and day two, and participants will not receive the endorsement examination.

Schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Registration Opens at 8:00 a.m.

Day 1   Resident Assessment (RAI) Overview
  CMS MDS & Staffing Compliance Survey
  Nursing Home Compare
  Quality Measures Overview
Day 2 Medicare Overview
  Prospective Payment System (PPS)
  Medicare Compliance
  Specific MDS Coding
  Florida Medicaid Prospective Payment System
Day 3 Finalization of MDS Overview
  Expand CAA Review
  Care Planning
  Additional Important Aspects of the Coordinator Roles


Learner 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

Programs Delivered by CMS-trained MDS Experts

Robin A. Bleier is the President of RB Health Partners, Inc., a long term care 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.

Nathan Shaw RN, BSN, MBA, HCRM, RAC-CTA, was a mathematical teacher who became a nurse who then obtained his MBA. He has enjoyed a nursing career for over 26 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.

Katie Slier, RN, BSN, RAC-CTA, is a Registered Nurse who has specialized as a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Consultant over the past 3 years. Katie is actively certified as a Resident Assessment Coordinator through AANAC. Katie's passion for nursing has progressed over the last 3 years in the long-term care setting to become centered around the RAI process and Quality Measures. Katie has been a nurse for almost 10 years after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and her experience includes critical care, trauma, medical-surgical care, and long term care.