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Top 5 Ways to Attract and Retain a Good MDS Coordinator

Posted by Beckie Dow on Fri, Sep 05, 2014

The position of MDS Coordinator has evolved from mere paper work compliance to a field of specialty in the Long Term Care field. It is no longer sufficient to be capable of completing MDS to remain in compliance with federal regulations. Today's savvy MDS coordinator has to remain in compliance, but also recognize opportunities to capture the highest reimbursement opportunities that the facility is entitled to.

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Topics: MDS 3.0, MDS Coordinator

A Simple Key to ARD Selection

Posted by Peter Mastrangelo on Fri, Oct 12, 2012

 Today, I want to talk about Assessment Reference Date selection or ARD Management.  One of the key factors for selection of ARD is the communication between the MDS Coordinator and the therapy department.  Whether you have a Rehab Manager or somebody within the department who is designated to communicate with the MDS Coordinator, it is significantly important to schedule a time to meet regularly.  Truly, here at Harmony, we feel as though ARD management should be something that occurs on a daily basis so that MDS and Rehab are discussing any time that there is a change in the level of care provided to a patient through the therapy minutes.  Potentially, a patient could get sick and miss therapy minutes or maybe a patient is doing exceptionally well and therapy is able to provide additional minutes to that patient.  The bottom line is that every day there should be some type of communication between MDS and Therapy to make sure that you are capturing the most accurate level of service provided to the patient.  This will in turn allow the facility to receive the most accurate level of reimbursement for the services that you are providing.  This hopefully will spur some discussion between MDS and Rehab.

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Topics: ARD, Reimbursement, Medicare Minute, ARD Selection, Rehab, MDS Coordinator

Rehab Case Management for Case Mix

Posted by Peter Mastrangelo on Wed, Jul 25, 2012

Successful case management for Case Mix involves the coding of the accurate minutes of care provided by therapy on the MDS for those patients seen under Medicare Part B. There is significant opportunity to increase the case mix index with the intervention of rehabilitation during the appropriate assessment windows.  Increased communication between the Rehabilitation staff and the MDS Coordinator regarding patients receiving Medicare Part B services has the potential to increase the case mix index in two ways. 

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Topics: Rehab, Medicare Part B, Case Mix, OBRA, Assessment Schedules, Rehab Case Management, MDS Coordinator

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