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MDS 3.0, Version 1.18.0 - Webinar Series

This webinar series is free and will include updates to the RAI Manual effective October 1, 2020 and much more!

Registration will soon be open for the fall’s MDS webinar series.  The MDS webinar series will consist of seven (7) webinars using Zoom. 

The initial Webinar Series begins Thursday, September 24th from 10:30 am to 12:00pm and will continue every Thursday at the same time for 6 more weeks.

Once registration is open, a MDS List Serve message will be sent out with a Register button.

These webinars focus on new changes to the RAI manual and MDS assessment that are effective October 1, 2020, OBRA stand-alone assessments, PDPM and SNF QRP.

We will also cover the MDS assessment from start to finish including: what the MDS is, what the data is used for, how to assure accuracy, who must have an assessment completed, the resources needed, what forms are used and when, entry and discharge tracking and assessment, interviewing, a section-by-section review of item coding, significant change assessments, the CAA process, and error correction.

The initial webinar series will have 35 slots available on a first come first served basis. If you are not one of the first 35, please keep checking back on the registration page linked above. Openings will be listed on that page as they come available.

If you have any questions, please contact the MDS Help Desk at

Below is a list of the webinar series:

  1. Thursday, September 24th – Instructor:  Betty Metz, MDS Automation Coordinator
  • MDS Overview & Resources
  • MDS Item Sets and Timelines
  • MDS Section A: Identification Information
  1. Thursday, October 1st – Instructor: Donna Zaglin, RAI Coordinator
  • MDS Section B: Hearing, Speech, and Vision
  • MDS Section C: Cognitive Patterns
  • MDS Section D: Mood
  • Significant Change Assessments – When to Complete
  1. Thursday, October 8th Instructor: Donna Zaglin, RAI Coordinator
  • MDS Section E: Behavior
  • MDS Section F: Preferences for Customary Routine & Activities
  • Section G: Functional Status
  • MDS Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals
  1. Thursday, October 15th Instructor: Betty Metz, MDS Automation Coordinator
  • RUG Reports
  • Defaults
  • How to Correct and Modify MDS Assessments
  • CASPER Quality Measures
  1. Thursday, October 22nd Instructor: Donna Zaglin, RAI Coordinator
  • Combining PPS and OBRA Assessments
  • MDS Section H: Bladder and Bowel
  • MDS Section I: Active Diagnosis
  • MDS Section J: Health Conditions
  1. Thursday, October 29th Instructor: Donna Zaglin, RAI Coordinator
  • MDS Section K: Swallowing/Nutritional Status
  • MDS Section L: Oral/Dental Status
  • MDS Section M: Skin Conditions
  • MDS Section N: Medications
  1. Thursday, November 5th Instructor: Donna Zaglin, RAI Coordinator
    • MDS Section O: Special Treatments, Procedures, and Programs
  • Review Restorative Nursing Programs
  • MDS Section Restraints and Alarms
  • MDS Sections Q, V, X and Z
  • Care Area Assessments and Care Planning