November 21, 2012_NH"Dear Administrator" Letters

November 21, 2012

ADSA:  NH #2012-015
MDS HELPLINE & 2013 MDS TRAINING – SAVE THE DATE

Dear Nursing Facility/Home Administrator:

This letter contains important information for facility staff responsible for completing the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments.

MDS Helpline

Currently, Judy Bennett, Washington State MDS Automation Coordinator, (360) 725-2620,
is responding to all calls related to technical issues and directing clinical issues to RCS Quality 
Assurance Nurses.

Effective January 1, 2013, clinical Sandy Kerrigan, Washington State RAI Coordinator, 
(360) 725-2487, will cover calls related to clinical issues.  Judy Bennett will continue to 
cover technical/automation issues.

2013 MDS Training - Save the Date!

Residential Care Services (RCS) will be providing basic MDS 3.0 training in the spring and fall. These 2-day courses provide an overview of the RAI process including scheduling, significant change, coding of the MDS, error correction, and completion of tracking documents. 

Lacey

  • March 6 & 7    
  • March 27 & 28 
  • October 9 & 10 
  • October 23 & 24 

Yakima

  • September 3 & 4

Spokane

  • May 6 & 7    
  • September 23 & 24

Registration will begin on January 2, 2013.  Further training details and registration contact information will be posted online at  https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/residential-care-services/minimum-data-set-mds-30-training.

Sincerely,

Joyce Pashley Stockwell, Director
Residential Care Services