Traditionally, the MDS coordinator reports to the director of nursing (DON). But is that the best organizational structure? What if we were to break the mold and shake things up? Consider having your MDS coordinator report directly to the administrator. The MDS (Minimum Data Set) is a direct link to reimbursement, consumer ratings and interdisciplinary teamwork. The MDS coordinator’s role goes beyond the nursing department and so should his or her position in the nursing home.
In a recent Survey & Certification memo, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS)announced that it is in the process of developing an MDS-focused survey. CMS plans on beginning a pilot process in. According to the memo, the MDS-focused survey will review MDS 3.0 coding practices and associated care planning in facilities. This puts an additional spotlight on the importance of the MDS coordinator’s position. Any deficient MDS system practices noted during an MDS-focused survey can lead to citations.