RN MDS Coordinator

Buckner Retirement Houston, TX

The MDS coordinator will assist the facility to ensure accurate and timely completion of resident assessments in accordance with Medicare, OBRA and other payor program requirements. Ensures assessments accurately reflect the physical, mental and psychosocial status of each resident; ensures appropriate documentation to report and support services provided and assessment accuracy. MDS Coordinator will communicate effectively with other members of the team DON, and Administrator.


NOTE: Some descriptions may have more specific duties and/or goals and objectives attached to this form. Such attachments normally reflect unique aspects of specific locations, shifts, departments, etc.

* Assists with coordination and management of the daily PPS meeting, weekly Medicare meeting which includes review of resident care and the setting of the Assessment Reference Date.

* Attends and participate in daily stand-up meeting with team members

* Complies with federal and state regulations regarding completion and coordination of the RAI process.

* Completes and Monitors MDS and care plan documentation for all residents. Ensures documentation is present in the medical record to support MDS coding.

* Maintains current MDS status of assigned residents according to state and federal guidelines.

* Initiates and supports the tracking system of MDS schedules (timeframes and due dates) in our electronic health record system (Vision).

* Maintains the frequent and accurate data entry of resident information into appropriate computerized MDS programs.

* Completes accurate coding of the MDS with information obtained via medical record review as well as observation and interview with facility staff, resident and family members.

* Continually updating knowledge base related to data entry and computer technology.

* Participates in quality assurance activities.

* Completes electronic submission of required documentation to the State database and other entities per company policy.

* Assist with completion of resident insurance clinical verification requests, which includes MDS verification

* Coordinate with billing office during monthly close to ensure all necessary MDS assessments are addressed as needed.

* Performs other duties as assigned.

* Registered Nurse with health care experience in a long-term care facility

* Knowledge of RAI process required.

* Knowledge of Medicare required.

* Knowledge of Health Medx (Vision electronic system) is preferred but not required.


NOTE: These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis. Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job.

* Requires basic understanding of a specialized area of knowledge normally acquired through four years of high school, plus two to three years of college or vocational school and appropriate license/certification. Ability to understand and carry out moderately complex oral and written instructions.

* Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Holds current Texas licensure as a licensed vocational nurse. Completes and/or meets training, certification required by Buckner and State.

* Ability to use up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force continuously to move objects and/or people.

* Work deals mostly with areas such as preparing and reading data and figures, client records, medical orders, visual inspection involving small details, using measurements devices, dispensing medicines. Visual work is primarily close to observer. Depth perception and field of vision (peripheral) are not as critical as the ability to distinguish small details and markings very near to the observer. Color perception for some tasks (e.g., dispensing meds, assessment of resident condition) is important.

* Position requires bending, stooping, twisting, turning, reaching, lifting, carrying, pulling, pushing, climbing, kneeling, walking, and standing over 75% of shift.

* Ability to recognize differences in sound, such as voices/noises that are loud and playful instead of angry and combative.

* Ability to exercise independent judgement under broad nursing case guidelines. Exercises initiative, patience, tact, and confidentiality; demonstrates administrative and leadership ability; ability to analyze and evaluate objectively. Works under little direct supervision.

* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public. Ability to meet emotional and physical demands of patients (and to help insure their dignity) and staff on the unit.

* Ability to maintain composure, positive attitude and awareness of priorities in an environment of stress and frequent interruptions.

* Ability to keep somewhat detailed records and prepare routine reports.

* Knowledge of general nursing theory and practice; including basic knowledge related to nursing, such as drugs, biological, physical, social, and medical sciences, and their application. Working knowledge of infection control, universal precautions and OSHA standards.

* Knowledge of principles and methods involved in in-service instruction of nursing and auxillary personnel, in demonstrating techniques and methods of patient-care services, and in instruction of patient's needs.

* Familiarity with medical diagnoses, procedures, and accepted medical treatment patterns. Knowledge of procedures and techniques necessary to administer medication and treatment as prescribed by physician. Knowledge of medications and possible side effects.

* Commitment to Christian principles and teachings both professionally and personally.

* Sufficient good health to properly discharge duties. Employees shall not be permitted to work who have infectious disease or skin lesion, for the duration of the communicability.

* Previous experience in long-term care preferred.

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