5 Learning Modules    |    10 Nursing Contact Hours

Invest in MDS and invest in the success of your facility.

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Engage Consulting and Concept Rehab are offering the MDS Academy of Excellence for skilled nursing facility leadership staff to gain valuable insights and participate in real-time training to take their skills to the next level.​ Facility leaders, MDS teams, and interdisciplinary staff are invited to participate to gain valuable knowledge and earn contact hours for Nurses.

Significant changes to the MDS 3.0 are coming on October 1, 2023, and now is the perfect time to start preparing your MDS Nurses and IDT for these changes. We have updated this MDS Academy of Excellence to infuse CMS updates and coding instructions, along with a focus on: 

  • Optimizing Reimbursement and Accuracy
  • Driving Quality Programs
  • Organizing and Structuring MDS Department


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Register for the next MDS Academy - Summer 2023

In this five-part series, participants will learn and demonstrate competency in core areas that will assure accurate clinical and reimbursement outcomes propelling your organization for optimal success. Strengthen MDS competency with:

  • Mock Coding Scenarios: As MDS consultants, we have collected commonly miscoded items on the MDS and infuse this in training scenarios to bring clarity to MDS Nurses and the IDT.

  • MDS Resource Library: Access our complete library of forms, tools and resources that power your MDS Department to be well-organized and efficient while maintaining regulatory compliance.

  • Realtime Collaboration: Our experts are here for you.  Throughout the program, collaborate live with real-time questions and discussion and see feedback and responses from peers.

Over the course of 3 months, 2-hour training modules will be offered two times per month from 12:00 - 2:00 pm EDT with interactive pre and post course work. Each course is approved for 2 contact hours for Nurses. A total of 10 nursing contact hours can be earned.

Program Cost: 5 training modules & resource library is $350 for unlimited participants in your facility.

Participants will refine their skills and learn strategies to effectively manage all aspects of the MDS Department with a special focus on:

Part 1   |   June 15th, 12:00 - 2:00
MDS Changes: What You Need To Know

10/1/23 MDS Changes

  • Review of draft RAI Manual Changes
  • Updates to work-flows with eliminating Section G
  • Optional State Assessments (OSA)- Case Mix States


Part 2   |   June 28th, 12:00 - 2:00
Medicare A Skilling Criteria and PDPM Optimizing Accuracy

Medicare A Requirements

  • 3-day stay
  • 60-day spell of wellness
  • Advanced Beneficiary Notices
  • Skilled level of care
  • Physician Certifications and Re-Certifications

PDPM Optimizing Accuracy

  • Pre-admission records
  • Primary diagnosis
  • Predicting CMGs at time of admission
  • Tools to predict CMGs/payment
  • Interim Payment Assessment
  • Documentation compliance
  • Huddle meetings
  • Collaboration with IDT

Part 3   |   July 12th, 12:00 - 2:00    
Managed Care and Case Mix Management

Managing Managed Care

  • Insurance reimbursement
  • Updates to Case Manager

Case Mix Management

  • Medicaid payment calculations
  • Reading and interpreting case mix reports
  • Case Mix Management
    • Tracking case mix
    • Proactive reviews

Part 4   |   July 27th, 12:00 - 2:00    
Quality Measure Management

  • QM User Guide
  • Accessing and reviewing reports
  • Management strategies

Part 5   |   August 17th, 12:00 - 2:00   

Quality Reporting Program and 5-Star Rating

Managing QRP

  • QRP overview
  • Accessing and reviewing reports
  • Reviewing reports for accuracy
  • Management strategies

Nursing Home Compare & 5-Star Rating

  • Overview of NH Compare
  • Overview of 5-star system
  • Reviewing facility preview reports

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Jennifer Napier is a Registered Nurse who has devoted her career to the long-term-care industry.  She has a passion for sharing her valuable expertise to customers, clinicians and peers specific to post-acute care, reimbursement, and SNF regulations in order to help others grow and thrive in the industry.
With over 17 years of experience, Jennifer’s expertise includes CMS quality initiatives, regulatory compliance, MDS coding, billing and reimbursement accuracy, Restorative Nursing, QAPI, 5-star rating improvement, facility leadership and operational development, clinical program development, managing audits and appeals, and previously served in the role of Regional Director of Clinical Reimbursement.  Jennifer currently holds multiple certifications from AAPACN including RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, and QCP (QAPI Certified Professional). 
As the Director of Clinical Consulting with Engage Consulting, Jennifer works closely with each partner to uncover new opportunities and obstacles and bring strategy, insights, and resources to help partners achieve a new level of excellence.

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Tammy Cassidy is a Registered nurse with over 28 years of experience in long term care, specializing in MDS and clinical quality.  She is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and former CMS DAVE2 surveyor.  Tammy understands not only the clinical quality aspect of long-term care, but is also a valuable regulatory, risk management, and financial asset for your organization.   She is frequent speaker offering education for many organizations including the Ohio Health Care Association, Leading Age, The Academy of Senior Health Sciences, and the American College of Health Care Administrators on topics related to clinical quality, risk management, and reimbursement.  She is the proud recipient of the 2017 ACHCA Educator of the Year award. She is a master teacher with the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses (AAPACN) for the Resident Assessment Coordinator certification course.

DAVE2, or the Data Assessment and Verification program, was a national initiative of CMS with a primary focus to assure accuracy and reliability of Minimum Data Set (MDS) data, as this data drives the Medicare Part A payment, publicly reported quality measures, and in some states, Medicaid case mix payment systems. 

Each individual MDS Academy Course is approved for 2 contact hours for nurses.

Concept Rehab, Inc. is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (4003198)

"We have opened the door (with your help) in having a more productive IDT, team meetings and hopefully resolving some long standing issues."
93% report seeing clinical and financial benefits as a result of enhanced skills.
"Both Tammy and Jennifer have taken on quite dry subjects but hold my attention with their straight forward, bottom line information that I need… and easy to understand explanation of many concepts that baffle my newer staff."