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MDS 3.0 Intensive Training

February 15 @ 8:00 am - February 17 @ 4:00 pm

Directed Health Measures

Your safety and well-being are NHCA’s top priority. The event will follow Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department directed health measures (DHMs) in place at the time the event is held.


This three-day intensive MDS training will provide in-depth education on the RAI process. This program will help staff better understand the assessment process and why quality measures trigger.


At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:


  1. State the regulatory guidelines for setting Assessment Reference Dates (ARD) and MDS completion for each OBRA assessment type.
  2. State when Nebraska Specific Section S is required to be completed.
  3. State the only acceptable way to set ARDs.
  4. Verbalize the requirements, timelines, and processes for resident interviews.
  5. List the four Late Loss ADLs that affect reimbursement (Medicare and Medicaid Case Mix) which also affect quality measures.
  6. Correctly state the residents’ bowel and bladder continence during the MDS look-back window.
  7. Accurately identify active diagnoses for MDS coding.


  1. Describe the MDS items that trigger quality measures related to pain and falls.
  2. Describe how significant weight losses and weight gains are to be determined.
  3. Discuss medications that affect the quality measures.
  4. List the pressure ulcer stages and the qualifications for each stage.
  5. Report the requirements for coding the special treatments, programs, and procedures that impact quality measures and Medicare reimbursement.
  6. Identify the physical restraint items that impact the quality measures and how position change alarms may have the effect of restraining a resident.
  7. Report when the Local Contact Agency must be involved in discharge planning.
  8. Report three examples of significant change in condition criteria for decline.
  9. Describe the correct procedure for completing the Care Area Assessments.
  10. Describe the Care Planning Process as it relates to the CAAs, Diagnoses, and Medications.


  1. Verbalize the daily skilled services criteria for Medicare A and the Daily Skilled Nursing Documentation.
  2. Explain when Section GG is required and how it affects the SNF PDPM.
  3. Describe the windows for setting the ARDs of scheduled PPS assessments and the other Medicare required assessments.
  4. Discuss the components determining a PDPM.


This program is appropriate for all staff in nursing facilities.


Kathy Sanders, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, Sanders Consulting, Tecumseh, Neb.


Registrants will have the option to attend in-person or virtually. Each attendee will designate in-person or virtual format during registration. Registrants must attend in the format in which they are registered. Lunch will be provided.

Continuing Education Credit

This education program meets the continuing competency requirements of 21 hours for the renewal/reinstatement of a Nebraska Nursing Home Administrator’s license as granted by the Nebraska Board of Nursing Home Administrators. This program meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work. This program meets the criteria for continuing education of 21 hours for nurses. This program is appropriate continuing education for activity coordinators. Participants must stay in the education program the entire time to receive full credit.


Handouts will be available online. Registrants will receive a link to the handouts prior to the program. Be sure to include your email address on the registration form.


Please provide your feedback on the course by completing the evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to registrants.

Virtual Attendees

Registrants will be emailed a link to the training after registration. NHCA uses ZOOM as the online training platform. An internet connection is required. You may participate from any computer and most mobile devices that have internet access. However, to receive full credit, you must be logged into the ZOOM app through your computer or mobile device. Visit https://zoom.us/test to test if your computer is ready for a ZOOM session and to download the latest application. The audio portion of this webinar is run through the computer rather than through a phone line. A computer with external speakers or headset is needed; a microphone and/or webcam is required. Questions for the instructor can be asked through chat and Q&A functions in the ZOOM app. If you need technical assistance, please call 402-435-3551 or email education@nehca.org.


Day 1

Start End Topic
7:30 am 8:00 am REGISTRATION
8:00 am 9:15 am OBRA Assessments, Basic MDS Regulations, Terms, and Timelines
9:15 am 9:45 am Section A Coding
9:45 am 9:55 am Break
9:55 am 11:10 am Resident and Staff Interviews, Section B and C (Hearing, Vision, Cognition)
11:10 am 11:40 am Section D (Mood and Behavior)
11:40 am 12:15 pm Lunch (Included)
12:15 pm 12:45 pm Section E (Mood and Behavior)
12:45 pm 1:15 pm Section F (Activities)
1:15 pm 2:30 pm Section G (ADLs)
2:30 pm 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm 3:15 pm Section H (Continence)
3:15 pm 4:30 pm Section I (Diagnoses)

Day 2

Start End Topic
8:00 am 8:30 am Section J (Pain, Falls, Surgical Procedures)
8:30 am 8:45 am Section K (Nutrition)
8:40 am 9:00 am Section L (Oral Dental Care)
9:00 am 10:15 am Section M (Skin Care)
10:15 am 10:30 am Break
10:30 am 11:00 am Section N (Medications)
11:00 am 11:45 am Section O (Special Treatments, Procedures, and Programs)
11:45 am 12:30 pm Lunch (Included)
12:30 pm 12:45 pm Section P (Restraints)
12:45 pm 1:00 pm Section Q (Discharge Potential)
1:00 pm 1:30 pm Significant Change in Status
1:30 pm 2:00 pm Care Area Assessments
2:00 pm 2:30 pm Care Planning Process
2:30 pm 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm 4:15 pm Care Planning Process

Day 3

Start End Topic
8:00 am 9:00 am Nebraska RUG III Medicare A PDPM
9:00 am 9:45 am Medicare Clinical Coverage
9:45 am 10:00 am Break
10:00 am 10:15 am Scheduling PPS
10:15 am 11:15 am Section GG
11:15 am 12:00 pm Lunch (Included)
12:00 pm 1:15 pm ICD-10 and PDPM
1:15 pm 1:30 pm Break
1:30 pm 3:00 pm PDPM Breakdown
3:00 pm 3:45 pm Skilled Nursing Documentation for Medicare A


PRE-REGISTRATION is encouraged. Registration at the door will be accepted only if space permits. If you wish to confirm your registration, call the NNFA/NALA office at 402-435-3551.


Registration Fees
Member* on/before February 1 $470 per person
Member* after February 1 $495 per person
Non-member on/before February 1 $940 per person
Non-member after February 1 $965 per person

Registration includes lunch, breaks, and the handout link.

Substitution, cancellation, and refund policies can be found at this link.

Photographs are taken during Nebraska Health Care Association events for use in media releases, newsletters, nehca.org, and social media. By registering for this event, you grant NHCA the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes.

Hotel Room Block

Residence Inn by Marriott Lincoln South

5865 Boboli Ln, Lincoln, NE 68516

Call (402) 423-1555 and mention Nebraska Health Care Association to receive the discounted room rate of $89 a night.

Please make your reservations by January 25, 2022. The discounted room rate is not guaranteed for any reservations made after this date.


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Liability Release Statement

I acknowledge that by attending I am forgoing risks and accepting sole responsibility for any exposure or infection that may result in illness, disability, and/or death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself or others. I understand that if I am ill before, during, or after the training, it is my responsibility to inform NHCA.


February 15 @ 8:00 am
February 17 @ 4:00 pm
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Nebraska Health Care Association
1200 Libra Drive, #100
Lincoln, NE 68512 United States
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February 15 @ 8:00 am
February 17 @ 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Nebraska Health Care Association
1200 Libra Drive, #100
Lincoln, NE 68512 United States
+ Google Map