MDS Coordinator
at Acts Retirement- Life Communities

Date Posted: 4/12/2017

Job Description

Join our team at Acts Retirement-Life Communities! Acts has been setting the standard for excellence in senior retirement living since 1972, with a vision founded in faith and guided by a commitment to integrity and loving kindness.

Summary Statement:

Responsible for the care of an admission to the medical care facility(MCF) from the initial assessment of the level of care required, to the coordination of the care with the staff, and to the maintenance of the care records. Ensures Medicare compliance and accurate completion of the M.D.S. Serves as liaison between the MCF, the payer, and the corporate office. Coordinates the restorative nursing care program by screening the residents, setting goals for the resident, updating the goals as needed, supervising and educating the staff who provide the restorative care.

Essential Job Functions

• Assesses the level of care on all new admissions and monitors for changes in the level of care. Ensures Medicare and other third party payer compliance by overseeing the documentation of the skilled level of care and communicating any changes in care levels to the staff.
• Attends daily “stand up” meetings and facilitates the care planning conferences.
• Coordinates interdisciplinary participation in completing the M.D.S. within required time frames. Responsible for monitoring, reviewing, and transmitting resident data as part of the electronic transmission of the M.D.S.
• Maintains accurate records of resident assessments that are due and communicates with the other departments.
• Teaches staff to enhance their skill level in providing accurate, timely and appropriate information into the resident assessment system.
• Interacts with residents, families, therapies and physicians regarding resident status.
• Provides current, accurate, and complete clinical information to Medicare or other payer.
• Educates the medical facility staff on contract requirements and preferred providers.
• Negotiates for appropriate continuation of length of stay or extension of services.
• Obtains payer authorizations for recommended treatments, procedures, supplies, and equipment.
• Assists in identifying alternatives to uncovered services and in responding to denials of payment.
• Reviews pre-placement assessments to identify costly treatments, supplies or services.
• Obtains cost information on all facility resources including, but not limited to, medication, supplies, labs x-rays, IVs, specialty equipment, respiratory services and consults. Assists in compiling data on the current resource utilization such as practice patterns within the facility that contribute to high resource utilization. Performs chart reviews to measure the management of resources.
• Coordinates the restorative care nursing program by screening the residents for appropriate restorative care, setting goals, re-screening to re-evaluate and update goals, and documenting monthly on the resident’s progress.
• Communicates with the physicians and therapists for orders and referrals as required.
• Assists staff in the writing of individual care plans to identify specific problems, goals and restorative approaches.
• Reviews weekly with the CNAs their case loads and their documentation of restorative services to ensure compliance with Medical Assistance and Medicare.
• Provides routine and ongoing staff education in-service in the restorative care process.
• Monitors the proper implementation and effectiveness of the restorative program quarterly.
• May perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

The critical skills and knowledge required to successfully perform the functions of the position are normally obtained thru the completion of a state Registered Nurse license, Current or eligible for certification in Cardia/Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Intravenous Therapy, a Minimum of 2 years experience in M.D.S. and delivery of patient care, preferably in Geriatric and/or Medical/Surgical Nursing. 

Job Snapshot

About Us

Reaching Out ~ Touching Lives ~ Living the Vision

For over 40 years, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities has met the needs of senior adults living in our communities with quality care and service. Today, our vision has continued to grow wherein today there are nearly 9,000 residents and 6,000 employees in 23 ACTS communities. We are convinced that the secret to ACTS' success has been our employees and the ability we all have had to work as a team to provide quality and caring resident service. As we continue to grow, we’re looking for compassionate talent to live our Vision by joining our team.

Today, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities®, Inc. is the largest not-for-profit builder, owner and manager of continuing care retirement communities in the United States. Our vision for ACTS Retirement-Life Communities is to have The ACTS Culture of Loving-Kindness be the basic fiber of our daily practice to meet the needs of those we serve.

"ACTS is a true and loving family.  I feel the love everyday from residents and staff."

"I love working in a Christian atmosphere.  We work as a team to give our residents the best if service and to carry out the culture of loving-kindness.  I go home everyday fulfilled in knowing that I have done something helpful for a resident."

"My service award gift is very nice and I feel appreciated for my thirty-five years of service when I wear it"

"They say your home is where your heart is.  My heart is with ACTS.  I couldn't find a better place to work"

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