The Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process and the implementation procedures surrounding it involve complex activities that require considerable skill to master. The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is a key component of the RAI process. The MDS contributes to the resident care plan, determines resource utilization and subsequent reimbursement. It also impacts the quality measures used in the survey process and the CMS star rating. The RAI process directly impacts the nursing home Medicare and Medicaid certification process. Thus, inaccuracies and errors may have significant regulatory and financial repercussions for the nursing facility.
RMS offers a MDS Consulting Program providing Resident Assessment Coordinator – Certified (RAC-CT) consultants to maximize care and services while minimizing the opportunity for regulatory deficiencies and fines. The RAC-CT consultant provides staff education and mentoring, as well as assistance in completing the MDS.