The MDS Coordinator, although a cornerstone position in long-term care facilities, is a widely-unknown position to many individuals in the nursing field. The MDS Coordinator is responsible for making patient assessments in nursing care facilities and documenting vital information in regard to the patient’s physical and psychological abilities. This documentation is what enables the facility to provide medicinal treatment to its residents. It is also how the government provides Medicaid/Medicare reimbursements.
If the role of a MDS Coordinator is so vital to long-term care facilities then why is it a relatively unknown nursing position?
We believe the answer lies in specialization and advances in technology.
The role of the MDS Coordinator has become much more specialized over the past several years as federal requirements have increased. These regulation changes are often beneficial to patients because they ensure proper patient and treatment. However, as documentation procedures become more stringent, so do the job requirements of a MDS Coordinator. This means that anyone who wants to be a MDS Coordinator must continue to advance their education and knowledge in the field.
Another reason that the MDS Coordinator job position is unknown to many is technology. Technology has changed so much over the past decade. Instead of documenting patient assessments via pen and paper, many care facilities now use iPads and other electronic devices. This allows the facility to more easily maintain their records and also pull patient data instantly.
This rapid technological growth, along with specialization, has transformed the job of the MDS Coordinator into a much more niche role. Over the next decade the MDS Coordinator will become a much more widely-known position among nurses. Until then, we will continue to educate individuals on the importance of the MDS Coordinator by providing the highest-level of education and consulting available in the industry.