The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is an important tool for creating standardized assessments and for facilitating patient care management in long-term care facilities. The assessment results provided by the tool has implications for residents, care providers, families, researchers, and policymakers. There were concerns with MDS 2.0 regarding the reliability and validity of the information provided–most specifically when it came to resident interviews. Some argued that since MDS 2.0 failed to address direct patient interviews that it was missing pertinent information that would more effectively allow the facility to create proper care guidelines. This would hinder care provided to residents.
In addition to this problem, government agencies were also concerned about qualitative aspects of the data and validity of MDS 2.0 assessments. Almost all stakeholders involved agreed that other care settings, including the patient environment, should be included in the tool set to help improve communication and results.
With MDS 3.0, the assessment program has been redesigned to help address and improve the above mentioned factors. New assessments under MDS 3.0 will place greater emphasis on direct resident interviews and the care environment. This update in MDS 3.0 also changes the job role of the MDS Coordinator to include more resident interaction. The goal of this change is to improve the reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of the MDS. These improvements will have great impact on long-term care facilities and public policy.
As qualitative and quantitative data increases, and more long-term care facilities improve their knowledge of MDS through formal training, the value of MDS Coordinators will continue to increase. Our training program is up-to-date on MDS 3.0 training procedures and will continue to implement new material as made available in the industry!
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