Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 Course

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Course Expires November 14, 2025
Credits: 10 CPEUs including 1 required Ethics CPEU for CDR, 10 CEs including 1 required Ethics CE for CBDM
Accreditations: CDR, CBDM
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This is the perfect course for RDNs and NDTRs- Stay up to date on standardized protocols in the MDS 3.0 RAI!

Receive the required Ethics CPE with this course!

This course is based on The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instruments (RAI) Manual (v1.17 October 1, 2019 revision) which is a document used for implementing standardized assessment for facility care management in nursing homes and non-critical access hospital swing beds. The purpose of the manual is to offer clear guidance about how to use the RAI correctly and effectively for providing appropriate care, which in turn will be used in creating an individualized care plan. It also assists in tracking changes in the resident’s status, evaluating goals, and revising their care plan.

The RAI provides assessments for each long-term care facility resident in functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. The assessment is performed on every resident in a Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified long-term care facility. The MDS 3.0 tool includes residents in the assessment process and focuses on standardized protocols. The care plan is a resident’s path toward maintaining or achieving their highest level of well-being. The RAI manual is composed of three areas: The Minimum Data Set (MDS) Version, the Care Area Assessment (CAA) process and the RAI Utilization Guidelines.

The MDS Assessment data is used to calculate the resident’s Patient Drive Payment Model (PDPM) classification for payment. The PDPM case-mix adjusted groups is determined using extensive information on the resident’s therapy and nursing needs including ADL status, cognitive status, behavioral problems and medical diagnoses. Coding Section K accurately will affect the PDPM score including parenteral IV feeding and fluids and tube feedings. This is covered under the PDPM non-therapy ancillary  (NTA) services category. Malnutrition also is captured using this system under NTA comorbidity score calculation.

A continuing professional education case-study based exam helps the reader apply the information in the required reading to their work setting.

Purchasing Options: This course is available as an “eDocument + CPE Test” only. Includes a link to the required reading in the course document, electronic test, and 1 certificate with passing grade.  

After completing this continuing professional education course, the participants will be able to:

  1. Integrate new knowledge and skills related to the MDS into practice.
  2. Keep abreast of and complies with national regulations, policies, and standards for completion of the MDS.
  3. Use established benchmarking and best practices to inform practice in CMS regulated skilled nursing facilities.
  4. Prioritize specific nutrition problems to inform nutrition care plans.

This course is intended for: RDN, NDTRs and CDMs

CDR Activity Number: 173508   Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: 3

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 1.1.5 Integrates new knowledge and skills into practice.
  • 1.2.2 Keeps abreast of and complies with national, state, and local legislation, regulations, policies, and standards.
  • 7.4.7 Uses established benchmarking and best practices to inform practice.
  • 10.3.3 Prioritizes specific nutrition problems to inform nutrition care plans and processes.

Note: Numerous other Performance Indicators may apply.

Please note this course has been approved by CDR for 10 CPE, including the required 1 ethics CPE.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are not responsible for the provider’s interpretation of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession or its enforcement as it relates to the scenarios and content presented in this activity.


This course is also approved by the Certifying Board of Dietary Managers (CBDM). (Expiration Date 12/31/2025).

Hours: 9 General CE and 1 Ethics CE

Approval Number: 167860

Each CDM in attendance will be required to report their CE hours by logging into their online account at

CDMs are to retain a copy of the certificate of completion in the event they are audited.

From CBDM: “All CBDM Prior Approved programs are subjected to the CE hour limitations for a program type as defined by CBDM policy. For more information, please refer to The CBDM Guide to Maintaining your Credential”.

This self-study course includes required reading, a downloadable course document and an online exam with multiple choice, case study based questions. This course exam includes 41 questions. Upon passing the test, the learner can download and print the certificate.

Required Reading for this Course: The MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 is a Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (CMS) Publication.

Disclaimer: The text associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles that will be applied in taking a case-study based exam. Neither the authors nor the publishers of the text/book have contributed to or endorsed this course.


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The case studies are very reflective of actual day-to-day work in facilities. Coding Section K correctly requires thorough understanding of MDS-mandated interpretation of nutrition related events. This course provides opportunity for practice at the "nitty-gritty" level!
- Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 Course
Jane Bennett, MS, RDN, LD
This program provides a well-rounded educational experience to encourage and promote a comprehensive understanding with MDS, specifically with section K.
- Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 Course
Erin Allen, MS, RDN, LD

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