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

Credits: 10
Course Expiration: October 6, 2022
Professional Approvals: CDR
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Stay up to date on the Patient Driven Payment Model and standardized protocols in the MDS 3.0 RAI 

This course is only available as a “CPE Additional Certificate”. There is no hard copy book – the link to the CMS Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 RAI Manual is included in the course document.

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Course Description

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 term will be used in creating and 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.



Navigating the details of the MDS is fraught with peril; this course helps to guide you correctly along the way.
- Jane Bennett, MS, RDN, CD
Minimum Data Set 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 Course

After completing this continuing professional education course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Utilize MDS 3.0 Manual in determining nutrition data and dates of information required for entry into MDS 3.0 system.
  2. Recognize the difference in types of assessments for the MDS 3.0 System.
  3. Assess nutrition data to enter accurate information into the MDS 3.0 System.
  4. Analyze anthropometric data to enter accurate information into the MDS 3.0 System.
  5. Recognize which MDS 3.0 Section K criteria triggers CAAs.

This course is intended for: RDNs and NDTRs

CDR Activity Number: 151430   Self Study Activity Type: 720 Printed
CPE Level: 3

Suggested CDR Learning Needs Codes:

  • 3005 Nutrition assessment and diagnosis
  • 5390 Care planning, documentation, and evaluation
  • 5040 LTC, intermediate, assisted living
  • 7100 Institution/regulatory policies and procedures

Suggested CDR Performance Indicators:

  • 4.1.2 Interprets and integrates evidence-based research and literature in decision-making.
  • 5.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of system interfaces used in the delivery of services.
  • 6.2.1 Uses established benchmarking and best practices to inform practice
  • 10.2.6. Effectively communicates findings and nutrition diagnoses to clients and the health care team.

Note: Numerous other CDR Learning Need Codes and Performance Indicators may apply.

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 48 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.

The text/book associated with this course is required solely for the course taker to learn the underlying principles which they will apply 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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