Training Information

This page provides links to training material given to nursing home providers and surveyors.

Minimum Data Set (MDS) Training

The purpose of this training is to offer providers guidance about how to use the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) correctly and effectively to help provide appropriate care. The RAI consists of three basic components: The Minimum Data Set (MDS) Version 3.0, the Care Area Assessment (CAA) process and the RAI utilization guidelines.

The RAI helps nursing home staff look at residents holistically—as individuals for whom quality of life and quality of care are mutually significant and necessary. Interdisciplinary use of the RAI promotes this emphasis on quality of care and quality of life.

In Spring 2024, seven 90-minute training sessions for coding the MDS will be offered in March and April via Teams. There is no charge to the providers. We encourage all disciplines participating in completing any section of the MDS to attend. Fall 2024 MDS training with updates will be scheduled for September and October.

The sessions have been set up for the participant to attend any session on any date listed. The link for Teams is the same for every session.

Please Note:  Registration is not necessary to link into Teams.

Thursday March 14th, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Session #1: Review assessment scheduling and coding in Section A, MDS schedule Related Regulations, Interview Strategies, and use of dashes.

Thursday March 21st, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Session #2: Review of Sections B, F, K, and Related Regulations.

Thursday March 28th, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Session #3: Review of Sections C, D, E, Q, Discharge Planning, and Related Regulations.

Thursday April 4th, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Session #4: Review of Sections GG, H, I, J, and Related Regulations.

Thursday April 11th, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Session #5: Review of Sections L, M, N, O, P, and Related Regulations.

Thursday April 18th, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Session #6: Review of Sections V, CAAs, Care Plans, and Related Regulations.

Thursday April 25th, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Session #7: Review of Sections X, Z, Transmissions, Related Regulations, and Helpful Resources.

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Each participant should print out or save a copy of the NC MDS 3.0 handout posted on the DHSR training webpage and have it available during the workshop. Having your copy of the RAI Manual may be helpful.

Quality Improvement Organization

Alliant GMCF is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designated Quality Improvement Organization for North Carolina. Alliant GMCF works with nursing home leadership and staff to focus on resident-centered care to improve the quality of care by making it safer and more cost effective. Alliant GMCF also provides education and training sessions, tools and resources for effective interventions.

Abuse, Neglect, Misappropriation, Exploitation

Training on how the current abuse, neglect and exploitation tags are surveyed. Explanation of the intent of the Interpretative Guidelines and how they are used. Review of the common misconceptions about these regulations. The participant will be able to assure that their process within their facility is accurate, up to date and utilized correctly.

Emergency Preparedness

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey & Certification Group (SCG) developed the Emergency Preparedness Basic Surveyor Training Course to help health and safety and Life Safety Code (LSC) surveyors and reviewers gain proficiency in surveying all affected participating providers and certified suppliers for compliance with their individual emergency preparedness requirements.

Long Term Care Survey Process:

The LTCSP is the federal long-term care survey process effective November 28, 2017. The LTCSP is a resident centered, outcome-oriented inspection that relies on a case mix stratified sample of residents to gather information about skilled nursing facility and nursing facility compliance with participation requirements. The LTCSP uses customized software on tablet personal computers (PCs) to guide surveyors through offsite preparation and onsite interviews, observations, and limited record review; facility task review; and investigation of identified areas of concern.