Staffing Shortages Lead Nursing Homes to Rethink the MDS Coordinator Role

Persistent staffing shortages combined with regulatory headwinds have put even more pressure on nursing home MDS coordinators, a specialty position that itself has not been immune to the job turnover felt across the sector.

And their role to ensure that facilities get the reimbursement they earn and the right care is provided may be more vital than ever with proposed Medicare cuts on the horizon.

Some operators, like Milwaukee-based North Shore Healthcare, have looked for ways to make their MDS process easier and more efficient by keeping their MDS coordinators focused on assessments and by providing them more regional support.

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