This session describes how the wealth of information in the MDS can be harnessed to sort out the implications of the Quality Measures and provide new insights into patient quality of care issues. Case study examples will demonstrate how the MDS can: 1) Yield evidence-based information that can help medical directors better identify patient risk factors and the impact on outcomes, the Quality Measures and other adverse events. 2) Be actively integrated into nursing home quality improvement, risk assessment and care planning activities to better assess and monitor patient care and proactively guide preventive interventions to minimize adverse outcomes.
Explain the MDS and CMS Quality Measures (QMs), their interdependence and limitations, and how to put these data to use in practice to improve outcomes and care
Discuss how accurate MDS data is directly linked to the medical director’s role and responsibilities in overseeing and ensuring quality of care in the nursing home and explore practical approaches to manage this critical but difficult task
Examine how the wealth of clinical data available from the MDS can help medical directors better understand changing resident characteristics, risk factors and co-morbidities, giving new insights to manage the multiple chronic conditions common to the frail elderly