The Practical Side of Working with the Minimum Data Set (MDS)

DATE: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Noon – 1 p.m. CST


The Minimum Data Set (MDS) has been a driving force in many areas of the long-term care sector for nearly 30 years. What began as an assessment to facilitate the care plan process has evolved into a tool that is now used for reimbursement as well as for quality measures and survey processes.

Considering their frequency, MDS assessments remain a vital but time-intensive effort to measure the health status of residents in nursing homes. At the core, MDS data are highly complex and require a substantial learning curve to use them.

Join this webinar to get a first-hand perspective on working with MDS assessments and other tools that enhance quality of care:

  • Learn best practices for managing the MDS process and assessments.

  • Understand other tools and measures that drive quality of care.

  • Utilize MDS assessments as a tool to enhance clinical operations.

Thomas Annarella has been a dedicated member of the long-term care profession for more than a decade. He currently serves as the administrator of Valley Hi Nursing and Rehab in Woodstock, IL, a county-owned facility. For most of his career he has been a member of the Illinois Health Care Association, serving on various committees including the Nursing Facility Constituency Steering Committee, which he currently chairs, and the Administration and Finance Committee. Tom joined the IHCA Board of Directors in 2011. He has been recognized as one of Provider magazine’s “20 to Watch” and has completed the AHCA/NCAL Future Leaders program. He is currently the chair of IHCA’s Illinois Leaders program.


Nursing: This program has been approved for one clock hour of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Administrators: This program has been approved for one hour of continuing education by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) – Approval #20250330-1.25-A102220-DL.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must submit their documentation directly to their respective state boards, associations, or licensing agencies. Forum Extended Care Services provides CE certificates only to attendees.


Thomas Annarella, LNHA
Thomas Annarella, LNHA Administrator at Valley Hi Nursing & Rehabilitation

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