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Events on this page cover specialized MDS-related Prospective Payment System (PPS) topics regarding Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) or portions of the PDPM such as Section GG & effects on reimbursement for SNFs & Non-CAH Swing Beds.   


Live Stream Event

June 14, 2024


(Pacific Time)


All MDS-involved staff completing Medicare MDS assessments:  MDS Nurses, MDS Coordinators, Directors of Nursing, Therapists, Administrators and others.

This is not a full MDS 3.0 Training.  

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Note:  This is not an MDS 3.0 Training where instructions on how to code the whole MDS item-by-item are discussed.  

This course will discuss the Medicare MDS assessments and scheduling, Interrupted Stay Policy, different components of PDPM, and step-by-step calculation of the PDPM HIPPS Code.  Based on the latest LTC Resident Assessment Instrument User's Manual version 1.18.11 effective October 01, 2024 and errata v2.

This is strictly a training that covers Chapter 2 (partially), Chapter 3 (partially) and  Chapter 6 of the RAI manual.




This course is for individuals who have some MDS 3.0 knowledge and experience, at least up to RAI version 1.17.11, and need a formal skills training, review or update of the PDPM.



MDS Nurses, MDS Coordinators, Therapy Department, D.O.N. & others involved in coding MDS Medicare assessments of Long Term Care Facility, Skilled Nursing Facility, and non-CAH Swing Bed Facility.


Handouts (slides) will be emailed to each attendee the week of the training event.  Printed materials will be mailed 2-3 weeks before the event date.   Once the package is sent and the attendee cancels, the cost of the training materials ($250) and administrative cancellation fee ($50) are subtracted from the full amount of the refund, if applicable.  We cannot ask for the return of the materials.  

MDS/RAI Advisor is not responsible for replacing or resending files after the course has ended.  Files are made available before and during the course and it is the responsibility of the attendee to open and check the file timely.  (If you lose the file or cannot open the file after the training event, it is not our responsibility to replace it.  (This is the same as you receiving a file from your English 101 college professor and then a month after you finish the English 101 course, you cannot find the file or cannot open the file The institution is not responsible for replacing your lost file or a file you did not open before and during the course.)


For this MDS Refresher Course (a refresher of the MDS 3.0 Training event), four (4) continuing education contact hours will be awarded to attendees who pass the examination by 11:59 pm of the training if record shows signature of attendance.  Break times are not included because the training is not going on during those times.  Full or partial continuing education contact hours cannot be awarded for attendees leaving early.

Note:  MDS/RAI Advisor is a provider approved by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, Provider Number V10855 and California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP Number 16627 for 13 contact hours. (To verify the course approval with the appropriate Board of Nursing, click on links.)   Since this MDS-related course is an update, the contact hours has been adjusted.


Upon completion of the course, the attendee will be able to:


1.  State the 6 components of PDPM.

2.  State the PPS Assessments, Tracking Forms and Discharge Assessment Reporting Schedule for SNFs and Non-CAH Swing Beds.

3.  Identify the use of the ICD 10 mapping for PDPM components.

4.  State how each PDPM component calculates the HIPPS code.


An invitation to take the test in an online testing site hosting MDS/RAI Advisor's courses & examinations will be provided the week of the event.  

The online course evaluation and examination will need to be completed (score of at least 70% within 3 attempts) by 11:59pm of the training event. 

No additional test time will be given for those who do not follow instructions regarding the online test site:


If, after the training ends, the attendee has problems such as opening an account in the test site (which should have been done before the training) or has problems remembering their account information, no additional time is given.  MDS/RAI Advisor is not responsible for providing assistance after hours since assistance is offered and explained during the training event.


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  • Dependable internet connection

  • Dependable working device with speaker:  Desktop, laptop, tablet or, as a back-up, Smartphone

  • A link to enter the online event.  This link is in an automatic email sent through Demio. (Demio is the online platform we are using for the live stream training for "a hassle-free, no download experience" via common browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) on devices such as Samsung, Microsoft, Apple and others.)  

  • Desktop minimum version requirements for each browser:  Chrome 55+, Firefox 53+, Safari 12.1+, Edge 42.  Mobile browsers: iOS and Android OS.  (Don't know your browser?  Click here.)


We are not responsible for the attendee's inability to get in the class for the following:

1) The attendee cannot find the link because they did not read their multiple emails that include the link repeatedly. 

2) The attendee did not check the link upon receiving the emails.  All links are working links auto-generated by Demio. 

3) The attendee's device is not working during the event date.

(Links that work on our end using different devices mean something is wrong with your device.  Thus, do not wait until the last minute to check. Calling us last minute to assist with the links will cause further delay.)

4) "Work" or "Company" email used during registration and the attendee does not have access at home:  We are not responsible for your ability or inability to access your emails.  It is your responsibility to get those MDS training information with you wherever you are doing the live stream.  

5) Internet is slow or device battery ran out:  Other people using the same internet to play video games or watch youtube can slow down your connection.  Multiple windows open in your device may need to be closed. Please do not message or call regarding this as we definitely cannot help. 

  • Sessions are Pacific Time (PT).  Depending on the time of the year, PT can be PST or PDT.

  • Do not drive to our office or former training location.  Live Stream is a live, online event- not a recording.  

  • Individuals invited to "sit-in" only means just that.  No training materials, certificates or contact hours will be provided to you as you are not considered a paid registered student.  We are not responsible for your inability to get in the class.



Make sure you have a dependable, working device with the following:

1. Speakers that work (or headphones or portable speakers that are in working condition)

2.  Screen that works

3.  Dependable internet connection

- If you have internet that keeps logging you out, then it is not a "dependable internet connection". If you cannot hear out of your smartphone "sometimes", then it is not dependable.

Solution:  Find another device.  Call your internet provider.  Do not use the device during the training.

- You need to be familiar with your own device:  Know how to use the various volume settings. 

  • We cannot give you orientation as to how you can change the volume setting of your device.  Devices may have multiple volume settings.

  • If you do not have the 3 device requirements mentioned above, please avail these before the session; otherwise, do not take the course. 

Solution:  Get plug-in headphones or portable speakers.​

If none of the above helped, then you do not have the requirements, i.e., you do not have a working device or a dependable internet.   Email to cancel the course timely to get the refund.   



  1. CLICK on the unique link provided in your email to see if it works.  (You should see a countdown.)  Demio is the live stream platform we will be using.   No need to download an app.  Any updated device should work.

  2. Using a desktop or a laptop?  CLICK here to run an audio/video check or go to

  3. Using a smartphone?  CLICK here to run an audio/video check or go to


- Find & set up your quiet area with minimal distraction and with a dependable, working internet connection.  

-  If available, have a back-up device such as an extra tablet, smartphone or laptop and practice using the unique link on it.


- Open your device and make sure it is fully charged or plugged-in.  (Smartphones can be used- you may need to swipe left or right to see the slides, instructor or chat room.)

- Use the unique event access link provided by Demio to get in the "room".

- Click on link or copy/paste to your browser to get in the "room".

- Count down should be showing if it is before the start time.

- Web live stream "room" will open 8:40am (Pacific Time).

- Audio issues?  Slides are not 'moving'?  Try these steps:

  1.   Refresh the page. 

  2.   Log out or close the window and log back in.

  3.  Check your device volume settings.  It usually has multiple audio settings.

  4.  Read the instructions above: "CHECK THE FOLLOWING UPON RECEIPT OF ACCESS LINK STEP A" 

  5.  Be patient.  Your device might have a slight delay connecting with the audio.

  • Do not call to tell us you cannot hear the instructor yet everyone else can hear the instructor.   This means something is going on with your device.

  • Do not get angry at our staff if you are frustrated because you cannot hear out of your device yet everyone else in the class can hear the instructor.  Again, this means something is going on with your device.  It is not our fault and we are not your IT.  You will be banned from the class- no refund.


Please do not call us to help you fix your device.  Unfortunately, one of the requirements for this course is having a dependable, working device.  Maybe these steps can help:

1.  Clear your cache.  Go to your computer settings and clear your browser cache history.

2.  Check your browser.  The browser might be old and not updated.  Sometimes work computers are not updated and employees have limited access.  Here are the minimal versions required for each browser-

  • FOR DESKTOP browsers:  Google Chrome 55+, Firefox 53+, Safari 12.1+, Microsoft Edge 42.  

  • FOR MOBILE browsers (examples are smartphones such as iphones or tablets such as galaxy or ipads): iOS and Android OS.  

  • Don't know your browser?  Click here. For instructions on how to update your browser, visit your browser's help pages. We recommend using one of these browsers:

  • Google Chrome

  • Firefox

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Safari

3.  Call your IT, computer or phone company.  (Apple, Dell, Verizon, AT&T and Microsoft have numbers you can call and they really do help.) 

4.  Use a different device, like a tablet or another smartphone.

MDS/RAI Advisor is not responsible for internet connection issues the attendee may experience due to issues caused by the attendee's internet provider. Connectivity issues not due to MDS/RAI Advisor's platform are not eligible for a refund.  (Example, if during the Audio/Visual check at 7:30am went well for you and then an hour later, the event can actively be seen and heard by attendees with no problems but you can no longer see or hear the presentation, then your internet provider or device has issues.)  Do not panic!  Take note of the topic or slide number.  If more than 10% loss of information was due to the attendee's internet provider connection problem, the topic will be reviewed at the end of the training or the attendee may be invited to the next session, if available. MDS/RAI Advisor is not responsible for internet connection issues the attendee may experience due to the attendee's own internet provider. 


However, if it is found that MDS/RAI Advisor's internet provider has caused a disruption (because it is obvious that no one can hear or see the presentation) during the training causing more than 10% loss of information due to connectivity issue, MDS/RAI Advisor will reschedule or provide a full refund.






June 14, 2024

9am-3pm Pacific Time


(8:30am - "Room" Opens for SIGN-IN, for Audio/Video Check/Attendee Self Set-Up.  Tip:  Use this time to set up your tablet or a smartphone as a back up.)

9am - Class starts promptly.

(12p-1p lunch break)

3pm - Class ends.

Test and course evaluation are required to be completed by 11:59pm of the training event for CE contact hours and Certificate of Completion.



​Call to confirm if seats are available.  Registration will close 7 days before this event or when supplies last; therefore, plan to send business checks a week in advance.  


CALVet & VA ONLY:  We will gladly hold seats for you to accommodate the additional time you may need to process the paperwork.  Please call to notify us to reserve seats for your staff.  It is best to email the registration form so we can provide the course information and reminders to your staff as we wait for the payment in the mail.  You may need to follow the instructions below regarding both mailing and emailing.

POSTAL MAIL:  CALL or EMAIL first to notify us and to check seat availability!  Why?  So we can save a seat for you while awaiting arrival of your mail.


Registration by mail is a slower process. Please do so ASAP if this is your preference.  Expect delays.  Delay in delivery may not guarantee a seat due to risk of mail being lost, tattered or torn. (Yes, it has happened.)  


Steps when mailing attendee information & check:

1)  Requires completion of registration form. Download form here.  (Use Adobe for best format.)

2)  Complete form (electronically or manually).

3)  Print form and then mail with check payment.  Click here for complete instructions.

EMAIL: If an attendee does not want to register online directly through this website, the registration form can be completed  electronically or by hand and then emailed to us. 

Steps when emailing attendee information only:

1)  Requires completion of registration form. Download form here.  (Use Adobe for best format.)

2)  Form can be completed electronically or manually (scan or photocopy). 

3)  Email form.    

4)  Upon our receipt, we will contact you that a seat is saved and to verify when you will be sending the check payment in the mail.  A saved seat is not a guaranteed entrance to the course since payment is needed.  Click here for more specific instructions.




1)  No sharing of live stream class link:  There is no sharing of the live stream access link.  If another attendee uses the same link, one will have no record of attendance. 


2)  It is the attendee’s responsibility to notify the instructor in advance of a need for accommodation of a disability.

3)  It is the responsibility of the attendee to read and review the course webpage regarding the course information and policies before registering and paying for the course.


1) Disruptive and inappropriate behavior, comments or actions towards another individual are not allowed while the course is in session.  Be polite and respectful toward others.  

2) Aggravated behavior before and during any event, in any form of communication (live stream platform, phone call, email, text, in-person, etc.) will not be tolerated. 


3) Videotaping of the course while in session is not allowed.

Anyone not in accordance to the Code of Conduct will not be allowed to enter or continue the course as we strive to provide the best possible training accommodations.  The attendee will automatically be banned.  MDS/RAI Advisor has the right to refuse business with unruly individuals.





Cancellations must be in writing- email or by postal mail received by MDS/RAI ADVISOR.


ALL cancellations are subject to an administrative processing cancellation fee of $50.


NOTE:  Once the package is sent and the attendee cancels, the cost of the training materials ($250) and administrative cancellation fee ($50) are subtracted from the full amount of the refund, if applicable.  We cannot ask for the return of the materials.  

​MDS/RAI Advisor will honor cancellations 3 days prior the live stream events.


Once your notification of cancellation is received, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your notification of cancellation.  We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your request for a refund.


If you are approved, then your refund will be processed and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 14 days.

Refunds will be processed with the applicable administrative processing cancellation fee and minus the training materials cost if the following conditions apply:

1)  Cancellations (in writing) 3 days prior the online event.  For example:  If the online event is on January 26, 2024, then the attendee would need to cancel by 11:59pm of January 21, 2024.  

2) Cancellations after the cancellation deadline (see number 1) with proof of survey or proof of emergency/hospitalization of attendee provided to MDS/RAI ADVISOR. Proof provided after the training event is not eligible for a refund. 

Refunds not applicable for the following conditions:

1)  All cancellations on and after 12 am (Pacific) of the 3rd day prior the online event.  Attendee will be responsible for full registration fee and forfeits all class materials and seats are not transferable.​

2)  "No Shows".  Attendee will be responsible for full registration fee and forfeits all class materials and seats are not transferable.  


3)  Proof of survey or proof of emergency/hospitalization of attendee provided to MDS/RAI ADVISOR after training event is not eligible for a refund.  Attendee will be responsible for full registration fee and forfeits all class materials and seats are not transferable.  

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