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#12427 - MDS Coordinator (Marquisville, Iowa)

Luxurious senior living and skilled nursing community on the north side of Des Moines, Iowa seeks bright and industrious nurse (RN or LPN in IA) for their MDS Coordinator role.


What is an MDS Coordinator?
Those in MDS coordinator jobs are ultimately responsible for adequately assessing nursing home residents’ needs, and coordinating personalized, resident-driven care based on those assessments.

MDS Coordinator Job Description
The MDS (Minimum Data Set) is gathered via the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process, which assesses a resident’s behavioral, psychological, clinical, nutritional, and physical strengths and needs to create an individualized cared plan that considers the resident holistically. The MDS Coordinator then works with nursing, PT, nutrition, etc., to ensure care plan guidelines for each resident are followed, and compliant with ethical standards and Medicare requirements.

MDS is also the key driver for Medicare payment and many Medicaid reimbursement systems, and is especially critical for long-term care providers. Care payment level categories, or Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) are determined by MDS assessments. Small adjustments in the case mix score can result in a significant increase (or decrease) in revenue for which the facility is entitled. MDS Coordinators are responsible for setting RUG levels for each resident and ensuring the facility is getting accurate, and maximum, reimbursement.

MDS Coordinator Requirements
Those in MDS Coordinator jobs must be Registered Nurses (RNs) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) that have received on-the-job training, or completed an MDS-training program. Candidates must be familiar with MDS 3.0, and have an in-depth working knowledge of the RAI user manual and RUG categories.

Attention to detail is a must as there are dozens of RUG categories. Even small inaccuracies can result in significant reimbursement deficits.

Candidates must have knowledge of current state, federal, and CMS regulations, and be able to relate professionally, positively, and cooperatively with staff, residents and family members.


Ideal candidates will enjoy:

  • The supportive team environment of this successful skilled nursing and senior living provider

  • Competitive pay

  • Plans for future company growth which could lead to further career advancement

  • Incredible healthcare insurance plan that provides company support to individual premiums, making them less expensive for employees

  • Generous retirement plan, with company contribution to the 401K starting automatically inside of year one

  • Very generous Paid Time Off plan, that ensures you have what you need to enjoy life outside of work

Ideal candidates will bring:

  • Active Registered Nurse (RN) license or be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state of Iowa
  • Several stable years of experience in a skilled nursing setting, SNF, LTC, or similar
  • At least 1-year of experience in a MDS Coordinator role preferred
  • A measurable track record of MDS department success in State and Federal Surveys, and track record of maximizing reimbursements
  • RAC-CT certification (a plus!)


If you enjoy working as an MDS Nurse, but wish your team was more resident focused and driven to provide truly excellent care to seniors, this opportunity is one you should apply to right away!

Email your resume for immediate consideration to:



Or if you have questions, please call Michelle Koch, Executive Search Consultant, at (480)991-0218 x303.


LeaderStat is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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