The Minimum Data Set (MDS) coordinator in a nursing home is responsible for developing care plans for each resident. The MDS coordinator uses data from a standardized assessment that evaluates the functional capabilities of each patient.
The MDS is a federally mandated assessment used to evaluate the functional capabilities of patients in Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes. The MDS coordinator interprets the data and develops individualized care plans for each patient. The MDS coordinator also uses the compiled data from all patients to recommend systemwide operational and clinical changes when needed. MDS coordinators are typically registered nurses or licensed practical nurses who either take courses through an MDS coordinator program or receive training at a specific nursing home.