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Course Overview

In 1987, Congress established the standards that nursing facilities must meet to obtain reimbursement under federal and state Medicaid programs. Frequent surveys ensure that residents maintain the highest possible physical, mental, and psychological well-being.  Helping residents maintain adequate nutritional status can be challenging in this highly regulated healthcare environment.  This course outlines the importance of the completion of the Resident Assessment Instrument, not just for clinical outcome measurement, but also for cost and reimbursement.  Timely screening and assessment of nutrition parameters is essential to ensure judicious interventions and care plan development.  Additional topics include the discussion of quality assessment and assurance, investigational protocols for nutrition, pressure ulcers, feeding assistants, and hydration; as well as special considerations in the care of the terminally ill resident.

About the Course Author

Dr. Munoz is a Clinical Nutrition Manager responsible for guiding the clinical nutrition therapy services and supervising the performances of 65 dietitians in 78 skilled nursing facilities. Her responsibilities include development, communication and implementation of efficient and effective nutrition protocols. Dr Munoz teaches, reviews manuscripts, writes continuing education programs and works on evidence analysis projects for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RD, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This course is approved for 20.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the relationship between the MDS and payment and reimbursement system in long-term and extended care facilities.; Evaluate a process for identifying unplanned weight loss.; Explain how the Minimum Data Set influences nutrition care planning.; Identify factors related to the use of tube feeding for the terminally ill and potential alternatives.; Identify how quality indicators relate to the survey process and the nursing facilities quality assurance program.; Use the medical record as a resource to develop individualized care plans.
  • Outline:


    Chapter One: The Long-Term Care/Extended Care Setting

    Chapter Two: The Resident Assessment Instrument:

    Minimum Data Set Assessment

    Chapter Three: Cost and Reimbursement for Nursing Facilities Care

    Chapter Four: Quality Assessment and Assurance

    Chapter Five: Using the Minimum Data Set Assessment to Determine the Nutritional Status of Residents in Nursing Facilities

    Chapter Six: Monitoring Residents at Nutritional Risk

    Chapter Seven: Compliance with Nutrition Services Investigative Protocols

    Chapter Eight: Mealtime and Food Service Issues

    Chapter Nine: Care of the Terminally Ill Resident


  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Post-Acute Care.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.