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Fri, Nov 17



Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals

This session will address the definitions, terms and coding of Section GG of the Resident Assessment Instrument.

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Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals
Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals

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Nov 17, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM



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Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals

Long an area of discussion by Assessment Coordinators, this session will discuss the terms, definitions, time frames and coding of Section GG of the Resident Assessment Instrument.  Used for care planning, survey, payment categorization, and quality metrics, accurate coding of the resident's functional status is imperative.  However, the application of these metrics may be interpreted as in the 'eye of the beholder', therefore guidance in the application of the metrics is beneficial.  The intent of this session is to assist in clarifying how the definitions and terms are to be applied and provide examples of misapplication and the outcomes.


1 Contact hour will be awarded for this continuing nursing education activity. Criteria for successful completion include attendance for the entire 2-day event and submission of the evaluation form/s.


Attendees must attend the entire event and complete and submit the electronic evaluation tool.


According to the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, it is not required to identify, mitigate, or disclose relevant financial relationships for accredited education that is non-clinical.


This activity has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Don Lodwick, RN, RACT-CT

Donald Lodwick is a Clinical Reimbursement Coordinator with Zimmet Health Care Services Group. Prior to his affiliation with ZHSG he served as Vice President of Clinical Reimbursement for Atrium Health Care. Prior to Atrium, Mr. Lodwick served as Director of Clinical Reimbursemnt for Guardian Elder Care. Mr. Lodwick also has extensive experience as a Regional Director of Clinical Reimbursement for Global Health Care and Care One Health Care. In each of these settings Mr. Lodwick was responsible for compliance with state and federal reimbursement and assessment regulations. He also served on the corporate compliance committees at Atrium and Guardian Health Care.

Mr. Lodwick has over 20 years of experience with the MDS process, beginning in 1995 as Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator. He has been licensed as a Registered Nurse since 1985.

Mr. Lodwick is a graduate of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Scranton PA. He served as a board member for the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. He is a member of the American Association Post-Acute Care Nursing and is certified in the MDS process, RAC-CT. He is a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1975-1979.


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