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Scoring Minimum Data Set (MDS) Section GG for Patient-Driven Payment Model (PPDM)

July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

Section GG has been a part of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) for some time, but its role in skilled nursing facility (SNF) care planning and reimbursement becomes critical under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) taking effect on October 1, 2019. Under PDPM, Section GG becomes essential to compute each patient’s clinical classification and SNF payment.

It takes a team to accurately code the MDS.  Gather your team of nurses, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and therapy personnel to learn:

  • The components of Section GG
  • Section GG scoring methodology
  • The roles of SNF team members in compiling Section GG information.


  • Participants will understand the purpose and significance of Section GG in the PDPM system.
  • Participants will be able to identify the functional aspects of a patient’s performance necessary for Section GG scoring.
  • Participants will understand the importance of a team approach to compiling data and scoring Section GG.
  • Participants will be able to identify the portions of the MDS included in establishing the PDPM case-mix indices for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Nursing.

Long-term care nurses,  CNAs, therapy personnel


Michael J. Gorman, MA, OTR, Key Rehabilitation senior vice president, clinical & regulatory affairs

Mike Gorman is a licensed occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, manager and educator. He has extensive experience educating and training people on Medicare in the long-term care setting. As the senior vice president for Key Rehabilitation, Gorman’s areas of expertise include industry regulations and training. He has been active with the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) and as a founding advisory board member for the Southeast Advocacy Center for Elder Rights (SACFER) based in Chattanooga, Tenn. Mike holds a BS in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, an MA in human services administration from Rider University and a certificate in management information systems.

Tracy Cavanaugh, RN, Key Rehabilitation vice president of program and nursing support

Tracy Cavanaugh is a registered nurse who has completed the AANAC (American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators) Resident Assessment Coordinator certification program for MDS 2.0 and 3.0.  Cavanaugh was a director of nursing for more than 10 years at a skilled nursing facility after starting her healthcare career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). She has worked in a variety of settings as an RN, including long-term care, skilled care and physician office.  Cavanaugh has taught CNA, certified medical assistant (CMA) and restorative nurse assistant (RNA) certification courses at several local community colleges and has presented numerous seminars and in-services for various groups around the country.

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July 9
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Anita Adamo

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