Jessica Haspels is a highly skilled and empathetic healthcare professional with a passion for ensuring accurate and comprehensive documentation in nursing homes. With a career spanning over 11 years, Jessica has made significant contributions to the field as an MDS (Minimum Data Set) Coordinator, playing a vital role in optimizing resident care and regulatory compliance at The Bridges.
Jessica’s journey in healthcare began with her pursuit of a Licensed Professional Nurse from Kaplan University. During her studies, she developed a deep understanding of the importance of accurate and complete medical documentation in healthcare settings.
After completing her education, Jessica began her career as a floor nurse at a local nursing home in Urbandale. This knowledge, coupled with her natural diligence, led her to specialize in the field of MDS coordination. Recognizing the unique challenges and complexities of long-term care, Jessica found her true calling in ensuring the accuracy and integrity of resident assessments and care plans.
In her current position as an MDS Coordinator at The Bridges at Ankeny, Jessica is responsible for overseeing the completion of the Minimum Data Set assessments for each resident. These assessments provide critical information about a resident's physical, mental, and psychosocial status, enabling the development of personalized care plans that meet their individual needs. While employed at The Bridges, Jessica became Resident Assessment Coordinator- Certified, (RAC-CT) through the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing, AAPACN.
Jessica’s role involves collaborating closely with interdisciplinary teams, including nurses, therapists, and social workers, to gather and analyze resident data. She ensures that all assessments are completed accurately and in compliance with state and federal regulations, playing a key role in maintaining the nursing home's compliance with quality measures.
One of Jessica’s key responsibilities is to ensure the timely submission of accurate MDS data to government agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This data is crucial for reimbursement purposes and also serves as a valuable tool for monitoring and improving resident outcomes.
Beyond her role as an MDS Coordinator, Jessica is enthusiastic about staff education and training. She conducts regular training to ensure that all healthcare providers understand the importance of accurate documentation and are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to complete MDS assessments effectively.
Jessica’s expertise in MDS coordination and her commitment to quality improvement have not gone unnoticed. She has aided The Bridges in maintaining 5 stars in quality measures and won multiple awards. However, her greatest satisfaction comes from knowing that her work directly impacts the quality of care provided to residents at The Bridges.
As an MDS Coordinator, Jessica Haspels continues to be a driving force in promoting accurate and comprehensive documentation in nursing homes. Her diligence, expertise in MDS assessments, and commitment to regulatory compliance make her an invaluable asset to any healthcare organization striving to provide exceptional care to its residents.