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Rena Shephard


Rena R. Shephard, MHA, RN, FACDONA, RAC-CT, is the president of RRS Healthcare Consulting Services in San Diego, providing long-term care consulting and training services to facilities, corporations, and attorneys nationwide.

The founding chair and executive editor of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators, Shephard was a Director of Nursing Services in skilled nursing facilities for 14 years, with expertise in all aspects of long-term care. She is the author of a number of books about resident assessment and care in nursing homes, and she is a frequent national speaker on those topics.

A nationally recognized expert on MDS coding and the RAI process, Shephard also serves as a consultant to several of CMS' MDS-related projects and to several state Quality Improvement Organizations.

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