Q & A – When interviewing the resident using the questions in the PHQ-9, what do you do when they answer them all as “no”, but in the charting and documentation, you see they had episodes of crying or tearfulness, pain, insomnia, etc.? Is this information to be incorporated into the PHQ-9 or must we code using only the resident’s actual responses?

Q: When interviewing the resident using the questions in the PHQ-9, what do you do when they answer them all as “no”, but in the charting and documentation, you see they had episodes of crying or tearfulness, pain, insomnia, etc.? Is this information to be...

PDPM Coding Questions – How should isolation be coded on the MDS since there is guidance to restrict movement around the facility as part of the COVID-19 prevention plan?

Q: How should isolation be coded on the MDS since there is guidance to restrict movement around the facility as part of the COVID-19 prevention plan?   A:   You cannot code isolation on the MDS if it is only in place to prevent contracting the COVID 19...

PDPM Coding Questions – If the dietitian completed a malnutrition assessment and the score indicates “at risk for malnutrition”, is the assessment considered sufficient supportive documentation to code Malnutrition in Section I if the physician were to review and sign the assessment form?

Q: If the dietitian completed a malnutrition assessment and the score indicates “at risk for malnutrition”, is the assessment considered sufficient supportive documentation to code Malnutrition in Section I if the physician were to review and sign the assessment form?...