Ask Proactive – Let’s say I have a resident fall with injury on January 1st. How many days have to pass before it will drop off and not count against us as far as our 5-star rating?

Q: Let’s say I have a resident fall with injury on January 1st. How many days have to pass before it will drop off and not count against us as far as our 5-star rating? A: The fall with major injury will be included in the QM % for the quarter if it was coded on...

Ask Proactive – I conducted the pain interview with a resident recently and they stated that they have ‘almost constant’ pain and rated it as ‘moderate’. I reviewed the chart and the resident has PRN analgesic available, but never requests it, and the Q shift Pain monitoring on the MAR indicates no pain during the look back period. How should I address this on the MDS?

Q: I conducted the pain interview with a resident recently and they stated that they have ‘almost constant’ pain and rated it as ‘moderate’. I reviewed the chart and the resident has PRN analgesic available, but never requests it, and the Q shift Pain monitoring on...

Ask Proactive – Can you please clarify if we can skill our patient returning to the facility following a 3 day qualifying stay at a psychiatric hospital? We have a new RAI Nurse who is hesitant to skill.

Q: Can you please clarify if we can skill our patient returning to the facility following a 3-day qualifying stay at a psychiatric hospital? We have a new RAI Nurse who is hesitant to skill. A: CMS speaks to skilled days following a psych stay in Chapter 8 of the...

Ask Proactive – A nursing home resident rose out of his wheelchair, walked 2 steps, and stated “I am too weak to move any further” as staff noticed his knees beginning to buckle. Two aides assisted him onto his roommate’s bed. Is this considered a fall?

Q: A nursing home resident rose out of his wheelchair, walked 2 steps, and stated “I am too weak to move any further” as staff noticed his knees beginning to buckle. Two aides assisted him onto his roommate’s bed. Is this considered a fall? A: Yes, this is an...