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PDPM Coding Question – What procedure should we follow if a staff member refuses to participate in our facility’s mandatory routine COVID-19 testing?

Q: What procedure should we follow if a staff member refuses to participate in our facility’s mandatory routine COVID-19 testing?   A: It is recommended that your facility policy and procedure regarding COVID-19 testing is consistent with your policies for other...

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PDPM Coding Question – Does the resident have to have a cannula in their tracheostomy to be able to code O0100E tracheostomy care?

Q: Does the resident have to have a cannula in their tracheostomy to be able to code O0100E tracheostomy care?   A: No, they do not. According to page 0-9 pf the RAI manual, you can “code cleansing of the tracheostomy and/or cannula in this item”, so the presence...

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PDPM Coding Question – If a resident admits the skilled nursing facility with two pressure ulcers and the ulcers then merge, is it appropriate to continue to code the ulcer as “present on admission”?

Q: If a resident admits the skilled nursing facility with two pressure ulcers and the ulcers then merge, is it appropriate to continue to code the ulcer as “present on admission”?   A: If two pressure ulcers merge, that were both present on admission, it would be...

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