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MDS Interviews: Is your Coding Accurate?

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Thu, Jul 28, 2016

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The decision to complete a resident interview or a staff interview is guided by coding in Section B0700. When coding the gateway question for each interview (which asks if the interview should be conducted) the assessor should only code a dash (not assessed) if the ability to interview the resident was not assessed.
  •  When Section B0700 is coded as a 3-Never or Rarely Understood the gateway question should be coded as a no, and the interviewer should proceed with the staff assessment.
  •  When the patient is coded as a 0, 1, or 2 in Section B0700 the interviewer should attempt the resident interview. All answered questions should be coded, and the assessor should follow the instructions for incomplete interview for each interview section to determine if the resident interview should be followed by a staff interview.
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Topics: MDS Interviews, Coding

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