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Quality Measures Related to Pain:  Understanding the Intent of the Pain Assessment

Posted by Melissa Fox on Tue, Sep 06, 2016

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Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Many facilities become concerned when they note that their long and short stay Quality Measures for Patients Who Self-Report Moderate to Severe Pain is elevated above facility benchmarks or national averages.  This concern is justified and opens an excellent opportunity to investigate current facility practices for pain control.

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Topics: Quality Measures, Pain Assessment, MDS 3.0 RAI Manual

Assessing Pain in the SNF

Posted by Peter Mastrangelo on Wed, Sep 26, 2012

Many times as consultants when we go into buildings the staff expresses to us that they are having difficulty treating the patients.  Reason being the patient is typically in too much pain.  First on the agenda should be to find records and  look at the documentation for that pain.  Therapy and Nursing can be documenting the type of pain, the location of pain, and the intensity of the pain.  A facility should glance at how they are documenting intensity of pain as there are a number of different scales.  You can use a numeric scale, verbal scale, or a pictorial scale depending on your population.  Once you have got the pain management documented, then you can start looking at the interventions you want to put in place.  Tracking that documentation is going to help you determine those interventions.

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Topics: Pain Management, Pain Assessment, Pain Documentation, Modalities

Therapy Involvement with Pain Assessment

Posted by Peter Mastrangelo on Wed, Jun 15, 2011

Pain is a debilitating side affect that many LTC patients battle during the recovery process.  The Rehab department team members can be a comrade with nursing to combat the signs and symptoms of pain. Upon evaluation of a patient, when therapy identifies pain as a problem, a plan of care should be designed to address this pain. Harmony includes the following guidelines regarding pain management that apply to therapy as well as to nursing.

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Topics: Therapy, Pain Assessment

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