The C.A.R.E.S. Expert | The Isolation: Documentation and MDS Coding
The topic of isolation has produced a significant amount of confusion in the long-term care industry.
The reason for the nationwide misunderstanding is because there are different definitions of the term isolation.
The CDC and CMS allows for placing two patients with the same infectious disease in the same room to “isolate” the patient from other patients and contain the threat of spread. In both situations, Isolation in general terms and Isolation related to coding on the MDS, the facility must meet five requirements.
2.) Physician Order
3.) Bed Placement
4.) Plan of Care
In the latest issue of ACHCA's New England Administrator Newsletter Kris expands on the definitions and differences between isolation and quarantine, provides a guide on Isolation Documentation and an MDS Coding Summary Sheet.