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MDS Coding Revision Effective 10.1.17: Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Without an Indwelling Catheter

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Thu, Nov 09, 2017


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

The new MDS guidelines for coding UTI’s without a in indwelling catheter are causing significant confusion in the industry. The criterion is drastically different than the past definition and many nurses require time to assimilate the change. The refinement is a result of studies depicting the probability of urinary tract infections when symptoms are non-existent combined with the evidenced based value of a urine culture for microbiologic confirmation.

The below synopsis is intended to provide clarity on the subject matter:

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Topics: Coding UTI

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