Today’s Medicare Minute we are going to talk about interviews on the MDS. At the MDS National Convention CMS stressed the importance of interview accuracy on the MDS. Unlike the MDS 2.0, MDS 3.0 has four structured interviews. This includes the PHQ-9, which looks at the patient’s mood, The BIMS, which looks at the patient’s cognition, Activity preferences, and pain. Each one of these interviews has a specific timeline in which they need to be completed. The PHQ-9 should be honored before the ARD, the BIMS has a seven day look back, the activity preference interview has a seven day look back, and the pain interview has a five day look back. In completing your interviews, you want to make sure you read the RAI Manual carefully, including Appendix D, because there are great tips and guidelines to make sure you get the most out of your interview process. If you are signing sections that have interviews you might have to sign the MDS twice, once before the ARD for the interview and again after the ARD for the rest of the section. Whatever your process is, you want to make sure that you have good systems set up so that not only are you getting the most out of your interview, but that you have got ARDs well managed so that interviews are timely.