Being on antidepressants doesn’t mean a patient is depressed

If your patient show signs of depression during the Start of Care visit, and the patient is on antidepressants, can depression (311) be included?

Not without a specific diagnosis from the ordering physician.

The patient may very well have symptoms of depression, and the depression screening scale on the OASIS may indicate the need for further follow-up. Many anti-depressants have other indications, such as neuropathy, so your patient may be on antidepressants and not be depressed.

Always be extra careful, and verify, when dealing with psych diagnoses.

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