Posts tagged ‘N/A’

October 12, 2012

Does N/A in one place mean N/A in all?

Question: If a M2250 question is answered N/A on the SOC or ROC, would M2400 on the transfer or DCO automatically be N/A as well?

For example:  M2250 (E) pain was answered N/A on the SOC because no pain was identified. Then sometime during the episode the patient fell and now has pain in the Rt knee r/t the fall. The patient is placed on a pain medication for the acute pain. The nurse identifies the need for pain interventions to monitor and mitigate the pain.  The nurse uses a standardized pain assessment tool to rate the pain, writes a verbal order to add pain interventions to the POC, and implements the interventions.  At the discharge OASIS, would M2400 (D) be answered N/A because no other OASIS was performed since the SOC and on the SOC the POC synopsis (E) was N/A OR since the nurse addressed the pain by assessing the patient’s pain with the standardized tool, wrote the VO to include the interventions in the POC and implemented them, could she answer #1 on M2400 ?

Lisa says: Intermittent verbal orders count as well, so if you get an order for assessment and intervention sometime in the episode and the interventions are completed as you described in your scenario, then the answer is ‘yes’ on the discharge.

Formal assessment does mean the standardized and/or validated tools contained in those specific M items you mentioned. The trick is that if the last assessment done was the recert, those M items are not part of the recert. However, N/A cannot apply if no formal assessments were done, so when discharging and the last OASIS was a recert the answer has to be either yes or no.

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