Full-disclosure: I am a clinician who inputs into the MDS regularly, but I am not an MDS coordinator.
Quick (and I hope simple) question: the clinicians have been provided a couple conflicting directives on how to complete discharge MDS. When a patient has an unplanned DC and we were unable to interview, we will put "not assessed," unless we know the pt well enough to do a "staff assessment." Are we required to speak with other clinicians (e.g., nursing) to gather this data to fill in our sections OR is it appropriate to do "not assessed" if we, as the clinicians inputting, do not have the information?
For reference, my team does B, C, D, E, Q
Thank you! 🙂