WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER WITH REGARD TO DATA COLLECTION FOR SECTION K?
The implementation of PDPM on 10/1/19 will bring with it a wave of change and new significance to how items on the MDS are coded. This puts a spotlight on the clinical documentation in the medical record, the data collection process, and the accuracy of the information reported on the MDS. One particular area that is going to be highlighted under PDPM is Section K: Swallowing/Nutritional Status of the MDS and how it ties into the Speech Therapy payment component of PDPM.
While no changes are being made to the questions in Section K, multiple items that previously did not impact reimbursement are now going to be directly tied to payment under PDPM.