Q: What is the requirement to complete a discharge MDS for a resident who has a planned discharged to the community? Is it necessary to complete the interview process?
A: When the discharge is planned, SNFs are required to complete the discharge assessment in its entirety, including the resident interviews that apply for this assessment. Section F is missing from the discharge assessment and, therefore, you would not have to complete the interview for Daily and Activity Preferences. But the BIMs, PHQ-9, and pain interviews are all included on the discharge MDS and must be completed for all planned discharges. It is only for an unplanned/emergency discharge that SNFs may not be able to complete all aspects of the assessment, such as the resident interviews, and should just complete the assessment to the best of their ability.
A little more information on coding and completing discharge assessments: If the discharge is return not anticipated within 30 days, you would code item A0310F as 10. If the discharge was return anticipated within 30 days, you would code item A0310F as 11. The MDS completion deadline for both of these assessments would be the discharge date + 14 days and the submission deadline would be the MDS completion date + 14 days.