Do you code isolation if the residents are not in private rooms?
Q: We have an outbreak of a GI virus and have isolated everyone in their rooms in order to control the spread of infection. Although the manual states that this is appropriate to be coded as “isolation” on the MDS 3.0, it also clearly says in a “private room.” Residents whom we would code are symptomatic, have physician documentation, and are requiring more than “standard precautions”, however they are not in private rooms due to a lack of availability. Should we code them as isolation?
A: During a recent Open Door Forum call, CMS stated that you can only code item O0100M Isolation or quarantine for active infectious disease only if the resident is isolated in a private room.
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