What would you do in this situation?

Question: The patient was admitted to the hospital for diagnostic testing on November 2 and is released from the hospital on November 5th, which happens to be day 61 of the episode.  There was no recertification completed prior to the hospitalization.  Which OASIS assessment should be completed and when?

Answer: Since the patient was admitted to the hospital for diagnostic testing only, the situation should be treated as a missed recertification.  This recertification visit and assessment should be completed as soon as possible after the patient’s return home. The clinical note should reflect the circumstances.

This scenario was included in the October 2012 Q&As.  For more information regarding this and other Q&As go the OASIS Q&A web page.

Until next time,

M

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