Ask the Experts, MDS 2.0

Do you code pain intensity before or after administering pain medication?

Q: When coding pain under Section J on the MDS 2.0, do you code intensity before or after administering pain medication? 

 

Diane: When coding pain the goal is to capture the highest level of intensity experienced by the resident regardless of pain medication. Therefore, one would expect pain intensity to be higher prior to medication.

 

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