Ask the Experts, MDS 3.0 Items

Ask the expert: Coding for an unstageable area

Q: A resident is admitted with a cast on leg in October, cast removed on 12/5/12, noted with an unstageable area on ankle. How do we code it on the MDS?

A: When the MDS is completed, if the pressure ulcer is still unstageable, then that is how it should be coded on the MDS.