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Ask the expert: Death in the facility assessments

Q: If a resident was discharged to the hospital and died within 24 hrs in the hospital, do we need to do a discharge assessment or death in the facility assessment? I read an article claiming that it should be a death in the facility since the resident was not admitted in the hospital, but I don’t see anything in the RAI manual that supports that claim.

A: I agree with you. I can’t find anything in the MDS Manual to support Death in the Facility. I would complete the discharge assessment in lieu of the Death in the Facility Tracking Form. Regardless of hospital admission, the patient was not in your facility at the time of death.