Q&A: A resident elected hospice on 4/10, the Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) is open for 4/15, but the resident passes away 4/17 prior to completion. Do I need to complete and submit the SCSA?

Jane Belt, RN, MS, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, RAC-CT, QCP

Q: A resident elected hospice on 4/10, the Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) is open for 4/15, but the resident passes away 4/17 prior to completion. Do I need to complete and submit the SCSA?

 

A: Since the resident passed away before the SCSA was completed -you cannot finish it as you noted, but keep in the medical record any parts of the assessment that may have been completed and yes, put a note indicating the date of death. And just a quick reminder, complete the Death in the Facility record



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