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MDS Item I8000: Solve Common Coding Problems Under PDPM

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - April 01, 2020

Under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), MDS item I8000 (Additional Active Diagnoses) is on every nurse assessment coordinator’s (NAC’s) radar thanks to its role as a source of ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes that can influence the speech-language pathology (SLP) or nontherapy ancillaries (NTA) case-mix-adjusted payment components—not to mention its role providing risk-adjustment covariates for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) quality measures (QMs) says Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC, director of education for Hansen, Hunter & Co. PC in Vancouver, WA.

 

“Despite this renewed focus on I8000, NACs and other interdisciplinary team (IDT) members are still struggling with diagnosis coding,” says Maher. “There is a lot of confusion in SNFs across the country.”

 

Here are seven steps the NAC and other IDT members can take to address common problems that may prevent I8000 from being coded accurately: