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Q&A: If a resident has an indwelling catheter because of colonized MDRO in their urine, but is not being treated for a UTI, would I still code this resident as having a UTI in section I?

By Jennifer LaBay RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA - May 16, 2019

Question: If a resident has an indwelling catheter because of colonized MDRO in their urine, but is not being treated for a UTI, would I still code this resident as having a UTI in section I?


Answer: As per the RAI Manual - The following criteria must be met:

Code only if both of the following are met in the last 30 days:

  1. It was determined that the resident had a UTI using evidence-based criteria such as McGeer, NHSN, or Loeb in the last 30 days,
    AND

  2. A physician documented UTI diagnosis (or by a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist if allowable under state licensure laws) in the last 30 days.

So if both those criteria were met, you code it - If not, you don’t.

 

Jennifer LaBay RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA

 


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