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ADL coding: The importance of being accurate

Section G is one of the most inaccurately coded sections of the MDS 3.0. This is primarily due to the inaccuracy of the supporting documentation for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

The definitions for resident self-performance coding and staff-support coding take time to understand and master. A clear understanding of the components for each of the 10 ADLs requires frequent reminders. Since ADLs are a fundamental part of a resident's daily care plan, clear communication shift-to-shift, day-to-day, unit-to-unit and facility-to-facility is essential to provide high-quality, person-centered care.

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