is measure reports the percentage of long-stay residents who lose too much weight. During the selected quarter, the percentage of long-stay residents who lost weight of 5 percent or more in the last month, or 10 percent or more in the last 6 months, were not on a physician-prescribed weight-loss regimen noted in a minimum data set (MDS) assessment.
When you are working with your staff members, you may want to consider the following questions.
- Was the MDS coded per RAI requirements, comparing the resident's weight in the current observation period to his or her weight in the observation period of 30 or 180 days?
- Does the dietician understand the RAI coding definition if he/she is coding this section of the MDS?
- Does the maintenance crew calibrate the scales monthly for accuracy?
- Are staff members checked for proficiency in performing weigh-ins?
If you would like more improvement tips and MDS coding insight, you can download the HSAG Weight Loss quality measure tip sheet by