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DOH Posts Updated Instructions on MDS Section S

The Department of Health (DOH) has posted updated instructions to provide nursing homes with guidance on completing Section S of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Version 3.0 for assessments dated on or after Oct. 1, 2018.

Section S was revised to add:

  • Item S0170 – Advanced Directive, which asks facilities to check off whether the resident has one of the following types of advanced directives (or none of them) in place:
  1. Guardian
  2. Durable Power of Attorney – Health Care (DPOA-HC)
  3. Living Will
  4. Do Not Resuscitate
  5. Do Not Hospitalize
  6. Do Not Intubate
  7. Feeding Restrictions
  8. Other Treatment Restrictions
  9. None of the Above
  • Item S0171 – Health Care Proxy, which asks:
  1. Resident healthcare proxy exists (Does the resident have a healthcare proxy?)
  2. Resident healthcare proxy invoked (Has healthcare proxy been invoked?)

Members that have any questions on Section S should direct them to DOH as follows, with a copy to us:

Contact: Dan Heim, dheim@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8866