What do I need to know about the changes to Depression Screening in MDS Section D that were effective October 1, 2023?




MDS Section D, “Resident Mood Interview,” which captures depression screening, changed from the full PHQ-9 (which includes 9 questions) to the PHQ-2 (which asks 2 initial questions). Based on the response to the PHQ-2 questions, completion of the full PHQ-9 may be triggered. To ensure compliance with this change, facilities should educate staff with responsibility for PHQ-9 screening for proper completion. Consider using this CMS webinar which includes instructions and guidance on completing MDS Section D. Find additional guidance in the RAI manual v. 1.18.11 Pages 197-213.


Amie Martin, CDP, CHC, RAC-CT, MJ

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