Patient Assessment Instruments (PAI) are a valuable tool for implementing standardized assessment of care and for facilitating care management in specific settings of care.

Missing Values in the MDS

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 Values that are "missing" in the Minimum Data Set (MDS) nursing home assessment can be represented by several different symbols. While all of these symbols represent that a value is "missing," the specific symbol indicates the specific reason why the value is missing. These missing value codes are dash ('-'), space (' '), asterisk ('*'), ampersand ('&') and caret ('^').

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