G16— Accurate Mental Status Reporting

Resolution and Position Statements
March 19, 2016

Resolution G-16

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that that AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine adopt as policy that Mental Status be instituted when information is transmitted as patients transition between sites of care - both within an individual facility and from one distinct care site to another;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED

  • Mental status abnormality present or absent;
  • Features of cognition, including normal or abnormal alertness, orientation, attention, and/or thinking (psychosis);
  • Etiology of a mental status abnormality or change, if present;
  • Time course of a mental status abnormality or change, if present, including recency, expected duration, and permanence;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine modify the current AMDA Universal Transfer Form to reflect this policy change;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that AMDA- The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine bring a resolution to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates advocating for accurate mental status reporting.