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Functional Status Assessment

Clinical Basis

Functional capacity is impacted by changes in three domains:

  • Patients’ domiciles
  • Patients’ physical health
  • Patients’ psycho-social wellbeing

One of the earliest indicators of functional decline is the inability to perform activities of daily living (ADL).

Clinical Guidelines

  • Be sure to ask caregivers about the patients’ ability to perform ADLs.
  • Utilize physician extender to conduct ADL/IADL assessment (can be done over the phone).
  • As appropriate, refer to case management, physical therapist home safety evaluation and durable medical equipment (DME).
  • Include assessment as part of annual wellness visit.


Associated Codes

1170F - Functional status assessed


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