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A Better Way to Assess OASIS M1242 Pain

Posted by Melissa Cott on Nov 9, 2020

Include the following evidence-based OASIS best clinical practices for assessing M1242 Pain Frequency:

(M1242) Frequency of Pain Interfering with patient's activity or movement

Identifies frequency with which pain interferes with patient’s activities, with treatments if prescribed.

A 'better' way to ask the M1242 question...

Instead of asking...

'What is the frequency of pain interfering with patient's activity or movement',Download the  Pain Management Log

a better way to ascertain pain level with the correct intent, ask  

'When the patient is doing any kind of activity (sleeping, eating, walking, watching TV, etc) how frequent is her/his pain WITH current pain medication?'

Medicare's Assessment Strategies for M1242

  • Determine pain level when the patient IS USING CURRENT PAIN INTERVENTION (medical and non-medical pain management techniques).
  • Pain interferes with activity when the pain results in the activity being performed less often than otherwise desired, requires the patient to have additional assistance in performing the activity, or causes the activity to take longer to complete. Include all activities (e.g., sleeping, recreational activities, watching television), not just ADLs.
  • img-OASIS-C2-Pain-M1242.pngWhen reviewing patient’s medications, the presence of medication for pain or joint disease provides an opportunity to explore the presence of pain, when the pain is the most severe, activities with which the pain interferes, and the frequency of this interference with activity or movement.
  • Be careful not to overlook seemingly unimportant activities (for example, the patient says she/he sits in the chair all day and puts off going to the bathroom, because it hurts so much to get up from the chair or to walk).
  • Evaluating the patient’s ability to perform ADLs and IADLs can provide additional information about such pain. Assessing pain in a nonverbal patient involves observation of facial expression (e.g., frowning, gritting teeth), monitoring heart rate, respiratory rate, perspiration, pallor, pupil size, irritability, or use of visual pain scales (e.g., FACES).
  • The patient’s treatment for pain (whether pharmacologic or nonpharmacologic) must be considered when evaluating whether pain interferes with activity or movement. Pain that is well controlled with treatment may not interfere with activity or movement at all.


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