How to Answer M1060 (Height & Weight) on the OASIS
This month we will look at the new OASIS item M1060 – Height and Weight. In the October Q&As, CMS was very clear that the assessing clinician is expected to weigh and measure the patient as part of the comprehensive assessment. It is also stated that data collection for M1060 by self-report or from paperwork from another provider setting is not acceptable. The patient should be weighed and measured in accordance with the agency’s policies and procedures, which should reflect current standards of practice (shoes off, etc.)
After the patient is appropriately weighed and measured, the height should be reported in M1060a in inches and the weight in M1060b in pounds. Mathematical rounding should be used when reporting these values. If the patient cannot be weighed for some reason (extreme pain, immobility, etc), a dash is an acceptable response to this item. Remember that a dash response indicates that no information is available and/or the item could not be assessed and that CMS expects the use of the dash to be rare.
As always, reference the OASIS C-2 Guidance manual and stay up to date with the Q&As for the latest information regarding these new items.