42 CFR § 482.61 - Condition of participation: Special medical record requirements for psychiatric hospitals.
(a)Standard: Development of assessment/diagnostic data. Medical records must stress the psychiatric components of the record, including history of findings and treatment provided for the psychiatric condition for which the patient is hospitalized.
(1) The identification data must include the patient's legal status.
(2) A provisional or admitting diagnosis must be made on every patient at the time of admission, and must include the diagnoses of intercurrent diseases as well as the psychiatric diagnoses.
(3) The reasons for admission must be clearly documented as stated by the patient and/or others significantly involved.
(4) The social service records, including reports of interviews with patients, family members, and others, must provide an assessment of home plans and family attitudes, and community resource contacts as well as a social history.
(5) When indicated, a complete neurological examination must be recorded at the time of the admission physical examination.
(b)Standard: Psychiatric evaluation. Each patient must receive a psychiatric evaluation that must -
(1) Be completed within 60 hours of admission;
(2) Include a medical history;
(3) Contain a record of mental status;
(4) Note the onset of illness and the circumstances leading to admission;
(5) Describe attitudes and behavior;
(6) Estimate intellectual functioning, memory functioning, and orientation; and
(7) Include an inventory of the patient's assets in descriptive, not interpretative, fashion.
(c)Standard: Treatment plan.
(i) A substantiated diagnosis;
(ii) Short-term and long-range goals;
(iii) The specific treatment modalities utilized;
(iv) The responsibilities of each member of the treatment team; and
(v) Adequate documentation to justify the diagnosis and the treatment and rehabilitation activities carried out.
(2) The treatment received by the patient must be documented in such a way to assure that all active therapeutic efforts are included.
(d)Standard: Recording progress. Progress notes must be recorded by the doctor of medicine or osteopathy responsible for the care of the patient as specified in § 482.12(c), nurse, social worker and, when appropriate, others significantly involved in active treatment modalities. The frequency of progress notes is determined by the condition of the patient but must be recorded at least weekly for the first 2 months and at least once a month thereafter and must contain recommendations for revisions in the treatment plan as indicated as well as precise assessment of the patient's progress in accordance with the original or revised treatment plan.
(e)Standard: Discharge planning and discharge summary. The record of each patient who has been discharged must have a discharge summary that includes a recapitulation of the patient's hospitalization and recommendations from appropriate services concerning follow-up or aftercare as well as a brief summary of the patient's condition on discharge.