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CMS Will Conduct Focused Surveys in 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that they will conduct focused surveys in certified nursing facilities nationwide in 2015. The focused surveys will review MDS 3.0 coding and staffing levels using record review, observations, and interviews with staff and residents.

CMS piloted the focused survey earlier this year, surveying five facilities in each of five states, including Minnesota. The pilot focused on the resident assessment processes in more detail than the annual surveys.  Findings from the pilot included inaccurate staging and documentation of pressure ulcers, lack of knowledge regarding the classification of antipsychotic drugs, and poor coding regarding the use of restraints. All but one of the 25 facilities had deficiencies cited by the surveyors.