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Nationwide Expansion of Minimum Data Set (MDS) Focused Survey Background
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MDS / Staffing Focused Surveys: In mid-2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) piloted a short-term focused survey to assess Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) coding practices and its relationship to resident care in nursing homes in five states. CMS will expand these surveys in 2015 to be conducted nationwide. Reported Staffing: The scope of some or all of the focused surveys will also be expanded to include an assessment of the staffing levels of nursing facilities. This assessment will aim to verify the data self-reported by the nursing home, and identify changes in staffing levels throughout the year.