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MDS / Staffing Focused Surveys Update
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FY2014 Pilot Surveys: In 2014, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and five volunteer States piloted a focused survey to assess MDS coding practices and its relationship to resident care in nursing homes.  A report on the findings from the pilot is attached. Nationwide Expansion: We subsequently announced that we would expand the MDS focused surveys to all States and include a review of nursing home staffing. This memo provides an update on the pilot and the status of the expansion of these surveys including:  Training for the next surveys will begin in early April 2015.  States will need to assign a minimum of three surveyors to be trained.  Training and surveys will be rolled out in two phases with Regions and States assigned to one of two groups.  Deficiencies identified during the surveys will result in relevant citations and enforcement actions.