Focused Nursing Home Surveys Under Development: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently developing two distinct focused survey processes to assess dementia care and Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) coding practices in nursing homes. CMS is planning to pilot these survey types beginning in 2014. The intent of the dementia care focused survey is to document dementia care practices in nursing homes. The intent of the MDS focused survey is to document MDS 3.0 coding practices and associated care planning in facilities.
Training: CMS will provide training for those States participating in the focused reviews via webinar. This training will be mandatory for those State Survey Agency (SA) staff conducting reviews as well as one manager or trainer within the SA.
Enforcement Implications: Deficient practices noted during the survey will result in relevant citations.