Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®
CMS has just posted an updated Long Term Care Survey Process Procedure Guide that carries an effective date of August 5, 2018.
This guide is 2 pages longer, overall than the document we’re currently referencing with an effective date of May 6, 2018.
It should also be noted that it is not currently posted in its usual spot where the current LTCSP manual and other survey-related materials are found. The August guide is found on the CMS Integrated Surveyor Training website. On this website, you’ll also find updated surveyor training slides (actually a PDF). The class description notes that there are improvements to the Initial Pool area with the August guide. The PDF in the surveyor training area as well as the August guide provides additional notes to surveyors on improvements to their software in this step. The changes related to these improvements begin to show on page 14 of the guide.