Q&A: When the new Survey Matrix form refers to the date of admission, is it asking about only new admissions?

Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT

Question:  When the new Survey Matrix form refers to the date of admission, is it asking about only new admissions?

Answer:  To clarify, yes, new admissions who are in the facility for the first time, were residents prior and discharged return not anticipated, or those who were discharged return anticipated but did not return within 30 days need a new admission assessment. The Matrix only states "new admits," but during provider training on the new survey process CMS stated, "Since most new admissions have either not had a completed MDS assessment or an MDS transmitted to the state agency prior to the survey team entering the facility it is important to complete the matrix for new admissions immediately. Providers will complete a matrix for all other residents residing in the facility, which is required within 4 hours upon entrance."



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