Several months ago, AANAC master teacher Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, QCP, CPC, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, principal of Wilhide Consulting in Virginia Beach, VA, learned from state sources that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was discontinuing the MDS Focused Survey as of Sept. 30, 2017. Many nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) celebrated this development, but the new survey process that rolls out on Nov. 28 has a trick up its sleeve: the Resident Assessment task.
During the new survey process, surveyors investigate both resident-level care areas and facility-level concerns. On the facility side, surveyors conduct nine mandatory facility tasks (e.g., Sufficient and Competent Nurse Staffing Review). There are also three triggered tasks, meaning the survey team completes the task only if surveyors identify concerns. One of these triggered tasks is Resident Assessment.