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Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools

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Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools


Where can I find Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools on the CMS website?


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) completed a pilot project in 2014 to examine the process for prescribing antipsychotic medications and assess compliance with other federal requirements related to dementia care practices in nursing homes.

In 2015, the expansion project involved a more intensive, targeted effort to cite poor dementia care and the overutilization of antipsychotic medications, and broaden the opportunities for quality improvement among providers.

In response to feedback from stakeholders and partners of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, CMS shared the revised survey materials that were developed for the 2014 Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot and 2015 expansion effort. The intent is that facilities would use the Focused Dementia Care Surveyor Worksheets to assess their own practices in providing resident care.

The purpose of the on-site Focused Dementia Care Survey is to determine compliance with the regulations at §483.25, Appendix PP F309 Care and Services for a Resident with Dementia. Compliance with F309 is assessed during the focused survey by surveyor observations, interviews and record reviews for a sample of residents with dementia. If during the survey, other issues unrelated to dementia are identified at the facility, at the discretion of the state survey agency, these may be investigated as a separate complaint.

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