The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a full listing of 2567 Statement of Deficiencies information compiled through November 2018. This provides a full year of data from state surveys conducted under the revised survey process that is based on the regulations that became effective November 28, 2017. It is noteworthy that three of the top ten most cited deficiencies are #5 - F755 Pharmacy Services, #6 - F761 Labeling and Storage of Drugs and Biologicals, and #10 - F758 Psychotropic Medications. The #1 most cited F-Tag is F880 - Infection Control, which can have significant connection to medication administration practices.
PADONA recommends continuing the close relationship that you have with your pharmacy services provider and consultant pharmacist. Communicate this CMS information and work together to be proactive in preventing these deficiencies in your facility.