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Q: We have been submitting modifications and inactivations of MDS assessments that were done incorrectly or should not have been completed. Is there any chance that we'll get in trouble for transmitting too many of these corrections?

Julia's PPS Chat, February 16, 2005

Welcome to our PPS chat!

How many of you like to admit to your mistakes? I'm sure few people enjoy saying they were wrong, especially when they make a mistake on an MDS assessment.

What should you do when you've made an error on the MDS? Read on to find out the answer-

Q: We have been submitting modifications and inactivations of MDS assessments that were done incorrectly or should not have been completed.

Is there any chance that we'll get in trouble for transmitting too many of these corrections?

A: No, you should definitely correct inaccuracies on your MDS forms.

The intent of the automated correction policy introduced in 2000 was to provide facilities with a means of correcting MDSs that either had errors or should not have been submitted at all.

Because the MDS has such a significant effect on reimbursement, survey results, quality indicators, and publicly released quality measures, continue to submit corrections if you find inaccuracies on your MDSs.

It's much wiser to find your mistakes and correct them than it is to not submit corrections due to concerns about being penalized for fixing your mistakes.

Surveyors will hopefully look more favorably upon errors that were admitted and corrected, than errors that were either ignored or hidden.

Until we chat again about MDS validation reports-