Potential employer has "letter from CMS due to high decubs" bad sign?

  1. Hey all, I went to an interview ... for a charge position (RN) no less..as a new grad... although I do not think I will take the job due to scheduling ANd the pay was less than any other place in town...even as a charge (this is a small facility) And due to the following...I am just wondering if anyone can clarify for me as I am not familiar w/LTC..

    During the interview I was told that this place had a letter from CMS in WA DC b/c they had a 21 percent decub rate...

    They said it was not really a measure because they were sent pts w/decub b/c the rep from one of the RNs was that they were good at healing them. So the numbers were skewed.

    Who is CMS...and could this be fact? Or is this a warning sign when an employer says this.

    Thanks
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  3. by   cardiacRN2006
    CMS is nobody to fool around with. They can come in and shut a facility down.

    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/
  4. by   777RNThatsMe
    thanks for the link/info!
  5. by   suebird3
    I hope the facility charts and documents really well if/when they get any Decub's. I have to do a body Assessment on all people when they get admitted/return, as we have gotten a few doozeys.

    Suebird :0
  6. by   leslie :-D
    numbers can definitely be misleading, for they don't tell the whole story.
    although 21% is high, it still does not mean the origin of the decubs happened at that facility.
    that's why immaculate and thorough documentation is crucial.
    a good note will tell the whole story.

    leslie
  7. by   777RNThatsMe
    I would venture a guess that proper docs are done..I know I certainly would if I worked there.

    But - it was something I hadn't heard of yet so thought I'd ask. thanks.

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