CMS Releases Critical Element Pathways

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

How do I begin to prepare for the new survey process? The newly released CMS Critical Element Pathways are a perfect place to start. These tools can help manage quality in healthcare settings and standardize care processes. The new survey method is a blend of traditional and QIS survey. The critical pathways are included in this new process. Each pathway provides detailed information for the surveyor to follow during survey. Some of the areas for review are: resident records, staff and family interviews, as well as observations. Use these critical pathways as a helpful resource, review the sections below and educate the staff to ensure compliance in each of these areas. Additionally, the last section of the pathway includes the critical element decision making related to citing of deficiencies. All the critical pathways can be found at:


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15