A Surprising F-Tag Has Joined the Top 10 Cited Deficiencies

By Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP - June 12, 2019

In the realm of the revised survey process, an interesting F-tag has joined the list of the most frequently cited deficiencies across the country. The tag is F-842, and in case that regulatory number is not immediately familiar, it has to do with documentation: “Resident Records – Identifiable Information.”


Given our profession’s consistent focus on documentation, does that come as a surprise? It certainly did for this writer! Between January 2018 and April 2019, F-842 has been cited nearly 3,000 times, across all CMS Survey and Certification Regional Offices. In 2019 so far, there have been 250 deficiencies cited under F-842. Long-term care has long been required to maintain residents’ personal privacy and keep medical records confidential. This is not a new requirement of participation, so what is happening? Many of the citations stem from the medical record not being accurate and complete, which is a component of F-842.


Below are brief descriptions of a few of the cited deficiencies.