Training Information

Training Name

Basic Writing Skills for Survey Staff (BWS)

Activity Code


Training Description

This BWS training is intended to develop surveyor writing skills, particularly for use in writing survey summaries on Form CMS-2567, Statement of Deficiencies and Plan of Correction. This training intends to build and improve surveyors’ use of grammar, punctuation, and plain language consistent with survey Principles of Documentation (PODs), with a focus on the requirements when writing potentially legally defensible documentation. This training is mandatory for surveyors, reviewers, and all other supplier and provider staff responsible for composing Form CMS-2567 content.

Training Objective: On completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Identify the proper use of grammar, punctuation, voice, and plain language consistent with the PODs.

Training Duration: 2 hours

Completion Requirements: This self-paced BWS training includes a mandatory pretest, one learning module, a mandatory posttest, and a CMS-approved training evaluation. Both the posttest and the evaluation must be completed to generate a certificate of completion to earn training CEUs. To pass the BWS training, you must score a minimum of 85 percent on the training posttest.

Email for Questions: The training is available on-demand online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For all technical issues and those requiring an urgent response, such as accessing the training, email; for all content-related questions, email For all other comments, questions can be submitted during the training using the comment tool.


No prerequisites in addition to those indicated in the Prerequisites (Mandatory) section of the Training Plan.

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