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This training is intended for learning purposes only, it is not official guidance. For official policies and guidance please refer to CMS laws and regulations, including the State Operations Manual (SOM) and CMS official guidance memos. Additional information is listed on the Training Disclaimer Page.

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Principles of Documentation for Life Safety Code

This PoDs for LSC training is intended to provide training to Federal and State LSC surveyors who will use the comprehensive PoDs during the final step in the survey process: completing the Form CMS-2567, Statement of Deficiencies and Plan of Correction. This training will help to develop your survey skills and proficiency regarding writing effective, defensible statements of compliance and noncompliance.

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

  • Identify the purpose and main components of Form CMS-2567.
  • Correctly distinguish each statement's effectiveness according to the specific PoDs.
  • Write statements of deficiency that adhere to the PoDs.

Training Duration: 1 hour

Completion Requirements: This self-paced PoDs for LSC training includes two learning modules and a mandatory posttest. The posttest must be completed to generate a certificate of completion. To pass the PoDs for LSC training, you must score a minimum of 80% on the training posttest.

Training CEUs: N/A

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 All other comments and questions can be submitted during the training using the comment tool.

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