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CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is part of the Federal government's Department of Health and Human Services.

In order to make sure that the providers of Medicare and Medicaid services are up to snuff, CMS contracts with individual state agencies to conduct yearly onsite inspections.

The process takes the better part of a week as a team of experts evaluate a facility's care of residents, customer service skills, documentation thoroughness, safety procedures, and food quality.

They interview residents, caregivers and administrators in order to determine if the facility meets the 150 regulatory standards set by state and federal agencies.

Yesterday the inspection team left Edgewood after announcing a deficiency-free survey.

The positive sentiments of the survey team were wonderful but it was the comments by the residents who were surveyed as part of the inspection that meant the most to the staff who care for them.

To a letter, they expressed the same sentiment, "I recommend to my friends that they come live here - it is just such a nice place to live."

To view Edgewood's profile on the CMS website, click here.


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