During a recent deposition, the Administrator of a nursing home failed to understand the importance of accurately completing MDS reports. These are federally mandated status reports which are regularly completed by the nursing homes. It is the governments way of keeping an eye on, among other things, the rate of pressure ulcers in any given facility. When inconsistencies were pointed out to the administrator, he dismissed them and said “accidents happen.” If indeed it was an accident, it is inexcusable. The MDS coordinator (the person at the facility who is trained to provide the information) reported only two Stage II decubitus ulcers when five existed, two of which were far more developed than a Stage II. I suspect the information was falsified as the facility runs the risk of losing medicaid and medicare reimbursement if there are too many incidents of unexplained ulcers.