Scope Definitions

Isolated (1 Point)
This deficiency affects one or the fewest number of residents, staff, or occurrences.

Example: 60 of 70 residents in the nursing home are incontinent. The nursing home failed to provide adequate care of services to restore or improve bladder function in 2 of these residents.

Pattern (2 Points)
This deficiency affects more than a limited number of residents, staff, or occurrences.

Example: 60 of 70 residents in the nursing home are incontinent. The nursing home failed to provide adequate care of services to restore or improve bladder function in 10 of these residents.

Widespread (3 Points)
This deficiency is found to be widespread throughout the facility and/or has the potential to affect a large portion or all the residents.

Example: 60 of 70 residents in the nursing home are incontinent. The nursing home failed to provide adequate care of services to restore or improve bladder function in half of these residents.

Reference: The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare