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Life Safety Code News - Automatic Sprinkler Systems Mandated

Mary Begley, Inspector General
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a requirement that notifies state agencies, regional offices and providers of the Federal Regulation requiring all certified facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities) to be equipped with a supervised automatic sprinkler system by August 13, 2013.      Read More....

A Message from the Long Term Care Ombudsman

Kimberly Baker, Ombudsman 

Greetings to everyone, 
I am so excited to be able to partner with the Office of Inspector General and having this avenue of communication with all of Kentucky's Long Term Care facilities.  The first edition provides an overview of the Long Term Care Ombudsman's vision.

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Infection Control Seminar a Success!

The Office of Inspector General hosted the Infection Control Seminar on May 4th at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky.  All Long Term Care (LTC) Providers were invited to this free seminar and over 400 attended! .......
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Issue: # 2010-001June/2010
We're excited!  You should be too! The Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care, is proud to issue the first of many Long Term Care Provider Newsletters.  We intend to use this newsletter as a vehicle to keep you updated on current events affecting Long Term Care.  
 
The newsletter will be published periodically as relevant news becomes available.  Some standard topics will include providing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey and Certification letters.  These letters contain important information that will help Long Term Care facilities to be in compliance with CMS regulations.
 
Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you think would benefit.  To continue receiving this newsletter, be sure to join our mailing list by clicking the link to the left of this article.  We look forward to serving you through this new exciting communication vehicle.
Meet the New Inspector General, Mary Reinle Begley

Mary Reinle Begley, has been named the Cabinet Inspector General. Mary Begley, Inspector General

In January 2009, Begley joined the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) as the Ombudsman.  She joined CHFS from Ephraim McDowell Health where she served as vice president of customer and physician relations since 2006.

A registered nurse, Begley was a staff nurse with Ephraim McDowell beginning in 1976 and held various other positions with the organization, including director of marketing and community relations, education coordinator and director of critical care. Begley received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University.

"Begley's broad experience as a health care professional and her knowledge of facility operations will serve the Cabinet well in her new role," said CHFS Secretary Janie Miller.

"The responsibility this office has of providing quality regulatory services for the licensing of health care facilities, day care, long-term care and child caring agencies in the commonwealth is of vital importance," Begley said.

The Office of Inspector General regulates more than 2,200 day care facilities, almost 500 long-term care facilities and 2,550 other health facilities. 

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Recent Survey and Certification Letters
Memo BoardBelow you'll find links to several survey and certification letters issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Please take a look and determine how these may impact your facility. 
 

Government Performance Results Act (GPRA)

ChartReview Kentucky's Results 

As part of the Government Performance Results Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2005 established pressure ulcers and restraints as their two GPRA goals. CMS has encouraged states to work toward preventing pressure ulcers and decrease restraints. 

Mary Curlin, Director, Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care
Mary Curlin
Mary Curlin
Mary Curlin, Director, Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care, retires effective June 15, 2010.  Mary served in this capacity for two years before announcing her retirement.  We wish Mary well in this new phase of her life!

The Office of Inspector General is Kentucky's regulatory agency for licensing all health care, day care and long-term care facilities and child adoption/child-placing agencies in the commonwealth. 

If you would like more information, visit our website at http://chfs.ky.gov/os/oig/default.htm.