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Mary Begley, Inspector General

NFPA Issues
safety alert regarding antifreeze in residential sprinklers.
Fatal fire raises concern about antifreeze. 

Long Term Care Provider Training

Save the Date!
The Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care Training Branch will offer two opportunities to attend MDS 3.0 training.  The first session will be offered September 13-14, 2010 and will be repeated on September 16-17, 2010.  We are also offering Provider/Surveyor Training on Restraint Reduction and Behavior Modification on September 15, 2010. These training programs will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. More details will be forthcoming on how to register.


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Issue: # 2010-002July/2010
Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's second edition of the Long Term Care Provider Newsletter.  As promised, we use this newsletter as a vehicle to update you on current events affecting Long Term Care.  
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.
Preventing Heat Related Illness
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports on Extreme Heat and Heat Stress in the Elderly 
Elderly people (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for several reasons:
  • Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.
  • They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
  • They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.
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Recent Survey and Certification Letters
Below you'll find links to survey and certification letters issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during the month of July 2010.  Please take a look and determine how these may impact your facility. 

Immediate Jeopardy and Glucometer Use

GlucometerCMS has been citing facilities at the immediate jeopardy level if facilities are not disinfecting the glucometer after each use and/or if the facility is not following the manufacturer's instructions regarding disinfecting the glucometer.

Note:    CMS will likely provide additional guidance on this topic in the near future. 
Plan of Correction 
7304D - Acceptable Plan of Correction - (Rev. 1, 05-21-04) 
Except in cases of past noncompliance, facilities having deficiencies (other than those at scope and severity level A) must submit an acceptable plan of correction before substantial compliance can be determined. An acceptable plan of correction must:
  •  Address how corrective action will be accomplished for those residents found to have been affected by ....Read More
Office of Inspector General - Regional Alignment
KentuckyThe Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care has four regional offices throughout Kentucky.  There are offices located in Hopkinsville, Lousiville, Lexington, and London. 
To see which counties each office regulates,Read On....

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. 

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