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Issue: # 2010-007               


Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's December edition of the Long Term Care Provider Newsletter.  This newsletter is a valuable 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 communication vehicle.
Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Assessments


There have been several updates relating to MDS 3.0 since its inception in October 2010.

I.  An issue was identified with the RUG calculations in the Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) System. The issue resulted in issuance of fatal error number -1049 (RUG Value Not Calculated).  


This issue may have affected MDS 3.0 records submitted between 5:00 p.m. (ET) Saturday, November 20th and 9:30 a.m. (ET) Monday, November 22nd.

The issue has been resolved and any records rejected with error -1049 during the above-mentioned time frame should be resubmitted.
If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at or 1 (888) 477-7876.

II.  Additional information for those working with the MDS 3.0:

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III.  MDS Personal IDS


CMS has discovered that a significant number of facilities have only one user with a registered MDS Personal ID.  If this single user resigns, the facility is then left without appropriate access to transmit MDS submissions and generate CASPER Reports until a new personal ID can be requested and created.  Therefore, facilities are strongly encouraged to have at least two registered users.


Please be sure to share this information with your MDS Staff.

CMS is Pleased to Invite You to Participate in Listening Session Training


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CMS Listening Session: Health Care Delivery System Reform
Thursday, December 16, 2010
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EST).
Hosted by CMS Regional Administrator, Dr. Renard Murray
Dr. Richard Gilfillan
Acting Director, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI)
Sharon Donovan
Federal Coordinated Health Care Office
Also including
The Department for Health and Human Services Regional Director, Anton Gunn


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 Office of Inspector General Hires New Personnel

Sarah McCoun

The Office of Inspector General Hires Staff Assistant, Sarah McCoun.  

Sarah McCoun has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has 8 years of experience working in State Government, 3 of which were spent as a Social Services Worker with Department for Community Based Services. For the past five years, she served the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky primarily in the Office of the Ombudsman. Sarah held the position of Citizen Assistance Specialist, Quality Assurance Human Services Section Supervisor, and acting Branch Manager overseeing the operation of the Performance Enhancement Branch. 

Ms. McCoun now serves the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Staff Assistant for the Office of the Inspector General.  In this role, Sarah works closely with the Inspector General on a variety of initiatives aimed at achieving organizational objectives.


The Office of Inspector General Hires Training Specialist II, Shannon Gunn.

Shannon Gunn is responsible for the training coordination for theShannon Gunn OIG.  She is a 2009 graduate of University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work Masters program and specialized in Gerontology. Shannon has had experience working with corporate and non-profit agencies. Her previous experiences include working in a long term care facility as a Social Services Director, working with non-profit agencies that assisted the elderly population and facilitating Family Team Meetings for the Community Based Services agencies.

Ms. Gunn now serves the Commonwealth of Kentucky as the Training Specialist II.  In this role, she is responsible for coordinating all aspects of training in the Division of Health Care.

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