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OIG Re-applies for CMS Grant to Fund National and State Background Check Program
On February 1st, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) re-submitted an application for a grant under the Nationwide Program for National and State Background Check Program for Direct Patient Access Employees of Long Term Care Facilities and Providers
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CMS Contractor Changing from AT&T to Verizon for MDS Submissions

CMS has made a contract change and is now in the process of migrating network equipment and processes over from AT&T to Verizon.  MDS, Swing Bed, and OASIS providers will most likely have a new software client or process to use for transmission within the next few months.  No definite information or dates are yet available, but you can keep a check on the website,, for updated information.

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Issue: # 2011-002              


Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's February 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.
Abuse & Neglect - Long Term Care Provider Conference - March 10, 2011 

The Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care Training Branch will offer an opportunity for Long Term Care Providers to attend Abuse and Neglect conference Thursday, March 10, 2011.  This program will take place at the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. 


Speakers are Pamela Teaster, Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky and Dr. William Smock, from the Louisville Metro Police Department.  Discussions will be held on topics such as screening of potential employees, training employees on abuse and neglect, identification, investigation and reporting abuse.  There will be a panel discussion to cover the reporting process for abuse, which will allow an opportunity for questions to be answered.


The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) has approved 6.0 contact hours for RNs and LPNs. Administrators are also approved for 6.0 contact hours.  Participants must stay for the entire course in order to receive CEUs.  Note: Approval by the KBN of an individual nursing continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of offering content.


You will need to register for this seminar no later than March 4, 2011.  In order to register, go to:

1) Click here ==>  

2) Enter 1026140 in the course ID

3) Register for Course


The Office of Inspector General has arranged for you to have a special discounted overnight stay rate of $105.00 for the evening prior to the training (Wednesday, March 9th).  If you are interested in staying at the Hyatt, please do so by going online at Hyatt Regeny, Louisville, KY 


If you have any questions at all, please contact Shannon Gunn at (502) 564-7963 x3265 or at


  • MDS/RAI Modification Policy Update

MDS/RAI Modification Policy Update

Ellen Berry, CMS


The updated policy will be implemented with submissions of MDS 3.0 assessments as of April 1, 2011.


Current policy (page 510 of the RAI manual) allows providers to modify an assessment when  . . . Read More


Life Safety Code  - Citations on the Increase for Corridors/Egress

Life Safety CodeCorridors that serve as exit access need to be monitored to ensure that they are kept clear of obstructions.  Do not store linen carts, lifts and wheelchairs in corridors.  Other items that impede egress in corridors are furniture and decorations.  For more information on corridors:

New Version of jRAVEN!




Version 1.0.5 of jRAVEN was posted on January 18, 2011 at the following location:

This version of jRAVEN addresses the following: .....READ MORE

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