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Issue: # 2011-003              


Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's March edition of the Long Term Care Provider Newsletter.  This newsletter is a valuable vehicle to update you on current events affecting Long Term Care.  

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Meet New Members of the Office of Inspector General's Leadership Team 


Connie Payne, Director, Division of Health Care -

Connie Payne received her Degree of Science in Nursing from Midway College. She has six years of experience working as nurse in the acute care setting prior to coming to work for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  During the past 16 years, Connie has served the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky within the Office of Inspector General. She has held positions as a Nurse Consultant Inspector, Training and Quality Assurance Coordinator and as the Regional Program Manager for the Eastern Enforcement branch.  She has vast experience in conducting licensure and certification surveys of all levels of care; in training coordination, development and instruction for both surveyors and the provider community; and providing supervisory oversight of the enforcement branch processes, which include the management of staff and ensuring accuracy in providing both state and federal regulatory oversight of all levels of care licensed by the Division. 

While Connie has been a member of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) team for a number of years, this new role provides her an even greater opportunity to make a difference for the OIG staff, the residents and the patients we serve!


Jackie Aitkin, Assistant Director, Division of Health Care -

Jackie has a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics and a Master's degree in Health Education with an emphasis in Nutrition.  She is a Registered Dietitian and is a Licensed Dietitian in the state of Kentucky.  She has 28 years of experience working in the health care industry.  Beginning in 2002, she has served the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the Office of Inspector General.   She has held the position of Dietetic Inspector regulating long-term care facilities for both the Northern and Eastern Enforcement Branches.  Her most recent position was as a Complaint Coordinator for the Eastern Enforcement Branch.  Jackie will be a wonderful asset in her new role as Assistant Director in the Central Office.



CMS Changes Vendors from AT&T to Verizon

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 have a new process to use for transmission within the next few months and will no longer use the AT&T client after the changes are complete.  No definite information or dates are yet available, but you can keep a check on the website,, for updated information.



Life Safety Code  - Permitted Gaps in Corridor Doors and Doors in Smoke Barriers 


  • In a smoke compartment that is not fully sprinklered, a gap between theLife Safety Code face of a corridor door and the door stop should not exceed -inch, provided that the door latch mechanism is functioning.
  • In a smoke compartment that is fully sprinklered, a gap between the face of a corridor door and the door stop should not exceed -inch, provided that the door latch mechanism is functioning.

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