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Issue: # 2011-006              


Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's 
June 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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Long Term Care Emergency Response Plan

by:  Arleen Johnson, PHD, University of Kentucky and Betty Shiels, PHD-ABD, University of Louisville 


The 2011 KY floods enabled a demonstration of the strong collaborative relationships that have been forged among the Office of the Inspector


General, KY Department for Public Health, KY Department for Aging and Independent Living, KY Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, KY Association of Health Care Facilities and KY Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.  Teamwork among these agencies facilitated a flow of information between Long Term Care facilities in the local community and the Departmental Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort to assure updates on facility status and life safety of long term care facility residents and staff.


These agencies, along with.....Read More


MDS Users With Only One Registered User

A large number of MDS providers have only one user registered with a personal login ID. The personal login ID is non-transferrable. If the registered user's employment is terminated, the provider is left without the appropriate access to assessment submission and CASPER Reporting applications. To alleviate the potential for gaps in processing, it is strongly recommended that each provider have two registered users. CMS has provided the file below which contains a list of providers with only one registered user. This list was made available by CMS as of April 21st. They placed the file on the MDS submissions site, as well as the QTSO provider page,


Click here to view facilities with only one registered user.

Using Dashes in Completing MDS 3.0 Assessments


CMS has advised that when dashes are used in assessments, it is impacting public reporting and Five-Star information. They want to stress to providers that assessments should be fully completed with information available at the time of assessment completion.  CMS is aware that providers need clarity especially in regard to the unexpected discharge assessment. The RAI panel is working with CMS to prepare additional guidance documentation.

Click here to read more.....

NOTICE:  MDS H@ Login Procedure Changing!

CMS has contracted with Verizon to transition the CMSNet connection from AT&T to Verizon.  This transitin will affect your h@ login ID and will stream line the steps to connect.  Your login ID for all other accounts (CASPER Login ID and State Login ID) will not be affected.  Please continue to watch the MDS submissions site and the QTSO websites for your transition date.  In the meantime, continue to connect as normal until further instructions are posted.  Detailed information will be posted on the CMSNet pages of the QTSO Web Site as it becomes available.  The CMSNet link is located in the top right corner of the QTSO Home page.  Please continue to check the QTSO Web site frequently for updates.  (home page) (User ID and connectivity information.

Life Safety Code - S&C Listing

The Office of Inspector General compiled a listing of Life Safety Code (LSC) Survey and Certification (S&C) Policy Letters.  This document Life Safety Codecontains all LSC S&C's to date with hyperlinks to the S&C letters.   Please retain this for your reference.  Remember the PDF document search option is available for finding key words and is a time saver. 


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Recent Survey and Certification Letters Memo Board

Below you'll find links to survey and certification letters issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pertaining to Long Term Care facilities.  Please take a look and determine how these may impact your facility.
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