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There are several CMS fire survey report forms.  The life safety code surveyor  chooses the fire survey report for the type of facility being surveyed.  Becoming familiar with the fire survey report form for your facility will assist the applicable maintenance facility staff in understanding the CMS life safety code K tags and the connection they have to the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2000 Edition.  Click the link to view the fire safety survey report table to obtain easy access to these forms.


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Issue: # 2011-007              


Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's 
July 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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OIG Receives Grant for Background Checks!

FBI Fingerprint Checks on Prospective LTC Employees

FingerprintOn June 22, 2011, Governor Beshear issued a press release announcing the Office of Inspector General (OIG) received grant funding to establish a comprehensive, statewide system to provide for FBI fingerprint checks on prospective employees of long-term care facilities.  Currently employees are required by state law to undergo in-state criminal record checks at the time of initial employment.  After implementation of the Background Check grant program, livescan equipment and additional resources will improve facilities' employment screening process and enhance Kentucky's ability to ensure the safety of nursing home residents.  This will be accomplished by subjecting direct care employees to national criminal history checks in addition to the already required in-state criminal record checks.   


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Reporting Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime in a Long-Term Care Facility (LTC)

Section 1Criminal150B of the Social Security Act on June 17, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Survey and Certification letter outlining the details of the new section 1150B of the Social Security Act, which was established by section 6703(b)(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and is entitled, "Reporting to Law Enforcement of Crimes Occurring in Federally Funded Long-Term Care Facilities."  Click Here to Read More....

MDS 3.0 Webinar Offered



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Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Updates - Webcast


This webcast is designed to:

 Discuss changes to the MDS 3.0 since implementation;

 Provide answers to coding questions from providers

 Discuss upcoming changes and provider concerns.


The recommended audience for this webcast includes Long Term Care Providers involved with the MDS 3.0 assessments.


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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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