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Unbridled Spirit
Issue: # 04-2012       

                 April 2012

Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's 
April 2012 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.


CMS Medicare News 


Recent Survey and Certification Letters


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.

jRAVEN Version 1.1.4 Release Information

CMS Banner Text 

jRAVEN version 1.1.4 incorporates MDS 3.0 Submission Specifications version 1.10.1 effective April 1, 2012. It also includes any changes to Section S and state-specific federal items collected on the NQ and/or NP item subsets.


The jRAVEN software is posted on the RAVEN Download page of the QTSO website at


Consult the jRAVEN Installation Guide and jRAVEN User Guide for further information.


If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at help@qtso.comor 1 (800) 339-9313.

Danger - Electrical Hazards!

Hazards associated with electrical systems include electrical shock, burns, and fire.  To avoid these hazards health care facility should establish policy and procedures to ensure compliance with NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.


Click Here to Read More.....

New Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) Process
Participate as IDR Review Panel Member 

OIG implemented a new process for the Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) panel review. When a panel IDR is requested, the OIG is implementing a video-conference.  This will replace the face to face meeting in Frankfort. With video-conference sites available state wide, there is the ability to include Administrators that have not had an opportunity to participate as an IDR panel member in the past.


If you are interested in participating in our videoconferences or have questions about this process, please contact the OIG IDR Coordinator, 

Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening (KARES)
Program Update

FingerprintIn the November edition of the long-term care newsletter, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided you with information regarding the National Background Check Program (NBCP) grant, received last year from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The NBCP grant initiative, which is called the "Kentucky Applicant Registry and Employment Screening" or KARES program, will allow long-term care employers to send prospective employees to fingerprint collection sites located throughout the state for submission to a comprehensive state and national criminal background check.   


Click Here to Read More... 

Report on Gaps in LTC Emergency Preparedness

Highlights from Department for Health and Human Services & Office of Inspector General

Six years after its 2006 post-Katrina report, the Office of Inspector General of DHHS has issued a follow-up report on nursing home emergency preparedness. The new report looks at LTC compliance with current regulations regarding emergency preparedness, plans and staff training. It also examines LTC use of the CMS recommendations in the "CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Health Care Facilities". 


The study found that some of the recommendations have been adopted by LTC facilities in the sample; however....Click here to read more.... 

CMS Announces MDS 3.0 Updates

Webcast Outlines Changes


The Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care, will offer an MDS 3.0 Updates webcast designed to discuss changes to the MDS 3.0 since implementation; provide answers to coding questions from providers; and discuss upcoming changes and provider concerns. This webcast will be viewable in the next couple of months.  The recommended audience for this webcast includes Long Term Care Providers involved with the MDS 3.0 assessments.


If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Lowe at (502) 564-7963 extension 3310 or at


Training Opportunity - Save the Date!
August Training Announcement 

The Office of Inspector General is Kentucky's regulatory agency for licensing all health care, day care and long-term care facilities and child adoption/child-placing agencies in the commonwealth. 

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