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Issue: # 06-2012       

                 June 2012

Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's 
June 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

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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.
 
SAFETY FIRST!
Insulin Pen 

INFECTION CONTROL 

 

Click the link to read more about how to use insulin pen devices following infection control practices.  

 

On May 18, 2012, CMS published the Survey and Certification Memo 12-30-ALL regarding the use of insulin pens in healthcare facilities.  The memorandum refers to reports of healthcare personnel not adhering to safe practices while using insulin pens and those healthcare personnel may not be aware of the risks that the improper use of the insulin pens pose to residents.   
Informal Dispute Resolution
 5 Day Extensions

The Office of Inspector General has previously granted five day extensions for providers to submit their case materials. However, after review of the process by OIG and CMS it was determined the five day extension will only be granted for State deficiencies effective immediately. If you have any questions concerning this process please contact Nancy Spiller at NancyL.Spller@ky.gov or call 502-564-7963 extension 3301.

 

Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Updates

The Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care, is offering a MDS 3.0 Updates-webcast designed to discuss changes to the MDS 3.0 effective April 1, 2012. The recommended audience for this webcast includes Long Term Care Providers involved with the MDS 3.0 assessments. 

 

No registration is required to view this webcast. A Certificate of Completion and Contact Hours will not be provided for this webcast. The Power Point presentation, April 2012 changes to MDS 3.0, is attached for your reference while viewing the webcast. This webcast can be accessed at the following website: http://kennect.chfs.ky.gov/viewerportal/vmc/home.vp?programId=esc_program%3A5205.

 

If you have any problems accessing the webcast, please contact Jessica Lowe at (502) 564-7963 extension 3310 or at jessica.lowe@ky.gov . If you have any MDS 3.0 questions, please contact our MDS Coordinator, Nancy Spiller at (502)564-7963 extension 3301 or at nancyl.spiller@ky.gov.

 
Click this link to reveiw  ==> PowerPoint slides associated with the webcast training.
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