Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care Newsletter


OIG Banner   


Want to Know Kentucky's Top 10   Citations for Nursing Homes?

Basic Chart

Health Care


Life Safety Code



CMS 5-STAR Results


March 2013 Results

To learn more about the 5-STAR program click the link ==>  Overview of CMS 5-STAR System  


CMS Announces Updated, Enhanced Tools for Patients to Compare Nursing Homes.  click link for details ==> Nursing Home Compare Updates  



Life Safety Code





 Quick Links

Office of Inspector General Website

Survey & Certification Letters


Long Term Care Inspection Findings


Long Term Care Newsletter Archives  


CMS Appendix Q - Guidelines for Determining Immediate Jeopardy


 CMS Appendix P - Survey Protocol for Long Term Care Facilities  


CMS Interpretive Guidelines for Nursing Homes

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administrators


Long Term Care Regulations and Statutes


OIG Life Safety Code Portal 


CMS Surveyor/Provider Training 

 Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care Leadership Team 

* Mary Reinle Begley, Inspector General




Join Our List

Join Our Mailing List

Unbridled Spirit




Issue: #04-2013  

                    April 2013

Welcome to the Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care's 
April 2013 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.
Below are the S&C memos for this month

  • Life Safety Code (LSC) Short Form Survey for Nursing Homes - Limited Option - LSC Survey Focus: In FY2013 and FY2014 we undertake the dual challenge of (a) responding to resource limitations, and (b) enforcing the August 13, 2013 requirement that all nursing homes be fully sprinklered. The fire safety record of nursing homes has improved due to the installation of automatic sprinkler systems, and should continue to improve as more nursing homes complete full installation of sprinkler systems. 

To view previous S&C Memos click the link ==>  Survey & Certification Memos

MDS/RAI Coordinator Changes
CMS Banner Text

For MDS assessment or coding issues, please contact Michelle Mitchell at 502-564-7963, extension 3304 or by e-mail at  She is graciously filling in until we refill this position.  You can continue to contact Rhonda Littleton-Roe at 502-564-7963, extension 3300 or for any transmission or technical issues.

MDS Announcement 
Free LTC Provider Training -

Tentatively Scheduled for August!!

August Training for Newsletter 


"Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care"

Presenter: G. Allen Power, M.D.


Based on Dr. Power's award-winning book, this 2-day learning experience uses the framework of culture change to create a new approach to caring for people who live with dementia.


Learn why the current paradigm for dementia care can never produce satisfactory results and explore an experiential model that facilitates growth, meaningful engagement, and improved well-being via the application of person-directed care.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify the limitations of our current approach to care for those living with dementia;
  • Envision an "Experiential Model" for viewing dementia and recognizing the importance of enhancing well-being for all;
  • Apply the model to everyday situations and challenging behaviors, by using creative solutions to empower individuals to live full and positive lives.


The Office of Inspector General, Division of Health Care, Training Branch will offer a free educational opportunity for Long Term Care Providers to attend the "Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care" two-day training scheduled for August 2013.  This program will take place in Louisville, Kentucky. More details with specific dates and training location to follow in upcoming Newsletters. 


Announcing the CMS, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Survey and Certification Group training site. The CMS training website allows providers to take courses that surveyors take.  Click Here for a Tour!
Training Fun!
Man fallingReally Fun
Know your target audience. Who are your most important customers, clients or prospects, and why? Know what is important to them and address their needs in your newsletter each month. Include a photo to make your newsletter even more appealing.
Insert a "read on" link at the bottom of your article to drive traffic to your website. Links are tracked, allowing you to see which articles create the most interest for your readers.
@ttention Providers!
E-mailE-mail Addresses Needed

So that we may deliver the best customer service, please ensure that the Division of Health Care has up to date contact information for your facility, including e-mail addresses.  Please contact 502-564-7963 to provide this important information!




The Kentucky Department of Public Health would like to establish an email notification distribution group for Infection Preventionist (the person who is the leader for the Infection Control efforts at each facility) practicing in long-term care.  This email group would receive notifications concerning outbreaks, educational opportunities and pertinent State communications regarding infection prevention and control in the long-term care setting.  Names and e-mail addresses need to be sent to in Public Health.  Thank you.



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. 

If you would like more information, visit our website at
If you have an idea for a future article, e-mail Terri Cook at
Unbridled Spirit