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  • 27 Aug 2015 8:22 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    Message from the State Fire Marshal's Office - 


    Do you think that the Health Care Facilities Code (NFPA 99) doesn’t apply to existing facilities?  Think again because what you don’t know can indeed hurt you—and your patients, staff, visitors and accreditation.


    That’s because many NFPA 99 requirements do apply to existing systems, materials, equipment and the facility itself.  Overlooking these important requirements during installation, testing and day-to-day maintenance can trigger costly findings during surveys and inspections. It could cost even more if those oversights result in a fire, explosion or electrical danger.


    Why risk losing accreditation—or a deadly disaster?  Let an expert from the National Fire Protection Agency show you how to get your facility compliant before there’s trouble.

    Register now for NFPA 99 for Facility Managers: What Existing Facilities Must Do to Comply.


    In this 90-minute webinar, a safety expert from the National Fire Protection Agency explains exactly how the agency’s health care facility code NFPA 99 applies not just to new construction, but to existing health care facilities, systems and equipment.

     

    http://www.facilitycare.com/webinars/nfpa-99-for-facility-managers?tsource=ENEWS

    Please click the following link to register and see additional information.

     

     

    Mende Barnett

    Education Consultant

    Office of the State Fire Marshal

    800 SW Jackson, Suite 104

    Topeka KS 66612-1216

    Phone-785-296-0659

    Fax- 785-296-0151

    mende.barnett@ksfm.ks.gov


  • 25 Aug 2015 9:22 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

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    IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    August 25, 2015

     

    KDHE contact: Sara Belfry

    communications@kdheks.gov

    785-296-5795

     

    KDADS contact: Angela deRocha

    Angela.deRocha@kdads.ks.gov

    785-806-7482

     

                                                                                                                                         

    KDHE, KDADS schedule public forums and conference calls on HCBS waiver integration project

     

    TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment (KDHE) have scheduled two public conference calls to discuss the integration of the state’s home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs.

     

    The calls are scheduled for September 1, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. and September 2, 2015 at noon.

     

    To participate in either call: Phone: 1-866-620-7326

    And provide Call Code:    527 268 5242

     

    The agencies have also scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss this proposal. The purpose of these meetings and calls is to talk to Kansans who receive home- and community based services (HCBS) in an effort to understand how the current individual waivers are working for them.

     

    KDHE and KDADS are working on creating a new 1115 waiver that would integrate current waiver services, so that all services would be available to waiver participants regardless of the waiver for which they are eligible if they are determined to need these services to continue to live in their communities.

    The forums are scheduled in Topeka, Wichita, Kansas City, Coffeyville and Garden City.

    “Our goal is to speak to Kansans receiving HCBS services to understand and address their concerns and frustrations with the current waiver system,” Secretary Mosier said. “These forums will provide Kansans who are on HCBS waivers and their families the opportunity to give input and provide feedback on how to best integrate waiver services.”

    KDADS administers seven individual home- and community-based services Medicaid waivers for individuals with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and autism, those with a need for technology assistance, youth with a serious emotional disturbance and the frail elderly. There are a specific list of services provide under each individual waiver.

    “A new 1115 waiver would allow us to establish an integrated set of services that would be available to all waiver recipients regardless of the waiver in which they are enrolled,” Secretary Bruffett said. “We want to move toward a system that no longer defines individuals by a specific disability, but rather by their needs and capabilities.”

     

    Participants may RSVP for these public meetings at the following link:

     

    http://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/csp/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)/hcbs-current-news

     

    Details of the forums are as follows:

     

     

     

    Tuesday, August 25

    Topeka

    Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS

    10:30-12:00

    2:00-3:30

    5:30-7:00

    WednesdayAugust 26

    Kansas City

    Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave.,

    Kansas City, KS

     

    10:00-11:30

    2:00-3:30

    5:30-7:00

    Wichita

    Wichita Marriott,

    9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, KS

    10:00-11:30

    2:00-3:30

    5:30-7:00

    ThursdayAugust 27

    Coffeyville

    Sleep Inn & Suites,

    202 W 11th St., Coffeyville, KS

    10:00-11:30

    2:00-3:30

    Garden City

    Clarion Inn, 1911 E Kansas Ave,

    Garden City, KS

    10:00-11:30

    2:00-3:30

     

     

     

    If a person with a disability needs a reasonable accommodation to participate in the call they should contact Laura Leistra at 785.296.4980 or by email at Laura.Leistra@kdads.ks.gov as soon as possible.

     

     


  • 12 Aug 2015 10:11 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The KHCA is hosting this year's Fall Joint Provider Training which will focus on reporting and investigating elder abuse and will feature expert, Carol A. Manteuffel, an attorney and RN with many years of experience in the healthcare field.  The training is scheduled on Tuesday, September 22 in Topeka and Wednesday, September 23 in Wichita.  For more information and registration visit:  http://www.khca.org/education-opportunities/calendar/?ill_calendar_event_id=3111

  • 11 Jun 2015 3:22 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

     

    June 11, 2015

     

    For more information, contact:

    Angela de Rocha, Director of Communications

    Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

    785 296-6154

     

     

    KanCare Ombudsman looking for volunteers to work with program members

     

    TOPEKA – The KanCare Ombudsman’s office is establishing a KanCare Ombudsman Volunteer Program for individuals interested in providing a community service by assisting KanCare members who have questions or concerns regarding their health care coverage.

     

    Those participating in the new volunteer program will work closely with the Ombudsman Volunteer Coordinator, Pam Brown.

     

    The program is looking for individuals who are willing to volunteer their time to help KanCare members and others apply for, understand and learn about their KanCare benefits and the value-added services provided by the three KanCare managed care organizations. They also will provide KanCare consumers with guidance and information on the appeals, grievances and State Fair Hearing processes.

     

    The program will provide training at no cost, mentoring and support for volunteers, along with office space and equipment.

     

    The first KanCare Volunteer offices are scheduled to open in Kansas City, Johnson County and Wichita. Training will be provided in those three locations beginning August 1, 2015.

     

    Those interested in a meaningful volunteer experience assisting people with KanCare/Medicaid may call the KanCare Ombudsman’s Office at 855-643-8180 or may email: Amy.SimsShonka@kdads.ks.gov for more information. An application and background check form will be provided. The application and more information are also available on the KanCare Ombudsman webpage atwww.kancare.ks.gov/ombudsman.htm under NEW! KanCare Ombudsman Volunteer Program.

     

    The Ombudsman Kerrie Bacon is looking forward to this exciting new program to assist KanCare/Medicaid members, their caregivers and families.

     

     

     

     

    Angela de Rocha

    Director of Communications

    Office of the Secretary

    Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

    Topeka, Kansas

    785 296-6154

    785 806-7482 Cell

    Angela.deRocha@KDADS.KS.GOV

     

    Visit our website: WWW.KDADS.KS.GOV


  • 08 Jun 2015 9:52 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The University of Kansas Hospital will offer three free workshops in Southeast Kansas during the month of July on identifying and managing sepsis by integrating the work of nursing homes, EMS and hospitals.  The workshops will be held on July 7th at the Coffeyville Community College Technical Campus, July 11th at Pittsburg State University and July 24th at Pittsburg State University.  For more information, visit http://www.kumed.com/sepsistraining.

  • 03 Jun 2015 1:19 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The Healthcare Resort is breaking ground on a new location in Topeka and they have extended an invitation to KACE members to attend.


    Topeka Groundbreaking Invitation.pdf


  • 22 May 2015 12:25 PM | Teresa Keating (Administrator)

    LeadingAge Kansas will host Joint Provider Fire Marshal on July 7 & 8. Please click on the links below to sign-up online:


    July 7th, Wichita:

    https://www.leadingagekansas.org/i4a/ams/conference/conference.cfm?conferenceID=533

    July 8th, Topeka:

    https://www.leadingagekansas.org/i4a/ams/conference/conference.cfm?conferenceID=537


    To see the flyer click here: Joint Provider Fire Marshal 2015 Brochure (1).pdf



  • 22 May 2015 10:23 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    Don’t miss this FREE webinar to review the HCBS Final Settings Rule - Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Register today at: http://www.khca.org/education-opportunities/calendar/


    Learning Objectives:

    • Review the HCBS Final Setting Rule and additional guidance provided by CMS since its inception
    • Overview of the Provider Self-Assessment Survey as the first step in the assessment process to help providers identify their current level of compliance
      • Providers will answer a series of questions based on the CMS guidance from April 2015
      • Initial self-assessments will help providers determine if they are already in compliance or may be able to come into compliance soon
      • Providers who are substantially non-compliant or may need additional review (heightened scrutiny) will be part of the first round of onsite reviews starting in Fall 2015
      •  Final compliance determinations will not be made until January 2016 and Providers will have the opportunity to provide corrective action plans or transition plans if they are unable to comply with the new rules
    • Overview of upcoming Stakeholder Engagement opportunities to develop the onsite review tool and discuss the onsite review process


    THIS WEBINAR IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 TO DIAL IN.


    Many thanks to KHCA, the webinar sponsor.



  • 18 May 2015 10:56 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

     

    May 15, 2015

     

    For more information, contact:

    Angela de Rocha, Director of Communications

    Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

    785-806-7482

     

    KDADS and the Office of the State Fire Marshal Offer Fire Safety Tips for Older Adults

    Topeka – The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has joined with the Office of the State Fire Marshal to offer fire safety tips to help prevent older adults from starting fires, or being injured or killed by one. Nationally, May is recognized as Older Americans Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons in our country. This month is also an opportunity to recognize that seniors are significantly more at risk than other members of the U.S. population to be victims of house fires.

    In 2010, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, older adults (ages 65 and older) represented 13 percent of the United States population but suffered 35 percent of all fire deaths. In Kansas, of the 223 total fire-related deaths, 42 victims were over the age of 65–representing 19 percent of the total fire deaths.

     

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    The U.S.F.A. research also shows that older adults are 2.7 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. The risk worsens with age, with older adults ages 85 and older being 4.6 times more likely to die in a fire.

    “We want to make sure that older adults are aware of the risks and what they can do to prevent fires,” said KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett.

    The Kansas Fire Marshal and KDADS offer these tips to keep seniors safe from the dangers of fire:

    ·          When space heaters are on, keep them at least three feet away from anything that can burn, such as curtains or furniture.

    ·          If you’re exiting the room, or if you’re going to bed, make sure that your turn off and unplug the space heater.

    ·          Have smoke detectors installed outside each sleeping area and replace the battery two times a year—every time that you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

    ·          Never wear loose clothes or clothes with long sleeves when cooking. Remember to use oven mitts when handling hot pans. And NEVER leave the kitchen while you’re cooking.

    ·          Check the kitchen after you finish cooking to make sure the oven burners and other appliances are turned off.

    ·          Walk through your home and identify any possible exits in case of a fire. Make a fire escape plan.

    ·          If there's fire or smoke. Get out and stay out.

    The two agencies have also teamed up to produce an informational video featuring fire safety tips for seniors. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/a8AVWGbXpBg

    For more fire safety tips, visit www.firemarshal.ks.gov.                               

     

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  • 18 May 2015 8:50 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The HCBS section of the KDADS website has been updated!

     

    The HCBS Transition Plan information can now be accessed either from the Home Page (Under Community Services and Programs Commission, click on  HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan) or by clicking on the "HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan" link on the left under Home and Community Based Services page.  

     

    In addition the HCBS Program Renewal Information can now be accessed either from the Home Page (Under Community Services and Programs Commission, click on HCBS Program Renewal Information)  or by clicking on the "HCBS Program Renewal Information" link on the left under Home and Community Based Services page.

     

     

    The HCBS provider setting survey is now posted! Please note that all HCBS providers must complete this survey.

     

     

    Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services (KDADS) is requesting your assistance in assessing the State's current home and community based systems to evaluate the level of compliance with the HCBS Settings Final Rule. States operating HCBS programs are charged with the responsibility to ensure the state is in compliance with the rule. Below is the first step in evaluating current systems and to provide settings the opportunity to conduct a self evaluation and report their areas  of compliance. To review detailed information regarding the HCBS Final Rule and Kansas HCBS Transition Plan, please visit the following websites:  

     

    Medicaid. Gov

    http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-and-Supports/Home-and-Community-Based-Services/Home-and-Community-Based-Services.html

     

    Kansas Transition Plan:

    http://kdads.ks.gov/commissions/csp/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)/hcbs-waivers

    In summary, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, has made changes to its requirements for home and community based services.  The new final rule, effective March 17, 2014, requires states to evaluate their HCBS settings to meet the new rule’s definition. The new Final Rule affects all HCBS settings (residential and nonresidential) that are controlled, owned and operated by providers in which individuals receive home and community based services through the Autism, Frail Elderly, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Physical Disability, SED, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Technology Assisted Programs.    

     To ensure compliance with the new rules, KDADS is requesting all providers who own, operate and control settings to complete one (1) self-assessment/attestation survey for every setting type that they own, operate and control.  The information gathered through this survey will assist KDADS to assess existing systems for compliance with the new final rule and determine the next steps for the onsite assessment plan.  Please provide a summary of your organization's self-evaluation of compliance with the final rule. Additional comments can be added to the end of the survey if you would like to provide additional information and pose questions for future consideration during the onsite assessment process.  The survey is designed so that it must be completed for each setting type individually (i.e., if you own. operate or control more than one setting type, you must take the survey for each one).  Once you complete the survey, you can start over and complete a different survey for a different setting type. 

    HCBS settings’ failure to complete the self-assessment/attestation survey by June 16, 2015 will be advanced to the first round of onsite, in-person assessment of compliance by KDADS staff. These settings will receive notification from KDADS of their failure to report their self-assessments of compliance with the final rule and will be given direction for the next steps of the HCBS Settings Compliance process.

    Questions related to the survey and transition plan can be sent to HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.gov.      IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE TYPES OF SETTINGS RECEIVING HCBS FUNDING, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY FOR EACH TYPE OF SETTING.  The survey can be accessed at the following website: http://kdads.ks.gov/commissions/csp/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)/hcbs-waivers

    KDADS encourages all HCBS settings to complete a self-assessment/attestation in a timely fashion in order to ensure settings providing HCBS services in Kansas can be determined to be compliant with the final rule. Questions regarding technical issues with the survey can be directed to Dr. Tara Gregory, Director of Research and Evaluation at WSU Center for Community Support and Research, attara.gregory@wichita.edu.


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