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Statement from CHFS Secretary on Oakwood Recertification Application Filing

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin (502)564-6786  

Statement from Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller on Filing the Recertification Application for Oakwood:

 “The Cabinet has filed its application for the recertification of Oakwood as a Medicaid provider with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“The application begins the formal recertification process, which includes two unannounced surveys by CMS. We understand there will be an initial survey and a second survey that will occur sometime between 30 to 120 days after the first. It is our expectation that the initial survey will pay close attention to areas related to the 2005 conditions that caused the termination of Medicaid financial participation. The Cabinet has applied for Oakwood to be certified as four facilities, dividing the campus into four units under the direction of a facility director and four unit administrators. Oakwood has been licensed and surveyed as four units in the past.

 “As part of our preparation for the recertification process, CMS recommended that we engage independent consultants to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the facility. From this assessment, the Cabinet and the Bluegrass Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board, our management partner, established a joint team assigned to work on improving specific areas. We appreciate all the hard work by Bluegrass and Cabinet staff to prepare for these important surveys.”



Last Updated 8/29/2008