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Osawatomie State Hospital Fails Recertification Survey
Osawatomie State Hospital Last month, it was announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conducted a recertification survey of the Adair Acute Care Unit from May 8-10, 2017, and found Osawatomie State Hospital, once again, to be out of compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. OSH has been decertified by CMS since December 2015 and since has lost an estimated one million dollars per month in reimbursement. After the decertification, the state hired a consultant and numerous improvements were made to the 60-bed Adair Unit in preparation for a future survey. Survey deficiencies identified in 2015 focused on the assault of a staff member by a patient and a lack of both adequate staffing and safety measures to control patient violence. This 2017 survey identified noncompliance with additional standards addressing fire safety, the governing body, quality assurance and performance improvement, radiologic services, food and nutrition services, and infection control. The KHA Behavioral Health Task Force toured the facility in November of last year and has been closely following the status of OSH. A summary of the inspection is available online.