OSAWATOMIE – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck announced today that Adair Acute Care at Osawatomie State Hospital passed an initial federal inspection August 14th and 15th with zero deficiencies.
“We have been waiting for this for a long time,” Secretary Keck said. “This inspection was the result of months and years of hard work by staff and leadership.”
“I am so proud of what our staff has accomplished. We’re at third base, now we have to get to home,” Secretary Keck said.
Osawatomie State Hospital was decertified in December, 2015, by the federal oversight agency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The successful inspection Tuesday marks the first step toward recertification. After a “period of reasonable assurance,” CMS will return to the hospital for a follow-up survey to ensure the improvements in patient care, physical environment, staffing, and processes and procedures has been and is being maintained.
The hospital expects to learn shortly how long it will be before the period of reasonable assurance inspection will take place.
“We want to keep going forward and continue to improve the treatment being provided to patients,” Secretary Keck said. “We won’t let up; we’ve come too far to slide back.”
“This may not seem like a huge deal in Johnson County, but we have a number of Osawatomie State Hospital employees here in Gardner. Their futures were very much in jeopardy,” said State Representative Bill Sutton. “Not to mention the budgetary pressure on the state that this will help relieve. We are forfeiting $1 million every month in Medicare payments. Recertification is critical.”