Licensure and Certification Division
The Licensure and Certification Division within the Survey, Certification and Credentialing Commission promotes excellence in the health care and living conditions of the 18,000 individuals residing in Kansas nursing homes through the application of federal and state regulatory standards. Through initial licensure processes and ongoing annual surveys, state surveyors review a variety of aspects of nursing home care. Federal and state regulations ensure that residents receive care that meets accepted standards. Other regulations ensure that residents’ rights are protected and they are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation. In addition, the surveyors examine the physical environment to ensure facilities provide safe and sanitary conditions for residents. Fire and safety inspections are provided under contract by the State Fire Marshal. This Division is also responsible for surveyor training and orientation; survey quality improvement efforts; policy and procedure development; survey management; enforcement activities; complaint intake, referral and investigation management. Many of the activities of the Division are performed under contract to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Division is required to survey all nursing facilities within an overall 12-month average, with no individual facility exceeding 15 months.
Initial Licensure Packet and Other Forms
You will find the necessary documents needed to submit an application for initial licensure of an adult care home with the State of Kansas by clicking here.
You will find the necessary documents needed to submit an application for initial licensure of an Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) with the State of Kansas by clicking here.
Nursing Facilities Survey Process
- How the State Surveys Nursing Facilities
- 10 Common Myths About Survey - An Article from the May, 2005 Provider Magazine
- Complaint Program
- Local Area Network for Excellence (LANE) is an advisory committee for the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign that launched in September 2006. The campaign is reinvigorating efforts to improve the quality of care and quality of life for those living or recuperating in America's nursing homes. Learn more about the campaign and its goals at http://www.nhqualitycampaign.org/.
Nursing Home Compare
- This is a link to Medicare Nursing Home Compare site (www.medicare.gov). The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.
- The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information. This is a new web site developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.
Zero Deficiency Surveys
Read about the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) revised long-term care survey process. The QIS was designed as a staged process for use by surveyors to systematically and objectively review all regulatory areas and subsequently focus on selected areas for further review.
This is the technical manual that will be used on the QIS Project.