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Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Recertifies Osawatomie State Hospital Adair Acute Care Unit

For Immediate Release

December 19, 2017

For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

TOPEKA – The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recertified the Adair Acute Care unit at Osawatomie State Hospital for participation as a Medicare program. In a letter addressed to the hospital Monday, CMS said it has accepted the hospital’s “request for participation as a psychiatric hospital in the Medicare program (Title XVIII of the Social Security Act.)”

The effective date of the hospital’s participation was December 15, 2017.

This letter restores the ability of the 60-bed Adair Acute Care unit on the Osawatomie State Hospital campus to bill for care provided to individuals covered under the federal Medicare program. Since the hospital was decertified in January 2016, it has been unable to bill for Medicare patients, and had been disqualified from receiving payments under the federal Disproportionate Share Program (DSH), which was established to help fund inpatient care for the indigent.

“It is a pleasure to announce that CMS has recertified Adair Acute Care at Osawatomie State Hospital. Recertification has involved two years of hard work on the part of hospital and central office staff. This is a major achievement and cause for celebration – for the hospital, for KDADS and for the State of Kansas,” said Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck.

"I'm incredibly pleased that the work to restore Osawatomie Hospital's participation in the Medicare program has paid off so clearly," Governor Sam Brownback said. "The determination and effort the staff put toward successful recertification shows the commitment level the State of Kansas has to vulnerable people who need help."

“This is great news for the State of Kansas. I know how hard our staff and management at Osawatomie State Hospital have worked to make this happen. Recertification will go a long way toward strengthening the care and treatment we provide to some of the most vulnerable Kansans,” Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer said. “We will continue to listen to stakeholders and industry experts in the coming years to ensure that Osawatomie and our other mental health centers are providing the best possible service to Kansans in need.”

The current staffing vacancy rate at Osawatomie State Hospital stands at 16.7 percent, down from as high as 32 percent earlier.

The patient population of the entire hospital stood at 144 Tuesday, with two patients scheduled for discharge. There were five individuals on the immediate waiting list. Current time on the waitlist is 30 hours. This summer and fall the hospital formally increased its bed capacity from 146 to 158 at the instruction of the Legislature.