For Release: Contact: Tony Sellars, Office of Communications, 405-271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has made improvements in online access to Long Term Care facility inspection surveys. The improvements are designed to resolve error messages that some users received when attempting to access reports and other documents related to inspections in Adult Day Care Centers, Assisted Living Center, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities.
Inspections evaluate the quality of care and services provided, as well as the appropriateness of the facility's building, equipment, staffing, policies, procedures and finances based on state and federal (when applicable) regulations. They are a snapshot of the facility's performance at the point in time when the survey is conducted.
Please note: Inspections are filed according to the exit date (last date onsite). If a revisit or sanction is applicable, correspondence related to the sanction or revisit is included with the original survey in chronological order. Correspondence from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is filed separately under the title “CMS Correspondence” for nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Certification forms (CMS 1539) and state licenses are filed separately for convenience.
About Long Term Care Inspections
Inspections are always unannounced and typically conducted over a period of several days. Inspections can be conducted on weekdays, evenings and nights as well as on weekends and holidays.
Inspectors/Surveyors are health care professionals such as registered nurses, dietitians, and sanitarians.
An inspection report is sent to the nursing home or other LTC facility after each inspection.
If standards are not met, the LTC facility must submit a plan of correction to the Department. This plan of correction must include information on how and when the problem was corrected, as well as how it will be prevented in the future. Facilities have the right to appeal any deficiencies found during an inspection through an informal dispute resolution process.
In some cases, a follow-up inspection is made to verify that corrections have been made.
Inspections look at the care provided to a sample of residents.
Inspections only reflect a snapshot in time.
Because inspections are conducted at different times, by different teams of inspectors for each facility, it represents just one source of information to use in choosing a long term care facility. Always visit the facility to evaluate services first hand.
When choosing a long term care facility, review the inspection findings to help you make an informed choice. However, it is important to use more than one piece of information to make the decision. Consumers should use inspection information as an aid but not a substitute for an in person visit to the facility under consideration. Visits to facilities being considered and discussion with friends, family and staff members prior to deciding which facility will best meet your needs are essential.