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HMS Awarded State Contracts in Kansas and Alaska to Conduct Vital Healthcare Facility Surveys

HMS Awarded State Contracts in Kansas and Alaska to Conduct Vital Healthcare Facility Surveys

  • August 20, 2020
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Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) was recently awarded two state contracts—one with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and another with the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS). We are honored to be awarded these contracts and to be given the opportunity to ensure the safety of patients and residents alike. 

HMS Will Support KDHE in Conducting Healthcare Facility Surveys, Fire/Life Safety Code Surveys, and Technical Assistance Services

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has awarded Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) a contract to help conduct on-site inspection surveys of healthcare facilities, fire/life safety code surveys, and provide technical assistance related to agency licensing and oversight of facilities during all facets of construction or renovations. 

HMS’ specialized team of highly trained surveyors will assist KDHE in conducting certification, complaint, and immediate jeopardy inspections in non-long-term care healthcare facilities across the state, including:

  • Hospitals or specialty hospitals
  • Critical access hospitals (CAH)
  • Ambulatory surgical centers (ASC)
  • Licensed and or certified home health agencies (HHA)
  • Rural health clinics (RHC)
  • Outpatient physical therapies (OPPT)
  • Comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities (CORFs)
  • End stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities
  • Hospice providers
  • Mobile x-ray suppliers
  • Licensed intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID)

“We are proud to have this opportunity to work with KDHE in support of its crucial mission of ensuring the quality care and safety of non-long-term care residents and patients in Kansas,” says Leah Heimbach, president & owner of HMS. “The surveys our team conducts are essential, especially in instances of immediate jeopardy where people’s lives might be at risk.”

HMS will also work closely with KDHE to provide technical assistance and review plans for all new non-long-term care buildings, replacement facilities and additions, or alterations to existing buildings. Reviewing construction and renovation plans is a critical first step to protecting patients, even before they step inside a healthcare facility. HMS will canvas the environment to ensure the health and safety of all people who are served in these facilities.

​“HMS brings a breadth of experience to this assignment that is vital to helping KDHE ensure the safety of the populations served in these facilities,” added Heimbach. “Our surveyors bring more than 60 years of specialized experience in reviewing healthcare facility construction and renovation plans.”​

HMS Shares Alaska’s Commitment to Protecting Healthcare Facility Residents and Patients Across the Largest State in the U.S.

The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) has contracted with Healthcare Management Solutions, LLC (HMS) to help conduct on-site healthcare facility inspections to ensure the safety of vulnerable populations across the state.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to support the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services in its crucial mission of ensuring that Alaskans receive quality care and are treated with respect,” says Leah Heimbach, president & owner of HMS. “It’s very rewarding for us to be able to partner with the agency in protecting their most vulnerable, while helping to preserve the unique and proud culture of all Alaskans.”

HMS will support the state of Alaska by making sure every facility we survey in the state receives expert inspections no matter how remote the location or how challenging the journey. Our experienced team of highly specialized, culturally sensitive surveyors will assist DHSS in conducting complaint and certification survey requests in healthcare facilities across the state, including:

  • Nursing homes
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Hospitals
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospice agencies
  • End stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities
  • Ambulatory surgical center surveys

Alaska is also home to people from a diverse array of cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. HMS is skilled and experienced in conducting healthcare facility inspections tailored to the particular preferences and sensitivities of all Alaskans. 

“Alaska’s elders, especially those of indigenous heritage, embody the living history of this proud land,” says Heimbach. “They are national treasures. Our surveyors are trained to communicate with sensitivity and respect, understanding their different dietary restrictions, honoring their personal space and upholding their dignity.”

HMS’ experience traversing large areas via a variety of transportation modes also makes them a natural partner for DHHS. Bigger than Texas, California and Montana combined, Alaska is one-fifth the size of the U.S.’ Lower 48 states. Only about 20% of the state’s roads are paved, but HMS has a proven record of resourcefulness and adaptability.