Colonial Manor of Amana COVID-19 inspection reports

Ben Welsh filed this request with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Ben Welsh


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

According to the administrator of Colonial Manor of Amana, IA., the skilled-nursing facility has been the subject of "3 infection control surveys conducted by state and CMS surveyors since March 2020" related to COVID-19.

https://www.facebook.com/amanaretirementcommunity/posts/1866288763511412

I am requesting those inspection records be released.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Welsh

From: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Good Afternoon,

The acknowledgement letter for your request is attached. Thank you.

From: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Good morning Mr. Welsh,

Our office was notified that all media inquiries need to go through our CMS press office, please click on the link below:

If you are a member of the press and have an inquiry, please complete the CMS Media Inquiries Form<https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Public-Affairs/PressContacts/Media-inquiries1.html>. Someone from the Media Relations Group, MRG, will respond to your inquiry. Please let us know if the Kansas City Regional Office can be of further assistance.

Thank you,

Anna Lee
Health Insurance Assistant/Survey & Enforcement/FOIA Coordinator
Survey & Operations Group, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
601 East 12th Street, Room 300
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 426-6506
Fax: (443) 380-6051
Email: anna.lee@cms.hhs.gov<mailto:anna.lee@cms.hhs.gov>
Main FOIA<mailto:anna.lee@cms.hhs.gov> Mailbox: 07FOIARF@cms.hhs.gov<mailto:07FOIARF@cms.hhs.gov>
CMS-SOG RO VII FOIA Mailbox: DSCFOIAROVII@cms.hhs.gov<mailto:DSCFOIAROVII@cms.hhs.gov>

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INFORMATION NOT RELEASABLE TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY LAW: This information has not been publicly disclosed and may be privileged and confidential. It is for internal government use only and must not be disseminated, distributed, or copied to persons not authorized to receive the information. Unauthorized disclosure may result in prosecution to the full extent of the law.

From: Ben Welsh

This is a public records request like any other. I am not looking for a quote or typical media materials. I am looking for the release of the records I've requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

How your office handles that internally is up to you. You are already beyond the 20 business day deadline you outlined in your acknowledge letter. Please provide a response to my records. There should be no reason I have to fill out a separate form or begin my response again. There is nothing in FOIA that says you can slow down my request or start it over based on my status as a member of the media. That is discrimination.

From: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Good morning Mr. Welsh,

We have completed our review and determined that we are not authorized to release the documents to you in full because they contain protected health identifiers. Please find 8 pages of the CMS-2567, a copy of your CMS correspondence letter, Acknowledgement letter & a copy of your FOIA request. We have forwarded the remaining records and a copy of your request to our Freedom of Information office for review, please let us know if the Kansas City Regional Office can be of further assistance.

(please see the attachments above)

Sincerely,

Anna Lee
Health Insurance Assistant/Survey & Enforcement/FOIA Coordinator
Survey & Operations Group, Center for Clinical Standards & Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
601 East 12th Street, Room 300
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 426-6506
Fax: (443) 380-6051
Email: anna.lee@cms.hhs.gov<mailto:anna.lee@cms.hhs.gov>
Main FOIA<mailto:anna.lee@cms.hhs.gov> Mailbox: 07FOIARF@cms.hhs.gov<mailto:07FOIARF@cms.hhs.gov>
CMS-SOG RO VII FOIA Mailbox: DSCFOIAROVII@cms.hhs.gov<mailto:DSCFOIAROVII@cms.hhs.gov>

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INFORMATION NOT RELEASABLE TO THE PUBLIC UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY LAW: This information has not been publicly disclosed and may be privileged and confidential. It is for internal government use only and must not be disseminated, distributed, or copied to persons not authorized to receive the information. Unauthorized disclosure may result in prosecution to the full extent of the law.

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