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      cited by Kentucky officials for       to invade residents’ privacy          requests, officials said.          that occurred in 2006.
      inappropriate employee use            also have surfaced this year in          Under a separate section           The judge ruled that the fine
      of a cell phone.                      Oklahoma and Tennessee. The           of the newly passed bill, state    bypassed administrative options
         Administrator Margaret             incidents have led providers          surveyors are prohibited for two   and state law when fines went
      Curtis of Dawson Pointe               around the nation to re-examine       years from inspecting facilities   above $10,000.
      in Dawson Springs said                cell-phone use policies, officials    where they were previously            Public health officials, who
      “immediate action to protect          have noted.                           employed. The measure is           said they were surprised by the
      residents” was taken after the                                              designed to reduce conflict of     ruling, said they thought they
      incident. She noted that facility     MIDWEST                               interest issues, officials said.   were within the law when they
      officials were “totally appalled”     Law adds safety inspectors                                               started boosting fines in 2003.
      but declined to give details          MISSOURI–Fire safety                  Fines may be reduced               Since the February ruling, as
      of the citation, the Lexington        inspections will be beefed up         ILLINOIS–The reduction of          many as 20 nursing facilities have
      Herald-Leader reported. A state       at long-term care facilities,         hundreds of pending fines          avoided receiving fines above
      spokeswoman also declined to          thanks to lawmakers authorizing       against nursing home operators     $10,000, health officials said.
      discuss details.                      more individuals to conduct           is a possibility after a county       The Public Health
         This incident comes on the         checks. A new measure permits         judge ruled that officials         Department might eventually
      heels of the state citing Bluegrass   Department of Health and              had illegally boosted fines        need to reduce hundreds
      Care and Rehabilitation in            Human Services surveyors              throughout the state.              of fines that were levied at
      Lexington for employees’              to receive training from the             The state Department of         more than $10,000 each, said
      improper use of cell phones. In       state fire marshal and conduct        Public Health stated tha
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