Board of Mortuary
updated: August 20,
to Steve Melby, who was
reappointed to an additional three-year term as a KSBMA Board Member by
Governor Sam Brownback. ADDED
A good read on
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) can be found on pages 48-50 of the June
2014 edition of the American Funeral Director. The article is
by Patti Martin Bartsche and contains some good information. ADDED
Be aware of potential scam emails and
phone calls involving OSHA--similar to what was reported last
year. A Kansas City funeral home has notified our office that
they recently received such a phone call--similar to what has been
attempted in the past. ADDED
new information on How to Package
and Ship Cremated Remains.
The Monday, March 24, 2014 edition of the Kansas City Star has an article,
Directors Move Beyond Tradition to Meet Demands of Changing Technology,
contact us if you find any out-dated information or if links aren't
working the way they should! We do our best to keep everything up
to date, but your help is appreciated!
Organization has a new information guide, Your
Rights in Kansas, for 2012.
A reminder that if your funeral home
wishes to return a
medical device following authorization by the legal next-of-kin of the
deceased, the number to call for Medtronic
Neurological in Shawnee
Mission, Kansas is (913) 469-8555. They will send funeral homes
the proper mailing package upon request.
We have issued 179
operator licenses as of August 19, 2014. As of
December 1, 2011, all cremations in the State of Kansas must be
performed by a license crematory operator. UPDATED
Permit to Cremate--Some counties charge a few when issuing a
coroner's permit to cremate. You might want to consider asking if
such a fee is being charged when arranging for this permit if you
intend to pass the charge on.
We're still receiving information from
funeral homes receiving fraudulent calls/faxes being
reported by funeral homes where relay phones are used in hopes of
convincing funeral homes that they need to provide credit card/bank
account information to arrange for the transportation of a loved one
from out of state or out of country deaths. Another reported
possible scam has to do with a hearing impaired request with a death in
England--reported by five Kansas funeral homes. Be careful to verify
information before providing any information to unconfirmed
sources!!! Requests are reportedly being made via telephone, fax
and email, so please ware.
Book with current laws is now available
at no cost or through our office for $5 per copy. UPDATED
Arlington National Cemetery has a new fax
number: (571) 256-3334. This is the fax number to be used
for sending scheduling documents to the Army National Cemeteries
Program at Arlington National Cemetery. The old number has been
discontinued. You can continue to email documents to email@example.com
became law on July 1, 2011 and requires funeral homes that close to
notify families with
prefinanced funeral agreements of their closing.
Don't forget to take a
look at our Licensee
Question of the Month to brush up on Kansas laws!
August 1, 2010 the Department
of Homeland Security's Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) announced that the 100% air cargo
screening protocols for Human Remains (HR) shipments became
The screening for human remains shipped by passenger airliners in the
USA went into effect in February 2009 at the 50% level. There are
several web sites available with useful information that you may want
to look at, including the Transportation
Security Administration (TSA)
Airlines (AA) Cargo. TSA will require 100% screening of
international air cargo headed to the United States by December 31,
Substitute for House Bill 2310 from the 2010 Kansas Legislative
Session enacts new laws--including the licensure of crematory
operators. Updated information can be found here.
has been quite a bit of discussion regarding Alkaline
Hydrolysis/Water Resolution in professional trade journals
lately. Click on
the hyper link to learn more about the process with information from
Annual Summary of Vital Statistics
is now available:
The 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics can
be found at 2012
of Vital Statistics
Some specific statistics can be found at the Kansas Statistics at
a Glance section of their report.
Our thanks to KDHE/OVS for providing this information.
Statistics from previous years can be found at The
Summary of Vital Statistics
The KDHE/OVS web site is located at Office
of Vital Statistics
from the International
Examining Boards (ICFSEB)
for the NBE
for the time frame of January 1,
2014--June 30, 2014
provided by the
ICFSEB, are as follows:
Arts Examination (NBA)
Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB), 1885 Shelby Lane,
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704 Phone:
442-7076 Fax: (479)
Trade Commission (FTC) Information--
UPDATED 7/11/2014 The
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made available online its
periodically issued Funeral
Rule Opinions which are informal staff advisory opinions in
response to requests for interpretation of the Funeral Rule. The
opinions date back to 1994 and include the most
recent opinions which are summarized in a listing with links to view
and the ability to download the full text of the letters. Topics
include a wide range of subjects, including the use of computerized
displays of casket prices, charging a fee for refrigeration of bodies,
not being able to charge consumers extra for
storing a casket that the consumer bought from outside the funeral
home, not being able to charge an extra to dispose of the packaging
material from the
outside casket . . . If
not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader
already installed on your
computer, please visit their site to download it--as the following
opinions are in pdf format:
Opinion #13-1 Clarifies how funeral providers should
disclose additional charges for atypical services on the GPL and
Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected.
Opinion #13-2 Addresses Funeral Rule Requirements for
disclosing charges for collecting insurance or trust proceeds.
Opinion #12-1 Clarifies that all caskets that do not
require special ordering must be listed on the casket price list, even
if offered temporarily or only to a select group of customers.
Opinion #11-1 Determines that funeral providers may not
charge a non-declinable fee for disinfecting, washing and dressing
remains for an identification viewing prior to direct cremation or
immediate burial unless applicable law or crematory or cemetery
requires an identification viewing.
Opinion #10-1 Addresses third party casket delivery
restrictions by funeral providers that unreasonably burden consumer
Discusses whether funeral providers may offer discount packages
conditioned on the purchase of a casket , and whether such packages may
discount the basic services fee. Written: February 17, 2009
Confirms that funeral providers must provide accurate price information
by telephone to anyone who inquires about offerings or prices,
including a business that will use the information for their own
profit. Written: March 18, 2009.
Opinion #09-3 Clarifies that Opinion 09-1 is limited to the
issues discussed in that opinion.
Opinion #09-4 Discusses the circumstances under which
funeral providers should include the overhead cost of the use of a
vehicle to obtain death certificates and permits in their basic
Opinion #09-5 Confirms that cemeteries generally are not
covered by the Funeral Rule unless they offer both funeral services and
Opinion #09-6 Addresses whether a funeral provider may
include a reduced basic services fee in its prices for direct
cremation, immediate burial and forwarding and receiving remains.
Opinion #09-7 Considers funeral provider liability for
that a vault or casket is "waterproof."
Assistant Funeral Director (AFD) Examination Filing Deadlines and
|September 15, 2014
||October 1, 2014
|October 15, 2014
||November 5, 2014
|November 15, 2014
||December 3, 2014
|December 15, 2014
||January 7, 2015
All examinations will be
administered at the KSBMA office in Topeka at 1:30 p.m. on the dates
indicated unless otherwise indicated.
Please note that applications and
fees ($200--$150 application fee, $50
examination fee) must be filed with the KSBMA office BY
the filing deadline in order to be eligible to be administered the
examination the next month. AFD applicants who are serving a
funeral director apprenticeship and submit an apprenticeship
application with the AFD application will not be administered the AFD
examination--as they will be administered the funeral director
examination upon completion of apprenticeship. Please feel free
contact our office if you have any questions or if we can be of
information regarding the assistant funeral director license:
of the above are pdf documents. If you do not already have Adobe
Acrobat Reader already installed on your computer, please visit
their site to download it.
for licensees of the
Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts (KSBMA.) UPDATED
The Estate Recovery Unit
of the Kansas Health Policy Authority has contracted out
work involving estate recovery to a private contractor, Health
Management Systems (HMS). Funeral home inquiries to HMS
should be directed to 1-800-817-8617 or 785-380-4331. Faxes can
be sent to 785-215-6629 and can be directed to Ms. Angela
Fernandez. Apparently the fax number also rolls over to email.
Connection and Backflow Prevention
To view two generic
with KAR 63-7-2 and Crematory Record keeping, please
The issue of cross connection and
backflow prevention came up recently when a Kansas funeral home
was required to make some plumbing adjustments in their
embalming/preparation room after being inspected by a representative
from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Division
of Environmental Field Services. While the KDHE does not have
specific regulations or statutes which pertain to protection of the
public water supply from backflow/backsiphonage from a funeral home,
Kansas does have broad regulations and statutes concerning the
protection of public water supply, including:
KAR 28-15-18. See section
To access all Kansas regulations, please select: Kansas
Regulations and type in the regulation number (example:
28-15-18, then scroll down to section (f).)
KSA 65-163a, KSA 65-171g
To access all Kansas statutes, please select: Kansas
Statutes and type in the statute number (example:
Additional information can be found under the KDHE's Bureau
and Permits Unit where you will find information on the KDHE's minimum design
standards entitled "Policies, General
Considerations, and Design Requirements for Public Water Supply Systems
in Kansas," 1995 edition.
and related statutes pertaining to Unclaimed
Bodies can be found in an article written by Brian Vazquez
Dead Body Law." Brian is the Administrator of the Estate
Recovery Unit of the Division
of Health Policy and Finance (HPF.) The article was originally written
for internal use by SRS field staff. Thank you for sharing, Brian.
Funeral Homes--Please be sure
to let families know up front what newspapers are charging for
publishing obituaries. If possible, it would be nice to be able
to tell families up front/prior to publication what the cost to publish
an obituary will be. I received an email from an individual who
was informed, after the fact, of a charge for publishing a large
obituary that was much more expensive than they had imagined. If
the family would have known up front what the charge was going to be,
then they could have made a decision to either exclude some information
or perhaps not to have run the obituary at all. One Kansas
funeral home uses a computer generated form for preparing
obituaries. After struggling with the confusion of which
newspapers charge vs. those that do not charge, the funeral home added
the following in large font and bold letters for their families not
wanting to spend money for a newspaper obituary:
Please Publish This
Obituary In the Format In Which Your Newsletter Offers Free Of Charge!
If anyone has any other suggestions or methods currently being used
regarding the ability to inform families of newspaper obituary
costs, please let us know--so we can share with everyone. Thank
you for your assistance and willingness to contribute!
Thank you to Reuben Feuerborn for sharing this information with us, so
we could share it with you.
the Flag of the United States of America:
For information on the Flag of
the United States of America, you can view information at the web site
of the American
Their web site discusses the
flag code and folding
the flag. Additional information can also be found at the
A web site listing
information for Kansas
newspapers can be found at USNPL.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
offers a useful Business Pandemic
Influenza Planning Checklist with some related materials at:
on the Willed
Body Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center regarding Bequeathing
A Body NOTE: (This
is a pdf
document. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader
already installed on your computer, please visit their site to download
current address for the Estate Recovery Unit is:
Recovery Unit (ERU)
of Health Policy and Finance (HPF)
P.O. Box 2428
Topeka, Kansas 66601
Phone: (785) 296-6707
Fax: (785) 296-8017
Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) Information
Kansas does not have a state OSHA
Approved Program Plan. The telephone number to the Federal OSHA
Regional Office (for Kansas) is: (816) 426-5861. For
information pertaining to OSHA, please click here for
the U.S. Department of
Labor's OSHA web site. The OSHA Site
Index located at the top of their home page contains a lot of
information that could prove helpful to licensees. For a full
text of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, please click here.
For the National Funeral Directors Association's (NFDA) Summary Page,
please click here.
information pertaining to Licensees In the Military Service,
please select here.
For a roster of all Kansas Funeral Homes and Crematories With
Refrigeration, click here.
The list contains all licensed
Kansas funeral homes and crematories with on-site refrigeration units,
their address and their maximum storing capacity. We continue to update this list, so please
let us know if you are aware of any changes, additions, deletions or
corrections needing to be made.
you are a licensee and you need to inform the Board of an address
change, there are two ways to do so:
1) To send us updated information via email, click on the
Simply complete the information and
click on the Submit Change of Address
button at the bottom of the form, or
2) If you wish to mail or fax us the information, click on the
Simply print off the information and
either mail or fax it to us.
This application is in .pdf/Adobe
For a list of where
records are being kept for closed funeral homes, please select Closed Funeral Home Record Search
will allow you to see where records
of funeral homes no longer in business have been transferred to.
If you are aware of any additions or corrections to this list, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can make the appropriate changes.
titled: "Survivors: What To Do When A
The Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) has implemented a procedure
affecting those passengers attempting to
transport a crematory container on airplanes as carry-on baggage.
To view, please refer to the TSA Travel Tips website at: http://www.tsatraveltips.us.
Go to the "Air Travel" section and refer to the "Transporting
Special Items" portion - or you can call the TSA Call Center at (866)
289-9973. It may be necessary to reload this web site as it
doesn't always open on the first attempt. To get to the direct
link to the TSA section on Transporting the Deceased (Crematory
Containers), please click here.
You will need to scroll down the center section in order to view
information titled: "Transporting the Deceased." Transporting
Cremation Remains For information regarding traveling
with caskets/coffins, the TSA recommends that you check with the
individual carriers to determine their policies and procedures.
are always in the
process of upgrading and changing our web site. Do you have any
suggestions for our web site? If so, please forward them to us
for consideration. We are always looking to provide additional
information for consumers and licensees. Corrections are always
Private Burying Grounds - Our main
page, under "What's New," now also includes a copy of K.S.A.
17-1305 which addresses private burying grounds; control by the
county clerk; actions for damages.
Please note the
link on our main page under "What's New"
to our Memorial
Planning Guide. This guide is generic in nature and can be
used by all consumers to begin to prearrange their funeral
(This is a pdf document. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader
already installed on your computer, please visit their site to download
always, please do not hesitate
to contact Office Manager Sherry Fergel, Funeral
Home/Crematory Inspector Francis Mills or me anytime we can provide
information, answer questions or be of assistance. A direct email
to Sherry is: email@example.com.
A direct email to Francis is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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