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The KSBMA Office
will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.
The next KSBMA board meeting is scheduled
July 18, 2013.
Mortuary College Statistics: The American Board of Funeral
Service Education (ABFSE) reports in 2012 there were 1,589
graduates--the most since 2003. 53.4% were women.
There were 2,885 new enrollees with the most common age being between
21 and 25 years/30%, followed by 20 years old and younger
(18.1%). The two most other common age groups were 26 to 30 years
old (19.8%) and 31 to 35 years old (13%). 8.6% were 36 to 40
years old and 5.8% were 41 to 45 years old.
659 students left the program in 2012 with the most common reason being
"personal reasons" (32.5), 30% for academic reasons, and 8% left due to
a change in majors. The April 1, 2013 edition of the Funeral
Service Insider has additional information. ADDED
Society of Embalmers (ASE) is holding their 9th Annual Meeting on
June 28, 2013 at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling,
Illinois. Check their web site for details. In ASE's
2012 Embalmers Quarterly Journal there is some good information
pertaining to the benefits of viewing
prior to disposition, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended adult
immunization schedule and formaldehyde exposure product
The United States
Department of Veterans Affairs has a new online resource page for
It's a Living" aired at 8:00 p.m. CT on Thursday,
January 31, 2013. CNBC
describes the program . . . as a 24/7 fiercely competitive business
that everyone will eventually confront . . . CNBC's Tyler
Mathisen profiled professionals of the death industry.
recommended funeral service reading from the March 2013 (NFDA's) The Director,
includes: "Protecting Families and Your Firm from Negligent
Embalming Litigation" written by Jzyk S. Ennis, "FTC Staff Issues
Rule Advisory Letters", and "A Survey of State Embalming Laws" both
written by Scott Gilligan. ADDED
Mr. Jim Sarks, CFuE, CCrE, has written an
article that you might find helpful when reviewing your Statement of
Funeral Goods and Services Selected. The article can be found on
page A18 of the November 2012 edition of the Funeral Home
News. How about you? Do you have you read any articles
that you'd like to pass on? ADDED
Since the Board began administering
Funeral Director Examinations in 2008, a total of 141 individuals have
taken the examination with 102 passing for a total success rate of
72.3%. Please take a look at the Assistant
Funeral Director Examination page for filing deadlines and
examination dates. UPDATED
With funeral homes receiving quite a few
fax/email scams, you might want to consider viewing the following web
site. If you know of any other helpful sites or related
information, please contact our office so we can share with
everyone. We receive them here at the KSBMA also, so please
beware! Two such recent emails include a subject line of PLEASE
DO NOT IGNORE or FUNERAL HOME NEEDED and generally involve foreign
countries. Pleas for assistance regarding the death of a loved
one seem to be the most recent common theme--with information provided
in the email lacking in detail. Again, please beware! UPDATED
A direct link to the new forms provided by
Kansas State University Johnson
Center for Basic Cancer Research is www.cancer.ksu.edu/award-programs.
Contact information is available on their web site.
reading material I've run across lately, includes: the Legal Speak
column by Attorney Harvey I. Lapin
titled "Confirm Authorizations
Before Proceeding" in the August
Home and Cemetery News, and
Key Requirements of the FTC Funeral Rule in the August 2012
edition of The Director. We get
quite a few phone calls on salaries for licensees, so you might want to
read the June 18, 2012 edition of the Funeral Service Insider (FSI) as
it has quite a few facts and figures for the time frame of
2010-2011. If you see any other articles you'd like to recommend,
please let us know!
With all the discussion surrounding
Facebook, you might be interested to read about the recent Supreme
Court of Minnesota's ruling affirming a lower court's finding relating
to a mortuary science student's post while in school.
Unfortunately, the student in question died at the age of 31 just last
The Funeral Ethics
Organization has a new information guide, Your Funeral Consumer
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.
For those of you keeping track at home, we have issued 157
operator licenses as of May 20, 2013. 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 fee 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.
Our current Rule
Book is available
at no cost or through our office for $5 per copy. A new rule book
with changes from the 2012 Kansas Legislative Session will be available
later this year.
The current fax number for Arlington
National Cemetery is: (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Another good read can be found in the
August 2011 edition of
the American Funeral Director magazine, titled: "Metal
Remains--Different Models Emerge to Promote Recycling Implants."
Begins on page 32.
became law on July 1, 2012 and concerns unclaimed cremated
Don't forget to take a
look at our Licensee
Question of the Month to brush up on Kansas laws! We'd
appreciate some suggestions for future questions!
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 2011 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics can
be found at 2011
of Vital Statistics
Some specific statistics can be found at the Vital Statistics
Summary section of their report.
Our thanks to KDHE/OVS for providing this information and allowing us
to share it with you!
Statistics from previous years (1998-2010) can be found at The Kansas Annual
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 first quarter (January 1, 2013 to March 31, 20130 as
provided by the
ICFSEB, are as follows:
Arts Examination (NBA)
Science Examination (NBS)
For a full listing of
stats, please visit the web site of the ICFSEB
An Exam Services Hotline (479)
442-7062. In an attempt to further improve customer service, the
ICFSEB has a hotline that will put the caller in direct communication
with the Examination Services Department between the hours of 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB), 1885 Shelby Lane,
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704
Trade Commission (FTC) Information--
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made available online its
advisory opinions regarding interpretations 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 . . .
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 . . .
Opinion #11-1 Determines that funeral providers may not
charge a non-declinable fee for disinfecting, washing . . .
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
Funeral Rule Review:
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."
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) reports that the FTC Staff
issued an Opinion Letter on December 21, 2011 which holds that unless a
funeral home is located in a state whose laws require identification
prior to cremation, the funeral home may not require a family to
purchase identification in order to obtain a cremation. You can
read an article on this subject written by T. Scott Gilligan,
NFDA General Counsel, appears on page 12 of the January 2012 KFDA Journal.
Assistant Funeral Director (AFD) Examination Filing Deadlines and
|Monday, June 17, 2013
|July 3, 2013
|Monday, July 15, 2013
|August 7, 2013
|Thursday, August 15, 2013
|September 4, 2013
|Monday, September 16, 2013
|October 2, 2013
|Tuesday, October 15, 2013
|November 6, 2013
|Friday, November 15, 2013
|December 4, 2013
|Monday, December 16, 2013
|Thursday, January 2, 2014
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
eight (8) of Postal
Bulletin 22242 (9-25-2008) contains information from Publication 52 Revision: New Option
for Mailing Cremated Human Remains. The United States
Postal Service (USPS) announced that it no longer requires a return
receipt and allows cremated remains to be shipped via registered
mail. Verification of the date and time of delivery for both
Registered Mail and Express Mail service is now available online or by
telephone--which has allowed the elimination of receipt service.
The third and fourth
sentence of 452.2 have been revised to
state: " . . . Mail pieces sent to domestic addresses may be sent
via Express Mail or Registered Mail service. Mail pieces sent to
an International address must be sent via Registered Mail service, and
the country listing in the IMN must show that cremated remains are
permitted and Registered Mail service must be available for that
country . . ." Those revisions will be incorporated into the next
Publication 52 available via Postal
information comes from Mailing
Standards Pricing, 9-25-08.
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 of Water
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 Legion.
Their web site discusses the flag, the
flag code and folding
the flag. Additional information can also be found at the Flag.
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 as was provided to the
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 email@example.com
so we can make the appropriate changes.