Issue: June 3, 2013

Published on June 3, 2013

Articles in this issue:

Dues Must be Paid through First Quarter to Qualify to Vote for Elected Officers at General Membership Meeting on June 25, 2013

Author: Carl Pucci and Richard Herrick* Published in Membership

With our Annual Convention quickly approaching (June 23-26), we want to remind all members of the importance of exercising their Voting rights at the annual Election of Officers on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Further requirements concerning voting privileges as contained in Article X of the By-laws are provided below:

Article X – Voting Membership – Meeting

Section 1. Every Facility Member and Provider Member of this Association in good standing shall be entitled to vote on all proper questions at any meeting, except that voting at the annual meeting shall be limited to those Facility Members and Provider Members whose dues have been paid through the first quarter of the calendar year in which the meeting occurs.

Section 2. Each Facility Member shall have the right and privilege of one (1) vote to be cast by one (1) person designated as the delegate representing that facility. Each Provider Member shall have the right and privilege of one-half (1/2) vote to be cast by one (1) person designated as the delegate representing that Provider. Each Facility Member and Provider Member must have a separate delegate representing that facility or provider, so that no delegate may represent more than one (1) facility or provider. Such person must be actively engaged in the administration or ownership of that Facility Member or Provider Member as the case may be.

NYSHFA contacts: 

Richard J. Herrick
President & CEO
518-462-4800 ext 11


Carl Pucci
Director, Finance & Reimbursement

518-462-4800 ext 36

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MDS Case Mix Audit

Author: Richard Herrick* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

NYSHFA staff have been actively engaged with the Department of Health since the fall of 2012 on developing and facilitating an MDS Audit System. As part of that process, we have been continuously attempting to facilitate the payment of what was due to facilities.

Although we are disappointed in not being further along in the process, we have continuously updated our Legal Action Committee as to the status of this activity. It has been the position of the Legal Action Committee, as a recommending body to the Executive Committee, not to take legal action at this time. The Executive Committee concurs with that decision and has directed staff to continue to participate in the facilitation process and to update membership on a regular basis. We, of course, will continue to do that. 

NYSHFA contact: 

Richard J. Herrick
President & CEO
518-462-4800 ext 11 

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CMS: S&C: 31-22-NH Life Safety Code Short Form Survey

Author: Nancy Leveille and Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

In April, CMS  sent out this S&C letter which outlines a proposed method states could employ to conduct a short version life safety survey in SNF across the nation.  Each state chooses to implement or not. NYSDOH is reaching out to providers to review this document and give feedback to them within the next month. CMS would identify the SNF by state that would be eligible for this short version based on specific criteria they have developed. It looks to be a system that would reward those who have successfully completed the installation of a fully sprinklered facility, have had life safety surveys with minimal issues over time and demonstrate low risk in this area. Tell us if you agree or identify any problems with this proposal.



Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20
  Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

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2013 Art from the Heart Applications Being Accepted

Author: Rick Patterson and Joanne O'Connor* Published in Foundation for Quality Care News

The deadline for the 2013 Art from the Heart Program is June 28, 2013. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to showcase the creative spirit and artistic skills of your residents!

For a copy of the brochure and entry form, see the attached member mailing.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or Joanne O’Connor with any questions by clicking on our names below.

FQC Contacts:         


Rick Patterson
Executive Director
518-462-4800 ext. 19


Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23






CLINICAL EDUCATION WEBINARS: Register Now for All Four FREE Webinars

Author: Gayle Farman & Rick Patterson

ATTACHED is an informational flyer for a “summer series” of four FREE clinical education webinars being held from 10 am – 12 noon on the third Friday of June, July, August, and September 2013 with Albert Riddle, MD.

Friday, June 21:  Cardiac Assessment

Friday, July 19:  Neurological Assessment

Friday, August 16:  Gastrointestinal Issues

Friday, September 20:  Infection Control

Please register online using this link:

If you have any questions, please contact Gayle Farman at (518) 462-4800 ext. 34 or


NYSHFA contacts: 

Gayle Farman
Sr. Director of Resource Development, Foundation for Quality Care
518-462-4800 ext 34 


Rick Patterson
Sr. Director, Business Development, Foundation for Quality Care
518-462-4800 ext 19 


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