Issue: June 10, 2013

Published on June 17, 2013

Articles in this issue:

DOH Provides Case Mix Audit Timeline

Author: * Published in Finance & Reimbursement

At an Association briefing just concluded, DOH has provided both a case mix audit timeline, as well as initial audit findings related to those facilities who have completed recent OMIG CMI audits.  (see ATTACHED)  DOH has set June 17th as the date on which a decision point will be reached regarding release of all or some portion of the remaining $70M due for the January 2012 CMI increases.

NYSHFA will provide further details on this as well as other rate-setting topics in tomorrow's member mailing.

NYSHFA contact: Carl Pucci
Director, Finance & Reimbursement
518-462-4800 ext 36
   

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Sustainability Report Issued

Author: Richard Herrick* Published in Emergency Readiness

As a follow up to Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg's office has issued a report on sustainability for New York City and surrounding areas, which is available in the following link: 

http://www.nyc.gov/html/recovery/downloads/pdf/sandy_aar_5.2.13.pdf?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign

NYSHFA contact: 

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

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

Author: * 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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DOH: June 12, 2013 MARO Webinar

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

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, the New York State Department of Health will conduct a one-hour webinar on the Nursing Home Quality Pool.  The 90 minute webinar will begin at 2:00 pm.

Webinar Registration Information

https://uasny.webex.com/uasny/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=665909100


Questions may be emailed to the Nursing Home Quality Pool bml at nhqp@health.state.ny.us.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

 

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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CMS Issues Updated Medication Pass Protocol and QAPI Materials

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

On Friday, June 7, 2013, CMS released  1) changes to the SNF/NF Survey Medication Pass Protocol (including a form for use by surveyors); and 2) introductory materials for providers to use related to the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement [QAPI] program.  The implementation date for the survey protocol changes is July 1, 2013.

At this time, the links on the CMS website are not live so I’ve attached the materials for your reference. 

According to CMS, the Medication Pass protocol has been modified to more effectively utilize surveyor resources and on-site survey time. For the Traditional Survey this protocol revision eliminates the requirement to extend the medication pass for another 20-25 opportunities if errors are detected in the first 20-25 observations.  Additional guidance specifies that the surveyor will watch and document all of the resident’s medications being administered at the time of the observation. Surveyors will not stop the observation in the middle of a resident’s medication pass.  If the surveyor reaches 25 medication observation opportunities when there are medications remaining for that resident, observe all medications being administered and add those opportunities to the total medication administration sample.

AHCA is very pleased that the QAPI resources will now be easily available to providers.  CMS is making the following set of introductory materials available on the CMS QAPI website:


Also, a new webpage to house QAPI training materials, tools and resources has been created on the CMS website.  Moving forward, CMs plans to expand its QAPI efforts by developing resources for consumers.

We anticipate that all materials and links will be live on the CMS website sometime today.


Lyn Bentley, MSW
Sr.Director of Regulatory Services
AHCA
1201 L St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-898-6304

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

 

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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CLINICAL EDUCATION WEBINARS: Register Now for All Four FREE Webinars

Author: * Published in Education, Foundation for Quality Care News

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:
http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/fqc/


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

 

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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NYSHFA/NYSCAL 64th Annual Convention Golf Tournament

Author: * Published in Convention

Not registered yet?  Why not joint the following golfers that have registered for the tournament on Monday, June 24, 2013.

Jerry Britton Bill McDonald
Steve Butt Michael McPartlon
John Calcavecchia Melissa Murphy
Greg Chambery Rob Nasso
Keith Chambery Stephan Parisi
Bob Chur David Perry
Joe Dilal Kyle Perry
Chris DiVincenzo John Peterson
Tony Durante Rocco Platino
Tom Fiorilla Carl Pucci
Daniel Giannini Linda Queior
John Hannan Justin Reid
Stephen Hanse Walter Reidy
Dick Herrick Tony Restaino
Bob Hurlbut Jim Riemenschneider
Mark Kropiewnicki Stefan Sias
Rich Lipman Larry Slatky
James MacManus Tom Smith
Jim Malone Kevin Testo
Janine Mangione Larry Varecka
Wheeler Maynard Adam Yurack

If you are interested in playing, please refer to the attached registration form and return it no later than June 13, 2013.