Issue: August 5, 2013

Published on August 5, 2013

Articles in this issue:

New Smoking Restrictions at Nursing Homes and Hospitals

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse* Published in Legislative

Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation into law (Chapter 179 of the Laws of 2013) prohibiting smoking within 15 feet of an entrance or exit to a hospital or nursing home building or grounds. This new law, which takes effect on October 29, 2013, provides an exemption for nursing homes to permit smoking by certain individuals in designated smoking areas that are not within 30 feet of a building.



Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
Vice President, Governmental Affairs
518-462-4800 x25

DAL Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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

The attached DAL related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was posted to the HCS this past week. The DAL is a reminder to all health care service providers of their obligations under the ADA. As a health care provider you are required, by one or more laws associated with the ADA, to ensure that health services are fully accessible and equally provided to individuals with disabilities. As such, an individual with a disability must have access to the same health care services that someone without a disability receives.

The NYSDOH advises all providers to evaluate their facilities’ compliance with these laws and to develop a plan to become compliant, as needed, to ensure that individuals with disabilities have full and equal access to programs and services.

The DAL provides a comprehensive outline of the steps providers can take to “ensure access to health care services” as defined by the law,  including removal of physical barriers, providing “auxiliary aids and services” and making reasonable changes to policies, practices and procedures.

NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 


Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15 

CMS Region II and NYS Score Well on Reduction of Off-Label Antipsychotic Usage

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

CMS released results of the Nationally reported Quality Measure for Antipsychotic Medication usage for Quarter 1, 2011 through Quarter 1, 2013.  NYS has had one of the lowest rates over this entire period and, in addition, has reduced their percentage by an additional 8.27%.  NYSHFA has been an active partner of the NYS Dementia Coalition and also has provided multiple events on person centered care and alternate methods for behavior management and care planning interventions for needs based behaviors over the last several years.  See attached document for CMS regional and state by state comparisons.



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

Advancing Excellence Mobility Goal: Free Webinar August 8th

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

Please join Advancing Excellence for a webinar describing the Mobility Goal.

Enhancing and maintaining mobility as a part of daily care helps to maintain a person’s function as well as physical and psychological well-being. Working on this goal will help nursing home staff address mobility and related issues including range of motion, bed mobility, transferring, walking, eliminating physical restraints, wheelchair mobility, and reducing fall risk. Residents’ health and quality of life will improve with added freedom of movement and increased activity.

To register, go to:
This webinar is scheduled for August 8, 2013 and begins at 3:15 p.m. The agenda is as follows:

Welcome • Carol Scott, AE Field Operations Manager

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid • Karen Tritz, CMS

Overview of Goal • Mary Jane Koren, The Commonwealth Fund

Why Mobility? • Jo A. Taylor, Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence

Mobility Goals/Tools and Resources • Adrienne Mihelic, Analytic Services, CFMC (Colorado’s QOI)

Q and A

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

Handouts of the power point will be sent out on Wednesday.

NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 


Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15 

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Advanced Director of Nursing Course - Application Deadline 8/12!

Author: Gayle Farman & Rick Patterson* Published in Education, Foundation for Quality Care News

ATTACHED is the brochure, information sheet, and application for the Advanced Director of Nursing course being held in the NYC area from September - December 2013.  Application deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED to August 12th!!!!  Space is limited, so we encourage interested participants to apply as soon as possible.  

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, Inc.
518-462-4800  ext. 34

  Rick Patterson
Executive Director
Foundation for Quality Care, Inc.
518-462-4800  ext. 19


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