Issue: September 26, 2013

Published on September 26, 2013

Articles in this issue:

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Challenges Executive Order #38 & DOH Regulations

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse

On Wednesday September 25th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL, together with Leading Age, Southern New York Association, Greater New York Healthcare Facilities Association, Empire State Association of Assisted Living, the Home Care Association of New York State, and over 170 individual member providers filed a lawsuit in Supreme Court in Albany County, challenging Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order #38 and the regulations promulgated by the Department of Health (“Regulations”) to implement the Executive Order.

Generally speaking, Executive Order #38 and the Regulations place caps on executive compensation and administrative expenses for “covered providers” that receive an annual average of at least $500,000 in State funds during a two year period and for whom at least 30 percent of total annual in-state revenues during that same period constituted State funds. Among other things, the Executive Order and Regulations prohibit “covered providers” from compensating an executive in amount greater than $199,000 per year.

Through this litigation, we are taking the lead in seeking the annulment of Executive Order #38 and the Regulations by challenging their legitimacy on numerous grounds, including the following:

We will be providing ongoing updates as this litigation progresses.


NYSHFA/NYSCAL Contact:                              Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.

Vice President of Governmental Affairs

Revised MDS RAI Manual Version 1.11 Effective October 1st

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

The revised MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.11 is effective October 1, 2013. This version includes all of the previous interim revisions, published Q and As and more scenarios related to complex areas needing additional clarification.

CMS has posted the revised RAI Manual v1.11 Replacement Manual Pages and Change Tables and the RAI Manual v1.11 on the CMS MDS homepage under Downloads. To directly access the replacement pages zip file go to MDS-30-RAI-Manual-v111-Replacement-Manual-Pages-and-Change-Tables_October-2013 (ZIP file)

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 

AHCA QAPI Website Update

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

The QAPI website has officially been published on the AHCA website. It is searchable under the “Quality Improvement” tab on the AHCA/NCAL website (www.ahcancal.org), and is accessible through the following direct link: http://www.ahcancal.org/quality_improvement/QAPI/Pages/default.aspx.
 
The website includes original resources developed by the QAPI Workgroup:

We will continue to refine and add to this website as more information, and eventually the final regulations, are made available. In the meantime, we ask that you please spread the word about this new website and resources. If you have any upcoming presentations about QAPI or on a related topic, please include information on this website/resources in your presentation.

For ease of access to the AHCA website, please use the following:

Username: nyquality
Password: 20ltc11

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 

Get Ready to Recognize Your Employees and Volunteers!

Author: Rick Patterson and Joanne O'Connor* Published in Membership, Public Relations

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites our members to submit nominations for the 2014 awards programs. To help you plan, we are providing the following time line for when the Association will be soliciting nominations. Further information with the eligibility criteria, exact deadlines and the nomination forms will be sent in the member mailings and posted on the NYSHFA website. In addition, hard copies of the nomination forms will be mailed to every member facility. To see highlights of the 2013 winners, go to http://www.nyshfa.org and click on Awards.

October 2013

Innovative Practice Awards

The Innovative Practice Awards Program honors exemplary innovative practices in NYSHFA/NYSCAL member skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The recipients of the Innovative Practice Awards will be honored at the Association’s Annual Convention in June and receive a plaque for their facility. The Innovative Practices will also be presented at a panel discussion during the convention. In an effort to share as many innovative practices with our members as possible, all entries will be summarized and published in a member mailing.

November 2013

Employee Recognition Program

The Employee Recognition Awards Program honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to NYSHFA member skilled nursing facilities. Awards will be given in the following categories:  Registered Nurse of the Year, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year, Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year, and Heart and Hands Award (Non-nursing/Non-managerial Staff).  Winners will be honored at the Association’s Annual Convention in June and will receive a trophy and check for $250.

Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nurse Scholarship Awards

The Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarships assist staff currently working in skilled nursing facilities in pursuing education to become an LPN, RN; pursuing an advanced degree as an RN; and RNs pursuing certification as a geriatric nurse or wound management nurse. The Foundation for Quality Care administers this program. Recipients will be presented with their awards at the Annual Nurse Leadership Conference. The number of Scholarships and amounts to be announced in the near future.

December 2013

NYSHFA Volunteer of the Year Awards

The annual Volunteer of the Year awards program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member skilled nursing facilities. Awards will be given in the following five categories: Young Adult, Adult, Senior Adult, Group, and Spiritual Guidance. Each state winner will receive an engraved obelisk and will be honored at the Association's Annual Convention in June.

January 2014

NYSCAL Awards Programs

NYSCAL will be offering the following Awards Programs for Assisted Living members: Administrator of the Year, Assisted Living Nurse of the Year, National Assisted Living Week Programming Award, Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living, NYSCAL Scholarship Award and Assisted Living Volunteer of the Year. The winners will be honored at the Association's Annual Convention in June and will be our nominees for the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) awards.

NYSHFA Scholarship Awards

NYSHFA sponsors a Scholarship program, in collaboration with the NYSHFA districts, to provide financial help to employees of NYSHFA member skilled nursing facilities. Recipients receive a $750 Scholarship. Educational programs must be strictly related to the applicant’s health care career. The deadline for districts to submit their scholarships to NYSHFA is September 30.