Issue: March 20, 2014

Published on March 20, 2014

Articles in this issue:

DOH Posts Informational Message Regarding Mandatory Vaccination Reporting

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

The following message was posted to the HCS. Remember the timely completion of this information is one of the qualifiers for the NYS Quality Pool.

Please read the attached document for important information from New York State Department of Health about the required Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report, which will begin on April 1, 2014 and be due to the Department by May 2, 2014. Please ensure that the person who will be responsible for completing this report receives and reads this message.

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 



For New York City Members Only - Nursing Home Discharge Planning Survey

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

The Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY (CIDNY), with funding from the New York Community Trust, is conducting a survey project in New York City to evaluate the process related to the Section Q of the Minimum Data Set (MDS). Question Q0500B requires a nursing home staff person to ask all residents about their desire to talk to someone about returning to the community. Once a resident replies, "yes" to the question, a referral is sent to the local contact agency, which is mandated to meet with the resident and discuss options for care in the community.

The survey asks nursing home staff charged with asking residents this question, to share their experiences, concerns, and ideas for improving the system. CIDNY will issue a report in December with recommendations for improving the process, and is seeking the input of nursing home staff. CIDNY assures all answers are confidential.

The online survey is open until April 30.

  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


Participate in AHCA's 2013 Staffing Survey

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

AHCA is conducting their 2013 staffing survey.  We encourage all members to participate.  Due date is May 1, 2014.  Please see attached.

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

AHCA: QI - Reducing Psychotic Medications

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

AHCA recently posted information on how families can assist in the reduction of off-label antipsychotic medication.  Please see attached.

  NYSHFA CONTACT: 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

 

2014 Innovative Practice Award Winners

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

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Innovative Practice Awards:

“Preventing Unnecessary Heart Failure Rehospitalizations”
Roy Goldberg, MD
Kings Harbor Multicare Center
District 11

“Shangri-La Spa Experience”
Ann Catalfano, Administrator
Penfield Place LLC
District 9

“The Ambassador Program”
Dana Diorio-Casey, Administrator
The Pines at Poughkeepsie Center
District 4

“Staffing, Recruitment and Retention Program”
Tammy Marshall, Administrator
Maple Pointe at Rockville Centre Assisted Living
District 2

We hope you will join us in congratulating the winners. This year we received nominations from Districts 2, 4, 9, 11 and 12. We applaud all of the participating facility’s innovative efforts to better meet the needs of their residents and appreciate their participation in this recognition program.

NYSHFA Contact:

Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15