Issue: August 7, 2014

Published on August 7, 2014

Articles in this issue:

Medicaid Managed Care Delayed Until 10/1/14

Author: Carl J. Pucci* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

NYSHFA has just received word that DOH is again delaying the Medicaid Managed Care start date for downstate counties until 10/1/14 (upstate counties would start 4/1/15).  Below is the DOH notice:

As you know, the NH transition into managed care was not approved by CMS in order to implement on August 1, 2014.  In order for the State to secure the appropriate approvals from CMS, the transition of this benefit is being extended to October 1, 2014.   The Nursing Home Policy paper will be modified to reflect this date change and all dates will be extended based upon this proposed start date.  We apologize for any inconvenience these delays have caused, however, the State remains committed to implementing a smooth transition once CMS approval is obtained.

Vallencia Lloyd
Director
Division of Health Plan Contracting and Oversight


NYSHFA CONTACT:

Carl J. Pucci
Director, Finance & Reimbursement
518-462-4800 x36

CMS Issues 2015 PPS Final Rule

Author: Carl J. Pucci* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

CMS has issued the 2015 SNF PPS Final Rule.  As announced in the proposed rule a few months ago, Medicare rates to SNFs will increase approximately 2%, effective 10/1/14.  In addition, certain wage indexes are being revised and phased in over a two-year period.

AHCA has provided a memorandum containing full details related to the Final Rule, as well as links to the related Federal Register

NYSHFA will soon begin calculation of the FY 2014/15 Medicare PPS rates and distribute to the membership within the next week or so.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Carl J. Pucci
Director, Finance & Reimbursement
518-462-4800 x36

NYSDOH Publishes Facility Guidance Document for 2014 Coastal Storm Season

Author: Karen Morris and Shelley Sabo* Published in Emergency Readiness, NYSCAL Notes

All association providers, both adult care/assisted living and skilled nursing, should be aware of the Facility Guidance Document for the 2014 Coastal Storm Season recently published by the New York State Department of Health.  This document is designed as both an overview and planning tool for a multi-facility evacuation as the result of a coastal storm impacting New York City and the adjacent counties of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk. The guidance document is quite extensive and may be found on the NYSHFA and NYSCAL websites under “What’s New” and the newly-designed Emergency Preparedness page for both NYSHFA and NYSCAL.  NYSHFA encourages all providers in the outlined areas to read this guidance document in its entirety.

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

Shelley Wagar Sabo
Executive Director, NYSCAL
518-462-4800, ext. 17

Health Commerce System Upgrade Announcement

Author: Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 the Health Commerce System (HCS) will be upgraded to version 4.0. All users accessing the site https://commerce.health.state.ny.us will see the upgraded HCS upon log on. This upgrade follows months of live usage and persistent testing of HCS v4.0. Links to the previous version of the site will be available for a short time following the upgrade; so should you need to access to the previous version you may do so from the links provided on HCS v.4.0.

The HCS is being upgraded with modern technologies to present a responsive homepage that you can access from just about any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone. Most portal features have been streamlined into a single menu bar at the top of most pages, providing much more screen space for the HCS applications you use to complete your tasks. The platform of the HCS has also been upgraded to improve page response and load times, and reduce system outages.

If you have not yet used HCS v4.0 , check out the fully-functional preview at https://hcsv4.health.state.ny.us today!

Questions regarding HCS v.4.0 should be directed to hcsoutreach@health.state.ny.us

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20

FREE E-Prescibing Webinar August 25, 2014

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

NYSHFA will be sponsoring a FREE webinar for our members in collaboration with HANYS, LANYS and CCLC on Monday, August 25,2014 from 10:00 -11:30 a.m.  We have also reached out to NYMDA to attend this session. Effective March 27, 2015 all physicians and SNF must implement E-Prescribing. NYSHFA has been working with the Consultant Pharmacist group, the DOH Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) and the Executive Secretary to the NYS Board of Pharmacy on this new mandate over the last several months. (See previous MM of July 28). The associations are urging our members to bring their teams (nursing and administrative staff, physicians, pharmacists, and IT staff) to the Webinar we are collectively hosting, so there is consideration by all stakeholders of the nursing home process changes this will demand. 

We suggest you listen to this webinar as a team and utilize one webinar line per facility to ensure access to all if possible. Click here for Registration information.  (The HANYS registration link will work for non-members.  If a registrant has registered for a prior event at HANYS, the login and password they were issued for that program will work as the password/login requested to register for this program.  If they don’t have that password/login they can email a request to learning@hanys.org and they will receive new ones in an immediate reply email.)

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

Register Now for Quality Improvement Series to Begin in Rochester this Fall!

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

The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), is pleased to announce that the Long Term Care Leadership Institute will be offering a Quality Improvement Series Leadership program in Rochester.  Applicants may apply who work in Skilled Nursing Facilities from the following Rochester and Central New York counties: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Onondaga.  A brochure, application and program information sheet outlining the course content, eligibility criteria, dates, time and location for these programs is listed on www.thefqc.org and also can be downloaded HERE

Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the Foundation for Quality Care no later than Friday, September 5, 2014.

If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Vera Frey, Program Assistant, at 518-462-4800 x21, or via email: vfrey@thefqc.org.   If you would like to fax the application and supporting documentation, please do so at 877-893-5744.

NYSHFA CONTACTS
Gayle Farman
Sr. Director of Resource Development
518-462-4800 x34

Rick Patterson
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x19

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 8! New and Revised First Line Manager Training Program for All Disciplines in NYC and Northern Metro Regions

Author: Gayle Farman and Rick Patterson* Published in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), is pleased to announce an Updated and Revised First Line Manager/Supervisor course is now available for all disciplines’ (dietary, housekeeping, nursing, therapy, etc.) managers and supervisors. This revised course will be offered in NYC this fall. 

Applicant Must be working in either the Northern Metro or New York City region of New York.

This program is funded by a grant from the New York State Dept. of Health and Dept. of Labor Health Workforce Retraining Initiative.

A brochure and program information sheet are attached, outlining the course content, eligibility criteria, dates, time and location.  Along with this information is a participant application form, which must be completed and returned with the required supporting documentation prior to Friday, August 8, 2014.

This newly revised First Line Manager/Supervisor leadership program can accommodate 20 participants. Given our past experience, we expect the number of applications will far exceed the number of available openings. We encourage applicants to apply early.

The selection criteria will be based on: education, experience, applicant’s letter of interest describing how this program will enhance professional development and a letter of support from the sponsoring facility Administrator, noting the applicant will be able to attend all sessions.  The timeliness and completeness of the submitted application and the number of applicants from a single facility will also be considered.  

More than one applicant from a facility can apply.  If more than one applicant applies from a facility, the Administrator should prioritize applicants for possible selection.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vera Frey by phone at (518)462-4800, Ext. 21 or by email at vfrey@thefqc.org.

 

FQC 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



Boost Your CEU Count with Constituency Education Programs at the AHCA/NCAL Convention

Author: AHCA/NCAL* Published in AHCA / NCAL News

In about two months, thousands of long term and post-acute care professionals along with national speakers, professional and peer educators, leaders and exhibitors from across the country will convene at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center, just outside Washington, D.C., for the AHCA/NCAL 65th Annual Convention & Expo.

In addition to this year's general and daily education sessions, attendees can boost their CEU count by attending one of several specialized Constituency Education programs.

For further information regarding this event, including programs being offered and registration material, please click here