Issue: December 4, 2014

Published on December 5, 2014

Articles in this issue:

DOH to Present Free Webinar on Influenza

Author: Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

The NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization will present a webinar entitled “Influenza Vaccine: A Steadily Improving Response to an Annual Epidemic Illness” on Thursday December 11th at 12 noon. See the attached notification to register for this free webinar.

NYSHFA CONTACT
Karen Morris

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

Deadline Approaching for 2015 Innovative Practice Award Program

Author: Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

We are in need of submissions for the 2015 Innovative Practice Award Programs.  Send in your nominations today!

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee, in recognition of the importance of innovation in improving the quality of long term care services, invites our members to submit nominations for the 2015 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Innovative Practice Awards.  Up to five awards will be presented.  Suggested areas for consideration are:  1) Behavioral Care Planning and Activities Programming, 2) Wound Care, 3) Preventing Unnecessary Hospitalizations, 4) Infection Control, 5) Changing to a Culture of Person-Centered Care, and 6) Staffing/Recruitment/Retention. Facility representatives from each award category will be honored at the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention in June 2015.  Honorees will present their innovative practices to the membership during an educational session at the convention.

Program Criteria and Submission Information:

Nominations must meet the following criteria:

Attached are the 2015 Innovative Practice Awards Brochure and Nomination Form and the Guidelines to Submitting Applications. Realizing the time constraints everyone has, we have attempted to make the submission process as easy as possible. We have also included a suggested timeline you may find useful in preparing your application.  Part one of the submission form contains your facility's identifying information. It will be separated from Part Two, the description of the innovative practice, before the committee reviews it. Nominations will be reviewed using a "blind" process; therefore, do not include any identifying information when completing Part Two of the submission.

Submissions must be received by mail no later than December 12, 2014.

If you have any questions, contact Karen Morris at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA Contact
Karen Morris
Director of Clinical and Quality Services
518-462-4800 Ext. 15

DOH Reschedules Waiver Webinar - December 15th

Author: Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

NYSDOH Office of Emergency Preparedness will present a webinar “Relief form Statutes and Regulations During Emergencies” on Monday December 15th from 10-11:30am.  This webinar was originally scheduled for November 3rd, if you previously registered, you do not need to register again. See information below to register. 

Relief From Statutes and Regulations During Emergencies: Webinar Rescheduled for December 15

After the events of the 2009 influenza pandemic, Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy, and other emergencies, members expressed a need for guidance on how to seek the suspension or modification of statutes and regulations during emergencies.

In response, HANYS and Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), convened a workgroup of associations representing healthcare providers across the continuum of care to develop guidance and assemble a list of potential statutory and regulatory barriers.


This guidance and list of potential statutory and regulatory barriers are posted on the HANYS website in the form of a guidebook.


The December 15 webinar will provide an opportunity for members to ask questions and receive further clarification on this subject.


Please register online.


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




New and Revised First Line Manager Training Program for Long Island Region

Author: Gayle Farman & 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 Long Island this winter. 

Applicant Must be working in either the Long Island 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 Monday, December 15, 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



OMIG: Compliance Certification Deadlines

Author: Carl Pucci and Nancy Leveille* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

There are two compliance certifications due for 2014 by year's end:

New York State Social Services Law Section 363-d Certification Reminder

All New York State Medicaid providers who are required to have a compliance program under New York State Social Services Law Section 363-d must certify that their compliance programs are effective each year.  The certification must be completed during the month of December.  The Social Services Law certification is an online certification that can be accessed on OMIG’s website at www.omig.ny.gov under the Compliance tab.  Look for the Certification sub-tab and look for the form under the heading “NYS Mandatory Provider Compliance Programs.”  Frequently asked questions and directions are also located there.  Additionally, when you complete the certification, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from OMIG and a confirmation receipt.  We encourage you to print a copy and keep it on file.

Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 Certification Reminder

If you are a NYS Medicaid provider subject to the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), you must provide a certification that you are meeting the DRA’s requirements.  The certification must be completed each year prior to January 1st.  The DRA certification is an online certification that can be accessed on OMIG’s website at www.omig.ny.gov under the Compliance tab.Look for the Certification sub-tab and look for the form under the heading “Federal Deficit Reduction Act.”  You will also find frequently asked questions and directions located there.  Additionally, when you complete the certification you will receive a confirmation e-mail from OMIG and a confirmation receipt.  We encourage you to print a copy and keep it on file.


If you have questions about either certification, please send an e-mail to compliance@omig.ny.gov.

  NYSHFA CONTACTS: Carl J. Pucci
Director, Finance & Reimbursement
518-462-4800 x36
  Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20

 

Post-Acute Care Roundtable Hosted by Duane Morris LLP

Author: Scott Jackson CMP* Published in Education

Duane Morris LLP is hosting "Post-Acute Care Roundtable"

Date & Time:  Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 8:30am - 10:45am

Location:  Duane Morris LLP, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Program

Hosted by Duane Morris’ New York health law practice, this roundtable discussion will feature industry insiders contributing different policy, operational, financial and lending perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that will face the New York long-term care provider community in the coming years.

2.25 CEUs for LNHAs & ALAs

Invitation & Registration

Contact:
Ari J. Markenson, J.D., M.P.H.
Partner, Duane Morris LLP
212-692-1012