Issue: March 16, 2015

Published on March 16, 2015

Articles in this issue:

E-prescribing Mandate Effective Date Extended

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse

On Friday, March 13th, Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law (S.2486 (Hannon)/A.4274 (McDonald) – Chapter 13 of the Laws of 2015) which postponed the implementation date of the State’s E-prescribing mandate one year from March 27, 2015 until March 27, 2016.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL, together with the Medical Society of the State of New York and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, led the effort in support for this legislation to ensure providers were afforded additional time to facilitate a seamless transition to an E-prescribing system in an effort to best protect residents and ensure the continued delivery of high quality care.



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


Author: Carl J. Pucci* Published in Membership

Save 3% on your annual membership dues by selecting the annual payment option. Remit your full annual dues payment by March 31, 2015 (and deduct 3% of the cost of dues from your payment) to realize the savings.  All previous year’s dues must be paid in full to take advantage of this offer.

NYSHFA Contact
Carl Pucci
Director, Finance & Reimbursement
518-462-4800 ext 36

AHCA Five Star Webinar

Author: Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

The Five Star reports have been updated in AHCA’s LTC Trend Tracker to reflect the recent CMS changes. These reports include the Five Star Overall, as well as the predictor reports – Five Star Quality Measure (QM) Report and Five Star Staffing Report. The Rating Predictor features allow users to see how potential changes can impact a center’s Five Star QM Rating and Staffing Rating.  LTC Trend Tracker is a FREE service for AHCA/NYSHFA members.  
Two webinars will be offered AHCA for members interested in learning how to use the new reports. Please click on the dates below to register.

March 26 – 2pm ET
April 2 – 2pm ET  
Login today at Please email with any questions or for additional assistance.


Karen Morris

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

Free Palliative Care Webinar on March 24, 2015: Facilitating Goals of Care Discussions in Complex Circumstances

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

Offering Palliative Care is the law for those residents with life limiting illnesses. HANYS has been conducting a free webinars on palliative care through their grant program. This is the last in their 10 part series.  See their attached brochure.


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

Nominations Needed for NYSHFA Volunteer of the Year Awards

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

Attached are the NYSHFA 2015 Volunteer of the Year Awards Program Brochure and Nomination Form.  NYSHFA sponsors an annual Volunteer of the Year award to recognize outstanding volunteers serving in member health care facilities. The winners will be honored at the Association's Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA / NYSCAL Annual Convention, June 29 – July 1, 2015 at the Saratoga Springs Hilton & City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Nominations must be submitted to NYSHFA no later than March 18, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA.

NYSHFA Contacts
Rick Patterson
Executive Director
518-462-4800 ext. 19

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23

Join Us for the NYSHFA/NYSCAL 66th Annual Convention & Trade Show

Author: Scott Jackson CMP* Published in Convention

Register today for the
NYSHFA/NYSCAL 66th Annual Convention and Trade Show

June 28 - July 1, 2015 Saratoga Hilton & City Center

Saratoga Springs, New York

Information & Registration Materials

Scott Jackson, CMP

Director, Education & Conference Planning
518-462-4800, ext. 27