Issue: January 4, 2016

Published on January 4, 2016

Articles in this issue:

Save the Date – 2016 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse* Published in Legislative

NYSHFA will be holding a Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 29th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the 2016-2017 Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo is presenting his Executive Budget on Wednesday, January 13th.

We will start the day on February 29th at 8:30 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building (Room 211/211A) with a light breakfast and then divide into groups for meetings with legislators and policymakers.  All meetings will be arranged by NYSHFA/NYSCAL and we will e-mail concise issue briefs and meeting schedules to each participant prior to their arrival in Albany. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will also hold a conference call approximately one week prior to our Albany visitation day to review discussion issues and meeting logistics.

In addition, we will be hosting a reception for an elected official at the Renaissance Albany Hotel the evening before our Legislative Visitation Day on Sunday, February 28th (2/28/16) – details to follow.

A block of hotel rooms has been set aside at the Renaissance Albany Hotel, 44 State Street, Albany, New York for the night of Sunday, February 28, 2016.  To book a room, please call the hotel at 1-888-236-2427 and mention you are with NYSHFA or follow this link (Book your group rate for NYSHFA Lobby Day) to book on line.  We have a rate of $159.00 (standard guest room).  Valet parking is discounted $10.00 per vehicle.  The cutoff date for reservations is February 14, 2016.

Please contact Nancy Knapp at at your earliest convenience if you plan on attending the February 28th evening reception and the NYSHFA/NYSCAL legislative visitation day on Monday, February 29th.


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

Issues on the Horizon for 2016

Author: Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

Attached is information from AHCA/NCAL related to current issues.


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

OSHA Form 300A Must be Posted February 1st

Author: Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

Beginning February 1st each year, employers are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that the summary, OSHA Form 300A, remains posted from February 1 through April 30. Employers with ten or fewer employees are exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness record keeping and posting requirements. For more information and a link to the form and directions for completion, go to the OSHA website at

Reminder: Effective January 1, 2015 employers must report an expanded list of injuries and OSHA has revised the requirements for when an employer must report work-related hospitalizations. See attached for more information.


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

December 2015 Medicaid Update

Author: Carl Pucci

Dear Medicaid Provider,

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the December 2015 Medicaid Update.

Please click the link below to download the current edition.

REMINDER:  Please notify us immediately if your e-mail address changes so that we may continue to keep you updated on current Medicaid policy guidelines and bulletins.  It is the responsibility of each provider to alert Medicaid of any address or e-mail changes as soon as they occur.  Please send your new information to  We thank you for your continued feedback.

Deadline Extended to January 22 for 2016 Innovative Practice Award Program

Author: Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

We are in need of submissions for the 2016 Innovative Practice Award Program. The deadline has been extended to January 22, 2016. Send in your submissions 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 2016 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 2016.  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 2016 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.

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

2016 Audio Conference Announcement: Safe Patient Handling Programs

Author: Scott Jackson* Published in Education

Join us on February 18, 2016 for "Safe Patient Handling Programs:  Reduce Injury Risk for Patients and Healthcare Workers" audio conference from 10:00 am - 11:30 am presented by Paula Pless, Kaleida Health.

The NYS Safe Patient Handling law was enacted as part of the 2014-2015 budget. Health Care facilities are required to establish facility specific SPH committees and programs. The evidence supports the need for SPH programs.Quality measures as well as reduced injuries to patient and staff are the results of comprehensive SPH programs.SPH programs must include proper assessment of the environment, the SPH equipment needs and the evaluation of the resident’s functional mobility status.Ongoing diligence to understand the mobility and movement needs of our residents/patients is critical.SPH impacts families, residents, staff, physicians and the way we conduct business.Without consideration for the need for clear communication to all stakeholders the SPH program will not be viable. Length of stay, return on investment, staff retention and recruitment, improved resident mobility status and safety for all are just a few of the wins realized in comprehensive SPH environments.

No SPH program can exist without first:

We will examine what makes a SPH program successful which will also lead to satisfying the requirements of the NYS SPH Guidelines.

1.5 CEUs for LNHAs and ALAs

Brochure & Registration Information

NYSHFA Contact:
Scott Jackson, CMP
Director, Education & Conference Planning
518-462-4800, ext. 27

2016 NYSHFA Employee Recognition Program

Author: Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Employee Recognition Program. The goal of this program is to honor exemplary employees working in skilled nursing facilities. The four categories for awards are Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant and the “Heart and Hands” Award for non-nursing/non-managerial staff.

Attached for your facility’s convenience is the Employee Recognition Program Brochure which contains the nomination form. We have also included the Guideline to Preparing Applications.

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations until January 15, 2016.  Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention, June 26 – 29, 2016 at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Karen Morris or Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA.

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

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

NYSHFA 2016 Volunteer of the Year Awards

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

Attached are the NYSHFA 2016 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, 26 – 29, 2016 at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY.

Nominations must be submitted to NYSHFA by mail or fax no later than February 1, 2016.

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

NYSHFA Contacts
Rick Patterson
Sr. Director, Business Development
518-462-4800 ext. 19

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