Issue: December 08, 2016

Published on December 8, 2016

Articles in this issue:

General NYSDOH Guidance for Facility Preparations for Severe Winter Weather

Author: Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

Please review attached document providing general guidance from the New York State Department of Health regarding preparing for winter weather.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-46-4800 x15

Dr. Howard Zucker, NYSDOH’s Commissioner of Health, Initiates an Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Control Task Force

Author: Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

Nancy Leveille, NYSHFA’s Director of Member Operational Support, attended the day long summit on November 1, 2016 as the kick off for this initiative. This project mirrors many elements that are in CMS’ Requirements of Participation related to infection control, surveillance and antibiotic stewardship. Dr. Denise Cardo, CDC, presented and participated in the health care facilities’ sub group discussion. The goal is to increase patient safety across the health continuum by increasing skill levels of surveillance, prevention of inappropriate antibiotic utilization and measurement and reduction of resistant organism occurrences. The sub committees will meet quarterly to implement strategies in all health care settings. The task force recently shared some of the presentations from this initial meeting. Attached Is the Overview of the Task Force by Elizabeth Dufort, NYSDOH and the second is the national effort set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) presented by Dr. Cardo. NYSHFA will keep members updated as more information is shared.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

Lisa Volk, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

CMS’ S&C 17-09-ALL - Infection Control Pilot: 2017 Update

Author: Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

CMS plans to survey 40 hospitals and associated SNF in their 2nd year of this Infection Control project. SNF will be selected by hospital discharge data to identify the corresponding SNF. See information below on the CMS’ S&C letter for full information.

In memorandum S&C: 17-09-ALL (dated Nov. 18, 2016), CMS provides an update on year two of its three-year Infection Control Pilot, which is intended to assess the continuum of infection prevention efforts for, and between, hospitals and nursing homes. All surveys during the pilot will be educational surveys; no citations will be issued. Although, if an Immediate Jeopardy citation is noted, a referral to the CMS Regional Office will be made.

These surveys will be conducted by a national contractor using draft Infection Control Worksheets. The draft Long Term Care Infection Control Worksheet reflects the new long term care requirements for infection prevention and control and will be used to inform policy for compliance with the infection prevention and control requirements.

In the second year of the pilot, 40 hospital surveys will be paired with surveys of long term care facilities to provide an opportunity to assess infection prevention during transitions of care. In addition, CMS will pilot technical assistance opportunities for facilities to improve their infection control programs.

Click here for more information and to review the draft Infection Control worksheets. For questions, contact Dr. Daniel Schwartz

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

2017 NYSHFA Employee Recognition Program

Author: Lisa Volk* 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 Guidelines to Preparing Applications.

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations until January 31, 2017.  Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention, June 25 - 28, 2017 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Volk or Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA.

NYSHFA Contacts
Lisa Volk
Director of Clinical and Quality Services
518-462-4800 Ext. 15

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

2017 ACHCA NY Chapter Annual Convention - March 5-8

Author: Scott Jackson

This year, the New York Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators will host their 48th Annual Convention from March 5th through March 8th, 2017 at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center. 

Give yourself and your team a Holiday gift - and save at least $100.00 per person - and register BEFORE February 1st! 

The beautiful Villa Roma has upscale accommodations, varied and tasteful menus, a special dining area and well-appointed and functional meeting rooms. You can even enjoy a game of bowling at their regulation bowling alley! The resort is conveniently located in Callicoon, New York, just minutes from Monticello off Route 17. 

NYCACHCA has secured Clint Maun as keynote speaker. Click here for the registration brochures. 

2017 Midwinter Audio Conference Series

Author: Scott Jackson

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 2017 Mid-Winter Audio Conference Series. January 9-13th, 2017.  Receive up to 13.75 CEUs!  Click here for details and the registration brochure. 

Hotel Deadline Approaching! 2017 Midwinter Executive Education Conference

Author:

Registration is now open for the 2017 Midwinter Executive Education Conference.  Click here for the brochure and registration details.

Free Webinar: Legionella Mandate on Water Testing and Management

Author: Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

LiquiTech has offered to provide a free webinar on Thursday, December 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm to assist members with their Water Testing and Management plans. These plans needed to be enacted by December 1, 2016 to prevent Legionella contamination in facilities. Recently, in the Capital Region, we have experienced a few deaths related to Legionella and want to ensure your facility has an effective plan. LiquiTech’s representative was at our Fall Conference and after speaking with a number of participants offered this assistance. The target audience would be Administrators and your Director of Maintenance. See link for registration information.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15