Issue: March 2, 2017

Published on March 2, 2017

Articles in this issue:

February 2017 Medicaid Update

Author: Carl J Pucci* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

Dear Medicaid Provider,

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the February 2017 Medicaid Update.  Please find the full current issue as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file available to be downloaded at:

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

March 17th Audio Conference - Understanding the Updated Life Safety Code & Emergency Preparedness Requirements


The sweeping regulatory changes of 2016 for healthcare providers did not just affect health-related compliance requirements, but also impacted environmental/building-related requirements as well. The adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code resulted in significant changes to the LSC Manual, including updated K-tags numbers and allowances for providers to create a more “homelike” environment. At the same time, the requirements for nursing facilities to have comprehensive Emergency Preparedness plans in place at the end of 2017 will provide a challenge to providers as well, as these requirements cover everything from personnel to the physical environment. The presenters will help attendees to understand the core changes to the LSC and what to look for on survey going forward and provide an overview of what providers need to be thinking about when they begin to develop an acceptable Emergency Preparedness plan. Click here for additional details. 

March 30th Audio Conference - Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Acute and chronic post-traumatic stress reactions present with a range of symptoms which can be a challenge to manage in a skilled nursing environment. In the case of chronic PTSD, these symptoms are unbound by time and persist years after the initial trauma. Chronic PTSD is often complicated by a significant disturbance in mood, avoidant behaviors, exaggerated reactions and an overlay of substance abuse developed over the years as a nonproductive strategy to alleviate painful emotional symptoms, particularly anxiety. This presentation will help foster a better understanding of how PTSD develops and persists, as well as differentiating it from other mental health issues. It will also focus on ways of helping a resident who has experienced trauma through increasing the awareness of staff so they can make the appropriate attributions for the emotional and behavioral difficulties they encounter. Since a post- trauma reaction has multiple contributing factors, so do helpful clinical responses. Our approach should not only be based on medical management, but also include psychological, interpersonal, and environmental efforts that are well integrated in to the daily care routine and actively promoted by the interdisciplinary team. Click here for additional details. 

April 6th Audio Conference - The Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's


Nursing homes are increasingly faced with confronting challenging issues related to residents, from admission to stay to discharge. Whether the resident’s challenges stem from an early onset of dementia or other unique needs, nursing homes have to cope with balancing the rights of the individual with rights of the other residents. Regulations regarding resident privacy and freedom from physical, mental and sexual abuse can make this challenging. This is coupled with the potential for increased enforcement from CMS and the NYS Department of Health regarding resident rights related to social media. This presentation will focus on addressing the recent hot topic compliance issues for difficult to place residents from admission to discharge. By the end of the presentation, attendees will understand: Admission obligations related to difficult to place residents whether from early onset dementia, sex offender status of other complicating factors; Hot topics for protecting resident’s rights from sexual, physical and mental abuse during a resident’s stay including social media concerns; and the realities of contested discharge process and concerns to address. Click here for additional details.

14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference


Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017 being held at the Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY. Click here for additional details and the registration brochure. 

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference


Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017 being held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Click here for additional details and the registration brochure. 

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo


Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017 being held at the Turning Stone Resot & Casino in Verona, NY. Click here for additional details and updates on registration.