Issue: March 30, 2017

Published on March 30, 2017

Articles in this issue:

CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule - Testing & Training Requirements Memo

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

Healthcare providers will be expected to meet the training and testing requirements included in the recent emergency preparedness final rule by its implementation date of November 15, 2017, according to recently released guidance.

In a memo published Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services encouraged providers to plan “full-scale, community-based” training exercises sooner than later, in order to avoid being cited for non-compliance once the rule is in place. Members are encouraged to review this information for further details.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

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

NYSHFA – Competency Starter Toolkit

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

The Competency Starter Toolkit is now available for NYSHFA members on our website under “Be Informed/CMS-Requirements of Participation/Tools-Resources.” The purpose of the toolkit is to give facilities the tools and resources to successfully develop their competencies program once the facility assessment has been completed. Included in this kit are guiding principles, helpful hints, a checklist for reviewing your competencies, a list of how best to use this toolkit, as well as a competency list and a resource guide. For your convenience, we have attached a copy of the toolkit.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

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

FIDA Opens in Suffolk and Westchester Counties

Author: Deanna Stephenson* Published in Managed Care

The FIDA (Fully-Integrated Dual Advantage) demonstration has expanded and is now open to eligible enrollees in both Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Please see below statement from The Department of Health.

It is with great enthusiasm that NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) announces the expansion of the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) Demonstration to Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Eligible individuals can enroll now through NY Medicaid Choice.

The FIDA Demonstration was originally approved to run January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017. In November, it was extended through December 2019. NYSDOH and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are committed to delivering maximum integration of care to dual eligibles to help ensure all medically necessary services are provided, care in the community is promoted, and avoidable hospitalizations and nursing facility stays are reduced.

FIDA fully integrates Medicare and Medicaid benefits in a way not previously available in New York State. Although we are approaching the end of the second demonstration year, we are still early on in terms of understanding the impact of FIDA, particularly following the updates made last winter. We have received many success stories of how FIDA has improved the lives of its participants, but the first round of preliminary data from the independent evaluation is still likely at least six months away. The two-year extension allows us more time to assess the positive impact of FIDA on quality and cost of care.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

Deanna Stephenson
Director, Managed Programs
518-462-4800 x16

Free Webinar - Alternative Payment Models… 2017 and Beyond - CEU's Offered

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This discussion is all about the Value… Value Based Initiatives that is! Skilled Nursing Facilities are entering the era of The Triple Aim; care based on improved quality, reduce costs and improved care for the resident. These initiatives will touch both Medicare and Medicaid residents. Join in this interactive presentation and see where your facility places its value.

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To Register, go to: http://eo2.commpartners.com/users/fqc/session.php?id=1875

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

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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.

2017 Nurse Educator Program - Call for Applications - Deadline April 12, 2017

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We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2017 Spring and Summer Sessions of the Nurse Educator Program. The Spring session will be held on May 17-18 & June 22-23 and the Summer session will be held on July 19 - 20 & August 23 - 24 this year. This four day program is offered free of charge as part of the Foundation for Quality Care’s Departments of Health and Labor Health Workforce Retraining Initiative Grant. (Attendees are responsible for their travel costs and meals.)  The program is open to RN staff educators in skilled nursing facilities across most of New York (see Program Information Sheet for excluded counties as determined by the grant) and is being held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York. This course is accepted by New York State as a qualifying “approved Train the Trainer course” for Nurse Aide Training Programs. Each session is limited to 15 participants. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in mid-April.

For program information packet, go to: http://www.thefqc.org/education/nurse-educator-program/


NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

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

April 25th Audio Conference - Approaches to Effective and Inclusive Service to the Senior LGBT Populations

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Enhance your ability to listen, respond and provide care to all residents regardless of personal feelings, beliefs and values. This session will provide participants with a basic familiarity of the senior LGBT community. Learn how you and your staff can respect each person’s uniqueness as part of our commitment to delivering person-centered care. Click here for additional details and the registration brochure. 

May 4th Audio Conference - Regulatory Update & The Quality Imperative of VBP

Author: Scott Jackson

This session will cover important regulatory changes and the industry’s efforts to shape rational reform of the post-acute care payment system. Despite these challenges, there are significant opportunities for providers that can demonstrate quality, both in terms of clinical outcomes and operating efficiency. The purpose of this session is to provide your team with the skills required to lead our industry into a new era of measurable quality in the highly competitive world of Value-Based Payment systems. Highlights will include understanding the interoperability of longitudinal data exchanges to facilitate coordinated care delivery. Updates to the CMS 5-Star rating system and the changes to the CMS SOM will also be covered.

Click here for additional details.

15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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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. 

Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker

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As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families heal from the physical and silent wounds of war. Woodruff served as the Closing Keynote Speaker at the 2016 AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention. In addition, she has been a contributing reporter for CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best seller and won the “Washington Irving Book Award” for fiction.

 

Woodruff headlines a lineup that includes, Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL, Leah Klusch, The Alliance Training Center, and Jim Bryan, Closing Keynote Speaker.

Click here for additional details and our registration brochure. 

New York Chapter ACHCA 35th Annual Summer Leadership Conference

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New York Chapter ACHCA Summer Leadership Conference
The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda
July 24-28, 2017


If you are a long-term care leader who wants to enhance your management skills while creating a culture in which your team feels empowered to provide patients with a higher level of service, this conference is for you and top managers you depend on. Administrators, Owners, CEOs, ACHCA and NYSHFA members and non-members, and other health care company providers will all benefit from this 5-day workshop. Leading a health care services organization has rarely been tougher than it is today. Ongoing regulatory and payment challenges, human resource issues including generational, cultural, and language differences, as well as consumer demands can all challenge leaders and managers. Best-in-Class models for leadership, sound principles of management and the behavioral science of motivation will be presented in a series of highly interactive sessions. You will return to work equipped with new insights, a replenished supply of leadership tools, and a personal program for success.

15 CEUs for LNHAs and ALAs

Registration Brochure


NYSHFA CONTACT:

Scott Jackson, CMP
Director, Education & Conference Planning
518-462-4800 x27