Issue: April 20, 2017

Published on April 20, 2017

Articles in this issue:

DOH: CDC Recommendations for Diagnosing and Managing Shigella Strains with Possible Reduced Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin

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

This Health Advisory describes the identification of emerging Shigella strains with elevated minimum inhibitory concentration values for ciprofloxacin and outlines new recommendations for clinical diagnosis, management, and reporting, as well as new recommendations for laboratories and public health officials. Current interpretive criteria provided by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) categorize these strains as susceptible to ciprofloxacin, which is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic and a key agent in the management of Shigella infections. See attached for full details.


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

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

Medicaid Update - March 2017

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 March 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

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


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. 

2017 AHCA/NCAL Not for Profit Awards Program is Now Accepting Nominations

Author: Rick Patterson and Joanne O'Connor

Through the Not for Profit Program of the Year and Not for Profit Trustee awards programs, AHCA and NCAL honor those individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of lives of residents and their surrounding communities. These individuals demonstrate the selfless and compassionate ways they enhance the lives of those around them.

The deadline for AHCA/NCAL to receive all nominations in every category is Friday, June 9, 2017.

Click below for a copy of the nomination form for each of the award categories below. 

The NFP Program of the Year and NFP Trustee Award nomination forms can either be submitted by an affiliate or directly by a member.  If you would like assistance in submitting your nomination, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL at

Honorees in each category will be recognized at AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention and Expo, October 16-18 in Las Vegas.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Katherine Merullo at AHCA/NCAL. 

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


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


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.