Issue: May 18, 2017

Published on May 18, 2017

Articles in this issue:

SNF QRP: Submission Deadline Extension - Now June 1st

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

Due to extenuating circumstances, the reporting deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Fiscal Year 2018 payment determination has been extended from May 15, 2017 to June 1, 2017.

The MDS assessment data for October-December (Q4) of calendar year 2016 are due with this submission deadline.

For a list of measures required for this deadline visit the SNF Quality Reporting Program Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will discontinue access for PCs using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and older web browsers June 1st

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

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications.

Windows XP users must upgrade their operating system and IE9 users must upgrade their browser by June 1, 2017 to continue using the HCS, as the HCS will block connections from computers running Windows XP and IE9 browser and older.

What:  The HCS will discontinue access for PCs using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and older web browsers. Upon implementation of this change, any computer running Windows XP or IE9 or older will not be able to connect to or open https://commerce.health.state.ny.us.

When:  This change is scheduled for June 1, 2017.

Why:  Due to NYS application and data security requirements, HCS access will be discontinued for unsecured IE9 and older web browsers and Windows XP operating system on June 1, 2017.

What is at stake:  Inability to access the HCS will affect your ability to: comply with New York State Public Health and Education laws; access critical information and data; and receive HCS technical support.

Specifically, you will not be allowed access to the following applications: 

What to do next:  If you are using Windows XP or IE9, you must upgrade your PC to a modern, secure operating system as soon as possible, and upgrade your IE9 or older web browser.  It is suggested you perform the following actions to upgrade your PC and browser:

1. OPERATING SYSTEM: To upgrade to a current Windows operating system please visit http://www.microsoft.com to determine if your computer can be upgraded. To upgrade, follow the instructions on the Microsoft website. Please note that Windows 10 users will still need to use Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome as most HCS applications do not yet support the Microsoft Edge browser, which is the default browser for Microsoft 10.

2. BROWSER: If you are not sure which Internet browser you are using, please visit http://whatsmybrowser.org to determine your browser and version.


On the Windows platform, the HCS currently supports Microsoft Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, and offers partial support for Mozilla Firefox. You may download the latest version of these browsers from the following links:

Microsoft Internet Explorer:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie

Google Chrome:  https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

Mozilla Firefox:  https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/


User of MacOS, OSX, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 and users of Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or newer, or Safari on the Mac platform, are not affected by this change.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Please contact hcsxpeol@health.ny.gov for questions or assistance.

The HCS Project Team


NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

OPRA Prescription Requirements

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

As of March 25, 2011, Federal Rules and Regulations required that all ordering and referring physicians or other professionals providing services to Medicaid enrollees be enrolled as participating providers. In December 2013, New York State (NYS) Medicaid issued a Special Edition of the Medicaid Update (http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/update/2013/dec13_muspec.pdf) to provide enrollment requirements and guidance for all Ordering, Prescribing, Referring, and Attending (OPRA) servicing/billing providers. See attached for full details.


NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

Save the Date! 36th Annual Health Care Open

Author:

On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park.

Click here for additional details and for updates on registration. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available.