Issue: August 24, 2017

Published on August 24, 2017

Articles in this issue:

2017/18 SNF Medicare PPS Rates Posted

Author: Carl J. Pucci* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

As announced in NYSHFA member mailing of August 3, 2017, CMS has issued the 2018 SNF PPS Final Rule. The regional Medicare PPS rates have been calculated and are now posted on the NYSHFA website. The rates, effective 10/1/17, are found in the “What’s New” section on the home page, as well as archived in the “Reimbursement/Medicare” section under the Facilities Resources” header (link attached).

Nationally, the average increase in the 2017/18 rates over the 2016/17 rates is approximately 1.0%, but will vary depending on each regions’ final wage index.

Members are reminded to carefully review the Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) criteria, as well as the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) measures both of which are outlined in the 8/3/17 member mailing link above.


Carl J. Pucci
Chief Financial Officer
518-462-4800 x36

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available


NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott. The trade show will be held on Tuesday, November 14th.  Exhibit tables and sponsorsphips are now being accepted. Click here for additional details.

Attendee registration will be available early September. 

Audio Conference - Emerging Hot Issues in Managed Care and Withdrawal of Equity


On September 12th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "Emerging Hot Issues in Managed Care and Withdrawal of Equity".  

Withdrawal of Equity.  The Department of Health has  announced it intends to step up enforcement of the law and regulations prohibiting nursing home operators from withdrawing equity from their facilities under certain circumstances. Penalties for non-compliance can be severe, and serious questions exist about whether payment of taxes and salary constitute withdrawals and how the withdrawal of equity  law intersects with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order #38 prohibiting excessive compensation. This session presented by attorney Neil Murray should be of great interest to owners, chief financial officers, and administrators as it will address those questions and provide guidance on how to navigate the complex regulatory landscape.     
Part II — This session will provide the audience with the most up to date information on major policy developments (managed care, DSRIP, VBP, reforms to assisted living) that are impacting long term care organizations.   The discussion of legal, operational, market and policy implications will assist the participant to identify strategies to manage in this changing environment.  The challenges of new referral patterns, clinical relationships and quality measurement due to the delivery system shift to managed care, VBP, and DSRIP represent opportunities and threats that will be shared with the participants so they may better navigate this evolving system. 


Click here for additional details.  

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference


NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference. “Embracing Adversity & Emerging Stronger”, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  Please click here to view the registration brochure.

Exhibitor Opportunities are also available. Information can be found on the above link!

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


36th Annual Health Care Open


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. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law


On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio confernece entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law".  
This year has seen an unprecedented amount of uncertainty in the area of labor and employment law.   This program will examine a number of these changes at the federal, state and local level, which are requiring facilities to re-think employee leave benefits, worker classifications, policy development and enforcement, as well as labor relations and union contract objectives. 

Click here for additional details.  

September 6th Seminar: Conducting Facility Assessment and the Linking to Your Staff's Competencies & QAPI


Register today for the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Seminar: Conducting Facility Assessment and the Linking to Your Staff's Competencies & QAPI being held on September 6th at the LaGuardia Marriott.

Here are a few things your colleagues have said about this program:
"I learned so much. Amy is a fantastic speaker. I'm so excited to get back to my facility and start the facility assessment."
“Great information, well organized and presented in a positive relatable manner.”
“Amy was an outstanding wealth of knowledge, very engaging!”
“Excellent program. Very informative and engaging. Many great examples and takeaways to help build a program at facility level”
“Wonderful presentation. Packed full of information, can’t wait to use.”

 Click here for additional details.