Issue: June 4, 2018

Published on June 4, 2018

Articles in this issue:

Dues Obligations Affect Member Voting Privileges and Eligibility to Hold Office

Author: Carl J. Pucci and Esq. Stephen B. Hanse

With our Annual Conference quickly approaching (June 24 - 27), we want to remind all members of the importance of exercising their Voting rights at the annual Election of Officers on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

Further requirements concerning voting privileges as contained in Article X of the By-laws are provided below:

Article X – Voting Membership – Meeting

Section 1. Every Facility Member and Provider Member of this Association in good standing shall be entitled to vote on all proper questions at any meeting, except that voting at the annual meeting shall be limited to those Facility Members and Provider Members whose dues have been paid through the first quarter of the calendar year in which the meeting occurs.

Section 2. Each Facility Member shall have the right and privilege of one (1) vote to be cast by one (1) person designated as the delegate representing that facility. Each Provider Member shall have the right and privilege of one-half (1/2) vote to be cast by one (1) person designated as the delegate representing that Provider. Each Facility Member and Provider Member must have a separate delegate representing that facility or provider, so that no delegate may represent more than one (1) facility or provider. Such person must be actively engaged in the administration or ownership of that Facility Member or Provider Member as the case may be.


Stephen B. Hanse
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11

Carl Pucci
Chief Financial Officer
518-462-4800 x36

Age-Friendly Health System Webinar – June 20, 2018

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

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State book includes a goal for New York to have 50 percent of its health systems age-friendly within the next five years. To kickoff this project, the New York State Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the John A. Hartford Foundation, invites you to participate in an Age-Friendly Health Systems webinar on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

This webinar will cover: 

Age-Friendly Health Systems provide a specific set of evidence-based geriatric best practice interventions that: 

Please register for the webinar by clicking the link below or copying and pasting it into your web browser. We look forward to working with you to continue to improve the healthcare experience for aging New Yorkers. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Aging and Long Term Care (ALTC) team at

Medicaid Update - May 2018

Author: Carl Pucci

Dear Medicaid Update Recipient,

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the May 2018 Medicaid Update. Please find the full current issue as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file available to be downloaded at:


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

2018 Art from the Heart Program

Author: * Published in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities.

Those of you who are fortunate to work in the skilled nursing profession are well familiar with the special gifts and images created by the residents entrusted in your care. As your Statewide Association we believe it important to continually recognize the creative abilities of your dynamic residents and the vibrant activities which occur each and every day in your facilities. We encourage you to consider holding your own competition as a means of selecting the two submissions from your facility.

The rules of the contest are outlined in the attached brochureThe submission deadline for the 2018 Art from the Heart Program is June 29, 2018.

As in the past, an independent panel of judges will select 13 winning entries which will be featured in the 2019 Art from the Heart wall calendar.  Additional pieces will be chosen to be part of the annual public exhibition.  The Foundation is currently exploring opportunities to showcase the winning entries and will also continue to sponsor the “Legislator Artwork on Loan Program”, where the winning pieces will be loaned to Legislators for display in their offices.

The “Art from the Heart” calendar will be distributed to the artists, their families, NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities, state lawmakers, and government officials.

Please join the many facilities which have participated previously.  Have some fun and help us recognize the talented and vibrant artists who reside in your facility.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne O’Connor at the Foundation for Quality Care.


Nancy Leveille
Executive Director
518-462-4800 ext. 20

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23

AHCA Awards Program Call for Entries


The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is now accepting entries for the AHCA Awards Program. AHCA honors individuals who are committed to improving the quality of life for residents. The categories are as follows:

Nomination packets are available on AHCA's website. In a change from previous years, Volunteer of the Year nominations may be submitted directly by centers in good standing with the state affiliate. All nominations are due by Friday June 8th at 11:59 p.m.

Please spread the word and take the time to submit a nomination. This is a great opportunity to recognize those who go above and beyond on the national stage. Honorees will be recognized at AHCA/NCAL's 69th Annual Convention and & Expo in San Diego.