Issue: August 2, 2018

Published on August 2, 2018

Articles in this issue:

2019 National Quality Award Applications Are Now Available!

Author: Rick Patterson

The National Quality Award Program is pleased to announce that the 2019 application packets are now available online. In addition, the 2019 program calendar and submission checklist have been posted to each award level page. 

This is an opportunity to show residents, family members and the community-at-large your organization's commitment to continuous quality improvement, and to establish recognition on a national level. Get ready to begin your journey today!

Please visit the Bronze, Silver or Gold application pages to download application materials specific to your respective award level to learn how your center should begin preparing. New for 2019, is our Gold criteria series, which is already available on ahcancalED. The Bronze and Silver criteria series will be available next week on ahcancalED

The Quality Award Program is also proud to introduce the Quality Award Portal, a new online application and payment portal. You may visit this portal starting now to get an early start on your application and submit your Intent-to-Apply. 

As a reminder, all applicants should read the application packet in full before submitting an intent-to-apply payment. 

**Important Dates to Remember**

November 8, 2018 - Intent to Apply Deadline

January 31, 2019 - Application Deadline

All deadlines are at 8 pm EST


If you have any questions, please email We look forward to seeing your application in 2019!

Rick Patterson
Sr. Director, Business Development
518-462-4800 ext. 19

AHCA/NCAL: Webinar Recording Now Available - FY19 SNF PPS Final Rule

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

If you were unable to join yesterday’s webinar on the FY19 PPS Final Rule, or would like another opportunity for review, a recording is available here on ahcancalED. 

As a reminder, AHCA's summary of the final rule is available here, and you can view AHCA's member email regarding the final rule here. (Please note that an AHCA/NCAL member log-in is required to view these documents.) The FY19 Final Rule is posted here, as well as the fact sheet here. The FY19 SNF PPS wage index will be available in the coming weeks.

AHCA will also host two PDPM-intensive sessions at the Annual Convention & Expo in San Diego. They will take place on Sunday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 10th. More information can be found here

NYSHFA will keep you posted on AHCA dialogue with CMS as they work to ensure the necessary corrections and updates to the Final Rule. Thank you again for those who were able to join yesterday's webinar. 


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

CMS is Reissuing LTCH Provider Preview Reports Originally Issued in June 2018, Regarding an Error

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

CMS is Reissuing LTCH Provider Preview Reports originally issued in June 2018, regarding an error in the data for the quality measure Discharge to Community – Post-Acute Care Long-Term Care Hospital.

Please note that your previous Provider Preview Report for the Discharge to Community - Post-Acute Care (PAC) Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program (L018.01) measure contained an error. Your preview data that was released in June 2018 incorporated your risk-standardized rate and performance category based only on 7 of the 8 required quarters of data. Data from October through December 2016 (Q1 FY 2017) were inadvertently omitted.

CMS has reissued the LTCH Provider Preview Reports containing the corrected Discharge to Community (DTC) measure data, and your corrected reports are now available via your CMS CASPER system folders. We have redistributed this report for the purposes of the 30-day preview period in advance of public reporting for the September 2018 LTCH Compare Refresh. LTCH providers will have a full 30 days to preview the corrected DTC data. The preview period will begin on August 1, 2018 and will continue through August 31, 2018. Any inquiries related to the corrected data must be submitted to CMS no later than 11:59:59 p.m. ET on August 31, 2018.

Please note that this version contains only the corrected DTC measure data.

Please submit any inquiries regarding this report to

For guidance on accessing your Provider Preview Report we refer you to the following document, which is available on the LTCH QRP Public Reporting website:


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

SNF QRP Training Materials Available

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

Training materials are now available from the 2-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Training event held on July 31, and Wednesday, August 1, at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore Training materials include PowerPoint presentations and related materials to complete exercises that were used during the event. See materials below: 


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

Free Cybersecurity Webinar


Cybersecurity and HIPAA for Boards and Directors - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

This webinar will discuss the importance of cyber security as a matter of preparedness based on a recent HHS Office for Civil Rights Notice and applicable legal obligations.


Click Here for Webinar Flyer including registration link.

First Line Manager Program


The 2018 Fall First Line Manager Program will be taking place at the NYSHFA Office in Albany beginning Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.

This eight day program will provide the opportunity to learn new leadership skills, fine-tune existing knowledge, explore supervisory strategies, and operationally apply the skills and competencies that are needed to be an effective First Line Manager/Supervisor in today’s SNF setting.


Click Here for Brochure and Application.

Audio Conference - Where is the Value in Your Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP)?


On August 16th NYSHFA will host an Audio Conference entitled "Where is the Value in Your Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP)? It's no surprise to skilled nursing facility leaders that quality outcomes is the new holy grail. Understanding how CMS collects this data and the methodology used to report on these quality measures is the first step to ensuring your performance is adequate or identifying an opportunity for improvement. Leaders must also understand the mechanisms that populate the CMS QRP Measures, establish processes for reviewing this data routinely, compare outcomes to benchmarks (national, state, corporate, etc.), and ensure timely identification of quality improvement opportunities.

Click here for additional details. 


Audio Conference - Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)

Author: Scott Jackson

On September 7th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)". In this audio conference we will discuss how you can protect your facility— patients, staff, visitors (and enterprise value)—from disease outbreaks caused by pathogens  that grow in facility plumbing systems, including Legionnella, nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM), Acinetobacter, and others. We will discuss what these diseases are, how organisms grow in the system, and how to control that growth. We also will discuss how to respond (and how NOT to respond) to an outbreak caused by these organisms. We will discuss how to remediate a contaminated plumbing system, protect residents and staff in the meantime, work with the health department, and communicate with residents, families, staff, and the media.

Click here for additional details. 


3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference


NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference. “Embracing Adversity & Emerging Stronger”, Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  Please click here to view registration options.

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

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


Audio Conference - 2018 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends

Author: Scott Jackson

On September 14th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "2018 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends". This annual presentation provides an overview of the fraud, waste, and abuse enforcement landscape and addresses current trends and hot topics. Ted Townsend is a Senior Associate in the Health and Human Services Group who represents health care facilities in a wide range of operational, compliance, and governance matters including counseling those facilities with respect to fraud and abuse matters. 

John Bringewatt is a Senior Associate in the Government and Internal Investigations Group who represents health care facilities in responding to enforcement actions by agencies such as the U.S. Department of
Justice and the New York Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. 


Click here for additional details. 


Seminar Announcement: Taking Control of YOUR Data, September 18th


Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on Tuesday, September 18th for a seminar entitled "Taking Control of YOUR Data" presented by Amy Lee of Coretactics. The seminar will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn | Rochester University & Medical Center at 30 Celebration Drive, Rochester, NY. 

Healthcare organizations across the continuum are recognizing that data is their most valuable tool when it comes to marketing and proving their quality of care. Data is all around you and is essential to operational survival and fueling your Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program. QAPI is a data driven and proactive approach to quality improvement that encompasses key stakeholders of an organization such as residents, families, staff, physicians and the community.  

Click here for more details.

Exhibitor space is also available! 


37th Annual Health Care Open


On September 24th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 37th Annual Health Care Open at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park.

Click here for additional details. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Save the Date! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show


Mark your calendars now for the NYSHFA/NYSCAL 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  Educational offerings will include: DOH Updates, Legal & Legislative Updates, Reimbursement updates and more.  Registration details coming in September.