Issue: October 25, 2018

Published on October 25, 2018

Articles in this issue:

Clarification from the Department of Health Regarding Case Mix

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

We have received the following clarification from the Department of Health regarding case mix. The “lookback” window includes a period both before and after the selected date. Specifically, it looks back 92 days and forward 13 days to choose the closest MDS for each resident, for both new and not newly admitted individuals. Since the intent is to find the closest representation of acuity, as of the selected date, an MDS chosen within 13 days after the census date would be more current than one on file from months prior. As such, assessments that fall between the 92 days prior through 13 days after the census date are eligible for selection, and assessments will not be excluded if they fall within that window. 

NYSHFA CONTACT: 

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

New CDC Be Antibiotics Aware Toolkit Available NOW

Author: Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

The US Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) is only 3 weeks away and the CDC has just released its new Antibiotic Aware Toolkit. Click here for the CDC’s USAAW Partner toolkit. It contains key messages, social media content, graphics, and more to help you and your organization prepare for USAAW. We encourage you to share this toolkit widely with your organization and partners to help raise awareness of the observance week. This information also has beneficial information for discussing antibiotic usage issues with your residents and their families. 

NYSHFA CONTACT: 

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

Hotel Cutoff Rapidly Approaching! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany NY.  The hotel cut off is Sunday, October 28th! Hot topics this year include: SNF Market Trends; Legal, Legislative Updates; PDPM; Criminal Record; Medication Management and many more.

For additional details click here

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – ALBANY

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NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the NYSHFA Offices in Albany, NY.  The times for the Workshop are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  This will be a “hands-on” workshop giving all attendees the basic framework to complete their AHCA / NCAL Bronze Level Quality Award Application.  6.0 CEUs have been applied for. Workshop Flyer and Application attached.  Application Deadline is October 26, 2018.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:
Rick Patterson
Sr. Director, Business Development
518-462-4800 ext. 19

Audio Conference - Operationalizing PDPM to Successfully Manage Quality Outcomes for High-Risk Frail Patients

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Join NYSHFA on November 2nd for the "Operationalizing PDPM to Successfully Manage Quality Outcomes for High-Risk Frail Patients" Audio Conference.

Physicians and Facilities are increasingly required to accept more financial and clinical risk.  The standard CMS models for Risk (HCC) are based on ICD-10 codes, a paradigm ill-suited for managing risk in the LTPAC population.  HCC is based on a disease model which is insensitive to patient changes in condition. Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is a new approach for reimbursement and evaluates payments based primarily on medical complexity (frailty) and nursing needs. Hospitals and Insurers are increasingly focusing on outcomes, not just star ratings. As the patient population becomes increasingly more challenging to manage, keeping beds occupied will require focus on generating the best possible quality outcomes. With changes on the horizon, it is critical for administration leadership to work closely with their nursing and medical staff to manage patient and family expectations and optimize clinical outcomes. This program will show how well researched Frailty Indices can provide more bedside utility for facility and medical staff in identifying high risk/need patients.  Frailty Indices are designed to capture the subtle changes in function/cognition in the LTPAC population. 

Click here for additional details. 

 

Audio Conference - Survey Trends-What We've Learned in 2018 and Where to Focus in 2019

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Join NYSHFA on December 14th for the "Survey Trends-What We've Learned in 2018 and Where to Focus in 2019" Audio Conference.

In this audio conference, the presenter will review New York State survey trends under the Long Term Care Survey Process (LTCSP) for 2018, including Health, Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Planning. Providers will gain a better understanding of the associated systems and quality improvement enhancements that they can make to prevent deficiencies and improve the quality of care and services being provided. A review of Phase 3 components will also be provided to help orient providers as to what they need to focus on for 2019.

Click here for additional details. 

 

2019 Employee Recognition Program

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The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Employee Recognition Program. The goal of this program is to honor exemplary employees working in skilled nursing facilities.

This year, the program has been expanded to include a new Non-nursing Manager of the Year award. A non-nursing manager is defined as someone who has the authority to direct staff in all aspects of their job, who can help set policy and interpret governmental guidelines. The manager reports directly to the Administrator or CEO/COO and may either be a salaried or hourly employee.  Nominees in this category will actively demonstrate their dedication to residents and employees.

The five award categories are broken down as follows:  Nursing Awards:  Registered Nurse of the Year, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year, and Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year.  Non-Nursing Awards:  Manager of the Year and Heart and Hands Award (for non-managerial staff).

Attached are the Employee Recognition Program Brochure and Guidelines for Preparing Applications.

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations for the Employee Recognition Program until December 7, 2018.  

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference, May 6 – 9, 2019 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

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

2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards Program

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The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Program. The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member health care facilities. The five categories for awards are: Young Adult, Adult, Senior Adult, Group and Spiritual Guidance.

Attached are the Volunteer of the Year Awards Program Brochure and Nomination FormThe Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Awards Program until December 7, 2018.  

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference, May 6 – 9, 2019 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

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