Issue: December 20, 2018

Published on December 20, 2018

Articles in this issue:

2019 Education for Patient Driven Payment Model

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

NYSHFA is suggesting two primary strategies of education to become proficient in the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for Medicare reimbursement effective October 1, 2019. Therefore, NYSHFA is recommending members participate in both AHCA’s and NYSHFA’s Zimmet sponsored programming. Both AHCA and Zimmet educational programs should complement each other to provide expertise for the variety of SNF staff including the administrative level. More information to follow regarding specific dates. 

1.  AHCA will be offering the PDPM Academy. This is for members only of AHCA and NYSHFA. Members who register for the PDPM Academy will have access to the PDPM 101 webinar as well as the workshop scheduled for March 5th at the Albany Marriott. At the in-person workshop, participants will go in-depth with hands on experiential learning by aligning buildings and companies to transition to PDPM using AHCA’s Copyrighted PDPM Readiness Tool and Core Competencies.

Members will need their username and password to access the PDPM Resource Center which can be found under the tab Facility Resources. Once in the resource section scroll down the page and click on PDPM 101 webinar to register. https://www.ahcancal.org/Pages/Default.aspx 

Additionally, included in the PDPM academy, monthly webinars will be offered on key topics and emerging PDPM issues and “How To” webinars on AHCA developed tools. These monthly webinars will be 90 minutes in length and are built around the core competencies. The first hour will focus on PDPM topic areas not covered in the face-to-face training or updated based on new information from CMS and will include newly available AHCA tools. The remaining 30 minutes is for open Q&A on any PDPM topic. The FAQ’s derived from the calls will be posted on the AHCA’s website one week after webinars. 

2.  NYSHFA will also be offering PDPM education sponsored by Zimmet HealthCare Services Group LLC. These full day sessions will be available for members and non-members and will be conducted across three regions of the state; Western, Central and Metro in early April. These programs will teach participants how to understand the program and payment requirements including operational changes for success. Zimmet will assist facilities with implementation strategies and management of the new system for administrators, nurses, therapists and coders. Zimmet’s program is open to all SNF providers. Prior to attending these educational sessions, please attend the webinar on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (2 hours); 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, PDPM “C-Level” Overview offered by Zimmet. Please register online at www.zhealthcare.com 

NYSHFA 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

2019 Nursing Home Quality Initiative

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

The New York State Department of Health, Office of Quality and Patient Safety, is pleased to announce details of the methodology for the upcoming 2019 Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI). The Department’s 2019 NHQI methodology does not contain any changes from the 2018 NHQI methodology. 

The methodology and timeline for the 2019 NHQI is detailed in the attached document. If you have any questions, please contact DOH at nhqp@health.ny.gov

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

Save the Date! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

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Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo. Attendee Registration information coming January 2019! Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities now available!

Neil Murray & Jerome Levy to be honored at the NYC-ACHCA 50th Annual Convention

Author: Scott Jackson

Don’t miss Tuesday Night’s Installation Banquet. Cornelius Murray and Jerome Levy to be Honored for their dedication and years of service to our industry.

Join us as we honor Cornelius Murray and Jerome Levy for their contributions in area of health law.

Cornelius Murray is a senior partner with O'Connell & Aronowitz Health Law practice and supervising partner of their Appeals, Constitutional Law and Casino & Gaming practices. He has represented numerous and varied clients in the health care industry and is currently General Counsel for the New York State Health Facilities Association where he focuses on issues involving complex Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, regulatory compliance and Certificates of Need.

Jerome Levy practices in the area of health law. He has conducted a range of administrative negotiations and civil litigation on behalf of health care providers with State and Federal regulatory authorities. He negotiates and prepares agreements related to mergers and acquisitions and other transfers of ownership and also handles licensure applications for new operators, professional discipline matters and new construction.

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for registration details. 

NEW DATE! Audio Conference - Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in NY

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in New York Audio Conference. 

This presentation will focus on emerging regulatory and enforcement trends in data security in the State of New York. The Speaker will utilize recent guidance, enforcement actions and public statements published by state and federal regulators to emphasize important data security and privacy issues applicable to assisted living and nursing home operators. Recent federal and state legal developments and enforcement actions are highly relevant to New York long term care providers and illustrate the growing importance of data security. For example, this session will review recent guidance and settlement agreements by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the HHS Office for Civil Rights. These recent developments offer important lessons about common mistakes by providers and areas of focus in enforcement actions and investigations.  We will review the latest developments and discuss how to best address these risks and evolving expectations and, in some cases, the need to change organizational priorities.

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Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on Friday, January 25, 2019 for the New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law Audio Conference. 

On 10/9/18, NYS passed the new NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law which includes comprehensive provisions to address workplace sexual harassment. This new law applies to all NYS employers and requires specific employer responsibilities to be compliant. Some of these responsibilities include a detailed policy & procedure, levels of training upon hire and annually, as well as a formal complaint process. This program will review the provisions of the new law and what employers need to do to be compliant to avoid potential impact on the workplace cultural, as well as avoid common mistakes made with prevention programs.

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Audio Conference - Behavioral Based Interviewing

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Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on February 15th for our Behavioral Based Interviewing Audio Conference. 

This program will review important requirements that will allow the attendee to perfect their interview skills. After the training attendees will be able to prepare for an interview; describe the Do’s and Don’ts of interview questions; Use behavioral-based interview questions; Explain what to document and how to select the best candidate.

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Audio Conference - Requirement of ROP Phase III: CSI-Conducting Successful Investigations

Author: Scott Jackson

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on February 20th for our Audio Conference entitled "A Requirement of ROP Phase III - CSI: Conducting Successful Investigations". 

CMS mandates that a resident be free from abuse, neglect, misappropriation and exploitation. In response to allegations of this type, skilled nursing facilities are required to report, investigate, protect the alleged victim, take corrective actions if needed and have evidence that the alleged violation was thoroughly investigated.  This program will review pertinent regulatory requirements and discuss non-compliance survey related issues. Participants will receive detailed practical approaches to use when conducting a thorough investigation, gain access to investigative tools for immediate implementation and take back resources their teams can use to incorporate data into routine QAA to become compliant with the upcoming RoP Phase 3 regulations.

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2019 Employee Recognition Program Deadline Extended

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NYSHFA urges all facilities to nominate your employees for the 2019 NYSHFA Employee Recognition Program. The deadline for receiving nominations has been extended to December 21, 2018.

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 21, 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

Deadline Extended for 2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards Program

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The deadline for the Volunteer of the Year Awards Program has been extended to December 21, 2018. Send in your nominations today!

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 21, 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

Save the Date! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

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Save the Date! The 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. Registration information will be released in early 2019. Hot topics this year will include: Mindful Workplace; Dementia Population; Mental Fitness; Care Planning; and Department of Health updates.