Issue: January 3, 2019

Published on January 3, 2019

Articles in this issue:

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse* Published in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12205 for the night of February 25th for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day. Reservations can be made by call 1-800-228-9290 or 518-458-8444 and reference reservation code HFA for the $149.00 room rate. The cutoff date for reservations is February 1, 2019. Also, for your convenience, attached is a link to hotel reservations.

On the evening of Monday, February 25th at 5:30 p.m., we will be hosting a reception for Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair of the Senate Health Committee. More details to follow.

We will be scheduling a conference call to go over logistics for our Legislative Visitation Day in mid-February.

Please contact Nancy Knapp at if you plan on participating in the NYSHFA/NYSCAL February 26th Legislative Visitation Day. Also attached for your convenience is a registration form to complete and return to Nancy at or fax to 518-426-4051.

Thank you.


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

2019 Education at a Glance

Author: Nancy Leveille* Published in Education, Clinical & Quality

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Education at a Glance document. It’s a one-page glance at key events for 2019 and current educational sessions. This document will be updated periodically throughout the year with live links and will be posted to our website. Also, each event will be posted to the Education section of our website with detailed information.


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

PDPM Academy Workshop – March 5, 2019

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Education

Join NYSHFA in partnership with AHCA for this Member only in-depth PDPM Academy Workshop. The program will be held March 5th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  The program will present by two top industry experts, Dr. David Gifford and Ms. Maureen McCarthy. Registrants will have access to: PDPM 101 workshop webinar (Pre-Requisite for March 5th day program); the March 5th in-person training workshop; Monthly workshop webinars on key topics and emerging PDPM issues; “How To” webinars on implementing additional tools developed by AHCA.  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 PDPM Readiness Tools© and the related core competencies; Classifying residents in case mix groups; Assessing market position in a PDPM environment; and Using organizational, business, and management tools to reconfigure business planning.  Things to know: The new patient driven patient model (PDPM) begins October 1, 2019; Patient clinical characteristics in totality will determine payment; Quick and highly accurate assessment and diagnosis will be critical; Payment will no longer be focused on therapy minutes and ADLs but will rely on over 180 MDS item fields; Failing to accurately code patient needs will have a significant impact on adequate and accurate payment for high quality care; Staff roles must change to operate effectively under PDPM.

For more information and registration details click here.

Staff Contact:
Lisa Volk
(518) 462-4800 ext. 15

Coming this May!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

Author: * Published in Education

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

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

Author: * Published in Education

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.

Click here for more details.

All Cause Harm Prevention Change Package & WebEx for Your Members - January 24 at 3pm ET

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

One-third of SNF residents experience an adverse or temporary harm event, and the majority of those are preventable. As part of CMS’s focus on raising awareness of nursing home safety and to support safer nursing home care across the nation, CMS and the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center released a new resource: a Change Package to prevent all cause harm in nursing homes. The Change Package is a compendium of successful practices of high-performing nursing homes, illustrating how they prevent harm while honoring each resident’s rights and preferences. 

Please join AHCA on Thursday, January 24 at 3:00pm Eastern time to learn more about the development of the Change Package and how you can use it to improve the quality of life and quality of care for those living in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. 

Date:  Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time:  3:00pm-4:00pm ET
Location:  WebEx 

REGISTER for the event: 

GET the Change Package: 


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

HERDS Critical Asset Survey - Reactivated for Q1 2019 Review/Update

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

This message is to inform all Health Care Facilities (HCFs) - hospitals, nursing homes (NHs) and adult care facilities (ACFs) - that the Critical Asset Survey in HERDS has been reactivated for the Q1 2019 review/update.

The three forms of the Critical Asset Survey (Baseline/Surge/Resilience) have been merged into one, combined form going forward. All data that was previously submitted in both the Surge and Resilience forms has been migrated to the new, combined form and therefore does not need to be re-entered. 

This Critical Asset Survey reactivation comes in conjunction with the rollout of the Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) in New York City. A Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) regarding FEPA (previously known as the Facility Profile Application) was sent to HCFs in NYC last Friday (12/28/18). 

The Critical Asset Survey review and update period runs from January 1 - March 31, 2019. All Health Care Facilities are required to review their previously submitted data, update any that has changed and (re)Submit the Critical Asset Survey data during this time period.

For questions, please send and email to


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

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

Author: * Published in Education

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.

Click here for more details.

Audio Conference - Behavioral Based Interviewing

Author: * Published in Education

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.

Click here for more details. 


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

Author: * Published in Education

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.

Click here for more details.

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

Author: * Published in Education

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.