Issue: January 10, 2019

Published on January 10, 2019

Articles in this issue:

An Update on C.auris and What to Expect in New York State

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

HANYS, the Greater New York Hospital Association, New York State Health Facilities Association, LeadingAgeNY, and the New York State Association for Professionals in Infection Control are hosting a webinar with DOH and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene(NYCDOHMH) to provide an update about Candida auris (C.auris) in NYS. Participants will hear about the most recent surveillance and research findings, and recommendations and efforts by DOH and the NYCDOHMH to control the spread of C.auris. 

Webinar Details:

Date: Wednesday, January 16

Time: 12 - 1 p.m.

Registration: Online 


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

NYSHFA Town Hall Meetings to Restart January 17

Author: Nancy Leveille and Stephen Hanse* Published in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA will be restarting our Town Hall Meetings on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 11:00 am. – 12:00 noon. We will hold additional calls on:

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thursday, June 20. 2019

We will continue to record each session in 2019 to meet your additional needs. These calls will be for NYSHFA members only, as most topics will reflect activity related to surveys; the requirements of participation; and current issue for the month. We will send out the call-in number a couple days before each date with the agenda. Linda Elizaitis, President of CMS Compliance Group Inc., will assist again with surveys updates and NYSHFA staff will provide additional updates as you have requested. We would welcome members to send in questions to Nancy Leveille, or Lisa Volk, ahead of time.


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

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

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

Author: * 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

FQC Partners with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization to Fund and Deliver its Leadership Program

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

The Foundation for Quality Care is excited to announce our new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), an initiative funded through the Medicaid Redesign Waiver which aims to retrain, recruit and retain healthcare workers in the long–term care sector, also known as the Workforce Investment Program.

Through this new partnership, the FQC will provide three courses during the months of March and April for Assisted Living (AL) and Skilled Nursing Facilities’(SNF) staff at NO COST to participants. They are as follows: 

The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) has been designated as a statewide Workforce Investment Organization (WIO) by the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH). 

Gary Fitzgerald, President and CEO of IHA, notes, “We are pleased to partner with the Foundation for Quality Care to present Long Term Leadership Training that will combine the best of intensive in-person training with the added resource of on-line training to follow the learner back into their work life”. 

IHA has extensive experience with development and implementation of healthcare workforce training initiatives. IHA is a not‐for‐profit health care trade organization representing 54 hospitals and health care systems, including 25 nursing homes and 41 home care agencies. For more information, please visit The FQC is proud to partner with them on these workforce initiatives. 

For more information on these programs, please click on the attachment under each course or contact: 

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

Lisa Volk
518-462-4800 x15

Improving Oral Health: Practice, Policy and Potential - Statewide Conference February 28 - March 1, 2019

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

The Foundation for Quality Care (FQC) and The New York State Oral Health Coalition (NYSOHC) have worked hard to put together a conference that will create an opportunity for you to expand your oral health knowledge, develop policies and network with a variety of health professionals from New York State and Nationally. The FQC was awarded a grant from the New York State Health Foundation to provide the Mouth Care Without a Battle Program in 22 Nursing Homes in New York State. The Mouth Care Without a Battle Program brought together various organizations including University of North Carolina founders of the Mouth Care Without a Battle Program and the New York Dental Hygienist Association (NYDHA) to assure the successful implementation of the program. As a result, the NYSOHC and the FQC are collaborating to bring you a two-day statewide conference that you will not want to miss! We are confident that you will find this conference to be beneficial. Who Should Attend? Administrators, DONs, Nursing Staff, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Elder Care Providers and Advocates, Oral Health Professionals, CE & NAB Credits Available to DDS, RDH and Licensed Nursing Home Administrators. Please see attached brochure and registration information.


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

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

Author: * Published in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. Hot topics this year include: Mindful Workplace; Dementia Population; Mental Fitness; Care Planning; and Department of Health updates.

Click here for more details!

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


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.

Click here
for registration details. 

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

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on Friday, January 18, 2019 for the Cyber Security and HIPAA: 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.

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.

PDPM Academy Workshop – March 5, 2019

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA in partnership with AHCA for this NYSHFA 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, Senior Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs at AHCA and Ms. Maureen McCarthy, President of Celtic Consulting LLC. 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

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.

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Audio Conference - Corporate Compliance - Living Under a Microscope in the Year of Compliance

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for an Audio Conference entitled "Corporate Compliance - Living Under a Microscope in the Year of Compliance on Monday, February 25th. During this call, the speakers will address the following: the History of Corporate Compliance, Explain Federal OIG Compliance Guidance, Briefly Describe an overview of the Federal Rules of Participation related to Corporate Compliance, Discuss the NY State Compliance Expectations, Examine the Compliance Environment Today, Explain the Primary Federal Compliance Laws, Illustrate the 7 Federal Elements of Corporate Compliance and strategies to integrate these elements into your corporate compliance program, Discuss the Current Corporate Compliance Planning Process; Compare Your Plan to the Current ROP Requirements and Develop Next Steps to Enhance Your Plan.  The agenda with the call will cover: History; Compliance Today; Federal Elements of Compliance; NY Compliance Expectations; Yates Memo; Communications; Difference Between Rick Management and QAPI; Processes to Employ; Compliance Risk; and Goals for 2019.

For more information click here


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!