Issue: February 11, 2019

Published on February 11, 2019

Articles in this issue:

Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending February 2, 2019

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

This Informational Message is being sent to you by the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC), which produces a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report from October through May. Attached is the influenza surveillance report for the week ending February 2, 2019. 

This surveillance report is also available on the NYSDOH's public website at: as well as on the NYSDOH's password-protected Health Commerce System (HCS). To access the report on the HCS, log onto the HCS using your HCS password, select "Content" from the menu bar, then "Documents by Group">"NYSDOH">Diseases and Conditions">"Influenza"> "Surveillance">"Weekly Reports 2018-19 Season." 


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

Last Chance to Register - Behavioral Based Interviewing Audio Conference

Author: Scott Jackson* Published in Education

How good are your interviewing skills? Are you asking potential employees the right type of questions to make good decisions for your team? Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on February 15th for our Behavioral Based Interviewing Audio Conference to learn more about developing your competencies in behavioral interviewing.

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. 


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

Author: * 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

Early Bird Rates Extended! NYC-ACHCA 50th Annual Convention


Early Bird Rates have been extended to February 14th!
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.