Issue: February 21, 2019

Published on February 21, 2019

Articles in this issue:

CMS: SNF Provider Preview Reports - Now Available

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

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. Providers have until March 4, 2019 to review their performance data prior to the April 2019 Nursing Home Compare site refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time; however, providers can request CMS review of their data during the preview period if they believe the quality measure scores that are displayed within their Preview Reports are inaccurate.

The data contained within the Preview Reports is based on quality data submitted by SNFs during the following quarterly timeframes:

As a reminder, CMS announced in October 2018 that it will not publish a 6th previously posted quality measure, Potentially Preventable 30-Day Post-Discharge Readmissions, at this time. Additional time will allow for more testing to determine if modifications to the measure and method of displaying it are needed. This additional testing will ensure that the future publicly reported measure is thoroughly evaluated so Compare users have an accurate picture of provider quality. While we conduct this additional testing, CMS will not post reportable data for this measure, including each SNF’s performance, as well as the national rate.

For more information:

CMS SNF Quality Public Reportingwebpage, NH Compare website, and Preview Report Access Instructions 


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

Medicaid Update - Special Edition Telehealth

Author: Carl J. Pucci

Dear Medicaid Update Subscriber,

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of a Special Edition Medicaid Update focusing on Telehealth. The full issue as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file is available to be downloaded at:


Carl J. Pucci
Chief Financial Officer
518-462-4800 x36

2019 NSNCW Guide and Catalog Now Available

Author: Rick Patterson and Joanne O'Connor

The 2019 National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) Planning Guide and Product Catalog is now available online here. Start planning now! Browse through the guide to get ideas about NSNCW events and activities and check out the great selection of Live Soulfully themed products available this year.

Promotional graphics and the new guide are available now for download at Additional tools including a proclamation and template press release will be available in early April.

Use social media to share your great ideas for NSNCW and to see what other centers are planning for this special week. Use the hashtag #NSNCW and like us on the NSNCW Facebook page here.

We look forward to NSNCW and celebrating the work you do every day.


Rick Patterson
Sr. Director, Business Development
518-462-4800 ext. 19

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

AHCA/NCAL Supporting Careers in Aging Week

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

AHCA/NCAL has created a program to assist members promote health care careers during Supporting Careers in Aging Week (CIAW).

This is an opportunity to boost your outreach efforts for recruitment and retention. See attached information to implement strategies in your facility during CIAW March 3-9, 2019. There are also some useful resources at:


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

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

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!

Registration Now Open! PDPM-Successful Implementation and Understanding the Changes to SNF Post-Acute Care Medicare Reimbursement

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA in association with Zimmet Healthcare Services Group for our One-Day Seminar entitled PDPM-A Program Designed for Successful Implementation and Understanding the Changes to SNF Post-Acute Care Medicare Reimbursement.
A generational change to SNF work flow including facility admission decisions, assessments, documentation utilization review and care delivery. The new payment system consists of four distinct reimbursement pillars that are focused on the individual needs and characteristics of residents admitted to facility. This program will teach participants the underlying criteria of PDPM and payment requirements including operational changes for success. Critical thinking by the clinical team coupled with “work smart” gathering of information and documentation will result in facilities being on the winning side of CMS changes.

Click one of the three locations for additional details and registration options:

April 9, 2019 – Turning Stone Resort
April 10, 2019 – del Lago Resort & Casino
April 18, 2019 – LaGuardia Marriott

Registration Now Open!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

Author: * Published in Education

Registration is now open! Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9th at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. This year we are pleased to announce Jim Boeheim, Head Basketball Coach at Syracuse University as our opening Keynote Speaker. Other hot topics include: Workforce Challenges; The Opioid Crisis; Staff Retention; DOH Updates; Lab Service; Dining Challenges and many more. 

Click here for more details and registration options.