Issue: April 11, 2019

Published on April 11, 2019

Articles in this issue:

Genevieve Sorensen Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

Author: Joanne O'Connor

The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Genevieve Sorensen, Administrator of Schulman and Schachne Institute in Brooklyn, New York with the 2019 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.  The leadership award was celebrated at ACHCA’s Annual Convocation and Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday, March 18, 2019.  Only 7% of facilities nationwide qualified. This year, 1,129 facilities met the selection criteria. Two hundred and eighty-six administrators in 35 states were awarded the facility leadership award nationally.
 
Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, this award recognizes the Administrator of record who provided such leadership for the full 2018 calendar year.  Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also include at least an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of ABILITY® Network Inc.
 
The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick. A former executive director of the Ballard Rehabilitation Center, DesPlaines, IL for over 30 years, Eli embodied excellence as an Administrator that cared for his residents, their families, and his community.  This award is presented annually in memory of Eli, a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long term care.
 
Founded in 1962 the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today's long-term care administrator and executive. ACHCA's mission focuses on advancing leadership excellence in long-term care through the provision of leadership education, promotion of professional advancement programs such as Fellowship and Professional Certification, and facilitation of leadership development. ACHCA’s diverse membership includes administrators from across the continuum of post-acute and aging services care.



DOH Issues HCS Reminder

Author: Carl J. Pucci* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

DOH has issued a reminder for providers to secure access to the HCS/Gateway System. With the 2018 RHCF software upcoming release, it is important to ensure system access to avoid late filing and subsequent Quality Pool penalties.

Below is the DOH guidance:

As mentioned in this morning’s meeting, any facility that does not have access to one or more of the following should contact rhcf-hcs@health.ny.gov to obtain the proper permissions. In order to reduce the processing time of granting permissions we are asking that all facilities check that their assigned members have the proper permissions to access the systems listed below: 

Thank you for your assistance.

Timothy Fischer
Health Care Medicaid Systems Analyst
Bureau of Residential Health Care Reimbursement
NYS Department of Health
One Commerce Plaza – Rm. 1430
Albany, NY  12210
(518)473-4421


NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

NYC Emergency Management and the CMS Rule

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

As you may know, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established national preparedness requirements for all Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health providers to coordinate with federal, state, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. This regulation aims to provide a consistent, defined, and coordinated response to emergencies by addressing four core areas:

The communication plan requires all facilities that receive Medicaid or Medicare funding to develop and maintain an emergency preparedness communication plan in which “patient care must be well-coordinated within the facility, across healthcare providers, and with state and local public health departments and emergency management agencies and systems to protect patient health and safety in the event of a disaster.” This rule requires NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) to maintain annual communication with 17 types of healthcare facilities, totaling to over 1,900 facilities across the City. The NYCEM Health and Medical Unit has already mailed the attached letter to healthcare and allied health facilities to fulfill this communication requirement by obtaining each facility’s emergency preparedness information through an annual survey. This vital information is centralized in our database to better inform response during an emergency.

Please be aware that simply sending letters or emails to NYCEM with information about your facility does not fulfill the annual communication requirement. Only the confirmation letter that is sent after completion of the survey shows proof of this requirement. This survey (linked here) should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete and is essential for improving communications and response in emergencies in New York City.

For any additional questions or comments, please contact the Health and Medical Unit at healthmedical@oem.nyc.gov. Thank you!

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 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

DAL NH 19-02 Home & Community Based Settings Rule

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

The Department posted DAL NH 19-02 on the Health Commerce System with compliance guidance. Please read carefully. To view the DAL NH and FAQs Guidance document, click here. Questions, please contact ADHCP.HCBS@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 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

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2019. All facilities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against influenza for the current season and to complete this report upon request of the NYSDOH. See attached for more details.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 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

Coming this May... the 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

Author: * Published in Education

Dont miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9th at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Jim Boeheim is the Head Basketball Coach at Syracuse University and will he will kick off our education with exciting insight on building winning teams! 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.