Issue: September 19, 2019

Published on September 19, 2019

Articles in this issue:

AHCA Posts PDPM Grouper Tool

Author: Carl J. Pucci

AHCA has posted a PDPM Grouper Tool which will allow Providers to input patient-level data and derive estimated PDPM payments. The tool will enable users to compare differences in reimbursement between RUGS IV and PDPM at both a resident and facility level. The PDPM link contains the following: 

The User Guide and Webinar will assist Providers to walk through the Grouper Tool features.

Questions related to the Grouper Tool should be sent to PDPM@AHCA.ORG. The site is being monitored daily for questions and answers.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

Update Advance Training Initiative (ATI)

Author: Lisa Volk and Carl J. Pucci* Published in Clinical & Quality

DOH has notified eligible Providers of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 Advanced Training Initiative (ATI) Program. A DAL was sent to those Providers deemed eligible based on their respective 2017 and 2018 RHCF cost report data. Qualified facilities are required to complete the application using the total dollar amount from the two years. NYSHFA conducted a conference call on September 17th for eligible members regarding the application process and educational programs offered. A link will be sent to all eligible members who were not able to participate in the call. Any members who have a question regarding their facility eligibility status, should contact Carl Pucci at 518-462-4800 ext. 36.

The completed ATI application is due by Wednesday, September 25, 2019. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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


NYS DOH: Reminder NYS LNHA 2019 Renewals

Author: Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

The NYS DOH is sending out reminders of the upcoming nursing home administrator license registration renewal which expires on December 31, 2019. To date the NYS DOH has received over 200 registrations from AORs for the 2020-2021 period and would like to continue receiving additional registrations as soon as possible to avoid referring illegal practitioners to the Board during this registration period. 

Section 2896-g(5) of the New York State Public Health Law states that a practicing nursing home administrator who fails to apply and qualify for registration before the first day of the next ensuing biennial registration period shall be an illegal practitioner whose license may be suspended or revoked and who may be subjected to a civil penalty, censured or reprimanded by the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators 

Please use the link below to access the application and follow the directions for “Registration Renewal”. A new PDF fillable application replaces the previous Word Application for Registration as a Nursing Home Administrator. Your application may be typed and saved on your computer. The application also includes directions, if you wish to become voluntary inactive. 

https://www.health.ny.gov/forms/doh-642.pdf 

www.health.ny.gov/professionals/nursing_home_administrator/licensure_program/ 

You must print, sign and notarize the completed application, and mail along with the requisite fee ($40). The Board must approve your application prior to the expiration date of your current registration to avoid a lapse in your registered status. Your application should be submitted as quickly as possible to allow enough time to address any identified deficiencies prior to the expiration date of your current registration. 

Your completed application, along with the requisite fee, should be submitted to:

New York State Department of Health
Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
Bureau of Professional Credentialing
875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York  12206

It is unlawful for you to practice or represent yourself as the Administrator-of-Record of a nursing home in New York State in the absence of a current New York State registration. Doing so may result in sanctions by the Board. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the New York State Department of Health's Bureau of Professional Credentialing at profcred@health.ny.gov or 1-877-877-1827. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Director, Educational Development & Grant Mgmt
518-462-4800 x16

CMS Final RAI Manual Now Available

Author: Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the final version of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual (version 1.17.1), which becomes effective in less than two weeks, on Oct. 1., 2019. The full RAI Manual has been posted to the CMS website https://downloads.cms.gov/files/MDS-30-RAI-Manual-V114-October-2016.pdf. The replacement manual pages and change tables only can be found here. (Click on the second link under related links.)


NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Director, Educational Development & Grant Mgmt
518-462-4800 x16

CEMP Training- Online Course is Live!

Author: Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

Please see and distribute the attached course announcement for the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) online course. When users register via the LMS they can choose between Nursing Home or Adult Care Facility.

Please note- For those that took the in-person training, they will need log into the LMS and click on “My Courses,” “Completed Courses,” and then click on “Post-Completion Content” to view the online training modules.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Director, Educational Development & Grant Mgmt
518-462-4800 x16

Person-Centered Care Planning & the HCBS Rule

Author:

On September 18th, Carla Erhartic from NYSHFA-NYSCAL attended a training session about the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative. NYSHFA-NYSCAL strongly encourages Providers that fall under the HCBS Rule, to attend these informative training sessions.

The training initiative is funded by the Department of Health to support best practices and compliance in Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)-compliant person-centered planning throughout the State. The initiative consists of an extensive series of Regional Trainings and Learning Institutes held across the State in 2019 and 2020. The focus of the trainings and institutes will be to grow person-centered thinking, planning, and practice capacity in HCBS covered service systems in the State. Our objective is to further support comprehensive system transformation – in the context of HCBS Final Rule compliance in person-centered practice implementation – for the State of New York.

What is the HCBS Final Rule? New York State’s HCBS for individuals with disabilities and disabling conditions, including physical, behavioral, developmental, age-related, or cognitive/intellectual, take place in a variety of settings such as private homes, group homes, scatter site apartments, adult care facilities, day habilitation sites, adult day health care centers, and social adult day programs. Regardless of where individuals receiving HCBS live or receive services, or through which service system they are accessed, all HCBS recipients are required to have Person-Centered Service Plans/Recovery Plans/Resident Care Plans/Life Plans/etc., that afford them informed choice of services, supports, and residences in compliance with the Person-Centered Planning standards of the HCBS Final Rule. Participation in training through this Statewide Training Initiative can demonstrate efforts to come further into alignment with these standards.

Who is the training for? All the learning opportunities and trainings listed here are offered at no-cost for people who are providing, using, and overseeing home and community-based services in New York. More detail on what audience each learning opportunity is intended for, is found in the descriptions below.

When: These learning/training opportunities will continue to be offered at no cost through the end of 2020.

Where: In every region of New York State (please check back periodically to see if we have added new trainings in your region). Registration is open for sessions of the New York State Department of Health’s Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative.  Please follow the link below to see available Regional Training sessions and check back often as more sessions are being added.

nydohpcptraining.com/events

Learning opportunities include:

Learning Institutes include 4 in-person training days (2.5 days up front, followed by a 1.5 day wrap-up session) as well as self-led webinars, coaching circles and other learning opportunities in between, and are facilitated by international leaders in person-centered planning. They are an innovative learning opportunity intended for managed care plan managers/care managers, service/care coordinators, agency providers/managers/staff, state and county staff and leadership, family, friends, and close supports of people receiving home and community-based services, and anyone interested in shaping new services or improving service delivery for people receiving home and community-based services.

Regional Trainings  are full- and half-day trainings, led by instructors certified in Person-Centered Planning/Plan Facilitation by The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices (TLCPCP). Topics include:

If you have any questions about the initiative or the registration process, please use the email below.  NYDOHPCPTraining@pcgus.com

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Intent to Apply Now Open

Author: Lisa Volk

The Intent to Apply (ITA) for the 2020 National Quality Award program cycle is open in the Quality Award Portal. While not mandatory, applicants who submit an ITA will save money on their overall application fee and receive extra educational resources. No paperwork or application is needed to submit the ITA.

ITA Payments by Award Level
Bronze - $75
Silver - $150
Gold - $300

The deadline to submit an ITA is November 7, 2019 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. More information about the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program and key dates are available at ahcancal.org/qualityaward.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers Bronze Quality Award Workshops

Author:

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be offering two Quality Award Bronze Level Workshops in October.  These workshops will prepare your organization for applying for the AHCA / NCAL Bronze National Quality Award.   One Workshop will be held in Albany on October 29, 2019 and another in Syracuse on October 30, 2019.  The attached flyer provides details on the content of the Workshops.  An application for the Workshops is also attached.  6.0 NAB Credits have been applied for.  For more information, please contact Lisa Volk.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

Registration Open! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

Author: * Published in Education

NYSHFA/ NYSCAL is pleased to announce that we are now accepting attendee registrations for the 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Albany Marriott, November 13-14th! This year the scheduled is packed with hot topics including: Quality of Care; Capital Improvements; Legal & Legislative Updates; Case Mix Index; DOH Updates and so much more.

Don’t miss out on this great educational opportunity where you can earn up to 10 CEUS! Approved by NAB and NYS for Administrators, Executive Directors & CPAs.

Click here for additional details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Last Chance to Register! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Author: * Published in Education

Last Chance to Register for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference. The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019. Hot topics include: Retention & Competency; Medication Management; Leadership; DOH Updates; QAPI and so much more. Also new in 2019 an Assisted Living Education track! Click here for more details and registration options. 

Last Chance to Register! One Day Educational Workshop-Last Chance for PDPM & Corporate Compliance

Author: * Published in Education

On Wednesday, September 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host a pre-conference to the Nurse Leadership Conference with sessions entitled "Last Chance for PDPM! Are You Ready?" & "Corporate Compliance-Living Under a Microscope in the Year of ROP Compliance". Click here for additional details. 

 

4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

Author: * Published in Education

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference. “Embracing Adversity & Emerging Stronger”, Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  Please click here to view registration options.

Exhibitor Opportunities are also available. Information can be found on the above link!

NYSHFA CONTACT:
Scott Jackson
Director, Education & Conference Planning
518-462-4800 x27

 



Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference. PCC is based on the concept that staff and leadership know each resident, and understands their medical and personal history, their needs, preferences, and expectations.

This practice maximizes the residents independence and makes staff assistance non task-oriented.  To learn more about implementing PCC into your community culture, click on the link to register for NYSHFA-NYSCAL’s Person Centered Care Audio Conference. What is “Person Centered Care”? 

Click here for additional details. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29, 2019

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th. 

October 22, 2019 – Part I: Assisted Living Programs: Basic Training
Learn about what an Assisted Living Program is, how it operates, and how it is regulated. There will be a detailed discussion of the regulatory requirements that you must follow to be in compliance with Medicaid rules. Learn about the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General’s Audit Protocols for ALPS and what they mean.

October 29, 2019 – Part II:   Assisted Living Programs: How to Prepare for, and Survive an OMIG Audit
Learn about: the audit process and procedures for OMIG (and NYC HRA) audits; how to ensure that your audit goes well; and how to challenge your audit if it does not go well.

Click here for details.