Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) Meeting 10/23/19

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA attended the public portion of the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators (BENHA) Meeting on October 23rd. Here are the key items discussed during the meeting: 

  • Anthony Joseph, Rome Nursing Home, is the newest member to the BENHA board.
  • Two seats for the BENHA Board are currently open - 1 Public and 1 NHA for profit which at present has been held over for 6 months. If you have interest, please reach out to profcred@health.ny.gov or 1-877-877-1827.
  • Dates were selected by the board for the 2020 meeting schedule:

April 8, 2020
October 14, 2020

  • Update on renewals over 500 have been received to date both AOR’s and Non – AOR’s. A total of 31 audits have been completed on 10% of the AOR’s with 100% compliance. See attached for more information on the renewal process and contact information.
  • Discussion regarding electronic initiatives which will come sometime next year. An increase in the renewal period from 2 to 3 years will take a statutory change. DOH working on the next steps to move this forward via governor’s budget bill.
  • Currently the regulatory change package is at the executive approval level to change the exam trial period to be more consistent with other states. Additionally, removal of the 80 bed for AIT training site.
  • Further discussion was held regarding the HSE WebEx that was held in June 2019. This WebEx was scheduled to help BENHA board members understand the process and ask questions related to NYS moving forward with adopting the credentials. Currently, 17 states have adopted this in statue and 20 more are in the works. Again, a statutory change would be required.

If you have questions, please reach out to profcred@health.ny.gov or 1-877-877 1827.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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