Issue: January 13, 2020

Published on January 13, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Reminder: MDS Certification Due!

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

A reminder that Providers must certify their recent MDS submissions by Tuesday, January 14, 2020. DOH is requesting electronic submissions in order to expedite the certification process. Please send to the MDS mailbox:  MDS_BRHCR@doh.ny.gov as soon as possible.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

2019 CHWS Workforce Survey ** SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

If your facility has not already done so, please take the time to complete this survey today. This information is imperative due to the upcoming staffing legislation to set staffing ratios for nursing homes. See CHWS memo below: 

The Center for Health Workforce Studies at the School of Public Health, University at Albany monitors annual health care employment trends in the state of New York and issues a report of its findings each year. Our most recent report, The Health Care Workforce in New York, 2017-2018: Trends in the Supply and Demand for Health Workers can be found at our website www.chwsny.org

We are writing to ask for your assistance in obtaining more timely information on health care workforce employment. The primary purpose of this brief survey is to better understand the current recruitment and retention problems faced by Nursing Homes and Adult Homes. We have worked with LeadingAge, Foundation for Quality Care, and the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition to ensure that the questions asked in this survey reflect issues currently relevant to you. 

Your individual answers to the survey will be kept strictly confidential, and all information collected will be aggregated and reported only at regional and state levels. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. 

Please click on the link to access the survey: SURVEY 

We would appreciate your response by January 31, 2020. Your participation will contribute to increased understanding of current and emerging health workforce issues in New York. The final report will be released in the spring-summer and will be available on the Center’s website. 

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail me at 518-402-0250 or kstiegler@albany.edu. Thank you for your support of this important study. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

Author: Stephen B Hanse* Published in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Renaissance Albany Hotel, 144 State Street, Albany, New York 12207 for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day. Reservations can be made by using the attached link. The room rate is $189.00/night. The cutoff date for reservations is January 28, 2020

We will be scheduling a conference call to go over logistics for our Legislative Visitation Day in mid-February.

Please contact Nancy Knapp at nknapp@nyshfa.org if you plan on participating in the NYSHFA/NYSCAL February 24th Legislative Visitation Day. Also attached for your convenience is a registration form to complete and return to Nancy at nknapp@nyshfa.org or fax to 518-426-4051.

Thank you.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT: 

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11

DOH: Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending 1/4/2020

Author: Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi* 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 January 4, 2020.

This surveillance report is also available on the NYSDOH's public website at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/surveillance/ 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 2019-20 Season."

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

2020 NYSHFA Employee Recognition Program Deadline Extended

Author:

The deadline to submit nominations for the annual Employee Recognition Program has been extended to January 31, 2020.  The goal of the Employee Recognition Program is to honor exemplary employees working in skilled nursing facilities.

The five award categories are broken down as follows:  Nursing Awards:  Registered Nurse of the Year, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year, and Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year.  Non-Nursing Awards:  Manager of the Year and Heart and Hands Award (for non-managerial staff).

Attached is the Employee Recognition Program Brochure, Nomination Form and Guidelines for Preparing Applications

Nominations may now be submitted online athttps://www.nyshfa-nyscal.org/employeerec2020/. See the back page of the brochure for instructions on the Four Ways to Submit.

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference, May 18 – 21, 2020 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

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

Deadline Extended for NYSHFA Volunteer of the Year Awards Program

Author:

The deadline for the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Program has been extended to January 31, 2020.

The goal of the Volunteer of the Year Awards program is to recognize outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member health care facilities. The five categories for awards are: Young Adult, Adult, Senior Adult, Group and Spiritual Guidance.  Attached is the Volunteer of the Year Awards Program Brochure and Nomination Form.

Nominations may now be submitted online at: https://www.nyshfa-nyscal.org/nyshfa-volunteer2020. See the back page of the brochure for instructions on the Four Ways to Submit.

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Awards Ceremony during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference, May 18 – 21, 2020 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

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

Audio Conference: DOH Criminal History Record Check Update - January 23, 2020

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on January 23rd for the "DOH CHRC Overview" audio conference. In order to promote compliance with CHRC regulations, NYSHFA/NYSCAL is sponsoring this audio conference to provide you with the most up-to-date changes and additions to the CHRC regulations. This interesting and informative audio conference will be presented by Ms. Jillanna Devik and Daryl Barra, Esq. of the NYS Department of Health. The Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) Legal Unit in the Division of Legal Affairs has continued to partner with the Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management Center to ensure the protection of New York’s most vulnerable patient populations. CHRC obtains and reviews criminal history information for prospective direct care employees. Its lawyers make decisions regarding the suitability for employment of ex-offenders in nursing home, adult care, hospice, health home and home care settings. The CHRC Legal Unit staff members include attorneys, legal assistants, investigator and support staff. CHRC’s core mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of clients while permitting ex-offenders who can demonstrate their rehabilitation the opportunity to work in the healthcare field. CHRC has grown significantly over the years, participating in more than 2.5 million decisions regarding employment suitability. In fact, CHRC has grown to become the largest agency making civil requests of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for criminal history information. In 2009, the DOH also established a publicly accessible Home Care Registry (HCR). Now, the public can also check the HCR to see whether a home health aide has been approved or denied employment by CHRC. This has created even greater transparency with respect to DOH employment determinations. Finally, since the inception of the program, many healthcare providers, employees and attorneys have contacted CHRC with questions concerning how the process works. The unit has been active in responding to these inquiries to ensure that the program is understood and that concerns are appropriately addressed. The public contact number for CHRC intake / program is (518) 402-5549 and CHRC Legal is (518) 408-1627.

Click here for additional details and for registration options.

Audio Conference - When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests - January 29, 2020

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on Wednesday, January 29th for the "When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests" Audio Conference. Some of the most difficult and costly employee issues to deal with are wage & hour audits and employee leave matters.  This program will outline both the processes and strategies for effectively managing wage & hour investigations.  From internal policies to audit strategies, we will look at the best way to avoid the significant liabilities associated with wage & hour violations.   In addition, we will examine the difficult world of employee leave including intermittent leave requests and light duty/return to work rights. Click here for additional details and for registration options. 

Audio Conference - Communication: Practice Correctly, Perform Correctly- February 6, 2020

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on February 6th for the "Communication: Practice Correctly, Perform Correctly" Audio Conference. This interesting and informative audio conference will be presented by Ms. Patricia Anders of the New York State Department of Health. 

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) will be conducting five Statewide, no-notice Interoperable Communications (IOC) drills between February and April 2020.  The drill is being conducted in conjunction with the Coalition Surge Test, an annual exercise sponsored by the New York State Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPCs). This audio will discuss the drills and past exercise and real-world events. The drill is designed to help providers with preparation of the upcoming drill and to ensure they have multiple back-up communication modalities which is critical to emergency preparedness planning.

The objectives of the IOC drill are to:

During this audio will discuss the upcoming NYS DOH Interoperable Communications (IOC) drills and past exercises and real-world events. The drills are designed to help providers with preparation of the upcoming drill and to ensure they have multiple back-up communication modalities which is critical to emergency preparedness planning.

 Click here for more details and registration options. 

Audio Conference: PDPM - Where Are We Now? - February 27, 2020

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA on February 27th for the "PDPM-Where are We Now?" Audio Conference. Now that we’ve gotten to start the PDPM payment system, we are learning new strategies and best practices. Join Celtic Consulting, national PDPM educators, for this informative audio conference which will include a refresher of the PDPM payment system, and updates regarding diagnosis coding, skilled documentation, restorative nursing impact, respiratory nursing impact, and timing of interviews for cognition and depression. Click here for additional details and registration options. 

Audio Conference - Infection Prevention & Control / Antibiotic Stewardship - March 5, 2020

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 5th for the "Infection Prevention & Control / Antibiotic Stewardship: Keeping Bugs at Bay & Achieving Regulatory Compliance" Audio Conference. This interesting and informative audio conference will be presented by Amy Lee of Coretactics Healthcare Consulting, Inc. Infection prevention & control remains a top concern in healthcare and the number one area for regulatory citations. This session will include a review of current infection control standards, current and new isolation standards (including enhanced barrier precautions), outbreak control practices, communicable disease reporting guidelines and utilization of a QAPI approach to improve quality of care and reduce rehospitalizations based on data driven outcomes. In addition, participants will receive useful tools and guidance to help them comply with these recent regulatory changes and prepare for a successful survey outcome. Click here for more details and registration options.