Issue: March 26, 2020

Published on March 26, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Hospital Discharges and Admissions to Nursing Homes

Author: Stephen B Hanse* Published in Clinical & Quality

Following the issuance of yesterday’s DOH Advisory regarding hospital discharges and admissions to nursing homes, NYSHFA/NYSCAL has been working with the DOH to stress the importance of, among other things, securing facilities without COVID-19 positive residents or staff, ensuring comprehensive medical data is provided by the referring hospital prior to admission and, in multi-owner circumstances, the potential to regionally cohort COVID-19 residents at a specific facility while safeguarding other non-COVID-19 facilities from exposure.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Resident Rights Reminder for SNFs & ACFs

Author: Stephen B Hanse* Published in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA/NYSCAL is working with the DOH related to their Advisory on Residents Rights issued today. The DOH issued this Advisory as a consequence of several confirmed cases of SNFs discharging large numbers of residents to shelters both in Upstate and in NYC without proper notice or acceptance by the residents. These discharges were not the result of surge issues. Surge assessments for potential discharge of residents should follow the normal process of assessment and used only when the need is imminent. DOH is in active discussions with CMS related to the transfer and discharge regulations in light of the pandemic and will issue any CMS changes to the rule as soon as they are released. The DOH is developing a Webinar which may be presented as soon as tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the intent of the Admission and Transfer policies for SNFs and ACFs. Please look for a DOH notice regarding their proposed Webinar.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

DOH: Novel COVID-19 Update on Specimen Collection and Handling

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

This advisory is an update for COVID-19 specimen collection and handling. It includes the use of nasal and oropharyngeal swabs as an alternative when nasopharyngeal are not available.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16

AHCA: COVID-19 Update #21 - Stimulus Package Passes the Senate

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

In This COVID-19 Update:

See attached for full details.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x16