Issue: September 24, 2020

Published on September 24, 2020

Articles in this issue:

HHS Releases PRF Reporting Guidance

Author: Carl Pucci

HHS has released Provider Relief Fund reporting guidance for entities receiving one or more payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate. AHCA continues to work with CPA associations and other health care provider groups to secure additional details regarding the reporting and auditing process.

The AHCA Bulletin below includes links to both the initial July guidance, as well as the updated post payment notice of reporting requirements. 

HHS Releases PRF Reporting Guidance

On September 21, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new information regarding reporting requirements for recipients of funds from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund as well as additional information related to potential future audits.   

This update provides guidance for our sector that CARES Act funds can be used to make up for lost revenue up to 2019 net operating income levels. AHCA/NCAL has worked with HHS to advocate for an updated definition of revenue, which is a significant improvement over a preliminary set of reporting guidance shared with stakeholders in August. We continue to work with HHS on these issues.  READ MORE.


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

MDS Update

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk

The NYS DOH shared the following regarding MDS assessments: With CMS delaying the implementation of the MDS 3.0 vl.18.1, the state will continue to use Section G until October 2021. We will issue guidance as it pertains to Section G and the Optional State Assessment (OSA) as that date draws closer.

The following questions have been sent to the DOH soon as we get feedback we will put out this information to the providers.   


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

DOH: Office of Health Emergency Preparedness Announcement on the Inoperability Communications Drill (IOC)


The New York State Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness has informed us that Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities will not be included in the upcoming Interoperability Communications Drill (IOC) as originally planned.  As you are already completing and submitting to NYSDOH the daily COVID surveys. The Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drills are designed to help Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) partners ensure that they have redundant forms of communication among their members. The required data will be obtained from the other surveys. 

Here is the list of current participants in the state IOC Drill:


2020 Virtual Art from the Heart Program

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Joanne O'Connor

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA | NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 16th Annual Virtual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities.  

With the recent restrictions on skilled nursing and assisted living facilities due to COVID-19, the Foundation for Quality Care has moved this year’s Art from the Heart Program online. NYSHFA | NYSCAL members will now submit the entry form and a photograph of their resident’s artwork online or via email, instead of sending the piece in the mail. 

Those of you who are fortunate to work in the skilled nursing and assisted living professions are well familiar with the special gifts and images created by the residents entrusted in your care. As your Statewide Association we believe it is important to continually recognize the creative abilities of your dynamic residents. 

Last year, more than 100 entries were submitted from across New York State and 13 pieces were chosen for the 2020 Wall Calendar.   

As in the past, an independent panel of judges will select 13 winning entries which will be featured in the 2021 Art from the Heart wall calendar, and will also be displayed on the NYSHFA | NYSCAL website. 

The deadline for entries is October 15, 2020.  The entry form and a photograph of the artwork must be submitted online at or via email to Do not send the artwork in the mail. 

The “Art from the Heart” calendar will be distributed to the artists, their families, NYSHFA | NYSCAL member facilities, state lawmakers, and government officials. Please join the many facilities which have participated previously.  Have some fun and help us recognize the talented and vibrant artists who reside in your facility.


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

Joanne O'Connor
Communications and Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 x23

Registration is Now Open! 18th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference..Interactive Zoom Webinar Series

Author: Scott Jackson CMP* Published in Education

Registration is now Open! NYSHFA | NYSCAL on behalf of the Foundation for Quality Care is happy to announce that registration is open for the 18th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference – Zoom Webinar Series. Our program this year will consist of 4 Weekly Tuesday Webinars, with optional evening programs focused on your mental well-being and recovery! This year we are pleased to offer you topics including: Compassionate Management; Supporting Well-Being in COVID and Beyond; Leading and Coaching Staff; and Resiliency, Recovery and HOPE.

Registration options are available by click here.