Issue: September 28, 2020

Published on September 28, 2020

Articles in this issue:

AHCA: COVID-19 Update | Considerations When Testing Residents and Employees and Screening Employees for COVID-19

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

With test kits being distributed to SNF and ALs, there are several considerations to take into account around screening employees and testing both employees and residents for COVID-19. 

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommends employees be screened privately. Medical information, including an employee’s temperature and answers to screening questions will need to be maintained as a private medical record.  

Time spent waiting for the health screening and testing should be recorded as time worked for non-exempt employees.  

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reminds employers that typically, measuring an employee’s body temperature is a medical examination. Employers may measure employees’ body temperature because the CDC and state/local health authorities have acknowledged community spread of COVID-19 and issued precautions.  

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Other COVID-19 Updates

Office Hours: Department of Labor and COVID-19: On Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 PM Eastern, AHCA/NCAL will host an “office hour" to answer your questions about the new Department of Labor coronavirus leave requirements. Our Department of Labor (DOL) consultants from Jackson Lewis, Craig S. Roberts, Principal and Henry Shapiro , Associate, will present an overview and updates to leave requirements in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impacting long term care. This overview will include the new definition of healthcare workers. After their presentation, the consultants will be available for your questions. Please note, this is not meant to take the place of guidance from your legal counsel.  

No pre-registration is required but you will need to login using your computer or WebEx app as questions will be accepted using the chat function. All lines will be muted.  

Join the WebEX here
•    Meeting number (access code): 172 101 3462 
•    Meeting password: Pb3V8xmJJW2  Read More

Coronavirus Testing in Nursing Homes Webinar: On Thursday, October 1, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM Eastern, there will be an ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network webinar on Coronavirus testing in nursing homes. 
Speakers include:  

 Following each brief presentation there will be a moderated Q&A.  
Registration is required and can be done here.  Read More

CMS Releases New Tools to Streamline CLIA Certification:
On Friday, September 25, CMS released several new tools to help reduce delays for laboratories or other sites seeking a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Waiver. This applies to skilled nursing facilities or assisted living communities who are seeking a CLIA waiver to perform COVID-19 point of care testing.   Read More

CDC to Release New Point of Care Laboratory Reporting Pathway through NHSN:
The CDC has recently announced a new Point of Care (POC) Laboratory Reporting Pathway through their National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTC COVID-19 Module. The new reporting pathway will be released on October 15, 2020.  Read More


Please email for additional questions, or visit for more information.


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

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

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Call – October 1st

Author: Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

The next NYSHFA-NYSCAL Town Hall Call will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 11:00 am.

Call-in Number: 1-800-220-9875 Passcode: 14227658# 

We are listening to your requests to receive information as quickly as possible. The weekly Town Hall Calls provide you with information on key topics as well as, to offer you an opportunity to get questions answered and/or receive clarification. For future topics most important to your needs, please send us the top 2-3 topics and/or concerns you want information on at this time. Please send your ideas to Jackie Pappalardi (


NH/ACF Weekly Staff Testing Survey (Week 20)

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

DOH has finalized the Week 20 of the NH/ACF Staff Testing Survey.  There are no substantive changes to the survey questions for this week.   The Week 20 survey will be released (via IHAN alert through HCS) on Wednesday, 9/30 at 9am and will close Thursday, 10/1 at 5pm.  You will receive the normal IHAN alert on Wednesday, September 30th at 9:00am with a link to the survey and a reminder on Thursday, October 1st at 12:00 that the survey will close at 5:00pm.

It is important that you submit this survey.

1)   If you do not complete the survey, your facility will not receive Test Kits or PPE from NYS for the upcoming testing period.

2)   If you do not receive a confirmation email, then the system did not log your survey submission.

If your facility has any questions, DOH is ready to help you.  You can email either or as soon as a question or an issue appears, so that DOH can troubleshoot the problem.


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

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

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

Author: * 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.


Save the Date! 25th Annual Fall Education Virtual Conference

Author: Scott Jackson CMP* Published in Education

Did You Miss the 71st Annual Conference & Expo Virtual Experience? You Can STILL Earn CEUS!

Author: * Published in Education

Did you miss the NYSHFA | NYSCAL 71st Annual Conference & Expo... A Virtual Experience? You can still register for the conference and receive up to 16.5 CEUS. On-Demand education sessions are now available!


Sessions will remain available until October 31st. Registrations must be submitted by October 26th!

Click here for more details & registration options.