Issue: October 19, 2020

Published on October 19, 2020

Articles in this issue:

NYSDOH Released the Guidance and FAQ on Use of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Devices for Testing

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Tarrah Quinlan* Published in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) provided these recommendations and algorithm to support the effective use of antigen tests for different testing situations to ensure the most appropriate interpretation of antigen test results, which is important for accurate clinical and public health management. 

Please see the attached resources:

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Tarrah Quinlan
Director of Education Program Development and Member Operation
518-462-4800 x20

White House Announces Vaccination Distribution Program for LTC Residents

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

On Friday, October 16, the White House announced the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program—a national vaccine distribution program for long term care residents. 

The COVID-19 vaccine will likely become available in phases over the coming months. To prepare, the federal government has partnered with CVS and Walgreens to distribute and administer the vaccine to residents in long term care facilities. This program is free of charge and covers all of the reporting requirements associated with the vaccine. Vaccination for health care workers will be handled by states, and likely take place in early phases of distribution. 

Starting on Monday, October 19, long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living communities, ICF/IIDs and other congregate settings for older adults) will have two weeks to register with the CDC on how they want to receive and administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Nursing homes will be able to register through the NHSN website, while assisted living communities and other congregate settings can register through an online survey.  

We strongly encourage all long term care facilities to participate and register as soon as the portals open. This is critical to ensuring our vulnerable residents are among the first to receive a vaccine when it becomes available.  

The CDC is offering an overview and FAQs to help further explain the program, and we are also offering an overview. To prepare, we encourage you to review these materials, as well as: 

Check our emails and website early next week for the registration links and any additional information

READ MORE COVID-19 UPDATES

Also attached are Partner Packets, one for the Assisted Living and one for the Skilled Nursing facilities. 

Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Join Pre-Launch Webinars for National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

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

As training centers and nursing homes around the country continue to join the Network and prepare to embark on their respective cohorts, ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network is offering a series of pre-launch webinars to explore some of the key themes that will later be featured more deeply over the 16-week sessions.

These interactive, pre-launch webinars will feature national experts exploring key topics in COVID-19 care in nursing homes and offer significant time for discussion.

We hope that both nursing homes that have already completed their interest forms to participate in the Network and those that are new or exploring their next steps will join us for these conversations.

Upcoming Webinars:

Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 
The first segment of this presentation will address key important and realistic approaches, consistent with current guidance, that health care workers can implement to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for Long-term Care Professionals.  The second segment will cover the multiple action steps necessary for organizations to consider with PPE from planning, inventory, policies and procedures, types of PPE, use consistent with current guidance, education, optimization, process surveillance, and follow up.

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 1-2:30pm MT / 3-4:30pm ET


Pre-Launch Webinars

COVID-19: Realistic and Quality Approach to Cohorting, Cleaning and Disinfection
The first segment of this presentation will discuss the guidance, planning, education, and prompt action approach to the very important mitigation step of cohorting during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The second section will provide key strategies in both cleaning and disinfection to include the process, products, PPE necessary and education of employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 10:30am-12pm MT / 12:30-2pm ET

Register here

Not Yet in the Network?
The AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network aims to rapidly assist nursing homes in consistently implementing evidence-based best practices to protect residents and staff. 

We are actively recruiting nursing homes around the country to join this interactive community of practice to collaboratively advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety, and infection control.

Learn More

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Register Now! 25th Annual Fall Education Virtual Conference

Author: * Published in Education

Plan to join NYSHFA | NYSCAL on November 19th for this year’s 25th Annual Fall Conference Webinar Series. This year our conference will be held virtually. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 5 CEUs for both Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Executive Directors.  Don’t Miss Out, Register Today! 

Click here for full details and registration options. 

We are Just One Week Away! 18th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference...Interactive Zoom Webinar Series

Author: * Published in Education

Registration now, we are just one week away! 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.