Issue: October 29, 2020

Published on October 29, 2020

Articles in this issue:

New Requirement to Report POC Antigen Tests to NHSN

Author: Lisa Volk and Tarrah Quinlan* Published in Clinical & Quality

As reported last week, HHS is now requiring facilities to report the point-of-care (POC) test results performed under their CLIA waiver to the NHSN system, which requires an upgrade to SAMS Level-3 access. We received clarity from CMS that this requirement only applies to SNFs, and not ALs. ALs can still report to either the state or NHSN to meet the POC test reporting requirement. More information is available here.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

LTC Vaccination Program Deadline

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

The deadline for facilities to sign up for the pharmacy partnership for LTC program has been extended until November 6. Yesterday, we sent you a list of SNFs in your state who haven’t signed up or signed up without a back-up (or contingency) option, as well as template emails for your outreach. Today, we will be following up with Assisted Living data. If you did not receive this, please let us know. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

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

Advisory: New York State Department of Health Ransomware Advisory - 10/28/2020

Author: Lisa Volk and Tarrah Quinlan* Published in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is aware of three (3) ransomware attacks occurring over the last two weeks that have impacted a healthcare system and two of its hospitals, another distinct hospital, a local health department and its county-operated adult care facility. Phishing email has been identified as the source of attack in at least one of these incidents and is suspect in the others. As health care is currently the most targeted sector for phishing attacks, the NYSDOH would like to encourage healthcare organizations to maintain awareness of increasing cyber security threats, including those that come in the form of phishing emails.  See full advisory attached.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

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. 

Register Now! Survey Tips & Trends 2020 Webinar

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA | NYSCAL on Thursday, December 3rd for the Survey Tips & Trends 2020 Webinar. The program is being presented by Ms. Linda Elizaitis of CMS Compliance Group, Inc. 

In a year that has been predominantly focused on Infection Prevention & Control, it behooves providers to look beyond this regulatory hotspot and remember that “normal” survey & certification activities are underway again in New York State. During this webinar, the presenter will recap what’s happened in 2020 from a regulatory compliance perspective while providing insight on current survey trends, including Immediate Jeopardy-level citations issued this year. Attendees will learn tips to reduce the likelihood of deficient practices occurring in their facilities through systems enhancement and quality improvement activities, as well as understand where they need to focus their survey preparation efforts based on survey activity in their Area Office.

Click here for full program details and registration options. 

18th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference...Registration for Individual Sessions are still Open!

Author: * Published in Education

Registration for individual sessions isstill open! 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.