Issue: November 12, 2020

Published on November 12, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Medicaid Update – October 2020

Author: Carl J. Pucci* Published in Finance & Reimbursement

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the October 2020 Medicaid Update. Please find the full current issue as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file available to be downloaded at: https://health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/program/update/2020/docs/mu_no15_oct20.pdf.  

You may also go straight to an article or topic that pertains to you by selecting from the current issue’s table of contents below. 

All Providers

Policy and Billing

Pharmacy  

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in NYS Following Out of State Travel

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

The Office of Commission issued this following update: 

This updates the previously issued October 8, 2020 guidance for Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State Following Out of State Travel. Updates include:  New testing and quarantine criteria for travelers to New York from non-contiguous states and other countries. See full guidance 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

AHCA/NCAL: COVID-19 Update - Updated HHS NHSN Reporting Requirements

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

Updated HHS NHSN Reporting Requirements

In an updated memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the point-of-care testing results are now required as part of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system.

The HHS memo identifies that “CMS-certified long term care facilities shall submit point-of-care COVID-19 testing data, including antigen testing data, to CDC’s NHSN." To report the point-of-care test results to NHSN, facilities will need to upgrade from SAMS Level-1 access to SAMS Level-3 access.

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Other COVID-19 Updates

Updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Health Care Personnel: The CDC has updated the interim infection prevention and control recommendations for health care personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Join the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network for Best Practices on Coronavirus Control: The new National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network is recruiting nursing homes from across the country to participate in a virtual online peer community for improving COVID-19 infection control and better protecting residents and staff.  Read More

READ MORE COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Webinars

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Friday, November 13, 2020
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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FIND MORE RESOURCES

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

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

 

2020 Election Update

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse* Published in Legislative

The final results of New York’s elections are now complete. Attached are the updated election results for the House of Representatives, the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Last Chance to Register! 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. 

Don't Miss Dr. Francis Battisti! 18th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Author: * Published in Education

NYSHFA | NYSCAL on behalf of the Foundation for Quality Care is excited for our Nurse Leadership Conference Closing Keynote Session with Dr. Francis Battisti. And you can still register... 
The session will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at 1:30pm

Registration options are available by click here.

 

Long Term Care Update from AHCA/NCAL

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

Attached is an issue of AHCA/NCAL’s Capitol Connection with various long-term care updates. Please note the article for submission of the 2021 Quality Awards.

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

AHCA: Gero Nurse Prep Makes All the Difference

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

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AHCA/NCAL research shows SNFs with ANCC Board Certified RNs have:

♦ Fewer Survey Deficiencies
♦ Lower use of off-label antipsychotics
♦ Fewer Rehospitalizations
♦ Higher CMS 5-Star Ratings

For more information, visit GeroNursePrep.com.

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! 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.