Issue: November 19, 2020

Published on November 19, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Kim Laviolette Named as Executive Director of the New York State Center for Assisted Living

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse* Published in From the President

Stephen Hanse, NYSHFA|NYSCAL President & CEO, is pleased to announce that Kimberly Laviolette, RN will be joining the NYSHFA|NYSCAL team as the Executive Director of the New York State Center for Assisted Living effective December 1st.

Kim joins NYSCAL with extensive knowledge in Adult Care Facilities, Assisted Living Programs, Enhanced and Special Needs Assisted Living Residences.  Most recently, Kim served as the Regional Director of Operations for Elderwood Assisted Living providing oversight to 14 assisted living programs. Prior to her service with Elderwood, Kim served as the Senior Director of Operations for Atria Senior Living where she was responsible for 17 assisted living facilities across the state. Kim also served as Executive Director of Atria Penfield and Director of Nursing at Atria Guilderland. Outside of the assisted living environment, Kim has used her training as a Registered Nurse in a hospital setting in cardiac step-down, emergency room, ICU, and med surgical departments.

Throughout her career, Kim has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Department of Health regarding all aspects of assisted living operations, including, among other things, regulations, licensure applications and approvals, training programs and policies and procedures.

Kim has also served on the NYSCAL Board of Directors and nationally on the National Center for Assisted Living’s Senior Executive Committee.

We are looking forward to Kim joining the NYSHFA|NYSCAL team!

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

DOH Issues January 2020 MDS Collection Notice

Author: Lisa Volk Jackie Pappalardi and Carl Pucci* Published in Clinical & Quality, Finance & Reimbursement

DOH has just issued the January 2020 MDS collection notice, which utilizes the 1/29/20 census picture date to calculate the case mix adjustment for the 7/1/20 rates. Note: a new feature will enable providers to reset their match status if selected in error or if erroneously omitted. 

Providers MDS certifications are due Friday, January 8, 2021. 

Please see attached DAL which contains the MDS submission timelines, as well as additional details. 

Questions should be directed to MDSBRHCR@health.ny.gov

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

 

Holiday Guidance

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

On last week’s Provider Association Call, the NYSDOH clarified that they would not be sending out guidance specific to the holidays. Facilities are responsible for following all pertinent existing guidance as it relates to visitation and residents going out of the facility. 

Per previous CMS guidance (QSO 20-28-NH): “It is unlawful for a facility to detain and stop a resident from leaving the facility if the resident wishes to leave. Because of the risks of transmission of COVID-19, facilities should strongly discourage residents from leaving the facility and follow the guidelines released by local or state jurisdictions. If a resident insists on leaving against medical advice, the facility must allow them to leave, should encourage them to wear a facemask while out in the community, discuss the importance of handwashing, offer hand sanitizer if available, and document in the resident’s medical record how the facility discouraged leaving and explained the risks of leaving to the resident and/or resident representative. For a resident who leaves and intends to return, the facility should monitor the resident upon return for fever and signs and symptoms of respiratory infection for 14 days (preferably in a space dedicated for observation of asymptomatic residents), and implement the necessary Transmission-Based Precautions if the resident develops fever or signs and symptoms of respiratory infection.” 

The CDC also provided this general guidance:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

CMS: Nursing Homes - Take COVID-19 Training

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

Below is CMS’ mlnconnects publication for Thursday, November 19, 2020.

News

Compliance

Events

Multimedia

Part A Cost Report Webcast: Audio Recording and Transcript

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

2021 NYSHFA Employee Recognition Program

Author: Lisa Volk and Joanne O'Connor

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2021 Employee Recognition Program.  The goal of the Employee Recognition Program is to honor exemplary employees working in skilled nursing facilities.

The five award categories are broken down as follows:  Nursing Awards:  Registered Nurse of the Year, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year, and Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year.  Non-Nursing Awards:  Manager of the Year and Heart and Hands Award (for non-managerial staff).

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations for the Employee Recognition Program until January 11, 2021.  Nominations may be submitted online. See the back page of the brochure for instructions on the Four Ways to Submit.

For a copy of the brochure and nomination form, and to submit your nominee, click the link below: 

https://www.nyshfa-nyscal.org/employeerec2021/

Recipients of the awards will be honored during the 2021 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23

2021 NYSHFA Volunteer of the Year Awards Program

Author: Lisa Volk and Joanne O'Connor

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2021 NYSHFA Volunteer of the Year Awards Program.

The goal of the Volunteer of the Year Awards program is to recognize outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member health care facilities. The five categories for awards are: Young Adult, Adult, Senior Adult, Group and Spiritual Guidance. 

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee will be accepting nominations for the Employee Recognition Program until January 11, 2021.  

Nominations may now be submitted online.  See the back page of the brochure for instructions on the Four Ways to Submit.

For a copy of the brochure and nomination form, and to submit your nominee, click the link below:

https://www.nyshfa-nyscal.org/nyshfa-volunteer2021/

Recipients of the awards will be honored during the 2021 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Conference.

If you have any questions, contact Joanne O’Connor at NYSHFA/NYSCAL.

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

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

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23

New Programs Added! Distance Learning Opportunities

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA | NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming distance learning opportunities. 

Survey Tips and Trends 2020
December 3, 2020
presented by Ms. Linda Elizaitis of CMS Compliance Group, Inc. 

Behavioral Health: The Changing Role of Therapeutic Activity - Two Part Series
January 7, 2021 & February 18, 2021
presented by Ms. Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist

Click here for full program details and registration options.