NYSHFA/NYSCAL Town Hall Call – 5-28-20

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The next NYSHFA/NYSCAL weekly Town Hall Call will take place on Thursday, May 28th from 11:00 am - 11:30 am. An agenda will be mailed to you...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

2020 Nursing Scholarship Program Deadline Extended to June 30

The deadline for the 2020 Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program has been extended to June 30, 2020...

DOH: Relaunches Home Care Cost Report

Linda O'Connell

DOH has issued a Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) which outlines the relaunch of the cost report submission and audit process for home care providers...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Call – May 21st

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The next Town Hall Call will be on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 from 11:00 am - 11:30 am ...

DOH: Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call

Linda O'Connell

Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday May 21st at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers...

Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) Reminder for NYC Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

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The deadline to complete your FEPA is May 31, 2020. Attached you will find the Notification, information on a recorded FEPA Training Session and the NYC FEPA User Guide. We encourage you to complete your FEPA by the May 31st due date ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

Town Hall Meeting Canceled this Week / May 19th Audio

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We will not be having the Town Hall Meeting this week. Please join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on our next Town Hall on Thursday, May 21st from 11:00-11:30 am. We will send out an agenda prior to the May 21st meeting. We encourage you to sign up for our exciting audio on May 19th with guest speaker Barbara Speedling ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

Deadline Extended for 2020 Nursing Scholarship Program

The deadline for the 2020 Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program has been extended to May 15, 2020...

ACF On-line staffing portal

NYSHFA/NYSCAL has been requesting through our weekly calls with DOH that ACFs be able to access the on-line staffing portal...

DOH: Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call

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Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday, May 7th at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Call – May 7th

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The next Town Hall Call will be on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 from 11:00 am - 11:30 am. The meeting agenda listing topics will be posted early in the week ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

DOH Updated Interim Guidance: Protocol for COVID-19 Testing Applicable to All Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments

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Appropriate and efficient standards for testing are an essential component of a multi-layered strategy to prevent sustained spread of COVID-19. New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis to ensure resources are being efficiently and equitably distributed. This NYSDOH guidance ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Call - April 30

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The next NYSHFA/NYSCAL weekly Town Hall Call will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 11:00 am - 11:30 am ...

DOH: Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call 4-30-20

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Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday, April 30th at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

Deadline Extended for 2020 Nursing Scholarship Program

The deadline for the 2020 Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program has been extended to May 15, 2020...

Personal Incentive Check Distribution

NYSHFA | NYSCAL received information regarding the $1,200 stimulus checks that will be distributed by the Federal Government and is providing the information below from AHCA.  SSI beneficiaries that do not have qualifying children under the age of 17 will not be required to take any action.   The stimulus check will automatically go in the bank account on record as long as a SSA-1099 has been filed for 2019.  Those that have not filed this form can go to the form at the IRS web page to provide the information.  The link has been provided...

Town Hall Meeting

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We will not be having the Town Hall Meeting this week. We will have our next Town Hall on Thursday, April 30th from 11:00-11:30 am and hope you will be able to join us. We will ...

Last Chance to Register-Audio Conference Food Safety Overview

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for our upcoming Audio Conference "Food Safety Overview: Principles of Safe Food Handling in the Long-Term Care Setting" on April 23rd. Useful information during this COVID-19 Crisis and earn CEUs conveniently!  ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

NYSHealth Commits $2 Million for COVID-19 Response Efforts

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL and the Foundation for Quality Care (FQC) are happy to share that the NYSHealth Foundation is establishing grants across NYS to assist with the COVID-19 crisis. They have provided two generous grants to FQC over the last 10 years. See below information ...

DOH: First Quarter Census Report

Linda O'Connell

Due to the Public Health Emergency COVID-19, the New York State Department of Health has delayed the submission of the first quarter 2020 Statistical Information Report...

DOH UAS-NY: Guidance Related to COVID-19

Linda O'Connell

DOH has provided a link to guidance related to COVID-19 as it relates to UAS-NY...

  

 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Call

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The next Town Hall Call will be on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 11:00 am - 11:30 am  ...

Audio Conference-April 23, 2020: Food Safety Overview

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for our upcoming Audio Conference "Food Safety Overview: Principles of Safe Food Handling in the Long-Term Care Setting" on April 23th. Useful information during this Covid-19 Crisis and earn CEUs conveniently!  ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

2020 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2020. This Scholarship Fund Program has been established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care...

Reminder – COVID-19 Fiscal Survey Due

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A reminder that the ACF COVID-19  Fiscal Survey is due. We strongly urge members to complete this important cost survey which will provide aggregate information to assist NYSCAL in advocating for additional reimbursement on your behalf...

DOH Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call

in Clinical & Quality

Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday, April 9th at 1-2 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers. To accommodate the large number of participants, our webinar will be streaming via YouTube Live ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Announces New Website Career Center

We are pleased to announce the new NYSHFA/NYSCAL Career Center on our website. The Career Center pages offer job and resume postings...

2020 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2020. This Scholarship Fund Program has been established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2020 Scholarship Program

NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Regional Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

Weekly Town Hall Calls – in Support of COVID-19 Topics of Concern

in Clinical & Quality

Reminder: NYSHFA-NYSCAL has set up weekly Town Hall Calls to provide you information on key topics as well as, to offer you an opportunity to get questions answered and/or receive clarification. This weeks Town Hall Call is on Thursday April 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM and ...

The Iroquois WIO Provides Free Online Education and Chrome Books to Assist with the COVID-19 Virus

in Clinical & Quality

The Iroquois Workforce Investment Organization (WIO) will present information on NYSHFA|NYSCAL’s Town Hall meeting this Thursday at 11:00 am. We encourage all SNF and AL to review the resources available in the information attached ...

DOH: Please Assign Multiple Individuals to Health Commerce System Roles

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Please Assign Multiple Individuals to Health Commerce System Roles. The Daily COVID-19 Survey is used to capture data necessary to help the Department policy decisions including the allocation of valuable resources. The daily survey is due by 1:00pm every day, seven days per week. With respect to the coming holiday season, it is imperative that all providers assign at least two individuals capable of meeting the daily deadline and are available ...

DOH: Emergency Contacts

Linda O'Connell

DOH: The New York State Department of Health has asked us to stress the importance of the facility Administrator or the facility Director as the 24/7 emergency contact on the Health Commerce System...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2020 Scholarship Program

NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Regional Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

2020 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2020. This Scholarship Fund Program has been established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care...

Live Free Webinar by RPA a Jensen Hughes Company: How to Prepare your Facility for Surge

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See attached for detailed information and registration for the free webinar on “How to Prepare your Facility for Surge which will be held on March 26th at 1:00 pm ...

Weekly Town Hall Calls – in Support of COVID-19 Topics of Concern

in Clinical & Quality

We are listening to your requests to receive information as quickly as possible.  To meet that request, NYSHFA-NYSCAL has set up weekly Town Hall Calls to provide you information on key topics as well as, to offer you an opportunity to get questions answered and/or receive clarification. The weekly Town Hall Calls will start on Thursday March 26, 2020 at 11:00 am and ...

DOH: Person-Centered Planning Training Initiative

Linda O'Connell

Due to current State and Federal guidance on COVID-19, all scheduled Regional trainings have been postponed...

REMINDER: DOH - COVID-19 HERDS Survey for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

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Please be reminded that data entry for the COVID-19 HERDS survey on the Health Commerce System must be updated as soon as possible but no later than 1 PM daily ...

DOH: Guidance Regarding ACF Operations During COVID-19 Outbreak

Amy Kennedy in NYSCAL Notes

ACFs should review existing guidance issued by the Department of Health (“Department”), posted on the Health Commerce System and online at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home. Please refer inquiries to the established email address: covidadultcareinfo@health.ny.gov. In response to inquiries received to date, the Department provides the following guidance attached ...

DOH: Respiratory Illness in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities in Areas of Sustained Community Transmission of COVID-19

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Please see the attached Advisory regarding Respiratory Illness in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities in areas of sustained community transmission of COVID-19 ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Website: Your Source for COVID-19 Daily Updates

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are committed to supporting you in providing up-to-date prevention strategies with information provided from the CDC, NYSDOH and American Health Care Association (AHCA) for Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities. For the most up to date information, visit www.nyshfa-nyscal.org and click on COVID-19 Daily Updates on the Home page or click here:  https://www.nyshfa-nyscal.org/operations/emergency-preparedness/.

Face Mask Requirement Being Developed

Following up on Governor Cuomo’s face mask announcement, NYSHFA/NYSCAL is working with the Governor’s office in an effort to define the circumstances when skilled nursing and assisted living staff would be required to wear a face mask in a facility. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will provide Members with specific guidance as soon as the protocols are finalized with the Governor’s office...

POSTPONED - 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

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In light of the evolving situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSHFA/NYSCAL is postponing our 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference, which was scheduled for March 26-27, 2020 in Saratoga Springs, New York...

 


2020 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2020. This Scholarship Fund Program has been established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care...

Upcoming Audio Conference! April 23, 2020

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for our upcoming Audio Conference "Food Safety Overview: Principles of Safe Food Handling in the Long-Term Care Setting" on April 23th. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

AHCANCAL Issues Guidance to Restrict Visitors and Keep the Virus Out of SNFs and ALs

Steps to prevent COVID-19 from entering your facility includes template letters for staff, residents and family, guidance for nursing homes and assisted living, visitation recommendations as well as a screening tool...

COVID-19 Weekly Call

Linda O'Connell

Join the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call...

Questions on Suspension of Visitation in Nursing Homes

NYSHFA/NYSCAL is working closely with American Health Care Association (ACHA) regarding recommendations for determining health care facilities visitation.  At this time, NYSDOH has suspended all visitation to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in New Rochelle until March 22, 2020.  However, to protect residents and staff, AHCA recommends enforcing stringent limitations on visitors...

HERDS Survey

Linda O'Connell

This is a reminder to adult care facilities statewide that the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) is requiring the completion of HERDS survey no later than 3 p.m. daily with no exceptions until further notice...

NYSDOH Health Advisory: Criteria for Discontinuation of Isolation of Patients With COVID-19

The NYS Department of Health has issued the attached Health Advisory: Criteria For Discontinuation Of Isolation of Patients With COVID-19. We encourage members to read the Health Advisory in its entirety...

2020 NYSCAL Awards Program Recipients

Linda O'Connell

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 NYSCAL Awards Program...

DOH Advisory: Guidance for healthcare providers experiencing supply shortages

in Clinical & Quality

The NYSDOH is reissuing this guidance describing the process by which providers can request critical PPE or other essential supplies they have been unable to order through their normal vendor, mutual aid, or jurisdictional partners. We wish to stress that ...

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Weekly Call

Linda O'Connell

Join the New York State Department of Health and New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene for a call about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)...

DOH Notification regarding the Coronavirus

Linda O'Connell

DOH has issued a Health Advisory: Identification and testing of COVID-19...

AHCA: COVID-19 – Update #2

in Clinical & Quality

News reports today indicate that there have been several employees and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 identified in a skilled nursing facility in Washington state. This update #2 outlines some additional steps you should be taking since update #1 sent on Friday, February 28, 2020 to protect your residents, their families, as well as your staff and their families ...

Reassessment Due Report

Linda O'Connell

DOH: UAS-NY Reassessment Due Report....

DOH: Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending 2/22/2020

in Clinical & Quality

This Informational Message is being sent to you by the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC), which produces a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report from October through May. Attached is the influenza surveillance report for the week ending February 22, 2020 ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Audio Conferences

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Audio Conferences. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

DOH Implements 1% Medicaid Cut

DOH has provided details on the implementation of the 1% Medicaid cut. This reduction will be taken via an adjustment to Medicaid FFS claims processed (vs. a rate reduction) and will be retroactive to dates of service on or after 1/1/20...

Novel Coronavirus Weekly Call

Linda O'Connell

DOH and NYC DOH & MH weekly Coronavirus call...

DOH: Update on COVID-19 for Healthcare Facilities

in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to closely monitor the emergence of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19)... 

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Audio Conferences

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Audio Conferences. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Weekly Call

Linda O'Connell

Department of Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be hosting the weekly call on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)...

DAL Medication Administration for Hospice Residents

Linda O'Connell

DOH has issued a Dear Administrator Letter on Medication Administration in ACFs for residents receiving Hospice services...

CHRC Requirements and Best Practices

Linda O'Connell

DOH has issued a new Dear Administrator Letter regarding CHRC requirements and best practices...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Audio Conferences

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Audio Conferences. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

Registration Now Open! 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 17th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 26-27, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Now Open! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration is now open for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo: Leadership Inspires...! The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino...

MRT II Convenes First Meeting in Albany

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Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (“MRT”) II convened its first public meeting in Albany yesterday...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Don't Miss out! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Audio Conferences

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Audio Conferences. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

Registration Now Open! 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 17th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 26-27, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Now Open! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration is now open for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo: Leadership Inspires...! The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino...

Health Update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Linda O'Connell

Read the latest health update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Coronavirus...

UAS-NY Update to Version 1.8

UAS-NY Update to Version 1.8...

UAS-NY: Updates to UAS Roles in Software Version 1.8

Updates to UAS-NY Roles in Software Version 1.8...

Medicaid Update - December 2019

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the December 2019 Medicaid Update...

Don't Miss out! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Audio Conferences

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Audio Conferences. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

NYC PCP Training Initiative

Please see the attached training announcement for Home and Community-Based Services Final Rule- compliant person-centered planning, thinking, and practice in New York State...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Back By Popular Demand: The Monday Mixer! NYC-ACHCA 51st Annual Convention

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DON'T MISS OUR NEW MONDAY MIXER! Be sure to join us as we bring back our new Monday Mixer, a private affair to convention attendees, with dinner, cocktails, and additional networking opportunities. Register Today! The NYC-ACHCA 51st Annual Convention, being held at Resorts World Casino Catskill, March 15-18, 2020...

Registration Now Open! 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

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Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 17th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 26-27, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Information Coming Soon! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration information for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo coming soon! The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

2018 Annual Financial Report Due January 31st

A reminder that the 2018 Annual Financial Reports are due January 31, 2020...

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs Deadline Extended

The deadline for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards has been extended to January 31, 2020...

NYC PCP Training Initiative

Please see the attached training announcement for Home and Community-Based Services Final Rule- compliant person-centered planning, thinking, and practice in New York State...

Don't Miss out! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Audio Conferences

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Audio Conferences. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! ...

Audio Conference: LHCSA Survey in the ALP

Join NYSCAL on March 18, 2020 for an Audio Conference on LHCSA Survey in the ALP…

Registration Now Open! 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

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Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 17th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 26-27, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Information Coming Soon! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration information for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo coming soon! The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

New Data to Inform Assisted Living Providers About State Survey Performance

Linda O'Connell

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced a new partnership with CarePrepareTM to offer assisted living members access to state survey inspection data. NCAL is incorporating the data into the Association’s data tracking software, Long Term Care (LTC) Trend TrackerSM...

DOH Advisory: Interim Guidance: Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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The enclosed Health Update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updated information about an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December 2019. See attached for full details ...

2020-21 Executive Budget Presentation Highlights

in Legislative

Governor Cuomo presented his FY 2020-21 Executive Budget outline today setting forth 10 issue areas that call for “clear vision and bold action” in 2020... 

 

NYC PCP Training Initiative

Joanne O'Connor

Please see the attached training announcement for Home and Community-Based Services Final Rule- compliant person-centered planning, thinking, and practice in New York State...

Audio Conference: LHCSA Survey in the ALP

Linda O'Connell

Join NYSCAL on March 18, 2020 for an Audio Conference on LHCSA Survey in the ALP…

IOC Webinars

With the first Coalition Surge Test and IOC Drill approaching at the beginning of February, two webinars on the IOC drill for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living will take place on January 29, 2020...

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs Deadline Extended

The deadline for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards has been extended to January 31, 2020...

2018 Annual Financial Report Due January 31st

A reminder that the 2018 Annual Financial Reports are due January 31, 2020...

Registration Now Open! 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

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Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 17th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 26-27, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Information Coming Soon! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration information for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo coming soon! The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq. President & CEO of NYSHFA/NYSCAL Announces Leadership Changes within the Foundation for Quality Care

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Stephen B. Hanse, Esq. President & CEO of NYSHFA/NYSCAL is pleased to announce two key leadership changes within the Foundation for Quality Care (“FQC”), the research and education arm of NYSHFA/NYSCAL ...

2018 Annual Financial Report Due January 31st

A reminder that the 2018 Annual Financial Reports are due January 31, 2020...

UAS-NY Training Courses to be Set to Required

The NYSDOH has issued a memorandum to notify users that the recently released UAS-NY training courses will be set to Required at the close of business on Monday, January 27, 2020...

UAS-NY Upgrade to Version 1.8

The NYSDOH has issued a memorandum to notify you of the upcoming release of the UAS-NY software to version 1.8. The online upgrade will begin on Wednesday, February 12 at 5:00 PM and will be completed no later than Thursday, February 13 at 8:00 AM...

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs Deadline Extended

The deadline for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards has been extended to January 31, 2020...

Last Chance to Apply for a National Quality Award

The deadline to submit your application and application fee for the 2020 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is Thursday, January 23 at 8 pm ET. Late submissions and payments will not be accepted so don’t wait – submit your application today...

IOC Webinars

With the first Coalition Surge Test and IOC Drill approaching at the beginning of February, two webinars on the IOC drill for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living will take place on January 29, 2020...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Audio Conference: DOH Criminal History Record Check Update - January 23, 2020

in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on January 23rd for the "DOH CHRC Overview" audio conference...

Audio Conference - When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests - January 29, 2020

in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on Wednesday, January 29th for the "When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests" Audio Conference...  

Audio Conference - Communication: Practice Correctly, Perform Correctly- February 6, 2020

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on February 6th for the "Communication: Practice Correctly, Perform Correctly" Audio Conference... 

Registration Now Open! 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 17th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 26-27, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Information Coming Soon! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration information for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo coming soon! The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs Deadline Extended

The deadline for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards has been extended to January 31, 2020...

Two Weeks Left to Submit your AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Application

Submit your application for the 2020 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program by January 23 at 8 pm ET. Late submissions and payments will not be accepted...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Registration Now Open! 17th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 17th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 26-27, 2020 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

Stephen B. Hanse Announces Appointment of Linda O’Connell, NYSCAL Coordinator of Member Support

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., President & CEO of NYSHFA | NYSCAL, is pleased to announce that Linda O’Connell will join the Association as the Coordinator of Member Support Services for the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL). Linda comes to NYSCAL following an 18 year career in the Adult Care Facilities/Assisted Living Bureau within the NYS Department of Health...

DOH: HERDS Critical Asset Survey Reactivated for Q1 2020 Review/Update

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This message is to inform Health Care Facilities (HCFs) - hospitals, nursing homes (NHs) and adult care facilities (ACFs) - that the Critical Asset Survey in HERDS has been reactivated for the Q1 2020 review/update. This Critical Asset Survey reactivation comes in conjunction with the 2020 compliance period for the Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) in New York City (NYC)...

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2020.  The NYSCAL Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work.  The NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in NYSCAL member facilities...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

DOH: HERDS Critical Asset Survey - Shutdown Coming Today - 12/20/19

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This message is to inform all Health Care Facilities (HCFs) - hospitals, nursing homes (NHs) and adult care facilities (ACFs) - that the Critical Asset Survey in HERDS will be temporarily shut down - starting at 5:00 PM today (Friday December 20, 2019) and continuing through January 1, 2020 ...

Controlled Substance Destruction Forms

Controlled Substance Destruction Forms are available on the NYSDOH website...

Foundation For Quality Care Free Upcoming Education Programs

Melony Spock in Education, Foundation for Quality Care News, NYSCAL Notes, Clinical & Quality

The Foundation for Quality Care is excited to offer the following free educational opportunities for staff in your facilities.  Deadlines are approaching register/apply soon.  First Come, First Serve!

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2020.  The NYSCAL Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work.  The NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in NYSCAL member facilities...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

Audio Conference: DOH Criminal History Record Check Update - January 23, 2020

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Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on January 23rd for the "DOH CHRC Overview" audio conference...

Audio Conference - When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests - January 29, 2020

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Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on Wednesday, January 29th for the "When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests" Audio Conference...  

Audio Conference - Communication: Practice Correctly, Perform Correctly- February 6, 2020

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on February 6th for the "Communication: Practice Correctly, Perform Correctly" Audio Conference... 

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2020.  The NYSCAL Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work.  The NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in NYSCAL member facilities...

Audio Conference: DOH Criminal History Record Check Update

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Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on January 23rd for the "DOH CHRC Overview" audio conference...

Audio Conference - When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests

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Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on Wednesday, January 29th for the "When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests" Audio Conference...  

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

Registration Open! NYC-ACHCA 51st Annual Convention

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Registration is open for the NYC-ACHCA 51st Annual Convention, being held at Resorts World Casino Catskill, March 15-18, 2020...

 

 

Annual Financial Report 2018

Amy Kennedy

As a result of the work group's efforts, the attached is the modified Annual Financial Report of Independent CPAs.  The modified Annual Financial Report, coupled with this improved standardized opinion statement, will result in a meaningful, streamlined financial report, thus fulfilling the charge of the workgroup...

2020 NYSCAL Awards Programs

Amy Kennedy

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the NYSCAL Awards Program and NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2020.  The NYSCAL Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work.  The NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding volunteers serving in NYSCAL member facilities...

Audio Conference - When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests

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Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on Wednesday, January 29th for the "When to Zig and How to Zag: Handling Wage & Hour Audits and Difficult Employee Leave Requests" Audio Conference...  

Save the Date! Criminal History Record Check Audio Conference

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Save the Date! NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host a Criminal History Record Check Audio Conference with the NYS Department of Health on Thursday, January 23rd...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

RFA #18239 - Assisted Living Program Expansion Initiative

Joanne O'Connor

As a reminder, the Assisted Living Program (ALP) Expansion Initiative submission deadline is today, Friday, November 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM.  Please note that the submission process must be completed by November 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM for an application to be considered. Late applications will not be accepted...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding our annual joint targeted Legislative Visitation Day on Monday, February 24th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2020-2021 Executive Budget ...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

38th Annual Summer Leadership Conference

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Register now for the 38th Annual Summer Leadership Conference. The conference will be held July 20-24, 2020...

ACF Financial Report Webinar to be Held Monday, November 18th

Joanne O'Connor

The NYSDOH ACF Financial Report Webinar will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00).  The meeting information follows...

Addendum - Assisted Living Program Expansion Initiative

Joanne O'Connor

After discussions with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the NYSDOH has made the decision to extend the Assisted Living Program Expansion Initiative submission deadline to Friday, November 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM...

UAS-NY Upgrade to Version 1.7 & Associated Release Notes

Joanne O'Connor

The NYSDOH has issued the attached memorandum to notify you of the upcoming release of the UAS-NY software to version 1.7. The online upgrade will begin on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 5:00 PM...

Deadline Extended for the Quality Award Intent to Apply

Due to technical difficulties with the Quality Award Portal, AHCA/NCAL is extending the National Quality Award Intent to Apply (ITA) deadline to Thursday, November 21st. Submissions must be received before 8 pm ET...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

38th Annual Summer Leadership Conference

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Register now for the 38th Annual Summer Leadership Conference. The conference will be held July 20-24, 2020...

2019 ALP Rates Posted

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DOH has posted the 1/1/19 ALP rates to the DOH website. Expect payments in Medicaid cycle #2202 (check release 11/20/19). Attached is ...

DAL #19-24: 2018 ACF Annual Financial Report

Joanne O'Connor

The attached DAL #19-24: 2018 ACF Annual Financial Report and supporting documentation (including the Opinion Statements) has been posted to the Health Commerce System and the DOH public web...

Alert: Winter Storm Season 2019-2020 Guidance

The New York State Department of Health has issued the attached Winter Storm Season 2019-2020 Guidance for Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Homecare Agencies, Hospice, Outpatient and Adult Care Facilities. Leadership and staff at all facilities and agencies...

Upcoming Person-Centered Planning Training Sessions

Joanne O'Connor

As part of the New York State Department of Health’s Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative, registration is open for many more upcoming sessions...

UAS-NY Training Environment Weekly Scheduled Maintenance Outages & New Test Drive Consumer Data

Joanne O'Connor

The UAS-NY Training Environment began weekly scheduled maintenance outages on Wednesday, November 6th. The maintenance outages will occur every Wednesday morning from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM. The UAS-NY Team will utilize this time to enhance and update coursework...

Deadline Extended for the Quality Award Intent to Apply

Due to technical difficulties with the Quality Award Portal, AHCA/NCAL is extending the National Quality Award Intent to Apply (ITA) deadline to Thursday, November 21st. Submissions must be received before 8 pm ET...

Save the Date! 71st Annual Conference & Expo

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Save the Date for the 71st Annual Conference & Expo. The conference will be held May 18-21st, 2020 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

38th Annual Summer Leadership Conference

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Register now for the 38th Annual Summer Leadership Conference. The conference will be held July 20-24, 2020...

Advisory: Updated NYSDOH Cyber Incident Reporting, FAQs and Updated Reporting Guidance Poster

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The DOH distributed the attached DAL this week to provide guidance for Cyber Incident Reporting to DOH and included FAQ’s with answers. They also provide ...

2019 3rd QSIR Due October 31

Joanne O'Connor

The 2019 3rd QSIR is due October 31. Please see attached a list of those facilities who have not yet submitted the 3rd QSIR for 2019 on the Health Commerce System...

DAL #19-27: Cold Weather Advisory

Joanne O'Connor

The attached DAL #19-27: Cold Weather Advisory has been posted to the Health Commerce System and DOH public web...

We are Just Three Weeks Away! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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We are just three weeks away from the 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Albany Marriott, November 13-14th

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

 

Save the Date: NYSDOH Annual Financial Report Webinar

Joanne O'Connor

In the next few days, NYSDOH will post the 2018 Annual Financial Report request. This will NOT include the Opinion Statement, which will be posted at a later date. 
They invite you to a webinar for 11/18/19 wherein their accountant team will review the revised report format and answer questions...

DAL #19-26: Administration of Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization by Adult Care Facility Nurses

Joanne O'Connor

The attached DAL #19-26, Administration of Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunization by Adult Care Facility Nurses, has been posted to the Health Commerce System and will be posted to the Department of Health’s public website...

Last Chance to Register! 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

ALP Audio Conference - October 29, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Assisted Living Program: How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit being held on October 29th...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers Bronze Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be offering two Quality Award Bronze Level Workshops in October.  These workshops will prepare your organization for applying for the AHCA / NCAL Bronze National Quality Award...

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

Online Registration Now Open! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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NYSHFA/ NYSCAL is pleased to announce that online registration is now open for attendee registrations for the 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Albany Marriott, November 13-14th

DOH ASSOCIATION MEETING: October 7, 2019

Joanne O'Connor

NYSCAL’s Amy Kennedy attended the ACF Association meeting on October 7, 2019.  The following topics were discussed...

ALP Need Methodology Workgroup

Joanne O'Connor

NYSCAL along with other stakeholders will be participating with DOH in an ALP need methodology workgroup...

Minimum Wage Survey Deadlines Approach

A reminder that the 2020 Minimum Wage Survey deadline for SNF’s is 10/16/2019, and for Assisted Living providers is 10/17/2019...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers Bronze Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be offering two Quality Award Bronze Level Workshops in October.  These workshops will prepare your organization for applying for the AHCA / NCAL Bronze National Quality Award...

We are Just 2 Weeks Away! 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

 

Online Registration Now Open! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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NYSHFA/ NYSCAL is pleased to announce that online registration is now open for attendee registrations for the 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Albany Marriott, November 13-14th

DAL 19-21: Home Care Worker Registry Requirement for Enhanced Assisted Living Residence Operators

Joanne O'Connor

Attached is DAL #19-21 which relates the requirement for Enhanced Assisted Living Residence operators to document employment of advanced home health aides, home health aides and personal care aides within the Home Care Worker Registry (HCWR).  The DAL includes an enclosed slide deck which provides contextual information and guidance regarding use of the HCWR...

2019 3rd Quarter Statistical Information Report is Open

Joanne O'Connor

The 3rd Quarter 2019 Adult Care Facility 3rd Quarter Statistical Information Report has been posted to the Health Commerce System. Attached is DAL#: 19-23 with Data Entry Instructions and the Definition of Terms...

DOH Issues Minimum Wage Survey - ALP

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DOH has issued a DAL which includes required survey information related to the States Minimum Wage increase from January 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Note: NYC Region (as defined in the DAL) is not required to complete the survey as the statutory minimum wage of $15/hour has been reached...

NCAL Featured in McKnight's Senior Living

Joanne O'Connor

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is featured in an article published in McKnight's Senior Living, entitled, Increasing assisted living regulation is a trend, NCAL says...

4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers Bronze Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be offering two Quality Award Bronze Level Workshops in October.  These workshops will prepare your organization for applying for the AHCA / NCAL Bronze National Quality Award...

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

 

Registration Open! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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NYSHFA/ NYSCAL is pleased to announce that we are now accepting attendee registrations for the 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Albany Marriott, November 13-14th

4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers Bronze Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be offering two Quality Award Bronze Level Workshops in October.  These workshops will prepare your organization for applying for the AHCA / NCAL Bronze National Quality Award...

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

 

Registration Open! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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NYSHFA/ NYSCAL is pleased to announce that we are now accepting attendee registrations for the 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Albany Marriott, November 13-14th

Person-Centered Care Planning & the HCBS Rule

Carla Erhartic

On September 18th, Carla Erhartic from NYSHFA-NYSCAL attended a training session about the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative. NYSHFA-NYSCAL strongly encourages Providers that fall under the HCBS Rule, to attend these informative training sessions….

NYSCAL’s Paul Wasser Running for NCAL Board

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL’s Board Chair Paul Wasser is running for a seat on NCAL’s Board as an at large member. Paul is the President and CEO of Dominican Village in Amityville, NY. If elected, it puts NYSCAL members in a position of having a New York representative in a national seat. Paul clearly understands the many challenges we face in the industry as well as the additional concerns we have as Providers in New York State. It is an opportunity for Paul to bring your voice to Washington as an NCAL Board representative….

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Intent to Apply Now Open

The Intent to Apply (ITA) for the 2020 National Quality Award program cycle is open in the Quality Award Portal. While not mandatory, applicants who submit an ITA will save money on their overall application fee and receive extra educational resources...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers Bronze Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be offering two Quality Award Bronze Level Workshops in October.  These workshops will prepare your organization for applying for the AHCA / NCAL Bronze National Quality Award...

DAL 19-22 Reporting Requirements

The Department has posted DAL 19-22 on the Health Commerce System (HCS)….

Registration Open! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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NYSHFA/ NYSCAL is pleased to announce that we are now accepting attendee registrations for the 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Albany Marriott, November 13-14th

Last Chance to Register! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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Last Chance to Register for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

 

DAL 19-22 Reporting Requirements

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted DAL 19-22 on the Health Commerce System (HCS)….

September 26-27th - 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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The 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Book Your Hotel Room Now! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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Book your hotel room now for the NYSHFA/NYSCAL 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 13-14th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY...

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

 

Follow up Information on the CHHA 2019 Rates

Carla Erhartic

This is a follow up to the email sent on September 5, 2019. The Bureau of Residential Health Care Reimbursement has now posted the 2019 CHHA rates and DAL to the Healthcare Financial Data Gateway. The instructions for the Gateway are below….

The Wadsworth Center Announces Addition of New Information to Website

Carla Erhartic

New Information on Electronic Test Requests, Accessing Laboratory Reports and a Revised Wadsworth Center Infectious Diseases Requisition Form….

 

September 26-27th - 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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The 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Book Your Hotel Room Now! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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Book your hotel room now for the NYSHFA/NYSCAL 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 13-14th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY...

Person Centered Care Audio Conference- November 5, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on November 5th at 1pm for What is Person-Centered Care Audio Conference...

 

DOH: What’s New with the Flu? 2019-2020 Webinar

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DOH will presenting a webinar on Thursday, September 12, 2019 regarding influenza.  Please see attached flyer for details and registration. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Director, Educational Development & Grant Mgmt.
518-462-4800 x16

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers Bronze Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be offering two Quality Award Bronze Level Workshops in October.  These workshops will prepare your organization for applying for the AHCA / NCAL Bronze National Quality Award...

Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference - September 20, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on September 20th at 10am for Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference...

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

Save the Date! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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Mark your calendars now for the NYSHFA/NYSCAL 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 13-14th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY...

DAL 19-10 2018 LHCSA Statistical Report Posted on Health Commerce System

The 2018 LHCSA Statistical Report and the 2018 ALP LHCSA Statistical Report are now available on the Healthcare Financial Data Gateway on the Health Commerce System. All LHCSAs are required to submit these reports. If your agency opened in 2019 you need to complete and submit the Agency Form and the Registration Form….

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29th, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

DOH Advisory: Hurricane Dorian Guidance

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The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is closely monitoring updates to the forecasted path of Hurricane Dorian. Based on the current, forecasted track of the storm, the National Weather Service (NWS) does not expect a serious impact on coastal areas of NYS. This expectation will certainly change if ...

DAL 19-10 2018 LHCSA Statistical Report Posted on Health Commerce System

Carla Erhartic

The 2018 LHCSA Statistical Report and the 2018 ALP LHCSA Statistical Report are now available on the Healthcare Financial Data Gateway on the Health Commerce System. All LHCSAs are required to submit these reports. If your agency opened in 2019 you need to complete and submit the Agency Form and the Registration Form….

2019 CHHA Rates Posted

Carla Erhartic

The Bureau of Residential Health Care Reimbursement has posted the 2019 rates and DAL to the Health Department site for each non-hospital-based Certified Home Health Agency which filed a properly certified, full-year 2017 cost report on a timely basis. These rates will be used for patients who are exempt from the Episodic Payment System. Please note that these rates include the minimum wage adjustment….

Notice Of Resident Termination Reminder

Carla Erhartic

When issuing a Notice of Termination, some facilities are not providing the current list of legal services and ombudsman information and/or only providing a list of services for their home county……

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

Save the Date! 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

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Mark your calendars now for the NYSHFA/NYSCAL 24th Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 13-14th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY...

Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference - September 20, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on September 20th at 10am for Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference...

Skin & Wound Management Course

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The FQC and NYSHFA announces a new Wound Care Management course. This course is being offered on October 28 – November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. See attached brochure for full information ...

4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL invites you to our 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29th, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

DAL 19-15: EHP Subsidy Posted to Health Commerce System

Joanne O'Connor

The attached DAL 19-15 has been posted to the Health Commerce System. The Department of Health is pleased to announce that funding is now available under the Enriched Housing Operating Assistance Program for the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019-20...

REMINDER: NCAL Election State Leader Proxies Due August 30

Amy Kennedy

The NCAL Elections will be held at the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention, October 13-16, 2019 in Orlando, Florida during the Council of State (COS) meetings at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Plaza Ballroom G. This is a friendly reminder that I will need the State Leaders to please reply via email by Friday, August 30 and share if you plan on attending the COS meetings at Convention or if you are declaring a proxy...

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

DOH Posts DAL 19-19: Conducting UAS-NY Assessments

Carla Erhartic

The purpose of this letter is to remind Administrators and Assisted Living Program Operators of the requirements for conducting the Community Health Assessment (CHA), a nursing assessment housed in the Uniform Assessment System for New York (UAS-NY)….

 

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

Carla Erhartic

This five-day leadership course guides the Assisted Living Administrator through….

Assisted Living Program Expansion Initiative - ALP Beds: Posted to the NYS Grants Gateway

Carla Erhartic

The ALP RFA (#18239, Components A and B) has been posted to the NYS Grants Gateway….

 

Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference - September 20, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on September 20th at 10am for Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference...

ALP Audio Conferences - October 22 & 29th, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for a Two Part Audio Conference Series, Assisted Living Programs: Part I-Basic Training & Part II-How to Prepare for, and Survive, an OMIG Audit. Part I will be held on October 22nd and Part II on October 29th...

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

NYSDOH Cyber Attack Reporting Protocol for Providers

Carla Erhartic

Please review the attached letter and flyer from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), which outline the process by which your facility should report to NYSDOH, when you have experienced any type of cyber-attack on your information systems or equipment...

eFINDS Train the Trainer Courses Announced

Carla Erhartic

Please see attached training announcement for some of the eFINDS train the trainer courses that have been scheduled so far...

Prepare Now for Emergency IOC Drill to be Held Next Week Between August 12 and 16th

Carla Erhartic

Sometime next week, without advance notice, the state Department of Health (DOH) will hold an Interoperable Communications (IOC) drill for the entire state. However, the drill will take place on a rolling basis in staggered stages…

 

HEALTH ADVISORY: Measles Exposures in New York State

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We have received the attached notice of measles exposures in Wyoming County, who has reported 5 cases of measles in members of the Mennonite community. The index case has not travelled outside of Wyoming County and the source of measles for the index case is unknown. This means that measles may be circulating in Wyoming County. Health care providers need to maintain a high index of suspicion for measles in anyone who presents with fever and rash. In addition, please be certain to ask about possible measles exposures for those who present with fever, cough, conjunctivitis and coryza. Health care providers should increase their index of suspicion for measles in clinically compatible cases. In NYS, confirmed or suspected cases of communicable diseases are required to be reported no later than 24 hours from the time the case is first seen by the physician, however, the LHD should be notified of any suspect case immediately. Reports should be made at the time of initial clinical suspicion.

Please see attached for the full Health Advisory. 

Contact Information:

  • County Health Department contact information:

http://www.nysacho.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=37

  • New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Immunization: 518-473-4437 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Director, Educational Development & Grant Management
518-462-4800 x16

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

DOH Releases Revised ACF Evacuation Plan Template

Carla Erhartic

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) has released an updated ACF Evacuation Plan Template. It is a tool to help ACFs develop and maintain facility-specific evacuation plans.  The revised template is similar to the previous "Aware Prepare" evacuation plan, but it has been restructured with the most up-to-date resources that ACFs are using in emergency preparedness. Like the older plan, it's designed for ACF's to customize…. 

August Aware Prepare Emergency Prep Training

Carla Erhartic

The office of Health Emergency Preparedness has posted their monthly newsletter….

 

WaltersNCAL

John Walters Named NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year

John Walters, LPN, Nurse Supervisor at Dominican Village in Amityville, N.Y  has been named the 2019 Assisted Living Nurse of the Year by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).  The NCAL Awards Program recognizes exemplary assisted living caregivers and programs...

NYC ACFs – At Risk Behaviors & Dangerous Behaviors Administrative Directive Guidance

NYSCAL has heard from a few Providers in NYC that surveyors are coming in and requesting copies of Admission Agreements and Assessments for a specific Behavior Type.  NYSCAL has looked for the DAL and Attachments……

One Day Educational Workshop-Last Chance for PDPM & Corporate Compliance (Nurse Leadership Pre-Con)

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On Wednesday, September 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an pre-conference to the Nurse Leadership Conference with sessions entitled "Last Chance for PDPM! Are Your Ready?" & "Corporate Compliance-Living Under a Microscope in the Year of ROP Compliance"...

Waiver Requests Update

New Waiver Guidance regarding medical equipment and hospital beds...

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

2020 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Applications and Criteria Series Available

Become the best in quality and get ready for the 2020 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program cycle! The applications and the criteria series are available today, August 1, 2019...

Urgent Notice to All ACFs in NYS - DOH Announces New 2019 ACF Evacuation Plan Changes Webinar Training

The 2019 ACF Evacuation Plan webinars have been scheduled. The announcement provided to all ACFs in NYS , including NYC, is attached. There is no registration required...

NYC ACFs – At Risk Behaviors & Dangerous Behaviors Administrative Directive Guidance

NYSCAL has heard from a few Providers in NYC that surveyors are coming in and requesting copies of Admission Agreements and Assessments for a specific Behavior Type.  NYSCAL has looked for the DAL and Attachments……

Waiver Requests Update

New Waiver Guidance regarding medical equipment and hospital beds...

2020 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Applications and Criteria Series Available

Become the best in quality and get ready for the 2020 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program cycle! The applications and the criteria series are available today, August 1, 2019...

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

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Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference - September 20, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on September 20th at 10am for Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference...

FQC Continues to Partner with Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization to Fund and Deliver its Leadership Program

The Foundation for Quality Care is excited to announce our continuing partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), an initiative funded through the Medicaid Redesign Waiver which aims to retrain, recruit and retain healthcare workers in the long-term care sector, also known as the Workforce Investment Program...

Urgent Notice to All ACFs in NYS - DOH Announces New 2019 ACF Evacuation Plan Changes Webinar Training

Carla Erhartic

The 2019 ACF Evacuation Plan webinars have been scheduled. The announcement provided to all ACFs in NYS , including NYC, is attached. There is no registration required….

 

NYC ACFs – At Risk Behaviors & Dangerous Behaviors Administrative Directive Guidance

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL has heard from a few Providers in NYC that surveyors are coming in and requesting copies of Admission Agreements and Assessments for a specific Behavior Type.  NYSCAL has looked for the DAL and Attachments……

FQC Continues to Partner with Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization to Fund and Deliver its Leadership Program

The Foundation for Quality Care is excited to announce our continuing partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), an initiative funded through the Medicaid Redesign Waiver which aims to retrain, recruit and retain healthcare workers in the long-term care sector, also known as the Workforce Investment Program...

Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference - September 20, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on September 20th at 10am for Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference...

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

in Education

Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019...

2020 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Applications and Criteria Series Available

Become the best in quality and get ready for the 2020 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program cycle! The applications and the criteria series are available today, August 1, 2019...

Waiver Requests Update as of July 30, 2019

New Waiver Guidance regarding medical equipment and hospital beds....

 

QSIR Report Due July 31, 2019…..

Carla Erhartic

QSIR Report Due July 31, 2019…..

 

Health Advisory: Shortage of Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) Solution for Tuberculin Skin Testing

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On June 6, 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Health Advisory (CDC-HAN-00420) providing notification of an anticipated three to ten-month shortage of Aplisol ®, a product of Par Pharmaceuticals. At this time ...

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

in Education

Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference will be available in July.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019.

 

 

2019 Education at a Glance - Updated

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Attached is updated NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Education at a Glance. This one-page glance at key events for the remainder of 2019. This document will ...

Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference - September 20, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on September 20th at 10am for Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference...

High Heat Advisory/Guidance - July 19 - 21, 2019

Carla Erhartic

NYSDOH has issued a health advisory due to extreme temperatures and moderate humidity….

Registration Open! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

in Education

Registration Open for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference will be available in July.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019.

 

 

2019 Education at a Glance - Updated

in Education, Clinical & Quality

Attached is updated NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Education at a Glance. This one-page glance at key events for the remainder of 2019. This document will ...

Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference - September 20, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on September 20th at 10am for Resident Admission/Transfer & Discharge Regulations Audio Conference...

Health Advisory: Increase in Cyclosporiasis

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NYSDOH is investigating an increase of cyclosporiasis in the state. Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. Please distribute to the appropriate staff within your facility. See full Advisory attached ...

Medicaid Update - June 2019

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the June 2019 Medicaid Update...

Waiver Requests Updates and Guidance 7-11-19

Carla Erhartic

It has been brought to our attention from members that some of you submitted your waivers in April and during the month of June, you had not heard back from your regional office….

 

QSIR Reporting

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL would like to hear from you about the new QSIR reporting form……

 

DAL 19-11: CHRC Fees Increase

Carla Erhartic

The purpose of this letter is to inform Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) covered providers of the impending fee increase for this process…..

 

Resident Rights Posters

Carla Erhartic

The Department is working on consolidating both sets of Resident Rights Posters, but until such time they have completed, you should post both the ACF and the ALR posters if you are an ALR, SNALR and EALR…..

 

 

EMERGENCY PREP: Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drill Briefing for Upcoming Drills

Carla Erhartic

The Department is offering two informational webinars on upcoming IOC drills…..

 

DAL 19-18 2nd Quarter QSIR

The Department has posted DAL 19-18 on the Health Commerce System…..

 

e-FINDS Train-the-Trainer Registration is Open

Carla Erhartic

The Regional Training Center in Central New York is hosting an eFINDS Training Program…..

 

UAS-NY Releases New Version 1.6 (v1.6)

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of the upcoming release of the UAS-NY software to version 1.6 (v.1.6). The online upgrade will begin on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM and will be completed no later than Friday, August 2nd at 8:00 AM. The system may be available sooner….

 

Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

New York State Department of Health is conducting free “Person Centered Care Training Programs” through 2020. This is to remind you that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative….

 

Registration Information Coming Soon! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registration Information for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference will be available in July.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019.

 

 

DOH ASSOCIATION MEETING: June 26, 2019

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL’s Amy Kennedy, Jackie Pappalardi and Carla Erhartic attended the ACF Association meeting on June 26, 2019…..

 

DAL 19-18 2nd Quarter QSIR

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted DAL 19-18 on the Health Commerce System…..

 

UAS-NY Releases New Version 1.6 (v1.6)

Carla Erhartic

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of the upcoming release of the UAS-NY software to version 1.6 (v.1.6). The online upgrade will begin on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM and will be completed no later than Friday, August 2nd at 8:00 AM. The system may be available sooner….

 

July Aware Prepare Available

Carla Erhartic

The July Aware Prepare Emergency Preparedness Training Schedule has been posted to the Health Commerce System….

 

Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

New York State Department of Health is conducting free “Person Centered Care Training Programs” through 2020. This is to remind you that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative….

 

Registration Information Coming Soon! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registration Information for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference will be available in July.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019.

 

 

NYSCAL Member Earns 2019 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

NYSCAL is pleased to announce that one of our Assisted Living members has earned the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. The award is the second of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program, which recognizes providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care in long term and post-acute care...

Registration Information Coming Soon! 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registration Information for the 17th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference will be available in July.  The conference will be held at Turning Stone Resort, September 26-27, 2019.

 

 

Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

New York State Department of Health is conducting free “Person Centered Care Training Programs” through 2020. This is to remind you that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative….

 

2018 Certified Home Health Agency Cost Report Software

This letter provides you with information regarding the 2018 CHHA Cost Report submissions. The 2018 software is now available through the Health Commerce System (HCS). The 2018 cost report and applicable electronic certifications are due to the Department by Monday, July 29, 2018…..

NYSCAL SSI Advocacy Efforts

Carla Erhartic

This week, NYSCAL met with Paul Francis, Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services under the Governor, and Executive Staff to discuss support for an increase in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  An increase in SSI payments is necessary to compensate for the services residents receive in ACFs and assisted living settings….

 

Post-Acute Care Medication Management Audio Conference - June 28, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on June 28th at 10am for Post-Acute Care Medication Management (A Requirement of Participation) Audio Conference...

Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

New York State Department of Health is conducting free “Person Centered Care Training Programs” through 2020. This is to remind you that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative….

 

2018 Certified Home Health Agency Cost Report Software

This letter provides you with information regarding the 2018 CHHA Cost Report submissions. The 2018 software is now available through the Health Commerce System (HCS). The 2018 cost report and applicable electronic certifications are due to the Department by Monday, July 29, 2018…..

DAL 19-16: NYS Electronic Certificate of Need Posted on HCS

The Department just posted DAL 19-16 regarding the new Certificate of Need process. All CONs will be electronically submitted on the HCS effective July 1st at midnight. Any paper copies that are submitted after that date will be returned and not processed…..

 

Notice of Channel Change for Digital Television Channels

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There have been a few channel changes for digital television channels. This may affect reception and retransmission equipment in your facility. Please be sure ...

Notice of Channel Change for Digital Television Channels

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There have been a few channel changes for digital television channels. This may affect reception and retransmission equipment in your facility. Please be sure ...

DAL 19-16: NYS Electronic Certificate of Need Posted on HCS

The Department just posted DAL 19-16 regarding the new Certificate of Need process. All CONs will be electronically submitted on the HCS effective July 1st at midnight. Any paper copies that are submitted after that date will be returned and not processed…..

 

2018 Certified Home Health Agency Cost Report Software

This letter provides you with information regarding the 2018 CHHA Cost Report submissions. The 2018 software is now available through the Health Commerce System (HCS). The 2018 cost report and applicable electronic certifications are due to the Department by Monday, July 29, 2018…..

Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

New York State Department of Health is conducting free “Person Centered Care Training Programs” through 2020. This is to remind you that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative….

 

Post-Acute Care Medication Management Audio Conference - June 28, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on June 28th at 10am for Post-Acute Care Medication Management (A Requirement of Participation) Audio Conference...

DOH Posts 2015/16 OMIG MDS Audited Rates

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DOH has just posted the July 2015 and January 2016 rates which have been updated to reflect finalization of the January and July 2015 MDS audits. (They were inadvertently delayed due to technical issues.) As per the attached DAL’s ...

New DAL to be Released: NYS Electronic Certificate of Need

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL just learned from DOH that they will be issuing a new DAL soon. The Certificate of Need will be submitted electronically on the HCS effective July 1st at midnight. Any paper copies that are submitted after that date will be returned and not processed…..

 

Post-Acute Care Medication Management Audio Conference - June 28, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on June 28th at 10am for Post-Acute Care Medication Management (A Requirement of Participation) Audio Conference...

2018 Certified Home Health Agency Cost Report Software

This letter provides you with information regarding the 2018 CHHA Cost Report submissions. The 2018 software is now available through the Health Commerce System (HCS). The 2018 cost report and applicable electronic certifications are due to the Department by Monday, July 29, 2018…..

Free Webinar - Critical Partners: Emergency Managers and Healthcare Coalitions

Free webinar on Critical Partners: Emergency Managers and Healthcare Coalitions.  This is a great opportunity to hear from our federal partners on Emergency Management and Healthcare Coalitions……

 

 

NYCDOHMH 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference for NYC ACF’s

On June 5th, 2019 the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be hosting our 5th Annual Adult Care Facility Emergency Preparedness Conference from 8:00 Am- 4:00 Pm at the NYC CUNY School at Law, 2 Court Square Long Island City, New York 11101….

 

New Date & Location! 38th Annual Health Care Open

On June 10th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 38th Annual Health Care Open Golf Tournament at an exciting new location, the Albany Country Club...

Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

New York State Department of Health is conducting free “Person Centered Care Training Programs” through 2020. This is to remind you that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative….

 

Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative

Carla Erhartic

New York State Department of Health is conducting free “Person Centered Care Training Programs” through 2020. This is to remind you that registration is live for the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative….

 

NYCDOHMH 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference for NYC ACF’s

Carla Erhartic

On June 5th, 2019 the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be hosting our 5th Annual Adult Care Facility Emergency Preparedness Conference from 8:00 Am- 4:00 Pm at the NYC CUNY School at Law, 2 Court Square Long Island City, New York 11101….

 

NASSAU County Emergency Management Update

Carla Erhartic

Nassau County Department of Health will be hosting an Emergency Management Program for nursing homes in Nassau County….

2018 Certified Home Health Agency Cost Report Software

Carla Erhartic

This letter provides you with information regarding the 2018 CHHA Cost Report submissions. The 2018 software is now available through the Health Commerce System (HCS). The 2018 cost report and applicable electronic certifications are due to the Department by Monday, July 29, 2018…..

Free Webinar - Critical Partners: Emergency Managers and Healthcare Coalitions

Carla Erhartic

Free webinar on Critical Partners: Emergency Managers and Healthcare Coalitions.  This is a great opportunity to hear from our federal partners on Emergency Management and Healthcare Coalitions……

 

 

New Date & Location! 38th Annual Health Care Open

On June 10th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 38th Annual Health Care Open Golf Tournament at an exciting new location, the Albany Country Club...

2019 Art from the Heart Program

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The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 15th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Post-Acute Care Medication Management Audio Conference - June 28, 2019

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on June 28th at 10am for Post-Acute Care Medication Management (A Requirement of Participation) Audio Conference...

Summer Leadership Conference: Destination Bermuda

SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:  DESTINATION BERMUDA

By Anthony J. Restaino, CNHA, FACHCA

Heralded as one of the most beautiful places in the world, Bermuda does not disappoint!  A week spent in Bermuda will certainly be the highlight of your entire year! The excitement starts on the plane when you see the island in the distance.  As you get closer to Bermuda, the ocean gradually turns from a deep blue to turquoise.  From the moment you hit the ground, the experience begins... 

DAL 19-10: ACF Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Providing Resident Advocacy Services Guide

Joanne O'Connor

NYSDOH has issued the attached DAL 19-10. This letter is to inform you that the Adult Care Facility (ACF) Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Providing Resident Advocacy Services Guide has been updated, reordered and revised with the most current information, including free legal and resident advocacy services and Office for the Aging contacts located at the end of the guide...

2019 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 15th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

A Spark of Creativity Revealed as Theme for National Assisted Living Week 2019

Joanne O'Connor

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has revealed “A Spark of Creativity” as this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week®. The annual, national observance provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and local communities to celebrate the individuals served in assisted living and learn more about this sector of long term care...

Online Registration Closed for The 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

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Online Registration closed! If you want to register, please contact Erin Fitzgerald at 518-462-4800. Ext. 22.  Don't miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

NYSCAL Legislative Update

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Legislature returns from break this week.  NYSHFA/NYSCAL has been actively meeting with lawmakers over the past several weeks to discuss policy and legislation…. 

Deadline Approaching for 2019 Nursing Scholarship Program

The application deadline for the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program is April 30, 2019...

NCAL Awards Program: 2019 Nominations are Open!

Joanne O'Connor

Know an outstanding assisted living nurse or executive director? Last year, did your community create the best National Assisted Living Week® programming based on the "Capture the Moment" theme? Or maybe there is an unlicensed caregiver or someone in the dietary, housekeeping, or maintenance departments who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you answered yes, then check out NCAL’s 2019 Awards Program...

Online Registration Closes on April 30th! The 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

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Online Registration closes April 30th! Don't miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

Deadline Approaching for 2019 Nursing Scholarship Program

The application deadline for the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program is April 30, 2019...

ALPs with LHCSA's - Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Due May 1, 2019

The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report must be electronically submitted by May 1, 2019. 

All entities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to submit the report. The requirement applies to personnel in settings that include nursing homes, adult day health care, hospitals, hospices, and home care agencies, including home care staff working in assisted living programs (ALPs). The regulation requires providers to document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against influenza for the current season….

 

Take Advantage of Your Exclusive AHCA/NCAL Member Benefits

One of the many benefits of AHCA/NCAL membership is the AHCA/NCAL Member Savings Program where AHCA/NCAL members obtain exclusive discounts on distinguished products and services. Members can save on liability insurance, utility audits, electronic job board postings, outstanding on-line education, FedEx® shipping and more. Visit www.AHCAsavings.org  or www.NCALsavings.org to learn more….

 

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

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The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2019. All facilities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to ...


Take Advantage of Your Exclusive AHCA/NCAL Member Benefits

One of the many benefits of AHCA/NCAL membership is the AHCA/NCAL Member Savings Program where AHCA/NCAL members obtain exclusive discounts on distinguished products and services. Members can save on liability insurance, utility audits, electronic job board postings, outstanding on-line education, FedEx® shipping and more. Visit www.AHCAsavings.org  or www.NCALsavings.org to learn more….

 

ALPs with LHCSA's - Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Due May 1, 2019

The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report must be electronically submitted by May 1, 2019. 

All entities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to submit the report. The requirement applies to personnel in settings that include nursing homes, adult day health care, hospitals, hospices, and home care agencies, including home care staff working in assisted living programs (ALPs). The regulation requires providers to document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against influenza for the current season….

 

Deadline Approaching for 2019 Nursing Scholarship Program

The application deadline for the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program is April 30, 2019...

Only 8 Days Left to Pre-Register! .. the 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

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Pre-Registration closes in 9 Days! Don't miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

ALPs with LHCSA's - Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Due May 1, 2019

Carla Erhartic

The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report must be electronically submitted by May 1, 2019. 

All entities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to submit the report. The requirement applies to personnel in settings that include nursing homes, adult day health care, hospitals, hospices, and home care agencies, including home care staff working in assisted living programs (ALPs). The regulation requires providers to document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against influenza for the current season….

 

Take Advantage of Your Exclusive AHCA/NCAL Member Benefits

Carla Erhartic

One of the many benefits of AHCA/NCAL membership is the AHCA/NCAL Member Savings Program where AHCA/NCAL members obtain exclusive discounts on distinguished products and services. Members can save on liability insurance, utility audits, electronic job board postings, outstanding on-line education, FedEx® shipping and more. Visit www.AHCAsavings.org  or www.NCALsavings.org to learn more….

 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2019 Scholarship Program

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

We Are Just Three Weeks Away! .. the 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

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We are just three weeks away from this year's Annual Conference! Don't miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarships

The Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarships assist staff currently working in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in pursuing education to become an LPN, RN, or pursuing an advanced degree as an RN. The Foundation for Quality Care administers this program.  Five scholarships for $2,000 each are available. Recipients will be presented with their awards at the Annual Nurse Leadership Conference. The deadline to submit applications is April 30, 2019….

 

DOH Sponsored Person-Centered Care Training

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is excited to announce the Person-Centered Planning Comprehensive System Transformation Statewide Training Initiative. This initiative is sponsored by DOH to support best practices in Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule-compliant person-centered planning and practice throughout the State….

 

Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarships

Carla Erhartic

The Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarships assist staff currently working in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in pursuing education to become an LPN, RN, or pursuing an advanced degree as an RN. The Foundation for Quality Care administers this program.  Five scholarships for $2,000 each are available. Recipients will be presented with their awards at the Annual Nurse Leadership Conference. The deadline to submit applications is April 30, 2019….

 

We Are Just Three Weeks Away! .. the 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

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We are just three weeks away from this year's Annual Conference! Don't miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2019 Scholarship Program

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

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The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2019. All facilities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to ...


DAL 19-06 Tiered Billing Guidance Posted on the Health Commerce System

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted the new Tiered Billing Agreement Guidance Document….

 

DAL 19-08 New Equivalency List Posted on the Health Commerce System

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted the new Equivalency List on the HCS….

Coming this May... the 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

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Dont miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

Last Chance to Register! An Integrated Care Model: The Role of Behavioral Health Services in LTC Audio Conference

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Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 16th at 10am for An Integrated Care Model: The Role of Behavioral Health Services in LTC Audio Conference...

Becky Gray Joining HCA

Carla Erhartic

Rebecca Fuller Gray, former Director in the Division of Home and Community Based Services will be joining the Home Care Association….

 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2019 Scholarship Program

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

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The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2019. All facilities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to ...


New Leadership at NYS DOH

Carla Erhartic

Valerie Deetz has been promoted to the Deputy Director of  Center for Health Care Provider Services and Oversight (CPSO), Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management, working for Mark Hennessey, Director of the Center for Health Care Provider Services and Oversight….

DOH Issues DAL 19-09 1st Quarter Statistical Report on HCS

Carla Erhartic

In keeping with these requirements, all ACFs are required to complete the 2019 ACF 1st   Quarter Statistical Information Report, encompassing the time period from January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019….

April 2019 Aware Prepare Newsletter

Carla Erhartic

The NYSDOH “Aware Prepare” Emergency Preparedness Update is available…..

DOH: CDC HAN 419 - Influenza Season Continues with an Increase in Influenza A(H3N2) Activity

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses. CDC reminds clinicians ...

Coming this May... the 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

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Dont miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

REMINDER: CRITICAL ASSEST SURVEY MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 3-31-19

Carla Erhartic

NYSDOH is requesting the annual review/update of Critical Asset Survey data by all Hospitals, Nursing Homes (NHs) and Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) statewide…..

REMINDER: CLINICAL LABORATORY EVALUATION PROGRAM FOR ADULT HOMES

Carla Erhartic

ACFs who perform lab testing on-site at the facility for fingerstick glucose, urine dipstick, occult blood, etc. are subject to oversight by the NYS Department of Health’s Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP). ACFs must register to provide these services….

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

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The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2019. All facilities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to ...


CMS Provides New Advice for Assisted Living Homes

Carla Erhartic

The CMS offers new advice for state Medicaid directors to determine if assisted-living facilities, group homes and home-based care settings are meeting Medicaid funding requirements….

FREE Webinar: How to Define COPD – 1 CEU

Carla Erhartic

Management of COPD in Older Persons (Part 1 of 2 on COPD)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 
1PM ET/ 12 PM CT

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common preventable and treatable disease in older persons, but it needs vigilant diagnosis and care….

Don't Miss Out! Opening Keynote Jim Boeheim! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

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Dont miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2019 Scholarship Program

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

Audio Conference - How Does It Feel to Have Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disease

in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 11th at 10am for the How Does It Feel to Have Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disease Audio Conference...

Medicaid Update - March 2019

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the March 2019 Medicaid Update...

ANCC Offers Gero Nurse Prep Training

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Gero Nurse Prep is an online training course designed to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This course equips RNs with ...

NYS DOH Association Meeting

Carla Erhartic

On March 1, 2019, Amy Kennedy, Allison Gold and Carla Erhartic attended the DOH Association meeting. Topics discussed are as follows....

 

Audio Conference - An Integrated Care Model: The Role of Behavioral Health Services in LTC

in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 16th at 10am for An Integrated Care Model: The Role of Behavioral Health Services in LTC Audio Conference...

Don't Miss Out! Opening Keynote Jim Boeheim! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Dont miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

Audio Conference - How Does It Feel to Have Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disease

in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 11th at 10am for the How Does It Feel to Have Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disease Audio Conference...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2019 Scholarship Program

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

March 2019 Aware Prepare Update

Joanne O'Connor

Please find the March 2019 Aware Prepare Update attached.  This monthly electronic newsletter is your guide to upcoming trainings related to preparedness...

2019 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Joanne O'Connor

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2019. This Scholarship Fund Program has been established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care...

2019 NYSCAL Awards Program Recipients

Joanne O'Connor

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 NYSCAL Awards Programs...

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Now Open!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

Tiered Billing for Medication Assistance in Question

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL was asked to submit questions for the upcoming DOH-ACF Association Meeting on March 1st, 2019. Again, our question was about “Tiered Billing for Medication Assistance”……

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

AHCA/NCAL Supporting Careers in Aging Week

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AHCA/NCAL has created a program to assist members promote health care careers during Supporting Careers in Aging Week (CIAW). This is an opportunity to boost your outreach efforts for recruitment and retention. See ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2019 Scholarship Program

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA/NYSCAL sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in health care facilities that are members of NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

Medicaid Update - Special Edition Telehealth

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of a Special Edition Medicaid Update focusing on Telehealth...

Registration Now Open!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

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Registration Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

DAL 19-07 and DHCBS 19-04: CHRC Reimbursement Checks to be Issued

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Department of Health (the Department) is preparing to issue reimbursement checks for Criminal History Record Check fingerprinting for Adult Homes, Enriched Housing Programs, Certified Home Health Agencies, and Licensed Home Care Service Agencies. As a New York State vendor, it is your responsibility to ensure your business entity’s information is accurate and up-to-date with the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC). Contact information should be reviewed on a monthly basis….

 

DEA National Drug Take Back Day 4-28-19

National Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for April 28, 2019….

 

Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Course

Through a new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), the FQC will provide the following course for Assisted Living (AL) and staff at NO COST to participants...

NYS Office of Health Emergency Preparedness Hosting Free Webinars and EP Training

The state Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (DOH OHEP) will host two webinars on February 5, from 11:00 am to noon and February 6, from 1 pm to 2 pm – to help adult home and skilled nursing providers prepare for upcoming Emergency Preparedness exercises to be held outside of New York City….

 

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

RN Nurse Educator Course

Through a new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), the FQC will provide the following course for Assisted Living (AL) and Skilled Nursing Facilities’ (SNF) staff at NO COST to participants...

FREE - Seminar Announcement: Advanced Dementia; Alleviating Distress, Increasing Comfort

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On February 13th and 14th, CaringKind in association with NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host a seminar entitled "Advanced Dementia; Alleviating Distress, Increasing Comfort"...

Audio Conference - Corporate Compliance - Living Under a Microscope in the Year of Compliance

in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for an Audio Conference entitled "Corporate Compliance - Living Under a Microscope in the Year of Compliance on Monday, February 25th...

Audio Conference - Behavioral Based Interviewing

in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on February 15th for our Behavioral Based Interviewing Audio Conference... 

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Registration Now Open!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Registration Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9, 2019 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino...

NYS Office of Health Emergency Preparedness Hosting Free Webinars and EP Training

The state Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (DOH OHEP) will host two webinars on February 5, from 11:00 am to noon and February 6, from 1 pm to 2 pm – to help adult home and skilled nursing providers prepare for upcoming Emergency Preparedness exercises to be held outside of New York City….

 

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Course

Through a new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), the FQC will provide the following course for Assisted Living (AL) and staff at NO COST to participants...

RN Nurse Educator Course

Through a new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), the FQC will provide the following course for Assisted Living (AL) and Skilled Nursing Facilities’ (SNF) staff at NO COST to participants...

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Coming this May!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo. Mark your calendars for May this year...

NYS DOH Healthcare Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) Version 3.0 Webinar Training– NON-New York City Facilities

in Clinical & Quality

FOR NON-NEW YORK CITY FACILITIES: The Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) (previously known as Facility Profile Application) is a planning tool designed to facilitate the development and maintenance of Health Care Facility (HCF) (adult care facility, hospital, and nursing home) evacuation planning information related to evacuation and send/receive arraignments ...

Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Course

Through a new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), the FQC will provide the following course for Assisted Living (AL) and staff at NO COST to participants...

NYS Office of Health Emergency Preparedness Hosting Free Webinars and EP Training

Carla Erhartic

The state Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (DOH OHEP) will host two webinars on February 5, from 11:00 am to noon and February 6, from 1 pm to 2 pm – to help adult home and skilled nursing providers prepare for upcoming Emergency Preparedness exercises to be held outside of New York City….

 

OSHA Form 300A Must be Posted February 1st

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Just a reminder that beginning February 1st each year, employers are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that the summary, OSHA Form 300A, remains posted from February 1 through April 30. Employers with ...

RN Nurse Educator Course

Through a new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), the FQC will provide the following course for Assisted Living (AL) and Skilled Nursing Facilities’ (SNF) staff at NO COST to participants...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

AHCA / NCAL Quality Award Application Submission Deadline – January 31, 2019

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching on January 31, 2019, at 8 p.m. EST!  An application can be submitted regardless of whether or not you submitted an Intent to Apply payment.  All applications must be submitted on the Quality Award Portal...

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

in Education

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Coming this May!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo. Mark your calendars for May this year...

FINAL IRS PASS-THROUGH RULE

Carla Erhartic

Today, the IRS published a final rule click on link to view.  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/td-reg-107892-18.pdf that likely limits the ability of SNF owners and some assisted living owners to take full advantage of a new deduction included in federal tax cuts enacted in late 2017…..

Gold

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., NYSHFA/NYSCAL President & CEO Announces the Appointment of Allison Gold, Esq. as Director of Policy & Reimbursement

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq. is pleased to announce that Allison Gold, Esq. will join the NYSHFA/NYSCAL as the Director of Policy & Reimbursement...

DOH Posts 2017 Minimum Wage Reconciliation Survey

in Finance & Reimbursement

DOH has posted the 2017 Minimum Wage Reconciliation Survey, which is required to be completed by all providers and is due Monday, February 4, 2019. Providers are required to ...

Governor’s Budget Overview – Adult Homes & Assisted Living

Carla Erhartic

The Governor has proposed a $175.1 billion budget for SFY 2020 that increases state spending by less than 2% over SFY 2019.  The budget plan proposes to keep most state agency spending flat, and includes a $1 billion increase in state education aid and $568 million in new Medicaid spending….  

SNAP BENEFITS

Carla Erhartic

Please see information about SNAP benefits posted to the OTDA website….

 

OSHA Form 300A Must be Posted February 1st

in Clinical & Quality

Just a reminder that beginning February 1st each year, employers are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that the summary, OSHA Form 300A, remains posted from February 1 through April 30. Employers with ...

Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Course

Through a new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), the FQC will provide the following course for Assisted Living (AL) and staff at NO COST to participants...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

AHCA / NCAL Quality Award Application Submission Deadline – January 31, 2019

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching on January 31, 2019, at 8 p.m. EST!  An application can be submitted regardless of whether or not you submitted an Intent to Apply payment.  All applications must be submitted on the Quality Award Portal...

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

in Education

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

2019 NYS Healthcare Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) Webinar Training For Non-NYC ACFs

Carla Erhartic

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness is planning to conduct web-training in February that will provide an overview of the revised FEPA version 3.0 all-hazards planning tool for Non-NYC Adult Care Facilities….

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

Nominations Needed for 2019 NYSCAL Awards Programs

We are in need of nominations for the 2019 NYSCAL Awards Programs.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2019 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

2019 Education at a Glance

in Education, Clinical & Quality

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Education at a Glance document. It’s a one-page glance at key events for 2019 and current educational sessions. This document will ...

Registration Now Open! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

in Education

Registration is Now Open! Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL at the 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference being held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

in Education

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

FQC Partners with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization to Fund and Deliver its Leadership Program

in Clinical & Quality

The Foundation for Quality Care is excited to announce our new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), an initiative funded through the Medicaid Redesign Waiver which aims to retrain, recruit and retain healthcare workers in the long–term care sector, also known as the Workforce Investment Program ...

AHCA / NCAL Quality Award Application Submission Deadline – January 31, 2019

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching on January 31, 2019, at 8 p.m. EST!  An application can be submitted regardless of whether or not you submitted an Intent to Apply payment.  All applications must be submitted on the Quality Award Portal...

NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATOR (NAB) CREDITS

Carla Erhartic

The National Association of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) has changed the way you will receive your Nursing Home CEU's. The new system will make it easier for you to submit your CEU's when your license is up for renewal…. 

REMINDER: ALP Capital Funding Available in 2019 Through a New Process

As NYSCAL previously reported December 6, 2018, sometime in January 2019 information is scheduled to go out once the program is approved. There is $20 million of capital involved in this round….

HERDS Critical Asset Survey - Reactivated for Q1 2019 Review/Update

in Clinical & Quality

This message is to inform all Health Care Facilities (HCFs) - hospitals, nursing homes (NHs) and adult care facilities (ACFs) - that the Critical Asset Survey in HERDS has been reactivated for the Q1 2019 review/update. The three forms of the Critical Asset Survey (Baseline/Surge/Resilience) have been merged into one ...

Coming this May!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo. Mark your calendars for May this year...

NYS DOH Healthcare Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) Version 3.0 Webinar Training– NON-New York City Facilities

in Clinical & Quality

FOR NON-NEW YORK CITY FACILITIES: The Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) (previously known as Facility Profile Application) is a planning tool designed to facilitate the development and maintenance of Health Care Facility (HCF) (adult care facility, hospital, and nursing home) evacuation planning information related to evacuation and send/receive arraignments ...

Nominations Needed for 2019 NYSCAL Awards Programs

We are in need of nominations for the 2019 NYSCAL Awards Programs.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2019 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

HERDS Critical Asset Survey - Reactivated for Q1 2019 Review/Update

in Clinical & Quality

This message is to inform all Health Care Facilities (HCFs) - hospitals, nursing homes (NHs) and adult care facilities (ACFs) - that the Critical Asset Survey in HERDS has been reactivated for the Q1 2019 review/update. The three forms of the Critical Asset Survey (Baseline/Surge/Resilience) have been merged into one ...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

AHCA / NCAL Quality Award Application Submission Deadline – January 31, 2019

The deadline to apply is quickly approaching on January 31, 2019, at 8 p.m. EST!  An application can be submitted regardless of whether or not you submitted an Intent to Apply payment.  All applications must be submitted on the Quality Award Portal...

2019 Education at a Glance

in Education, Clinical & Quality

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Education at a Glance document. It’s a one-page glance at key events for 2019 and current educational sessions. This document will ...

FQC Partners with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization to Fund and Deliver its Leadership Program

in Clinical & Quality

The Foundation for Quality Care is excited to announce our new partnership with the Iroquois Healthcare Association Workforce Investment Organization (IHA WIO), an initiative funded through the Medicaid Redesign Waiver which aims to retrain, recruit and retain healthcare workers in the long–term care sector, also known as the Workforce Investment Program ...

REMINDER: ALP Capital Funding Available in 2019 Through a New Process

As NYSCAL previously reported December 6, 2018, sometime in January 2019 information is scheduled to go out once the program is approved. There is $20 million of capital involved in this round….

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

in Education

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

NEW DATE! Audio Conference - Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in NY

in Education

NEW DATE. On Friday, January 18, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in New York"....

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Tuesday, February 26th in Albany to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding skilled nursing and assisted living issues and concerns related to the proposed 2019-2020 Executive Budget ...

Influenza Prevalent in New York State

Carla Erhartic

This is to inform you that Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared influenza to be prevalent in New York State….

 

REMINDER: ALP Capital Funding Available in 2019 Through a New Process

Carla Erhartic

As NYSCAL previously reported December 6, 2018, sometime in January 2019 information is scheduled to go out once the program is approved. There is $20 million of capital involved in this round….

2019 Education at a Glance

in Education, Clinical & Quality

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2019 Education at a Glance document. It’s a one-page glance at key events for 2019 and current educational sessions. This document will ...

Coming this May!! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

in Education

Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo. Mark your calendars for May this year...

NEW DATE! Audio Conference - Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in NY

in Education

NEW DATE. On Friday, January 18, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in New York"....

HERDS Critical Asset Survey - Reactivated for Q1 2019 Review/Update

in Clinical & Quality

This message is to inform all Health Care Facilities (HCFs) - hospitals, nursing homes (NHs) and adult care facilities (ACFs) - that the Critical Asset Survey in HERDS has been reactivated for the Q1 2019 review/update. The three forms of the Critical Asset Survey (Baseline/Surge/Resilience) have been merged into one ...

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

in Education

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

Audio Conference - Behavioral Based Interviewing

in Education

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on February 15th for our Behavioral Based Interviewing Audio Conference... 

DAL 18-23: 2017 Adult Care Facility Financial Reports on the HCS

The NYS DOH has activated the 2017 Adult Care Facility Financial Report….

 

OMIG Certification Due by December 31, 2018 - Process & Webinar Information Below

As a reminder, all New York State Medicaid providers (and managed care plans) who are subject to the mandatory compliance program obligation set out in NYS Social Services Law Section §363-d and 18 NYCRR Part 521 must certify annually during the month of December….

2019 NYSCAL Awards Program Applications Due January 4, 2019

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2019.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2019 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

NEW DATE! Audio Conference - Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in NY

NEW DATE. On Friday, January 18, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in New York"....

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

Audio Conference - Behavioral Based Interviewing

Join NYSHFA / NYSCAL on February 15th for our Behavioral Based Interviewing Audio Conference... 

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Emedny Changes for January 2019

E-Medny has posted changes on it's website....

 

Save the Date! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

Save the Date! The 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Save the Date! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo.

2019 NYSCAL Awards Program Applications Due January 4, 2019

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2019.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2019 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

Call in Pay Proposed Regulation - Comments Requested

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) just announced a “Revised Proposed Bill” on "just in time," "call-in," or "on-call" scheduling. The revised proposed rule continues to require employers that are covered by the Miscellaneous Minimum Wage Order to either give significant advance notice of changes in employee schedules or pay additional amounts to employees scheduled on short notice…. 

DOH: HERDS Critical Asset Survey - shutdown coming on 12/19/18

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This message is to inform all Health Care Facilities (HCFs) - hospitals, nursing homes (NHs) and adult care facilities (ACFs) - that the Critical Asset Survey in HERDS will be temporarily shut down - starting today (Wednesday December 19, 2018) and continuing through January 1, 2019. 

During this shutdown, the three current forms of the Critical Asset Survey (Baseline/Surge/Resilience) will be merged into one, combined form going forward. All data that was previously submitted in both the Surge and Resilience forms will be migrated to the new, combined form and therefore will not need to be re-entered. 

The Critical Asset Survey is being reactivated on January 1, 2019 - in advance of the rollout of the Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) in New York City. A Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) regarding the Facility Evacuation Planning Application (previously known as the Facility Profile Application) will be forthcoming to HCFs in NYC. 

The Critical Asset Survey review and update period will run from January 1 - March 31, 2019. All Health Care Facilities are required to review their previously submitted data, update any that has changed and (re)Submit the Critical Asset Survey data during this time period. 

If there are any questions regarding any of this process, please contact the Office of Health Emergency Preparedness via email at ohep@health.ny.gov or by phone at (518) 408-5163. 

NYSCAL CONTACT: 

Carla Erhartic
Member Support Services and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
518-462-4800 x13

DAL 18-23: 2017 Adult Care Facility Financial Reports on the HCS

The NYS DOH has activated the 2017 Adult Care Facility Financial Report….

 

OMIG Certification Due by December 31, 2018 - Process & Webinar Information Below

As a reminder, all New York State Medicaid providers (and managed care plans) who are subject to the mandatory compliance program obligation set out in NYS Social Services Law Section §363-d and 18 NYCRR Part 521 must certify annually during the month of December….

Emedny Changes for January 2019

Carla Erhartic

E-Medny has posted changes on it's website....

 

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

NEW DATE! Audio Conference - Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in NY

NEW DATE. On Friday, January 18, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in New York"....

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

Save the Date! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo.

Save the Date! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

Save the Date! The 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

NY Times Memory Care Story

The memory care story in the New York Times is out, and we’re being told that it will be printed in Sunday’s edition….

OMIG Certification Due by December 31, 2018 - Process & Webinar Information Below

Carla Erhartic

As a reminder, all New York State Medicaid providers (and managed care plans) who are subject to the mandatory compliance program obligation set out in NYS Social Services Law Section §363-d and 18 NYCRR Part 521 must certify annually during the month of December….

NY Times Memory Care Story

Carla Erhartic

The memory care story in the New York Times is out, and we’re being told that it will be printed in Sunday’s edition….

Save the Date! 70th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo.

NEW DATE! Audio Conference - Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in NY

NEW DATE. On Friday, January 18, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in New York"....

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

NYCACHCA 50th Annual Conference - March 10-13, 2019

The 2019 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 10-13th at the NEW Resorts World Catskills...

Save the Date! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

Save the Date! The 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Deanna Stephenson Leaving NYSHFA-NYSCAL

in From the President

Deanna Stephenson, NYSHFA’s Director of Managed Programs, has accepted a position in administration for a health plan. Deanna’s last day in our office will be December 6th. As you are aware ...

Audio Conference - Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in NY

On Friday, January 11, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Cyber Security and HIPPA: Emerging Issues and Enforcement Trends in New York"....

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Audio Conference - The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" - NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

On Friday, January 25, 2019 NYSHFA / NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "The New Cultural Workplace Norm of "Sterility" vs "Civility" in light of the NYS Anti-Sexual Harassment Law"....

2019 Volunteer of the Year Awards Program

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Program. The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member health care facilities...

2019 Employee Recognition Program

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

Save the Date! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

Save the Date! The 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

DAL: 18-15 – New Guidance for ACFs, EHPs & ALRs to Comply with HCBS Final Rule

Carla Erhartic

The Department posted DAL 18-15 on the HCS November 9th. In 2016 DOH conducted an educational webinar concerning the impact of the HCBS Rule on ALPs, and later that same year ALP providers completed a self-assessment to measure their existing compliance with the HCBS Final Rule. The Department will now replicate these activities for adult homes, enriched housing and assisted living residences…..

2017 LHCSA Report Due November 16, 2018

(Not to be confused with the ALP-LHCSA Report)  Members that have already begun processing the report and in doing so have encountered some issues and questions. There are 2 updates to share with you, one is clarification only and the second is an error that is easily correctable…..

NYSCAL Regional Meeting: 3.5 CEUs - You Must Send Registration Form In

NYSCAL will be hosting a Regional Meeting on November 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 pm at the Southern Tier New York Association….

 

NYSCAL Regional Meeting: 3.5 CEUs - You Must Send Registration Form In

NYSCAL will be hosting a Regional Meeting on November 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 pm at the Southern Tier New York Association….

 

DAL 18-23: 2017 Adult Care Facility Financial Reports on the HCS

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH has activated the 2017 Adult Care Facility Financial Report….

 

SSI and SSP Benefit Chart

Carla Erhartic

The 2019 COLA Benefit Chart has not been released yet….

2017 LHCSA Report Due November 16, 2018

(Not to be confused with the ALP-LHCSA Report)  Members that have already begun processing the report and in doing so have encountered some issues and questions. There are 2 updates to share with you, one is clarification only and the second is an error that is easily correctable…..

AHCA/NCAL Reports Postponement of Medicaid Reform After Election Results

Carla Erhartic

Provider Magazine (11/7, Connole, 151K) reports the results of the midterm elections, a divided Congress, will continue to impact the long term and post-acute care (LT/PAC) sector, but according to Clifton Porter II, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the AHCA/NCAL, concerns about Medicaid reform that had loomed over the elections "should be effectively squelched with the Democrats taking control of the House…..

SPLIT DECISION: DEMOCRATS WIN THE HOUSE; REPUBLICANS WIN THE SENATE WHAT THAT MEANS FOR US NOW AND IN 2019/2020

Carla Erhartic

News from NYSHFA/NYSCAL National Leadership:  There were two conflicting historical constructs heading into the 2018 election. On the one hand, the midterm election of a president with a popularity number under 50 is usually a disaster. On the other hand, the midterm of a party in power when the economy is humming is usually a success. With the exception of 1966, very rarely have we had the president unpopular and the economy strong. For that reason, no one really knew what would happen….. 

 

Save the Date! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

Save the Date! The 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

DAL 18-24 Personal Needs Allowance Guidance

Carla Erhartic

The Department issued DAL 18-24 that provides guidance to operators regarding the Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) accounts….

 

NYSCAL Regional Meeting: 3.5 CEUs

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL will be hosting a Regional Meeting on November 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 pm at the Southern Tier New York Association….

 

2017 LHCSA Report Due November 16, 2018

Carla Erhartic

(Not to be confused with the ALP-LHCSA Report)  Members that have already begun processing the report and in doing so have encountered some issues and questions. There are 2 updates to share with you, one is clarification only and the second is an error that is easily correctable…..

We are Two Weeks Away! Don't Miss Out, Register Today! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference

Don't miss out, Register today! NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott...

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

2019 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2019.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2019 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

Save the Date! 16th Annual Social Services & Activities Conference

Save the Date! The 16th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference will be held March 28-29, 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs...

Audio Conference - Survey Trends-What We've Learned in 2018 and Where to Focus in 2019

Join NYSHFA on December 14th for the "Survey Trends-What We've Learned in 2018 and Where to Focus in 2019" Audio Conference...

Influenza Reporting Requirements 2018-2019

The Department of Health Division of Epidemiology, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and Bureau of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control has issued its 2018-2019 Health Advisory regarding Influenza and Influenza Like Illness (ILI) reporting requirements….

 

Influenza Reporting Requirements 2018-2019

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Health Division of Epidemiology, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and Bureau of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control has issued its 2018-2019 Health Advisory regarding Influenza and Influenza Like Illness (ILI) reporting requirements….

 

NCAL Shares New Assisted Living Report Just Released

Carla Erhartic

We wanted to make sure you were aware of a report that was released today on assisted living by the Long Term Care Community Coalition https://nursinghome411.org/  The report, https://nursinghome411.org/ltccc-report-assisted-living-promising-policies-and-practices/  supports stronger AL regulations and uses specific state regulations as examples to model regulations including sample regulatory or policy language. The report also includes links to the Frontline AL episode from 2013…. 

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation

Carla Erhartic

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

SSI Cost of Living Adjustment on January 1, 2019

Carla Erhartic

The Federal government has announced a 2.8% federal cost of living adjustment (COLA) effective January 1, 2019….

3RD Quarter Statistical Report Due October 31, 2018

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Health has released DAL 18-22: 2018 Adult Care Facility 3rd Quarter Statistical Information Report (QSIR) and corresponding instructions. The 3rd Quarter is for the time period  from July 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018….

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – ALBANY

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the NYSHFA Offices in Albany, NY...

Hotel Cutoff Rapidly Approaching! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott. The hotel cut off is Sunday, October 28th!...

2019 NYSCAL Awards Programs

Joanne O'Connor

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2019.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2019 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

OSHA Launches Program Targeting High Injury and Illness Rates

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/trade/10172018  it is initiating the Site-Specific Targeting 2016 (SST-16) Program using injury and illness information electronically submitted by employers for calendar year 2016….

NYSCAL HOSTS FREE REGIONAL MEETING -3.5 CEUs

NYSCAL will be conducting a Regional Meeting October 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living….

NYS Sexual Harassment Law Effective October 2018: Anti-Discrimination/Harassment Guidance

Every employer in the New York State is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy. An employer that does not adopt the model policy must ensure that the policy that they adopt meets or exceeds the following minimum standards….

Registration Open! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – SYRACUSE

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – ALBANY

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the NYSHFA Offices in Albany, NY...

NYSCAL HOSTS ALBANY, NY REGIONAL MEETING

NYSCAL will be conducting a Regional Meeting October 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living….

NYS Sexual Harassment Law Effective October 2018: Anti-Discrimination/Harassment Guidance

Every employer in the New York State is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy. An employer that does not adopt the model policy must ensure that the policy that they adopt meets or exceeds the following minimum standards….

Registration Open! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – ALBANY

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the NYSHFA Offices in Albany, NY...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – SYRACUSE

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY...

NYSDOH Association Meeting -October 3, 2018

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL’s Carla Erhartic attended the DOH Association meeting on October 3, 2018….

 

NYSCAL REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

NYSCAL will be conducting a Regional Meeting October 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living….

Registration Open! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – SYRACUSE

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – ALBANY

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the NYSHFA Offices in Albany, NY...

DAL: 18-22 Quarterly Statistical Report (QSIR) Posted

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted the 2018 Quarterly Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)….

Annual Assisted Living State Regulatory Review

Carla Erhartic

NCAL is pleased to announce the publication of its annual Assisted Living State Regulatory Review….

New VA Aid & Attendance Eligibility Rules Effective as of October 18, 2018

Carla Erhartic

The Veterans Administration has issued new rules which drastically change the eligibility for Veterans and spouses to receive Aid & Attendance pension benefits. These changes will go into effect October 18, 2018….

DOH Conducting Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drill

The Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) is conducting a statewide IOC drill on October 9th for both Skilled Nursing and Adult Care Facilities.  This drill will satisfy the CMS emergency exercise requirement for SNFs. Participation is optional for ACFs, but we highly recommend you participate in the exercise as a best practice so you are ready in the event of an actual emergency….

ADDRESS CHANGE: NYSCAL REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

NYSCAL will be conducting a Regional Meeting October 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living….

ADDRESS CHANGE: NYSCAL REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

NYSCAL will be conducting a Regional Meeting October 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living….

DOH Conducting Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drill

The Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) is conducting a statewide IOC drill on October 9th for both Skilled Nursing and Adult Care Facilities.  This drill will satisfy the CMS emergency exercise requirement for SNFs. Participation is optional for ACFs, but we highly recommend you participate in the exercise as a best practice so you are ready in the event of an actual emergency….

DOH Conducting Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drill

Carla Erhartic

The Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) is conducting a statewide IOC drill on October 9th for both Skilled Nursing and Adult Care Facilities.  This drill will satisfy the CMS emergency exercise requirement for SNFs. Participation is optional for ACFs, but we highly recommend you participate in the exercise as a best practice so you are ready in the event of an actual emergency….

NYSCAL REGIONAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL will be conducting a Regional Meeting October 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Kingsway Manor Assisted Living….

Registration Open! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – ALBANY

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the NYSHFA Offices in Albany, NY...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – SYRACUSE

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY...

National Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Scheduled for Oct. 27, 2018. The deadline to have your paperwork back to your BNE Regional Office is September 28, 2018….

 

LHCSA Report Challenges

NYSCAL has received a number of calls from members with questions about the new LHCSA process. We highly recommend you start completing your report early, as you are likely to encounter difficulties which will cause delays…..

23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting their 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference and Trade Show on 11/13/18 thru 11/15/18 at the Albany Marriott Hotel….

 

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – OCTOBER 25

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY.  6.0 CEUs have been applied for.  The times for the Workshop have changed and are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  This will be a “hands-on” workshop giving all attendees the basic framework to complete their AHCA / NCAL Bronze Level Quality Award Application...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – SYRACUSE

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY...

DAL: DHCBS 18-02 LHCSA Statistical Report

The Department will make the 2017 LHCSA Statistical Report available for downloading on August 25, 2018….

National Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Scheduled for Oct. 27, 2018. The deadline to have your paperwork back to your BNE Regional Office is September 28, 2018….

 

DAL: DHCBS 18-02 LHCSA Statistical Report

The Department will make the 2017 LHCSA Statistical Report available for downloading on August 25, 2018….

LHCSA Report Challenges

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL has received a number of calls from members with questions about the new LHCSA process. We highly recommend you start completing your report early, as you are likely to encounter difficulties which will cause delays…..

23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

Carla Erhartic

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting their 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference and Trade Show on 11/13/18 thru 11/15/18 at the Albany Marriott Hotel….

 

DOH: What’s New with the Flu? 2018-2019

in Clinical & Quality

DOH is hosting a webinar on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm regarding influenza. Please see attached for more details and registration ...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – OCTOBER 25

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY.  6.0 CEUs have been applied for.  The times for the Workshop have changed and are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  This will be a “hands-on” workshop giving all attendees the basic framework to complete their AHCA / NCAL Bronze Level Quality Award Application...

NYSCAL Audio Conference: OTDA/SSA/SSI – Ask the Experts

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL is hosting a free Town Hall Meeting Audio Conference on September 20, 2018....

Emergency Preparedness Drill for Assisted Living & Long Term Care Providers

The Department of Health is conducting training webinars to prepare healthcare providers for a real life exercise in the Fall of 2018.  The Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drills are designed to help Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) partners ensure that they have redundant forms of communication among their members.  Redundant communications refers to having multiple back-up communication options, and is critical to emergency preparedness planning. Past exercise and real-world events demonstrate that health care coalitions cannot depend on just one or even two means for communication….

ALP Minimum Wage Survey Completion Date Extended to 9-21-18

Th 2019 Minimum Wage Survey has been released….

 

National Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Scheduled for Oct. 27, 2018. The deadline to have your paperwork back to your BNE Regional Office is September 28, 2018….

 

Adult Home Associations & Vulnerable Residents File Lawsuit for Discrimination by Gov. Cuomo

Lawsuit claims Cuomo and agency commissioners are denying residents their civil rights.  100 New York residents relying on state support for essential adult care/assisted living services have joined with Association Providers, New York State Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge New York, and the Empire State Association of Assisted Living to sue Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Commissioners Zucker and Roberts claiming a failure to provide basic needs for food, clothing and shelter….

Last Chance to Register! 37th Annual Health Care Open

On September 24th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 37th Annual Health Care Open...

2018 GHFA Health Care Conference

On Wednesday, October 10th the Genesee Health Facilities Association will host their Health Care Conference at the RIT Inn and Conference Center...

New LTC Trend Tracker Publication Coming Soon!

in Clinical & Quality

AHCA is excited to announce that a new publication will be released in LTC Trend Tracker, Your Quality Initiative Progress, tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18. They wanted all of us to be aware that this publication is forthcoming and spread the word for SNF providers to be on the lookout for this new publication ...

BRONZE QUALITY AWARD WORKSHOP – OCTOBER 25

NYSHFA / NYSCAL will be sponsoring a BRONZE Quality Award Workshop on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Noble Health Services in Syracuse, NY.  6.0 CEUs have been applied for.  The times for the Workshop have changed and are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  This will be a “hands-on” workshop giving all attendees the basic framework to complete their AHCA / NCAL Bronze Level Quality Award Application...

DAL: DHCBS 18-02 LHCSA Statistical Report

The Department will make the 2017 LHCSA Statistical Report available for downloading on August 25, 2018….

The CDC has published Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: 2018-19 Influenza Season

in Clinical & Quality

Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Recommendations regarding timing of vaccination, considerations for specific populations, the use of specific vaccines, and contraindications and precautions are summarized in the link below ...

“Tools & Resources”

This is a reminder that as part of your membership benefits with NYSCAL, you also belong to NCAL our National Association is Washington D.C.. There are a number of free tools and resources for you to choose from….

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

National Drug Take Back Day

Carla Erhartic

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Scheduled for Oct. 27, 2018. The deadline to have your paperwork back to your BNE Regional Office is September 28, 2018….

 

ALP Minimum Wage Survey Now Due September 21st

The 2019 Minimum Wage Survey due date has been extended to September 21, 2018….

 

NYSCAL Audio Conference: OTDA/SSA/SSI – Ask the Experts

NYSCAL is hosting a free Town Hall Meeting Audio Conference on September 20, 2018…

 

The CDC has published Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: 2018-19 Influenza Season

in Clinical & Quality

Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Recommendations regarding timing of vaccination, considerations for specific populations, the use of specific vaccines, and contraindications and precautions are summarized in the link below ...

DAL: DHCBS 18-02 LHCSA Statistical Report

The Department will make the 2017 LHCSA Statistical Report available for downloading on August 25, 2018….

“Tools & Resources”

This is a reminder that as part of your membership benefits with NYSCAL, you also belong to NCAL our National Association is Washington D.C.. There are a number of free tools and resources for you to choose from….

Adult Home Associations & Vulnerable Residents File Lawsuit for Discrimination by Gov. Cuomo

Carla Erhartic

Lawsuit claims Cuomo and agency commissioners are denying residents their civil rights.  100 New York residents relying on state support for essential adult care/assisted living services have joined with Association Providers, New York State Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge New York, and the Empire State Association of Assisted Living to sue Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Commissioners Zucker and Roberts claiming a failure to provide basic needs for food, clothing and shelter….

NYSCAL Audio Conference: OTDA/SSA/SSI – Ask the Experts

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL is hosting a free Town Hall Meeting Audio Conference on September 20, 2018…

 

ALP Minimum Wage Survey Completion Date Extended to 9-21-18

Th 2019 Minimum Wage Survey has been released….

 

Free Assisted Living Executive Director Class Offering 30 CEUs

This five day intensive leadership program guides the Assisted Living Administrator through the regulatory; financial; human resources; customer care services and supports; and leadership domains for the purpose of building administrative knowledge and skills….

DAL: DHCBS 18-02 LHCSA Statistical Report

The Department will make the 2017 LHCSA Statistical Report available for downloading on August 25, 2018….

“Tools & Resources”

Carla Erhartic

This is a reminder that as part of your membership benefits with NYSCAL, you also belong to NCAL our National Association is Washington D.C.. There are a number of free tools and resources for you to choose from….

The CDC has published Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: 2018-19 Influenza Season

in Clinical & Quality

Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Recommendations regarding timing of vaccination, considerations for specific populations, the use of specific vaccines, and contraindications and precautions are summarized in the link below ...

Last Chance to Register! 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Medicaid Update - August 2018

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the August 2018 Medicaid Update...

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Minimum Wage Survey - ALP

Carla Erhartic

This serves as a notification that the 2019 Minimum Wage Survey has been released….

 

Free Assisted Living Executive Director Class Offering 30 CEUs

This five day intensive leadership program guides the Assisted Living Administrator through the regulatory; financial; human resources; customer care services and supports; and leadership domains for the purpose of building administrative knowledge and skills….

Free Telepsychiatry Webinar

Free Webinar CEU's Offered! Telepsychiatry – Past the Tipping Point - Wednesday, September 5, 2018 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Audio Conference - Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)

Join NYSHFA on September 7th for the "Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)" Audio Conference....

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Emergency Preparedness Drill for Assisted Living & Long Term Care Providers

The Department of Health is conducting training webinars to prepare healthcare providers for a real life exercise in the Fall of 2018.  The Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drills are designed to help Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) partners ensure that they have redundant forms of communication among their members.  Redundant communications refers to having multiple back-up communication options, and is critical to emergency preparedness planning. Past exercise and real-world events demonstrate that health care coalitions cannot depend on just one or even two means for communication….

37th Annual Health Care Open

On September 24th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 37th Annual Health Care Open...

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

Free Assisted Living Executive Director Class Offering 30 CEUs

This five day intensive leadership program guides the Assisted Living Administrator through the regulatory; financial; human resources; customer care services and supports; and leadership domains for the purpose of building administrative knowledge and skills….

Emergency Preparedness Drill for Assisted Living & Long Term Care Providers

The Department of Health is conducting training webinars to prepare healthcare providers for a real life exercise in the Fall of 2018.  The Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drills are designed to help Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) partners ensure that they have redundant forms of communication among their members.  Redundant communications refers to having multiple back-up communication options, and is critical to emergency preparedness planning. Past exercise and real-world events demonstrate that health care coalitions cannot depend on just one or even two means for communication….

Best Practices for Incident Reporting Audio Conference

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Incident Reporting”…. 

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

DAL: DHCBS 18-02 LHCSA Statistical Report

The Department will make the 2017 LHCSA Statistical Report available for downloading on August 25, 2018….

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

DAL: DHCBS 18-02 LHCSA Statistical Report

Carla Erhartic

The Department will make the 2017 LHCSA Statistical Report available for downloading on August 25, 2018….

Free Assisted Living Executive Director Class Offering 30 CEUs

This five day intensive leadership program guides the Assisted Living Administrator through the regulatory; financial; human resources; customer care services and supports; and leadership domains for the purpose of building administrative knowledge and skills….

Emergency Preparedness Drill for Assisted Living & Long Term Care Providers

The Department of Health is conducting training webinars to prepare healthcare providers for a real life exercise in the Fall of 2018.  The Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drills are designed to help Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) partners ensure that they have redundant forms of communication among their members.  Redundant communications refers to having multiple back-up communication options, and is critical to emergency preparedness planning. Past exercise and real-world events demonstrate that health care coalitions cannot depend on just one or even two means for communication….

Best Practices for Incident Reporting Audio Conference

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Incident Reporting”…. 

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Audio Conference - Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)

Join NYSHFA on September 7th for the "Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)" Audio Conference....

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Free Assisted Living Executive Director Class Offering 30 CEUs

This five day intensive leadership program guides the Assisted Living Administrator through the regulatory; financial; human resources; customer care services and supports; and leadership domains for the purpose of building administrative knowledge and skills….

Emergency Preparedness Drill for Assisted Living & Long Term Care Providers

The Department of Health is conducting training webinars to prepare healthcare providers for a real life exercise in the Fall of 2018.  The Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drills are designed to help Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) partners ensure that they have redundant forms of communication among their members.  Redundant communications refers to having multiple back-up communication options, and is critical to emergency preparedness planning. Past exercise and real-world events demonstrate that health care coalitions cannot depend on just one or even two means for communication….

Free Active Shooter Preparedness Webinar

Some of you had problems registering for this webinar, so keep reading so you can use a new link to sign-up. Proper preparation and planning, paired with the ability to rapidly notify your employees, are the best things you can do to protect your organization from an active shooter....

Best Practices for Incident Reporting Audio Conference

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Incident Reporting”…. 

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Assisted Living Cost Calculator - Free Member Benefit

NCAL is preparing for the release of the AL Cost Calculator on Wednesday, August 15. They will be announcing the tool via a live webinar at 2:00 P.M. Eastern on the same day. Please note: Space for the webinar is limited. Since NCAL is doing a live demo of the tool, for bandwidth reasons, they have to limit the number of attendees that can join the webinar. So please limit to one person registering, but other staff members can view the webinar with you….

 

Audio Conference - Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)

Join NYSHFA on September 7th for the "Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)" Audio Conference....

Free Assisted Living Executive Director Class Offering 30 CEUs

Carla Erhartic

This five day intensive leadership program guides the Assisted Living Administrator through the regulatory; financial; human resources; customer care services and supports; and leadership domains for the purpose of building administrative knowledge and skills….

Emergency Preparedness Drill for Assisted Living & Long Term Care Providers

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Health is conducting training webinars to prepare healthcare providers for a real life exercise in the Fall of 2018.  The Interoperable Communications (IOC) Drills are designed to help Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) partners ensure that they have redundant forms of communication among their members.  Redundant communications refers to having multiple back-up communication options, and is critical to emergency preparedness planning. Past exercise and real-world events demonstrate that health care coalitions cannot depend on just one or even two means for communication….

Chairfast Reasonable Accommodations Clarification Memo

Carla Erhartic

O’Connel & Aronowitz prepared a very helpful memo on the impact of the new emergency DOH regulations relating to admission into an ACF of persons using wheelchairs….

Free Active Shooter Preparedness Webinar

Carla Erhartic

Proper preparation and planning, paired with the ability to rapidly notify your employees, are the best things you can do to protect your organization from an active shooter. That’s why it is critical to stay informed and prepared 100% of the time….

Best Practices for Incident Reporting Audio Conference

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Incident Reporting”…. 

Using Data Analytics to Better Understand Medicaid Populations with Serious Mental Illness

Carla Erhartic

CMS’s Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is hosting a webinar to introduce states to a new technical resource designed to help state Medicaid agencies with using Medicaid claims and encounters data to gather specific insights about the population of adult Medicaid beneficiaries who have a serious mental illness in their state. This technical resource serves as a first step in assisting states with understanding key demographic attributes of this population, their use of Medicaid services, and their Medicaid service costs….

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Assisted Living Cost Calculator - Free Member Benefit

NCAL is preparing for the release of the AL Cost Calculator on Wednesday, August 15. They will be announcing the tool via a live webinar at 2:00 P.M. Eastern on the same day. Please note: Space for the webinar is limited. Since NCAL is doing a live demo of the tool, for bandwidth reasons, they have to limit the number of attendees that can join the webinar. So please limit to one person registering, but other staff members can view the webinar with you….

 

Audio Conference - Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)

Join NYSHFA on September 7th for the "Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)" Audio Conference....

Audio Conference - 2018 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends

Join NYSHFA on September 14th for the "2018 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends" Audio Conference....

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Save the Date! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

Save the Date! Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. 

DOH Association Meeting August 2, 2018

Carla Erhartic

Amy Kennedy and Carla Erhartic attended the NYS DOH Association Meeting on August 2nd in Albany. A summary of the topics discussed follow….

 

Best Practices for Incident Reporting Audio Conference

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Incident Reporting”…. 

Assisted Living Cost Calculator - Free Member Benefit

NCAL is preparing for the release of the AL Cost Calculator on Wednesday, August 15. They will be announcing the tool via a live webinar at 2:00 P.M. Eastern on the same day. Please note: Space for the webinar is limited. Since NCAL is doing a live demo of the tool, for bandwidth reasons, they have to limit the number of attendees that can join the webinar. So please limit to one person registering, but other staff members can view the webinar with you….

 

Free Cybersecurity Webinar

Free Cybersecurity Webinar - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:30 am. 1.5 CEUs offered!...

Audio Conference - Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)

Join NYSHFA on September 7th for the "Protect Against Legionella (and its nasty little friends)" Audio Conference....

Audio Conference - 2018 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends

Join NYSHFA on September 14th for the "2018 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends" Audio Conference....

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

SNALR Voucher Demonstration Program

As you may know, the New York State Department of Health is accepting attestation forms for the Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  For those who have submitted, or plan to submit it by the August 1, the program will begin to move forward.  For those who need more time to commit, we will accept attestation forms until Friday, September 7….


Save the Date! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

Save the Date! Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. 

2019 National Quality Award Applications Are Now Available!

The National Quality Award Program is pleased to announce that the 2019 application packets are now available online. In addition, the 2019 program calendar and submission checklist have been posted to each award level page...

37th Annual Health Care Open

On September 24th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 37th Annual Health Care Open...

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

Best Practices for Incident Reporting Audio Conference

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Incident Reporting”…. 

Free Cybersecurity Webinar

Free Cybersecurity Webinar - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:30 am. 1.5 CEUs offered!...

Assisted Living Cost Calculator - Free Member Benefit

NCAL is preparing for the release of the AL Cost Calculator on Wednesday, August 15. They will be announcing the tool via a live webinar at 2:00 P.M. Eastern on the same day. Please note: Space for the webinar is limited. Since NCAL is doing a live demo of the tool, for bandwidth reasons, they have to limit the number of attendees that can join the webinar. So please limit to one person registering, but other staff members can view the webinar with you….

 

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Save the Date! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

Save the Date! Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. 

New Medicare Cards Coming Out This Year

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Region 2 office has reached out to NYSCAL to offer assistance with the transition of new Medicare Cards….

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

DOH Request For Information on Licensure of LHCSAs

The Department of Health has circulated a Request For Information (RFI) to gather input for the development of a public need methodology for the licensure of LHCSAs….

SNALR Voucher Demonstration Program

As you may know, the New York State Department of Health is accepting attestation forms for the Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  For those who have submitted, or plan to submit it by the August 1, the program will begin to move forward.  For those who need more time to commit, we will accept attestation forms until Friday, September 7….


Best Practices for Incident Reporting Audio Conference

Carla Erhartic

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Incident Reporting”…. 

Assisted Living Cost Calculator - Free Member Benefit

Carla Erhartic

NCAL is preparing for the release of the AL Cost Calculator on Wednesday, August 15. They will be announcing the tool via a live webinar at 2:00 P.M. Eastern on the same day. Please note: Space for the webinar is limited. Since NCAL is doing a live demo of the tool, for bandwidth reasons, they have to limit the number of attendees that can join the webinar. So please limit to one person registering, but other staff members can view the webinar with you….

 

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

SNALR Voucher Demonstration Program

Carla Erhartic

As you may know, the New York State Department of Health is accepting attestation forms for the Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  For those who have submitted, or plan to submit it by the August 1, the program will begin to move forward.  For those who need more time to commit, we will accept attestation forms until Friday, September 7….


Save the Date! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

Save the Date! Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. 

DOH Request For Information on Licensure of LHCSAs

The Department of Health has circulated a Request For Information (RFI) to gather input for the development of a public need methodology for the licensure of LHCSAs….

Free Cybersecurity Webinar

Free Cybersecurity Webinar - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:30 am. 1.5 CEUs offered!...

New Medicare Cards Coming Out This Year

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Region 2 office has reached out to NYSCAL to offer assistance with the transition of new Medicare Cards….

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

DOH Request For Information on Licensure of LHCSAs

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Health has circulated a Request For Information (RFI) to gather input for the development of a public need methodology for the licensure of LHCSAs….

Free Cybersecurity Webinar

Free Cybersecurity Webinar - Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:30 am. 1.5 CEUs offered!...

Save the Date! 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

Save the Date! Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 23rd Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show. The conference will be held on November 14-15th at the Albany Marriott located at 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. 

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

New Medicare Cards Coming Out This Year

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Region 2 office has reached out to NYSCAL to offer assistance with the transition of new Medicare Cards….

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

HCS Account Management Guide

The NYS DOH Office of Information Technology Services has posted an HCS Account Management Guide on the Health Commerce System….

New Medicare Cards Coming Out This Year

Carla Erhartic

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Region 2 office has reached out to NYSCAL to offer assistance with the transition of new Medicare Cards….

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

HCS Account Management Guide

The NYS DOH Office of Information Technology Services has posted an HCS Account Management Guide on the Health Commerce System….

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

HCS Account Management Guide

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH Office of Information Technology Services has posted an HCS Account Management Guide on the Health Commerce System….

e-FINDS Version 3.4 Released

Carla Erhartic

The new Version 3.4 has been posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS)….

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

National Assisted Living Week Toolkit

You're ready to "Capture the Moment" this National Assisted Living Week, but how do you share that with others? Check out the NALW Media Toolkit for ideas on how to spread the word about your unique residents, your dedicated staff, your contributions to the larger community, and the special moments you create every day. Download sample materials and find tips at www.nalw.org.....

 

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program Open Enrollment

Enrollment in DEC's pilot pharmaceutical take-back program is now open to all New York State health care entities such as:

  • retail chain and independent pharmacies,
  • hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and
  • pharmacies servicing long-term care and assisted living facilities holding a Class 3A license in New York State.

The program covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, and gives pharmacies a safe, convenient and effective way to keep drugs out of our waters and out of the wrong hands…..

Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia

Adults with Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia who can no longer afford to pay privately for a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR), generally, have no other option than to enroll in the Medicaid Program. This enrollment often results in a transition from private pay residence in an assisted living facility to a skilled nursing facility....

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

2018 NYSCAL Members Top-Rated Providers Ranked by Senior Advisor

Carla Erhartic

The annual Senior Advisor "Best of 2018 Awards" recognize outstanding senior living and home care providers who have received consistently high ratings from residents and their families. Winners of the SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2018 Awards are located all over the United States and Canada and represent the top tier of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers….

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia

Adults with Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia who can no longer afford to pay privately for a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR), generally, have no other option than to enroll in the Medicaid Program. This enrollment often results in a transition from private pay residence in an assisted living facility to a skilled nursing facility....

National Assisted Living Week Toolkit

You're ready to "Capture the Moment" this National Assisted Living Week, but how do you share that with others? Check out the NALW Media Toolkit for ideas on how to spread the word about your unique residents, your dedicated staff, your contributions to the larger community, and the special moments you create every day. Download sample materials and find tips at www.nalw.org.....

 

Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program Open Enrollment

Enrollment in DEC's pilot pharmaceutical take-back program is now open to all New York State health care entities such as:

  • retail chain and independent pharmacies,
  • hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and
  • pharmacies servicing long-term care and assisted living facilities holding a Class 3A license in New York State.

The program covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, and gives pharmacies a safe, convenient and effective way to keep drugs out of our waters and out of the wrong hands…..

2018 Art from the Heart Program Deadline Extended

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The submission deadline for the 2018 Art from the Heart Program has been extended to July 13, 2018...

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

DOH Advisory: Legionellosis

Carla Erhartic

This is an Advisory from the New York State Department of Health. This Advisory can be viewed from the following link.
https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/ctrldocs/alrtview/postings/Notification_24648.pdf         

 

Advisory: Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Infections

The NYSDOH has issued the attached Health Advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC and state health departments are investigating hepatitis A outbreaks in multiple states among persons reporting drug use and/or homelessness and their contacts. This Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory alerts public health departments, healthcare facilities, and programs providing services to affected populations about these outbreaks of hepatitis A infections and provides guidance to assist in identifying and preventing new infections. See the Health Advisory for further information.

NYSHFA CONTACT: 

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

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia

Adults with Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia who can no longer afford to pay privately for a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR), generally, have no other option than to enroll in the Medicaid Program. This enrollment often results in a transition from private pay residence in an assisted living facility to a skilled nursing facility....

National Assisted Living Week Toolkit

Carla Erhartic

You're ready to "Capture the Moment" this National Assisted Living Week, but how do you share that with others? Check out the NALW Media Toolkit for ideas on how to spread the word about your unique residents, your dedicated staff, your contributions to the larger community, and the special moments you create every day. Download sample materials and find tips at www.nalw.org.....

 

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Overview of Advanced Home Health Aides Program

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Education Department (SED) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) defines AHHAs and requires supervision of AHHAs by an RN, and requires the inclusion of AHHA training and testing in the Home Care Services Worker Registry....

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program Open Enrollment

Enrollment in DEC's pilot pharmaceutical take-back program is now open to all New York State health care entities such as:

  • retail chain and independent pharmacies,
  • hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and
  • pharmacies servicing long-term care and assisted living facilities holding a Class 3A license in New York State.

The program covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, and gives pharmacies a safe, convenient and effective way to keep drugs out of our waters and out of the wrong hands…..

DEA's next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27, 2018

Carla Erhartic

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications….

Lauren Pollow Leaving the Association

Stephen Hanse, Esq., NYSHFA/NYSCAL President & CEO has announced that Lauren Pollow, NYSHFA/NYSCAL Director of Government Affairs, will be leaving the Association.  Lauren is relocating to Atlanta, Georgia. Her last day with NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be July 18th...

DAL 18-18: ACF 2nd Quarter Statistical Information Report Due July 31, 2018

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted the Adult Care Facility 2nd Quarter Statistical Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

 

NYSCAL Presents Awards at 69th Annual Convention to Outstanding Leaders in Assisted Living

Carla Erhartic

On June 26, 2018 at the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Awards Banquet, Amy Kennedy, Executive Director of NYSCAL introduced the winners for the assisted living sector. The three categories that were awarded were Administrator, Nurse, Noble Caregiver and Volunteer of the Year Awards....

2018 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award Recipients Announced

AHCA/NCAL has announced the recipients of the 2018 Silver - Achievement in Quality Award.  This year, 166 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities in 36 states earned the Silver Award, sponsored by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).  A total of five NYSHFA/NYSCAL members received the award...

Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia

Carla Erhartic

Adults with Alzheimer's disease and/or dementia who can no longer afford to pay privately for a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR), generally, have no other option than to enroll in the Medicaid Program. This enrollment often results in a transition from private pay residence in an assisted living facility to a skilled nursing facility....

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

NYSCAL Presents 2nd Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Training Program

Carla Erhartic

In April and May 2018, NYSCAL’s Amy Kennedy, RN, Executive Director and Loretta Kaes, RN, BSN lead a four-day course that serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff. This is the second training program offered at no charge through our Foundation of Quality Care (FQC)....

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program Open Enrollment

Enrollment in DEC's pilot pharmaceutical take-back program is now open to all New York State health care entities such as:

  • retail chain and independent pharmacies,
  • hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and
  • pharmacies servicing long-term care and assisted living facilities holding a Class 3A license in New York State.

The program covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, and gives pharmacies a safe, convenient and effective way to keep drugs out of our waters and out of the wrong hands…..

2018 Art from the Heart Program Deadline Extended

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The submission deadline for the 2018 Art from the Heart Program has been extended to July 13, 2018...

Show Your Support & Urge Gov. Cuomo to Sign Hospice ALP Legislation Today

Carla Erhartic

As some of you are aware, current Medicaid regulations prevent terminally ill Assisted Living Program (ALP) residents from receiving hospice services in the ALP setting, forcing them to transfer in their last few weeks of life. In response to this concern, the legislature passed a bill (A.10459-A, Lupardo; Passed Assembly/ S08353A, Hannon; Passed Senate) to direct the Department of Health (DOH) to establish reimbursement mechanisms for access to hospice….

Enriched Housing Funding Program Application DUE 6-29-18

The Department has announced that funding is now available under the Enriched Housing Operating Assistance Program for the State Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Operators of Not-for-Profit (NFP Enriched Housing Programs who provide services to individuals receiving SSI are eligible to participate in this program….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program Open Enrollment

Enrollment in DEC's pilot pharmaceutical take-back program is now open to all New York State health care entities such as:

  • retail chain and independent pharmacies,
  • hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and
  • pharmacies servicing long-term care and assisted living facilities holding a Class 3A license in New York State.

The program covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, and gives pharmacies a safe, convenient and effective way to keep drugs out of our waters and out of the wrong hands…..

Alzheimer’s Voucher Demonstration Webinar

The New York State Department of Health hosted a webinar June 11 on the Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia….

 

Urgent DOH Letter to Transitional Housing Providers

Carla Erhartic

Effective March 16, 2018, NYS entred into revisions to the Second Amended Stipulation and Order with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs representing a class of NYC adult home residents with serious mental illness. Additional requirements for the Provider have been added…..

 

OMIG 2018 Workplan Update

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General has posted an update to its 2018-19 Work Plan….

Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program Open Enrollment

Enrollment in DEC's pilot pharmaceutical take-back program is now open to all New York State health care entities such as:

  • retail chain and independent pharmacies,
  • hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and
  • pharmacies servicing long-term care and assisted living facilities holding a Class 3A license in New York State.

The program covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, and gives pharmacies a safe, convenient and effective way to keep drugs out of our waters and out of the wrong hands…..

Alzheimer’s Voucher Demonstration Webinar

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Department of Health hosted a webinar June 11 on the Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher Demonstration Program for Persons with Dementia….

 

NCAL Connections Newsletter now Available

Carla Erhartic

NCAL has released the June 2018 Newsletter and it is filled with Assisted Living News, Events, Education opportunities and Resources to plan your National Assisted Living Week Celebration at your community….

Request Assistance: Updating NYSCAL Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our database….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

DAL 18-12 Enriched Housing Funding Assistance Program for 2018-2019

The Department has announced that funding is now available under the Enriched Housing Operating Assistance Program for the State Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Operators of Not-for-Profit (NFP Enriched Housing Programs who provide services to individuals receiving SSI are eligible to participate in this program….

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program Open Enrollment

Carla Erhartic

Enrollment in DEC's pilot pharmaceutical take-back program is now open to all New York State health care entities such as:

  • retail chain and independent pharmacies,
  • hospitals and medical clinics with on-site pharmacies, and
  • pharmacies servicing long-term care and assisted living facilities holding a Class 3A license in New York State.

The program covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years, and gives pharmacies a safe, convenient and effective way to keep drugs out of our waters and out of the wrong hands…..

DAL 18-12 Enriched Housing Funding Assistance Program for 2018-2019

The Department has announced that funding is now available under the Enriched Housing Operating Assistance Program for the State Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Operators of Not-for-Profit (NFP Enriched Housing Programs who provide services to individuals receiving SSI are eligible to participate in this program….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

Special Needs Assisted Living Residence Voucher Demonstration Project

The Department hosted a webinar with a brief overview of how the program will work and money that would be available by County...

DAL:18-13 Resident Safety Plan Checklist During Renovations

The Department has posted a new DAL that replaces the Dear Administrator Letter HCBS 08-11, Renovations” previously issued February 12, 2008.  ACFs are required to notify their regional office of any renovations to their facility that may disrupt services or impact the safety of their residents and are now required to submit a safety plan for review and approval by the Regional Office prior to the start of renovations….

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

DAL 18-12 Enriched Housing Funding Assistance Program for 2018-2019

The Department has announced that funding is now available under the Enriched Housing Operating Assistance Program for the State Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Operators of Not-for-Profit (NFP Enriched Housing Programs who provide services to individuals receiving SSI are eligible to participate in this program….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL:18-13 Resident Safety Plan Checklist During Renovations

The Department has posted a new DAL that replaces the Dear Administrator Letter HCBS 08-11, Renovations” previously issued February 12, 2008.  ACFs are required to notify their regional office of any renovations to their facility that may disrupt services or impact the safety of their residents and are now required to submit a safety plan for review and approval by the Regional Office prior to the start of renovations….

Special Needs Assisted Living Residence Voucher Demonstration Project

The Department hosted a webinar with a brief overview of how the program will work and money that would be available by County...

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Special Needs Assisted Living Residence Voucher Demonstration Project

Carla Erhartic

The Department hosted a webinar with a brief overview of how the program will work and money that would be available by County...

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL:18-13 Resident Safety Plan Checklist During Renovations

The Department has posted a new DAL that replaces the Dear Administrator Letter HCBS 08-11, Renovations” previously issued February 12, 2008.  ACFs are required to notify their regional office of any renovations to their facility that may disrupt services or impact the safety of their residents and are now required to submit a safety plan for review and approval by the Regional Office prior to the start of renovations….

Policy Guidance Regarding Admission/Retention of Chairfast Residents

An Emergency Regulation was issued May 31st in DAL 18-16 addressing residents or prospective residents that use wheelchairs. Our legal counsel O’Connell and Aronowitz have drafted a sample policy and procedure as guidance to your community….

Policy Guidance Regarding Admission/Retention of Chairfast Residents

Carla Erhartic

An Emergency Regulation was issued May 31st in DAL 18-16 addressing residents or prospective residents that use wheelchairs. Our legal counsel O’Connell and Aronowitz have drafted a sample policy and procedure as guidance to your community….

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL:18-13 Resident Safety Plan Checklist During Renovations

The Department has posted a new DAL that replaces the Dear Administrator Letter HCBS 08-11, Renovations” previously issued February 12, 2008.  ACFs are required to notify their regional office of any renovations to their facility that may disrupt services or impact the safety of their residents and are now required to submit a safety plan for review and approval by the Regional Office prior to the start of renovations….

DAL:18-13 Resident Safety Plan Checklist During Renovations

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted a new DAL that replaces the Dear Administrator Letter HCBS 08-11, Renovations” previously issued February 12, 2008.  ACFs are required to notify their regional office of any renovations to their facility that may disrupt services or impact the safety of their residents and are now required to submit a safety plan for review and approval by the Regional Office prior to the start of renovations….

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Voucher Demonstration Program Webinar

Carla Erhartic

The 2018-2019 enacted budget authorized the Department of Health to implement a  voucher demonstration program, targeted at those who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and/or dementia in a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR).  The goal of the demonstration program is to provide financial assistance to help residents remain in the SNALR and delay or eliminate  discharges to skilled nursing facilities….

 

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Congratulates New York’s Bronze Quality Award Winners

Today, 521 long term and post-acute care providers in 50 states and the District of Columbia were recognized with a 2018 Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). A total of four NYSHFA/NYSCAL members received the award...

Summer Leadership Conference: Destination Bermuda

SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:  DESTINATION BERMUDA

By Anthony J. Restaino, CNHA, FACHCA

Heralded as one of the most beautiful places in the world, Bermuda does not disappoint!  A week spent in Bermuda, will certainly be the highlight of your entire year! The excitement starts on the plane when you see the island in the distance.  As you get closer to Bermuda, the ocean gradually turns from a deep blue to turquoise.  From the moment you hit the ground, the experience begins... 

Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

DAL 18-12 Enriched Housing Funding Assistance Program for 2018-2019

The Department has announced that funding is now available under the Enriched Housing Operating Assistance Program for the State Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Operators of Not-for-Profit (NFP Enriched Housing Programs who provide services to individuals receiving SSI are eligible to participate in this program….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

DAL 18-12 Enriched Housing Funding Assistance Program for 2018-2019

Carla Erhartic

The Department has announced that funding is now available under the Enriched Housing Operating Assistance Program for the State Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Operators of Not-for-Profit (NFP Enriched Housing Programs who provide services to individuals receiving SSI are eligible to participate in this program….

Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2018 Scholarship Program

in Membership

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2018 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in member facilities...

NYSHFA Presents Days of Education

NYSHFA will be hosting Days of Education as part of the NYSHFA/NYSCAL 69th Annual Conference & Expo at the Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY...

AHCA & NCAL 69th Annual Convention & Expo

This year the 69th Annual Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Conference takes place in stunning San Diego, CA. Join your colleagues from around the country for unbeatable networking, spectacular speakers, on-target education sessions, and a show-stopping Expo Hall filled with solutions to your toughest challenges. You’ll also find lots of opportunities to soak in the sun and charm of your surroundings…..

NCAL Award Program for Adult Homes and Assisted Living

NYSCAL’s National Association NCAL is seeking nominations for their awards program. Consider honoring a colleague or volunteer with a much-deserved award from our national recognition program. This is the opportunity for you to recognize an individual who is dedicated to improving the lives of others and their surrounding communities….

 

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Summer Leadership Conference: Destination Bermuda

SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:  DESTINATION BERMUDA

By Anthony J. Restaino, CNHA, FACHCA

Heralded as one of the most beautiful places in the world, Bermuda does not disappoint!  A week spent in Bermuda, will certainly be the highlight of your entire year! The excitement starts on the plane when you see the island in the distance.  As you get closer to Bermuda, the ocean gradually turns from a deep blue to turquoise.  From the moment you hit the ground, the experience begins... 

Ready Seniors Symposium And Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Carla Erhartic

Our Federal host partner organizations will present to, and share best practices with, public and private partner organizations that have critical roles in providing care for our older adult population. Discussion will center on weather events that may cause service interruption and threaten continued provider service…..

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2018 Scholarship Program

in Membership

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2018 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in member facilities...

Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

NCAL Award Program for Adult Homes and Assisted Living

NYSCAL’s National Association NCAL is seeking nominations for their awards program. Consider honoring a colleague or volunteer with a much-deserved award from our national recognition program. This is the opportunity for you to recognize an individual who is dedicated to improving the lives of others and their surrounding communities….

 

Advisory: Health Commissioner Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent in NYS

in Clinical & Quality

The attached advisory is from the New York State Health Department. Log on to the Health Alert Network for additional information ...

AHCA & NCAL 69th Annual Convention & Expo

This year the 69th Annual Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Conference takes place in stunning San Diego, CA. Join your colleagues from around the country for unbeatable networking, spectacular speakers, on-target education sessions, and a show-stopping Expo Hall filled with solutions to your toughest challenges. You’ll also find lots of opportunities to soak in the sun and charm of your surroundings…..

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2018 Scholarship Program

in Membership

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2018 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in member facilities...

NCAL Award Program for Adult Homes and Assisted Living

NYSCAL’s National Association NCAL is seeking nominations for their awards program. Consider honoring a colleague or volunteer with a much-deserved award from our national recognition program. This is the opportunity for you to recognize an individual who is dedicated to improving the lives of others and their surrounding communities….

 

Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Advisory: Health Commissioner Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent in NYS

in Clinical & Quality

The attached advisory is from the New York State Health Department. Log on to the Health Alert Network for additional information ...

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

AHCA & NCAL 69th Annual Convention & Expo

This year the 69th Annual Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Conference takes place in stunning San Diego, CA. Join your colleagues from around the country for unbeatable networking, spectacular speakers, on-target education sessions, and a show-stopping Expo Hall filled with solutions to your toughest challenges. You’ll also find lots of opportunities to soak in the sun and charm of your surroundings…..

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

NCAL Award Program for Adult Homes and Assisted Living

NYSCAL’s National Association NCAL is seeking nominations for their awards program. Consider honoring a colleague or volunteer with a much-deserved award from our national recognition program. This is the opportunity for you to recognize an individual who is dedicated to improving the lives of others and their surrounding communities….

 

AHCA & NCAL 69th Annual Convention & Expo

This year the 69th Annual Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Conference takes place in stunning San Diego, CA. Join your colleagues from around the country for unbeatable networking, spectacular speakers, on-target education sessions, and a show-stopping Expo Hall filled with solutions to your toughest challenges. You’ll also find lots of opportunities to soak in the sun and charm of your surroundings…..

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

NCAL Award Program for Adult Homes and Assisted Living

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL’s National Association NCAL is seeking nominations for their awards program. Consider honoring a colleague or volunteer with a much-deserved award from our national recognition program. This is the opportunity for you to recognize an individual who is dedicated to improving the lives of others and their surrounding communities….

 

AHCA & NCAL 69th Annual Convention & Expo

Carla Erhartic

This year the 69th Annual Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Conference takes place in stunning San Diego, CA. Join your colleagues from around the country for unbeatable networking, spectacular speakers, on-target education sessions, and a show-stopping Expo Hall filled with solutions to your toughest challenges. You’ll also find lots of opportunities to soak in the sun and charm of your surroundings…..

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

Room Block Selling Fast! 69th Annual Conference & Expo

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Hotel Block is selling quickly. Don't get shut out! Book your room today....

NEW NAB CE Registry!

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. This registry is the first of its kind and will be free of charge to all long-term care licensees. NYSHFA/NYSCAL is a sponsor of NAB credits in NY, and will now be required to electronically file our attendee records directly to NAB. Administrators will now have their educational history stored in one place. Credits will be reported one of two ways, direct upload from an NAB sponsor such as NYSHFA/NYSCAL or a self-report feature for any non-sponsored courses you may attend. This new system will replace paper certificates from Individual sponsors. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will no longer be sending certificates….

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Moratorium on Licensed Home Care Services Agency Applications

Carla Erhartic

As part of the New York State Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget, a new law was enacted which places a two-year moratorium on the processing and approval of applications seeking the licensure of Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSAs). This moratorium became effective on April 1, 2018 and will continue until March 31, 2020.  The full language of the moratorium can be found in Section 9-e of Part B of Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2018….

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Room Block Selling Fast! 69th Annual Conference & Expo

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Hotel Block is selling quickly. Don't get shut out! Book your room today....

NEW NAB CE Registry!

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. This registry is the first of its kind and will be free of charge to all long-term care licensees. NYSHFA/NYSCAL is a sponsor of NAB credits in NY, and will now be required to electronically file our attendee records directly to NAB. Administrators will now have their educational history stored in one place. Credits will be reported one of two ways, direct upload from an NAB sponsor such as NYSHFA/NYSCAL or a self-report feature for any non-sponsored courses you may attend. This new system will replace paper certificates from Individual sponsors. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will no longer be sending certificates….

Rudy Giuliani Confirmed to Kickoff 69th Annual Conference & Expo!

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani confirmed as the Opening Keynote Speaker on Monday June25th!...

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL 18-10 Expanding Access for ALP Beds – Application Process

Application for ALPS to expand by nine or fewer beds. As enacted in the 2018-19 budget, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued an application for Assisted Living Programs (ALPs) to expedite an approval for up to nine beds. The following eligibility criteria must apply:

  • Must be an existing ALP;
  • The expansion must not require major renovation or construction;
  • ALP must agree to dedicate additional beds to Medicaid recipients;
  • Must be in good standing with DOH; and,
  • Must be in compliance with appropriate State and Federal requirements as determined by DOH….

 

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

DAL 18-11 EQUAL Program 2018-2019

Carla Erhartic

DOH posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS) DAL 18-11 and the Conditions for Participation in the EQUAL program.  All facility operators that apply will receive a per person amount based on the number of SSI and Safety Net residents report on their 2017 census…

Room Block Selling Fast! 69th Annual Conference & Expo

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Hotel Block is selling quickly. Don't get shut out! Book your room today....

NEW NAB CE Registry!

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. This registry is the first of its kind and will be free of charge to all long-term care licensees. NYSHFA/NYSCAL is a sponsor of NAB credits in NY, and will now be required to electronically file our attendee records directly to NAB. Administrators will now have their educational history stored in one place. Credits will be reported one of two ways, direct upload from an NAB sponsor such as NYSHFA/NYSCAL or a self-report feature for any non-sponsored courses you may attend. This new system will replace paper certificates from Individual sponsors. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will no longer be sending certificates….

Rudy Giuliani Confirmed to Kickoff 69th Annual Conference & Expo!

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani confirmed as the Opening Keynote Speaker on Monday June25th!...

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL 18-10 Expanding Access for ALP Beds – Application Process

Application for ALPS to expand by nine or fewer beds. As enacted in the 2018-19 budget, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued an application for Assisted Living Programs (ALPs) to expedite an approval for up to nine beds. The following eligibility criteria must apply:

  • Must be an existing ALP;
  • The expansion must not require major renovation or construction;
  • ALP must agree to dedicate additional beds to Medicaid recipients;
  • Must be in good standing with DOH; and,
  • Must be in compliance with appropriate State and Federal requirements as determined by DOH….

 

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

NEW NAB CE Registry!

Carla Erhartic

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. This registry is the first of its kind and will be free of charge to all long-term care licensees. NYSHFA/NYSCAL is a sponsor of NAB credits in NY, and will now be required to electronically file our attendee records directly to NAB. Administrators will now have their educational history stored in one place. Credits will be reported one of two ways, direct upload from an NAB sponsor such as NYSHFA/NYSCAL or a self-report feature for any non-sponsored courses you may attend. This new system will replace paper certificates from Individual sponsors. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will no longer be sending certificates….

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report: Due Date May 1, 2018

in Clinical & Quality

This is a one-week reminder that the annual required Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report is due to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by next Tuesday, May 1, 2018. If you are not responsible for submitting this report for your healthcare facility or agency, then please send this message to the individual responsible for submitting the report ...

Rudy Giuliani Confirmed to Kickoff 69th Annual Conference & Expo!

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani confirmed as the Opening Keynote Speaker on Monday June25th!...

Room Block Selling Fast! 69th Annual Conference & Expo

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Hotel Block is selling quickly. Don't get shut out! Book your room today....

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

2018 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 14th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

DAL 18-10 Expanding Access for ALP Beds – Application Process

Application for ALPS to expand by nine or fewer beds. As enacted in the 2018-19 budget, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued an application for Assisted Living Programs (ALPs) to expedite an approval for up to nine beds. The following eligibility criteria must apply:

  • Must be an existing ALP;
  • The expansion must not require major renovation or construction;
  • ALP must agree to dedicate additional beds to Medicaid recipients;
  • Must be in good standing with DOH; and,
  • Must be in compliance with appropriate State and Federal requirements as determined by DOH….

 

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL 18-10 Expanding Access for ALP Beds – Application Process

Carla Erhartic

Application for ALPS to expand by nine or fewer beds. As enacted in the 2018-19 budget, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued an application for Assisted Living Programs (ALPs) to expedite an approval for up to nine beds. The following eligibility criteria must apply:

  • Must be an existing ALP;
  • The expansion must not require major renovation or construction;
  • ALP must agree to dedicate additional beds to Medicaid recipients;
  • Must be in good standing with DOH; and,
  • Must be in compliance with appropriate State and Federal requirements as determined by DOH….

 

DAL 18-08 - 2018 1st Quarter Statistical Informational Report

The Department posted the 2018 1st quarter QSIR Report on the Health Commerce System. (HCS)…

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report: Due Date May 1, 2018

in Clinical & Quality

This is a one-week reminder that the annual required Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report is due to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by next Tuesday, May 1, 2018. If you are not responsible for submitting this report for your healthcare facility or agency, then please send this message to the individual responsible for submitting the report ...

DAL 18-04 Provision of Nursing Services in an ALP

The Department issued a DAL and a Q&A regarding nursing services in an Assisted Living Program (ALP)….

 

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

Room Block Selling Fast! 69th Annual Conference & Expo

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Hotel Block is selling quickly. Don't get shut out! Book your room today....

Registration Open for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, being held June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY...

2018 AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo

Registration is now open for AHCA/NCAL’s 69th annual Convention and Expo….

DAL 18-04 Provision of Nursing Services in an ALP

Carla Erhartic

The Department issued a DAL and a Q&A regarding nursing services in an Assisted Living Program (ALP)….

 

2018 Assisted Living Program Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

Carla Erhartic

The Department issued a letter to provide information regarding the ALP Medicaid reimbursement rates effective January 1, 2018…..

DAL 18-08 - 2018 1st Quarter Statistical Informational Report

The Department posted the 2018 1st quarter QSIR Report on the Health Commerce System. (HCS)…

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

Registration Open for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, being held June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY...

2018 AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo

Registration is now open for AHCA/NCAL’s 69th annual Convention and Expo….

DAL 18-10: Expanding Access to ALP Services

Joanne O'Connor

The Department has posted DAL 18-10: Expanding Access to ALP Services on the Health Commerce System (HCS)...

January 1, 2018 CHHA Rates Posted on NYS DOH Website

The Bureau of Long Term Care Reimbursement posted the rate calculation sheets to the HCS website for each non-hospital based CHHA which filed a properly certified full year 2016 cost report...

January 1, 2018 ALP Rates Posted on NYS DOH Website

The Bureau of Long Term Care Reimbursement posted the rates for the Assisted Living Program (ALP) Minimum Wage Medicaid rates. The Department of Health (DOH) has released a Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) regarding the January 1, 2018 rates...

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

DAL 18-08 - 2018 1st Quarter Statistical Informational Report

The Department posted the 2018 1st quarter QSIR Report on the Health Commerce System. (HCS)…

Registration Open for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, being held June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY...

2018 AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo

Registration is now open for AHCA/NCAL’s 69th annual Convention and Expo….

January 1, 2018 ALP Rates Posted on NYS DOH Website

Carl J Pucci

The Bureau of Long Term Care Reimbursement posted the rates for the Assisted Living Program (ALP) Minimum Wage Medicaid rates. The Department of Health (DOH) has released a Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) regarding the January 1, 2018 rates...

January 1, 2018 CHHA Rates Posted on NYS DOH Website

Carl J Pucci

The Bureau of Long Term Care Reimbursement posted the rate calculation sheets to the HCS website for each non-hospital based CHHA which filed a properly certified full year 2016 cost report...

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

ACF/AL Residence Culture Audio Conference

Carla Erhartic

This energetic session will investigate the numerous ways in which a residence culture can affect everything that matters; employee motivation and satisfaction, community reputation, effective marketing, and, most importantly, the happiness and wellbeing of our residents and their loved ones. Residence culture is essential in creating the type of environment that will facilitate employee longevity, commitment, performance, and enthusiasm….

 

DAL 18-08 - 2018 1st Quarter Statistical Informational Report

The Department posted the 2018 1st quarter QSIR Report on the Health Commerce System. (HCS)…

Registration Open for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, being held June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY...

2018 AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo

Registration is now open for AHCA/NCAL’s 69th annual Convention and Expo….

Medicaid Update - March 2018

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the March 2018 Medicaid Update...

2018 NYSCAL Awards Program Recipients

Joanne O'Connor

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs...

Request Assistance: Updating Contacts in Database

Carla Erhartic

It’s that time of year again where we’d appreciate your help in updating our contact list for our database….

DAL 18-08 - 2018 1st Quarter Statistical Informational Report

The Department posted the 2018 1st quarter QSIR Report on the Health Commerce System. (HCS)…

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

Registration Open for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, being held June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY...

2018 AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo

Registration is now open for AHCA/NCAL’s 69th annual Convention and Expo….

DAL 18-04 Nursing Services in ALP

Carla Erhartic

The Department has issued a DAL that serves to provide clarification to questions received by NYS DOH regarding the provision of nursing services in an Assisted Living Program (ALP)…

 

DAL 18-08 - 2018 1st Quarter Statistical Informational Report

The Department posted the 2018 1st quarter QSIR Report on the Health Commerce System. (HCS)…

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs - 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

Please mark your calendars to participate in the New York City 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference April 18, 2018....

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

Registration Open for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, being held June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY...

2018 AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo

Carla Erhartic

Registration is now open for AHCA/NCAL’s 69th annual Convention and Expo….

DAL 18-08 - 2018 1st Quarter Statistical Informational Report

Carla Erhartic

The Department posted the 2018 1st quarter QSIR Report on the Health Commerce System. (HCS)…

DAL 18-06 – Guidance Related to Submission of Part 2 Licensure Documents

Carla Erhartic

The Department posted a new guidance document on the submission and review process of the Adult Care Facility Common Application…

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs - 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

Please mark your calendars to participate in the New York City 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference April 18, 2018....

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

Registration Open for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the 69th Annual Conference & Expo, being held June 24-27 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY...

Attention ACFs: Supervision Regulatory Requirements Audio Conference

Carla Erhartic

Dot Persico, Director of Quality Assurance in the Adult Care Facility & Assisted Living Surveillance will be presenting an audio conference on ACF regulatory requirements for supervision….

 

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs - 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

Please mark your calendars to participate in the New York City 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference April 18, 2018....

Facility Profile Application & DOH Coastal Storm Assignment for NYC Providers is Due March 31st

DOH has contacted NYSCAL regarding the Coastal Storm assignment that is due by March 31st from all NYC providers. The Department has sent a spreadsheet to show who is/isn’t compliant. As of today:

25/74 (34%) ACFs are compliant

18/74 (24%) ACFs are nearly complete

30/74 (41%) ACFs have little complete

1/74 (1%) ACFs are completely non-compliant; they have not even completed the critical asset survey which is necessary in order to be able to enter data in the Facility Profile Application…..

 

NYSHFA and NYSCAL 69th Annual Conference and Expo

Carla Erhartic

NYSHFA and NYSCAL are hosting their 69th Annual Conference at the Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY on June 24-27, 2018. The opening Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City…..

 

Facility Profile Application & DOH Coastal Storm Assignment for NYC Providers is Due March 31st

Carla Erhartic

DOH has contacted NYSCAL regarding the Coastal Storm assignment that is due by March 31st from all NYC providers. The Department has sent a spreadsheet to show who is/isn’t compliant. As of today:

25/74 (34%) ACFs are compliant

18/74 (24%) ACFs are nearly complete

30/74 (41%) ACFs have little complete

1/74 (1%) ACFs are completely non-compliant; they have not even completed the critical asset survey which is necessary in order to be able to enter data in the Facility Profile Application…..

 

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs - 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

Please mark your calendars to participate in the New York City 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference April 18, 2018....

The Foundation for Quality Care Announces Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care Inc. is pleased to announce its’ 2018 Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. New Board members were approved at the December/January NYSHFA Board Meetings and the Executive Committee was selected at the FQC Board Meeting in January 2018 ...

New Medicare Card Project Special Open Door Forum Announced

in NYSCAL Notes

Please be aware of the following announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their national New Medicare Card initiative. On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2 pm to 3 PM ET, CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum to give providers an opportunity to ask questions about the New Medicare Card Project. See attached for full details ...

Audio Conference - DOH Update on the New Survey Process

On Thursday, May 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "DOH Update on the New Survey Process"...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

in Legislative

Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs - 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

Please mark your calendars to participate in the New York City 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference April 18, 2018....

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

Audio Conference - DOH Update on the New Survey Process

On Thursday, May 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "DOH Update on the New Survey Process"...

New Medicare Card Project Special Open Door Forum Announced

in NYSCAL Notes

Please be aware of the following announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their national New Medicare Card initiative. On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2 pm to 3 PM ET, CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum to give providers an opportunity to ask questions about the New Medicare Card Project. See attached for full details ...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

in Legislative

Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program - Application Deadline Extended!

NYSCAL is offering a four-day course that serves the nurse leader in the Assisted Living Community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff....

New Medicare Card Project Special Open Door Forum Announced

Amy Kennedy in NYSCAL Notes

Please be aware of the following announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their national New Medicare Card initiative. On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2 pm to 3 PM ET, CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum to give providers an opportunity to ask questions about the New Medicare Card Project. See attached for full details ...

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City and the April 18th NYC 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

Audio Conference - DOH Update on the New Survey Process

On Thursday, May 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "DOH Update on the New Survey Process"...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

in Legislative

Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City and the April 18th NYC 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

Assisted Living Free Nurse Leadership Program

NYSCAL is offering a four-day course that serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff....

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

Audio Conference - DOH Update on the New Survey Process

On Thursday, May 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "DOH Update on the New Survey Process"...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

in Legislative

Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City and the April 18th NYC 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

Assisted Living Free Nurse Leadership Program

NYSCAL is offering a four-day course that serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff....

DAL 18-01 ACF Legal Services Community Resources Planning & Guide

The Department has updated the ACF Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Providing Resident Advocacy Services Guide with the most current information, including the Long Term Care Ombudsman and Office for the Aging Local Offices Directories located at the end of the guide……

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

Audio Conference - DOH Update on the New Survey Process

On Thursday, May 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "DOH Update on the New Survey Process"...

Registration Open for AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing June 4 – 5, 2018

in Legislative

Congressional Briefing will be held on June 4 – 5, 2018. The AHCA/NCAL featured speaker is Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and political analyst. Congressional Briefing provides members with the opportunity to ...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

2018-19 NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Day

On Monday, March 5th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL members from throughout the State traveled to Albany to advocate on behalf of New York’s skilled nursing and assisted living providers.

The day’s activities began at 8:00 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building (“LOB”) and meetings with key legislators and policymakers continued through 4:00 p.m. in the LOB and the Capitol. Advocacy efforts focused both on items included in the Governor’s 2018-19 Executive Budget, as well as initiatives NYSHFA/NYSCAL is requesting to be included within the final enacted Budget.

Among other things, our NYSHFA/NYSCAL advocacy efforts focused on the following:

  • Supporting the return to fee-for-service for nursing home residents after three months of continuous nursing home care;
  • Opposing the capital cuts to nursing homes and hospital capital expenditures;
  • Opposing the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) penalty to providers scoring in the lower two quintiles;
  • Opposing the reduction in case-mix adjustments to nursing home providers;
  • Opposing the current version of geriatric parole for those over the age of 55 and suffering from chronic/serious conditions;
  • Opposing the unfunded food waste recycling mandate;
  • Support for an expedited approval process for up to 9 ALP beds for existing providers;
  • Support for the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia voucher program;
  • Support for the 500 new ALP beds for counties with one or fewer ALP programs;
  • Support for the 500 beds for counties with ALP utilization exceeding 85%;
  • Support for an increase in the State share of Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) for adult care facilities; and,
  • Support for the inclusion of ALP providers in the Statewide Health Care Transformation Program (Phase 3).

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be working closely with legislators and policymakers on these and other issues as the 2018-19 budget negotiations progress through April 1. Additionally, we will be providing budget updates after the release of the Senate & Assembly One House budget actions. Please contact NYHSFA/NYSCAL with any budget or policy related questions.  

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Lauren E. Pollow
Director, Government affairs
518-462-4800 x25

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City and the April 18th NYC 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

DAL 18-03 New Statement of Administrator Qualifications for ACFs

Carla Erhartic

DOH has revised the Statement of Administrator Qualifications application form DOH-5259…

DAL 18-01 ACF Legal Services Community Resources Planning & Guide

Carla Erhartic

The Department has updated the ACF Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Providing Resident Advocacy Services Guide with the most current information, including the Long Term Care Ombudsman and Office for the Aging Local Offices Directories located at the end of the guide……

DAL 18-02 Special Needs ALR Waiver Form

Carla Erhartic

The Department has developed a new waiver request form designed for Assisted Living Residences that are seeking additional certification as a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR)….

 

Assisted Living Free Nurse Leadership Program

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL is offering a four-day course that serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff....

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

NYCACHCA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 11-14th at Villa Roma Resort...

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City and the April 18th NYC 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

NYC Adult Home Providers Emergency Preparedness Training

Carla Erhartic

Several federal agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, are holding this Ready Seniors symposium for health care and community service providers to talk about emergency preparedness for organizations that serve the senior population…..

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

Leadership in Person Centered Care: The Oasis Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Program

Leadership in Person Centered Care is a 2-day Train-the-Trainer program for nursing home and assisted living leadership teams to implement the Oasis curriculum in their organizations...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

NYCACHCA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 11-14th at Villa Roma Resort...

NYSCAL Hosts Town Meeting Conference Call – Audio Link Now Available

Carla Erhartic

On February 21st NYSCAL held a Town meeting.  Lauren Pollow, Director of Government Affairs for NYSHFA/NYSCAL gave a brief overview of the current priorities for the State Budget. Issues covered included, an increase in the State-share of the SSI for ACFS, expedited approval process for existing ALP providers, 500 ALP bed proposal based on county need and Capital funds set aside for ALP providers….

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City…

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

Leadership in Person Centered Care: The Oasis Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Program

Leadership in Person Centered Care is a 2-day Train-the-Trainer program for nursing home and assisted living leadership teams to implement the Oasis curriculum in their organizations...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

NYSCAL Members Town Hall Conference Call

Carla Erhartic

I am pleased to announce that there will be a NYSCAL Members Town Hall call on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.....

 

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City…

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

Audio Conference - Cyber Security & CMS Nursing Home Recommendations

On Wednesday, April 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "Cyber Security & CMS Nursing Home Recommendations"...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

Audio Conference - Discharge to Community: Safe Transitions to Reduce Hospitalizations

On Thursday, March 29th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "Discharge to Community: Safe Transitions to Reduce Hospitalizations"...

Leadership in Person Centered Care: The Oasis Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Program

Leadership in Person Centered Care is a 2-day Train-the-Trainer program for nursing home and assisted living leadership teams to implement the Oasis curriculum in their organizations...

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

Office of Inspector General Posts Updated Work Plan

Carla Erhartic

OIG posts its work plan update, three reports and an enforcement action. As always, you can use the links provided to go directly to the new material…

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City…

AHCA and NCAL Summary of President’s FY2019 Budget Proposal

Carla Erhartic

The current federal budget law requires that the President submit the budget between the first Monday in January and the first Monday in February.  The President’s budget is a blueprint which contains legislative proposals Congress may or may not take up…

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

DOH Requiring NYC Adult Care Facilities to Update Facility Profile Application

The Department is requiring all NYC-based healthcare facilities to review and attest to the accuracy of, or make needed updates to, and submit the required data in the Facility Profile Application no later than March 31, 2018….

 

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Member Mailing & Website Survey

NYSHFA / NYSCAL are in the process of redesigning our Website and Member Mailings.  In our efforts to do so, we are seeking input from our members...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

Leadership in Person Centered Care: The Oasis Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Program

Leadership in Person Centered Care is a 2-day Train-the-Trainer program for nursing home and assisted living leadership teams to implement the Oasis curriculum in their organizations...

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

DOH Requiring NYC Adult Care Facilities to Update Facility Profile Application

The Department is requiring all NYC-based healthcare facilities to review and attest to the accuracy of, or make needed updates to, and submit the required data in the Facility Profile Application no later than March 31, 2018….

 

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City…

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

2018 Volunteer of the Year Awards Program Deadline Extended to February 14

The Clinical and Quality Services Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Program. The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding volunteers serving in NYSHFA member health care facilities...

2018 Employee Recognition Program Deadline Extended to February 14

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

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

Medicaid Update - January 2018

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the January 2018 Medicaid Update...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

Leadership in Person Centered Care: The Oasis Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Program

Leadership in Person Centered Care is a 2-day Train-the-Trainer program for nursing home and assisted living leadership teams to implement the Oasis curriculum in their organizations...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Member Mailing & Website Survey

NYSHFA / NYSCAL are in the process of redesigning our Website and Member Mailings.  In our efforts to do so, we are seeking input from our members...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

NYCACHCA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 11-14th at Villa Roma Resort...

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City…

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

in Clinical & Quality

This is an informational message from the New York State Department of Health regarding the annual mandated Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report. The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Monday, February 5, 2018 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2018. All facilities covered under ...

Audio Conference - Cyber Security Recommendations

On Wednesday, April 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "Cyber Security & CMS Nursing Home Recommendations"...

DOH Requiring NYC Adult Care Facilities to Update Facility Profile Application

The Department is requiring all NYC-based healthcare facilities to review and attest to the accuracy of, or make needed updates to, and submit the required data in the Facility Profile Application no later than March 31, 2018….

 

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

NYCACHCA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 11-14th at Villa Roma Resort...

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

in Clinical & Quality

This is an informational message from the New York State Department of Health regarding the annual mandated Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report. The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Monday, February 5, 2018 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2018. All facilities covered under ...

Flu Reporting in Adult Homes

Carla Erhartic

When reporting the presence of flu in your facility, you must contact the local (county) health department. In a 2009 DAL, it indicates that in addition to reporting to your county health department, providers must also report to their DOH ACF Regional Office. If you have had a case of flu this year and have not reported to your Regional Office, please do so...

ATTENTION: NY City ACFs and ALPs – Save the Date

Carla Erhartic

Please mark your calendars to participate in the Emergency Preparedness Webinar Series for Adult Care Facilities in New York City…

NYS DOH Commissioner's Memo- Influenza Virus & Other New Initiatives

in Clinical & Quality

Influenza has been geographically widespread in New York for the last six weeks. As of January 20, 2018, 25,137 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported and 7,101 people have been hospitalized in New York State. One pediatric flu death has been reported. As we all know ...

DOH Requiring NYC Adult Care Facilities to Update Facility Profile Application

The Department is requiring all NYC-based healthcare facilities to review and attest to the accuracy of, or make needed updates to, and submit the required data in the Facility Profile Application no later than March 31, 2018….

 

Audio Conference - Cyber Security & CMS Recommendations

On Wednesday, April 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "Cyber Security & CMS Nursing Home Recommendations"...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

NYCACHCA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 11-14th at Villa Roma Resort...

NYSCAL Survey Question for Educational Topics

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL is interested in your feedback regarding pressing issues in your region, education topics for conference, webinars, regional and town hall meetings...

OSHA Form 300A Must be Posted February 1st

in Clinical & Quality

Just a reminder that beginning February 1st each year, employers are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that the summary, OSHA Form 300A, remains posted from February 1 through April 30. Employers with ten or fewer employees are ...

DOH Requiring NYC Adult Care Facilities to Update Facility Profile Application

The Department is requiring all NYC-based healthcare facilities to review and attest to the accuracy of, or make needed updates to, and submit the required data in the Facility Profile Application no later than March 31, 2018….

 

Submit Your 2018 National Quality Award Application Now! Feb. 1 Deadline Quickly Approaching

The deadline to apply for the 2018 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is just over one week away! All applications and payments for all three award levels must be submitted through the online portal by February 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST...

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., President of NYSHFA Announces the Appointment of Amy Kennedy as Executive Director of NYSCAL

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., President of NYSHFA/NYSCAL, is pleased to announce that Amy Kennedy, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.A will join the Association as the Executive Director of the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL)...

4th Quarter Statistical Report Due January 31, 2018

This is just a reminder that the 4th QSIR for 2017 is open on the Health Commerce System and is due by COB on January 31, 2018…..

NYS DOH Conducting EP Drill for Coalition Surge Test (CST) and Interoperable Communications (IOC)

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparation (OHEP) is planning a low-notice- drill in the coming weeks for Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities, Homecare and CHCs.  The drill is to test your ability to react to an emergency when notified through the Health Commerce System.  The drill will be activated on HERDS and you will need to respond to a short survey and submit through the HCS. 

These drills are NOT for the 5 boroughs of NYC.  NYC has their own CST requirements.

If your HCS roles for Administrator, Operator, 24/7 Emergency Contact, Emergency Response Coordinator, eFinds Reporting Administrator, Financial Data Submitter, HPN Coordinator are not up to date or assigned – you need to update the contact information immediately. Click on the link to view DAL 15-02 of the Required Roles in the Health Commerce System (HCS)

https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/adult_care/dear_administrator_letters/2015-03-19__dal_15_02_hcs_no_sig.htm  If you have any technical questions or need assistance, you may contact the HCS Helpdesk at 518-473-1809, ext. 1 or you can contact Commerce Accounts Management Unit (CAMU) at 866-529-1890.....

DOH Requiring NYC Adult Care Facilities to Update Facility Profile Application

The Department is requiring all NYC-based healthcare facilities to review and attest to the accuracy of, or make needed updates to, and submit the required data in the Facility Profile Application no later than March 31, 2018….

 

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

4th Quarter Statistical Report Due January 31, 2018

Carla Erhartic

This is just a reminder that the 4th QSIR for 2017 is open on the Health Commerce System and is due by COB on January 31, 2018…..

NYS DOH Conducting EP Drill for Coalition Surge Test (CST) and Interoperable Communications (IOC)

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparation (OHEP) is planning a low-notice- drill in the coming weeks for Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities, Homecare and CHCs.  The drill is to test your ability to react to an emergency when notified through the Health Commerce System.  The drill will be activated on HERDS and you will need to respond to a short survey and submit through the HCS. 

These drills are NOT for the 5 boroughs of NYC.  NYC has their own CST requirements.

If your HCS roles for Administrator, Operator, 24/7 Emergency Contact, Emergency Response Coordinator, eFinds Reporting Administrator, Financial Data Submitter, HPN Coordinator are not up to date or assigned – you need to update the contact information immediately. Click on the link to view DAL 15-02 of the Required Roles in the Health Commerce System (HCS)

https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/adult_care/dear_administrator_letters/2015-03-19__dal_15_02_hcs_no_sig.htm  If you have any technical questions or need assistance, you may contact the HCS Helpdesk at 518-473-1809, ext. 1 or you can contact Commerce Accounts Management Unit (CAMU) at 866-529-1890.....

DOH Requiring NYC Adult Care Facilities to Update Facility Profile Application

Carla Erhartic

The Department is requiring all NYC-based healthcare facilities to review and attest to the accuracy of, or make needed updates to, and submit the required data in the Facility Profile Application no later than March 31, 2018….

 

2018 NYSCAL Awards Programs

Joanne O'Connor

The New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL) is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards packet for 2018.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work. Also enclosed are materials for the 2018 NYSCAL Volunteer of the Year Awards program...

2018 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2018...

DOH: Informational Message from the Capital District Regional Office to their Health Coalition Partners

in Clinical & Quality

This is an Informational Message from the Capital District Regional Office to all Capital District Region Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition (CDR HEPC) Partners. Please review the attached file for guidance on How to update your Contact Information on the Health Commerce System using the Person Update Tool. Your Contact Information contained on the HCS is the Primary way ...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

in Legislative

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

NYCACHCA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 NYCACHCA Annual Conference is being held March 11-14th at Villa Roma Resort...

Governor Cuomo Releases 2018-19 Executive Budget

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On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Governor Cuomo unveiled his $168.1 billion State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2018-19 Executive Budget Proposal. In his presentation, the Governor described 2018 as the “most challenging budget year since 2011” given the State’s estimated $4.4 billion shortfall.

While the Medicaid budget will reflect the caps enacted by the FY 2011-12 budget, the Medicaid Global Cap is tied to the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI) estimated at 3.2% growth or $593 million in funding.

In summary, the Governor’s 2018-19 Executive Budget sets forth the following proposals impacting New York’s skilled nursing and assisted living providers:

  • Global Cap and FMAP: Extends the Medicaid Global Cap through FY 2019-20. Includes the State’s authority to adjust the Global Cap accordingly based on changes to the availability of Federal financial participation in Medicaid expenditures or changes in federal Medicaid eligibility criteria. 
  • Trend Factor: Continues SNF and ALP trend factor elimination through the State Fiscal Year. 
  • Quality Penalties: Imposes a 2% reduction in Medicaid reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities that are ranked in the lowest two quintiles of the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) and are also ranked in the lowest quintile in their most recent payment year. This penalty may be waived for extreme financial distress.
  • Temporary Workgroup on Capital Rate Methodology: Establishes a temporary workgroup on capital rate methodology to achieve a 1% reduction in capital expenditures to hospitals, skilled nursing providers, and adult day health care units to be effective in SFY 2018-19.
  • Statewide Health Care Transformation Program: Proposes an additional $425 million in support capital investment funds for healthcare providers to support of mergers and acquisitions, capital projects, debt retirement, working capital, and other non-capital projects to transition to a financially viable healthcare delivery system. Of this amount, $60 million will be directed towards clinics, home care, Assisted Living Programs (ALPs), and primary care providers. Within the $60 million, up to $20 million will be made available specifically for assisted living facilities, and $45 million will be made available to residential health care facilities.

  • VAP / VAPAP Funding: Provides $396 million in continued Vital Access Provider (VAP) and Vital Access Provider Assurance Program (VAPAP). This funding provides operating assistance to financially distressed providers to improve financial stability and ensure access to health care services. 
  • Healthcare Insurance Windfall Profit Fee: Imposes a 14% surcharge on health insurer gains to recapture $140 million of Federal corporate tax savings.  
  • False Claims Act: Conforms New York State Law with minimum and maximum fine level.
  • Spousal Refusal: Proposes to conform with Federal law regarding spousal contributions. Aligns the minimum level of resources retained by the spouse to qualify for long-term care services with the federal minimum of $24,180.
  • Rural HCBS Study: Directs the Commissioner of Health to conduct a study of Home and Community Based Services available to Medicaid recipients in rural areas of the state. Further, this authorizes the Department to provide a targeted Medicaid fee-for-service rate enhancement.
  • Food Waste Proposal: Proposes food waste recycling program that will include all venues generating an annual average of two tons per week of excess food waste and food scraps. Mandates the donation of excess food and the sending of any remaining waste to a facility that will compost, recycle or use it to produce energy.

Managed Long-Term Care

  • OMIG Recovery of Overpayments: Expands the authority for OMIG to recover  overpayments to Managed Long-Term Care Plans when such overpayments are identified by State audit or investigation.  Broadens OMIG’s authority to impose fines to Managed Care Plans, subcontractors, and providers for intentional or systematic inaccuracies related to data reporting.
  • Enrollee Choice: Proposes that an MLTC enrollee may change plans within a 30 or 45-day period after which time the beneficiary may only change plans once every 12 months except for “good cause” as determined by the Commissioner.

  • Excess Medicaid Managed Care Reserves: Authorizes the Commissioner of Health to make reductions in Medicaid reimbursement to Medicaid Managed Care Plans when they exceed the minimum contingent reserve requirement.
  • Performing Provider System (PPS) Penalties: Imposes a penalty for Medicaid Managed Care plans of 0.85% in their monthly capitated reimbursement rate if they fail to submit a PPS Partnership Plan by July 1, 2018.
     
  • Care Management: Eliminates duplication of care management services for MLTC enrollees residing in nursing homes.
  • Medicaid Enrollment in Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC): “Streamlines” the MLTC benefit by reducing administrative costs, banning contracted provider marketing, eliminating contracts with low-performing social adult day care providers, and increasing the eligibility threshold for providing MLTC services.

Assisted Living

  • ALP Expansion: Proposes to expand ALP capacity across the State by re-deploying authorized but unused ALP slots. Allows for an expedited approval process for providers in good standing to add up to nine ALP beds. Permits up to 500 new ALP slots in counties where there is one or no ALP providers. Additionally, in counties where occupancy exceeds 85%, the Commissioner may allow up to 500 new ALP slots.  Applicants must accept public pay, must be contracted with an MLTC, and if appropriate, be part of a Value Based Payment (VBP) initiative.
  • Memory Care Voucher: Proposes a voucher demonstration voucher program for up to 200 individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia who are not Medicaid-eligible to pay up to 75% of the average private pay rate in the respective region.

  • Universal Assessment System (UAS): Proposes limiting enrollment in MLTC to individuals achieving a score of 9 or above when assessed with the UAS-NY tool.
  • Federal SSI COLA: Authorize SSI benefits to be increased by the Federal 2019 SSI cost of living adjustment.
  • Enhancing the Quality of Adult Living (EQUAL): Proposes $6.5 million in funding which is equivalent with last year.

Transportation Provisions

  • Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation: Proposes to carve-out the transportation benefit from the MLTC benefit package. This change would require the benefit to be delivered on a fee-for-service basis through the regional transportation managers.
  • Eliminates supplemental payments for non-emergency transportation in rural communities and for emergency medical transportation providers.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will follow-up with a more detailed discussion of these proposals and other provisions included within the Executive Budget Proposal.  

NYHSFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11
shanse@nyshfa.org

Lauren E. Pollow
Director of Government Affairs
518-462-4800 x25
lauren@nyshfa.org

New NAB CE Registry Requirement

As of April 1st, 2018, all licensed NHAs and ALAs will need to be registered with NAB for their CEU tracking and certificates. Register today for your new NAB CE registration number!...

NYS DOH Conducting EP Drill for Coalition Surge Test (CST) and Interoperable Communications (IOC)

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparation (OHEP) is planning a low-notice- drill in the coming weeks for Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities, Homecare and CHCs.  The drill is to test your ability to react to an emergency when notified through the Health Commerce System.  The drill will be activated on HERDS and you will need to respond to a short survey and submit through the HCS. 

These drills are NOT for the 5 boroughs of NYC.  NYC has their own CST requirements.

If your HCS roles for Administrator, Operator, 24/7 Emergency Contact, Emergency Response Coordinator, eFinds Reporting Administrator, Financial Data Submitter, HPN Coordinator are not up to date or assigned – you need to update the contact information immediately. Click on the link to view DAL 15-02 of the Required Roles in the Health Commerce System (HCS)

https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/adult_care/dear_administrator_letters/2015-03-19__dal_15_02_hcs_no_sig.htm  If you have any technical questions or need assistance, you may contact the HCS Helpdesk at 518-473-1809, ext. 1 or you can contact Commerce Accounts Management Unit (CAMU) at 866-529-1890.....

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., President of NYSHFA Announces the Appointment of Amy Kennedy as Executive Director of NYSCAL

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., President of NYSHFA/NYSCAL, is pleased to announce that Amy Kennedy, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.A will join the Association as the Executive Director of the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL)...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., President of NYSHFA Announces the Appointment of Amy Kennedy as Executive Director of NYSCAL

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq., President of NYSHFA/NYSCAL, is pleased to announce that Amy Kennedy, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.A will join the Association as the Executive Director of the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL)...

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

NYS DOH Conducting EP Drill for Coalition Surge Test (CST) and Interoperable Communications (IOC)

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparation (OHEP) is planning a low-notice- drill in the coming weeks for Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities, Homecare and CHCs.  The drill is to test your ability to react to an emergency when notified through the Health Commerce System.  The drill will be activated on HERDS and you will need to respond to a short survey and submit through the HCS. 

These drills are NOT for the 5 boroughs of NYC.  NYC has their own CST requirements.

If your HCS roles for Administrator, Operator, 24/7 Emergency Contact, Emergency Response Coordinator, eFinds Reporting Administrator, Financial Data Submitter, HPN Coordinator are not up to date or assigned – you need to update the contact information immediately. Click on the link to view DAL 15-02 of the Required Roles in the Health Commerce System (HCS)

https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/adult_care/dear_administrator_letters/2015-03-19__dal_15_02_hcs_no_sig.htm  If you have any technical questions or need assistance, you may contact the HCS Helpdesk at 518-473-1809, ext. 1 or you can contact Commerce Accounts Management Unit (CAMU) at 866-529-1890.....

15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 22-23rd for the 15th Annual Social Service & Activities Conference...

eMEDNY Issues Transportation Provider Fee Guidelines

The Transportation Provider Fee Schedule has been updated…..

 

 

NYS DOH Conducting EP Drill for Coalition Surge Test (CST) and Interoperable Communications (IOC)

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparation (OHEP) is planning a low-notice- drill in the coming weeks for Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities, Homecare and CHCs.  The drill is to test your ability to react to an emergency when notified through the Health Commerce System.  The drill will be activated on HERDS and you will need to respond to a short survey and submit through the HCS. 

These drills are NOT for the 5 boroughs of NYC.  NYC has their own CST requirements.

If your HCS roles for Administrator, Operator, 24/7 Emergency Contact, Emergency Response Coordinator, eFinds Reporting Administrator, Financial Data Submitter, HPN Coordinator are not up to date or assigned – you need to update the contact information immediately. Click on the link to view DAL 15-02 of the Required Roles in the Health Commerce System (HCS)

https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/adult_care/dear_administrator_letters/2015-03-19__dal_15_02_hcs_no_sig.htm  If you have any technical questions or need assistance, you may contact the HCS Helpdesk at 518-473-1809, ext. 1 or you can contact Commerce Accounts Management Unit (CAMU) at 866-529-1890.....

Free Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program - Deadline to Apply is January 9, 2018

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the 2018 Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program. It is widely accepted that Assisted Living Facilities are leading providers of quality care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential.  The deadline to apply has been extended to January 9, 2018....

 

Mark Your Calendar for NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Day!

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be holding a joint targeted legislative visitation day on Monday, March 5th to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget ...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Submits Response to Proposed On-Call/Call-in Regulations

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On Monday NYSHFA/NYSCAL submitted a formal response to the New York State Division of Labor (NYSDOL) as well as the Joint Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business to discuss the impact of the proposed regulation regarding employee on-call/call-in scheduling. This proposed regulation ...

DAL 17-09: Cold Weather Advisory Reminder

Carla Erhartic

The Department responded to over a dozen heat related concerns over this past weekend and have asked that we remind you about the Cold Weather Advisory that was issued on November 1, 2017….

eMEDNY Issues Transportation Provider Fee Guidelines

Carla Erhartic

The Transportation Provider Fee Schedule has been updated…..

 

 

CDC Health Advisory: Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Antiviral Treatment of Patients with Flu

in Clinical & Quality

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing: 1) a notice about increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications; 2) a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations; 3) an update about approved treatment drugs and supply this season; and 4) background information for patients about influenza treatment. See attached bulletin for full details ...

Reminder: Federal Mandate Regarding Copay Nonpayment

The NYS Medicaid Pharmacy Program has been notified some pharmacies are refusing to dispense medications to patients for their inability to pay the copayment. Social Security Act §1916 specifies that no Medicaid enrolled provider may deny care or services to an individual eligible for such care or services on account of such individual's inability to pay a deduction, cost sharing, or similar charge. As noted in the September 2011 Special Edition Medicaid Update cover-story and the March 2012 Medicaid Update article titled "Clarifying Information for Medicaid Fee-for-Service (FFS) and Managed Care Pharmacy Providers", This Federal law applies to all Medicaid providers, both fee-for-service and managed care. Providers may attempt to collect outstanding copayments through methods such as requesting the co-payment each time the member is provided services or goods, sending bills or any other legal means...

New Medicare Card Replacement Initiative

In an effort to combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars, the United States Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 directing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove any reference to Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019...

Free Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program Open to Applicants

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the 2018 Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program. It is widely accepted that Assisted Living Facilities are leading providers of quality care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential…

 

NYS DOH Conducting EP Drill for Coalition Surge Test (CST) and Interoperable Communications (IOC)

Carla Erhartic

The NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparation (OHEP) is planning a low-notice- drill in the coming weeks for Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities, Homecare and CHCs.  The drill is to test your ability to react to an emergency when notified through the Health Commerce System.  The drill will be activated on HERDS and you will need to respond to a short survey and submit through the HCS. 

These drills are NOT for the 5 boroughs of NYC.  NYC has their own CST requirements.

If your HCS roles for Administrator, Operator, 24/7 Emergency Contact, Emergency Response Coordinator, eFinds Reporting Administrator, Financial Data Submitter, HPN Coordinator are not up to date or assigned – you need to update the contact information immediately. Click on the link to view DAL 15-02 of the Required Roles in the Health Commerce System (HCS)

https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/adult_care/dear_administrator_letters/2015-03-19__dal_15_02_hcs_no_sig.htm  If you have any technical questions or need assistance, you may contact the HCS Helpdesk at 518-473-1809, ext. 1 or you can contact Commerce Accounts Management Unit (CAMU) at 866-529-1890, ext. 1...

NYS DOH Posted the 2017 4th Quarter Statistical Information Report

Carla Erhartic

The Department posted DAL 17-24-2017 on the Health Commerce System (HCS) indicating the report must be completed and submitted no later than January 31, 2018…

 

Free Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program Open to Applicants

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the 2018 Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program. It is widely accepted that Assisted Living Facilities are leading providers of quality care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential…

 

OMIG: Compliance Certification Deadlines

in Finance & Reimbursement

There are two compliance certifications due for 2017 by year's end. OMIG's Bureau of Compliance confirmed the 2016 revised forms are current to be used for this year's online certification ...

New Medicare Card Replacement Initiative

Carla Erhartic

In an effort to combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars, the United States Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 directing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove any reference to Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019...

Reminder: Federal Mandate Regarding Copay Nonpayment

Carla Erhartic

The NYS Medicaid Pharmacy Program has been notified some pharmacies are refusing to dispense medications to patients for their inability to pay the copayment. Social Security Act §1916 specifies that no Medicaid enrolled provider may deny care or services to an individual eligible for such care or services on account of such individual's inability to pay a deduction, cost sharing, or similar charge. As noted in the September 2011 Special Edition Medicaid Update cover-story and the March 2012 Medicaid Update article titled "Clarifying Information for Medicaid Fee-for-Service (FFS) and Managed Care Pharmacy Providers", This Federal law applies to all Medicaid providers, both fee-for-service and managed care. Providers may attempt to collect outstanding copayments through methods such as requesting the co-payment each time the member is provided services or goods, sending bills or any other legal means...

CDC Health Advisory: Seasonal Influenza A(H3N2) Activity and Antiviral Treatment of Patients with Flu

in Clinical & Quality

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing: 1) a notice about increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications; 2) a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations; 3) an update about approved treatment drugs and supply this season; and 4) background information for patients about influenza treatment. See attached bulletin for full details ...

Free Training on Person-Centered Care Thinking from NCAL

On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group (PCG) conducted a training session for provider staff to provide information on “Achieving Community Integration.” This training includes an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centered thinking, staff roles in person-centered thinking, and planning and the LifeCourse framework...

Paid Family Leave (PFL) Begins 1/1/18

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Paid Family Leave (PFL) becomes a mandatory benefit for New York employees, effective January 1, 2018. PFL provides paid time off for a variety of family matters, and is a rider to your statutory short-term disability policy. The PFL benefit is capped at 8 weeks in 2018, payable at 50% of an employee’s average weekly wage ...

HCS Training - Free on the Learning Management System

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH offers online training for those new to the HCS. Register through the Learning Management System (LMS)...  The next scheduled CTI-100 classes are:

DOH: Severe Cold Advisory for Healthcare Facilities and Providers

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The coldest air mass of the season so far is expected over the next week, with the coldest air and wind chill temperatures occurring Wednesday and Thursday. The very cold temperatures combined with strong gusty winds will allow for wind chill values to reach dangerous, to potentially life threatening levels. Please immediately review your cold weather policies and procedures with all staff. See attached advisory for full details ...

DAL: DHCBS 17-05 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Reports Due Dec. 29th

The Department has just posted the 2016 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Report and the 2016 Hospice Cost and Utilization Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

Free Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program Open to Applicants

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the 2018 Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program. It is widely accepted that Assisted Living Facilities are leading providers of quality care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential…

 

Severe Cold Weather Advisory for Healthcare Providers

Carla Erhartic

The Department has issued a severe cold advisory for healthcare facilities and providers.  The coldest air mass of the season so far is expected over the next week, with the coldest air and wind chill temperatures occurring Wednesday and Thursday.  The cold temperatures combined with strong gusty winds will allow for wind chill values to reach dangerous, to potentially life threatening levels...

 

 

Free Training on Person-Centered Care Thinking from NCAL

On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group (PCG) conducted a training session for provider staff to provide information on “Achieving Community Integration.” This training includes an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centered thinking, staff roles in person-centered thinking, and planning and the LifeCourse framework...

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Clarifications regarding facilities that are not required to follow the CMS Emergency Preparedness rule, based on some feedback we are hearing from facilities who are unclear about their responsibility under the Rule….

2016 Annual Financial Report Due 12-22-17

The Department sent a list of providers that have not submitted their 2016 Annual Financial Reports…

Free Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program Open to Applicants

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the 2018 Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program. It is widely accepted that Assisted Living Facilities are leading providers of quality care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential…

 

DAL: DHCBS 17-05 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Reports Due Dec. 29th

The Department has just posted the 2016 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Report and the 2016 Hospice Cost and Utilization Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

Free Training on Person-Centered Care Thinking from NCAL

Carla Erhartic

On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group (PCG) conducted a training session for provider staff to provide information on “Achieving Community Integration.” This training includes an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centered thinking, staff roles in person-centered thinking, and planning and the LifeCourse framework...

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Clarifications regarding facilities that are not required to follow the CMS Emergency Preparedness rule, based on some feedback we are hearing from facilities who are unclear about their responsibility under the Rule….

Update from NCAL/NYSCAL on National Issues

Carla Erhartic

Last month, AHCA/NCAL announced the names of more than 1,575 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities nationwide that achieved AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals...


2016 Annual Financial Report Due 12-22-17

Carla Erhartic

The Department sent a list of providers that have not submitted their 2016 Annual Financial Reports…

LHCSA’s and ALPs Must Submit Documentation for new UAS Access by December 20, 2017

To accommodate new and more stringent security requirements associated with an organization’s use of the UAS-NY, the UAS-NY Project Team is working on a change to the way LHSCS’s including ALPs will access the UAS beginning March 2018.  The authorization process will be required annually….

 

DAL: DHCBS 17-05 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Reports Due Dec. 29th

The Department has just posted the 2016 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Report and the 2016 Hospice Cost and Utilization Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

Free Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program Open to Applicants

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the 2018 Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program. It is widely accepted that Assisted Living Facilities are leading providers of quality care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential…

 

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Carla Erhartic

Clarifications regarding facilities that are not required to follow the CMS Emergency Preparedness rule, based on some feedback we are hearing from facilities who are unclear about their responsibility under the Rule….

OMIG: Compliance Certification Deadlines

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There are two compliance certifications due for 2017 by year's end. OMIG's Bureau of Compliance confirmed the 2016 revised forms are current to be used for this year's online certification ...

Influenza Declared Prevalent in NYS for 2017-18 Season

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The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State for the 2017-18 influenza season, as of the date of this announcement. In accordance with Section 2.59 of the New York State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR § 2.59), all healthcare and residential facilities and agencies regulated pursuant to Article 28, 36, or 40 of the Public Health Law, shall ensure that all personnel, as defined in the regulation, not vaccinated against influenza for the current influenza season wear a surgical or procedure mask while in areas where patients or residents are typically present. This declaration shall remain in effect until the Commissioner declares influenza no longer prevalent in New York State. See attached for more information.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

Free Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program Open to Applicants

Carla Erhartic

The Foundation for Quality Care has been awarded grant funding for the 2018 Assisted Living Nurse Leadership Program. It is widely accepted that Assisted Living Facilities are leading providers of quality care in the United States.  Given this fact, dynamic and results-oriented leaders are essential…

 

OSHA Electronic Reporting Requirements Extended to Dec 15, 2017

in Clinical & Quality

The new rule, which took effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Some of the data will also be posted to the OSHA website ...

OMIG: Compliance Certification Deadlines

in Finance & Reimbursement

There are two compliance certifications due for 2017 by year's end. OMIG's Bureau of Compliance confirmed the 2016 revised forms are current to be used for this year's online certification ...

LHCSA’s and ALPs Must Submit Documentation for new UAS Access by December 20, 2017

To accommodate new and more stringent security requirements associated with an organization’s use of the UAS-NY, the UAS-NY Project Team is working on a change to the way LHSCS’s including ALPs will access the UAS beginning March 2018.  The authorization process will be required annually….

 

SSI Increase Legislation Sent to the Governor

As you are aware, this bill proposes an increase in the State Supplement Program (SSP) for adult care facilities by $20 per resident per day over five years. New York State falls roughly $30 short of the cost of providing services in an ACF and as operational costs continue to increase, this disparity will only worsen. NYSHFA/NYSCAL has advocated for this legislation at every opportunity during and after legislative session...

Medicaid Update - November 2017

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the November 2017 Medicaid Update...

Audio Conference -Set Yourself Up for Success: How Medicare VBP is Changing the Game

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference on Friday, January 26th entitled "Set Yourself Up for Success: How Medicare VBP is Changing the Game"...

Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending December 2, 2017

in Clinical & Quality

This Informational Message is being sent to you by the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC), which produces a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report from October through May. Attached is the influenza surveillance report for the week ending December 2, 2017 ...

SSI Increase Legislation Sent to the Governor

Carla Erhartic

As you are aware, this bill proposes an increase in the State Supplement Program (SSP) for adult care facilities by $20 per resident per day over five years. New York State falls roughly $30 short of the cost of providing services in an ACF and as operational costs continue to increase, this disparity will only worsen. NYSHFA/NYSCAL has advocated for this legislation at every opportunity during and after legislative session...

LHCSA’s and ALPs Must Submit Documentation for new UAS Access by December 20, 2017

Carla Erhartic

To accommodate new and more stringent security requirements associated with an organization’s use of the UAS-NY, the UAS-NY Project Team is working on a change to the way LHSCS’s including ALPs will access the UAS beginning March 2018.  The authorization process will be required annually….

 

OSHA Electronic Reporting Requirements Extended to Dec 15, 2017

in Clinical & Quality

The new rule, which took effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Some of the data will also be posted to the OSHA website ...

Compliance Program Certification for 2017 Available on the OMIG Website - Due 12-31-17

Carla Erhartic

Compliance Program Certification information and forms for 2017 are available on the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General's (OMIG) Certification Page under the “SSL” certification tab. Please note that the “12/2016 revised date” that appears at the top certification page merely indicates the last date the certification form was updated—it is not the certification for 2016. Entities subject to the compliance certification requirement should use the current online form at the bottom of page to complete the annual certification for 2017... 

 

OMIG Webinar on the OMIG Certification Process

Carla Erhartic

OMIG posted a webinar OMIG’s Certification Process: Mandatory CompliancePrograms & Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.  This webinar provides links to resources for the OMIG Certification process.  The webinar includes tips for completing the OMIG and the DRA certification forms...

DAL 17-05: ACF/AL Resident Guide to DOH Inspections

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted a new DAL and Attachment on “A Resident Guide to NYS DOH Inspections” on the Health Commerce System (HCS) under Documents By Group/Dear Administrator Letters…

ALP Certificate of Need Legislation Sent to the Governor

Carla Erhartic

The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Certificate of Need (CON) legislation passed both houses unanimously in June A.7727-A (Lupardo)/ S.5840 (Hannon) and was delivered to the Governor on Wednesday afternoon. The Governor has ten days to sign or veto this bill. If the Governor signs this bill, the State will create a new Certificate of Need (CON) process that awards ALP beds based on demonstrated community need instead of the current solicitation process...

DOH Provides ALPs with Guidance on Federal HCBS Rule

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Dear Administrator Letter DAL: 17-09Guidance for Assisted Living Programs to Comply with the Home and Community Based Settings(HCBS) Final Rule to Assisted Living Program (“ALP”) Administrators reminding them of obligations to meet HCBS standards for services provided under a Medicaid federal HCBS waiver by March 17, 2022.  The DAL includes preliminary guidance developed by the Department to assist ALP administrators in developing compliant policies and procedures...

Medical Marijuana

in Clinical & Quality

On October 5, 2017, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) submitted an emergency proposed rule authorizing health care facilities to become “designated caregivers” for certified medical marijuana patients. By allowing facilities to become designated caregivers, facilities may choose to possess, acquire, deliver, transfer, transport and/or administer medical marijuana to certified patients residing in the facility ...

DAL: DHCBS 17-05 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical and Hospice Utilization Reports

The Department has just posted the 2016 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Report and the 2016 Hospice Cost and Utilization Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

CHRC Vendor to Change Name

Carla Erhartic

Morpho Trust USA, LLC plans to change its legal name to IDEMIA in late 2017 or early 2018 and will notify its customers upon making the change.  IDEMIA is a trademark of Morpho Trust USA, LLC...

DOH and ACF Provider Association Meeting

Carla Erhartic

Stephen Hanse, Lauren Pollow and Carla Erhartic attended the monthly ACF Provider Association meeting at the Department on Tuesday, November 28th.  A recap of the of the discussion follows....

 

Last Chance to Register! Free Audio Conference-CEU's Offered!

Cultural Competence in Long Term Care: WHY and HOW? Tuesday – December 5, 2017 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 1.5 CEUs OFFERED...

OSHA Electronic Reporting Requirements Extended to Dec 15, 2017

in Clinical & Quality

The new rule, which took effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Some of the data will also be posted to the OSHA website ...

DAL 17-21 2016 Adult Care Facility Financial Report

The NYS DOH has posted the 2016 ACF Financial Reports on the Health Commerce System (HCS). You need to complete and submit the report via the HCS. Once complete, you need to print, sign and mail your AH "Opinion of the Independent Accountant - Certification of Operation" page to the address included in the DAL…

 

SSI Increase Legislation Letter of Support - Act Now!

Yesterday NYSCAL Government Affairs sent out a letter for members to use in an effort to urge the Governor to authorize the SSI increase for Adult Care Facilities (ACFs). As you are aware, this bill passed both houses of the legislature in 2017. This legislation must be delivered to the Governor for Executive action by the end of December and we are encouraging our members to advocate in the final weeks before a decision is reached...

2018 SSI and SSP Benefit Levels Chart

Carla Erhartic

OTDA has issued the 2018 SSI and SSP Benefit Levels Chart. The benefit amounts have been adjusted to reflect the 2.0% COLA increase…

DAL 17-21 2016 Adult Care Facility Financial Report

The NYS DOH has posted the 2016 ACF Financial Reports on the Health Commerce System (HCS). You need to complete and submit the report via the HCS. Once complete, you need to print, sign and mail your AH "Opinion of the Independent Accountant - Certification of Operation" page to the address included in the DAL…

 

DAL 17-09 Dated 11-13-17: Guidance for ALP to Comply with the HCBS Final Rule

Carla Erhartic

Effective March 17, 2014, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promulgated the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Rule. The HCBS Rule requires the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to ensure that residential Assisted Living Programs (ALPs), and the entire setting in which the ALP provides services, meet the established standards expressed in the HCBS Rule by March 17, 2022…..

SSI Increase Legislation Letter of Support - Act Now!

Yesterday NYSCAL Government Affairs sent out a letter for members to use in an effort to urge the Governor to authorize the SSI increase for Adult Care Facilities (ACFs). As you are aware, this bill passed both houses of the legislature in 2017. This legislation must be delivered to the Governor for Executive action by the end of December and we are encouraging our members to advocate in the final weeks before a decision is reached...

DAL 17-21 2016 Adult Care Facility Financial Report

The NYS DOH has posted the 2016 ACF Financial Reports on the Health Commerce System (HCS). You need to complete and submit the report via the HCS. Once complete, you need to print, sign and mail your AH "Opinion of the Independent Accountant - Certification of Operation" page to the address included in the DAL…

 

DAL 17-21 2016 Adult Care Facility Financial Report

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH has posted the 2016 ACF Financial Reports on the Health Commerce System (HCS). You need to complete and submit the report via the HCS. Once complete, you need to print, sign and mail your AH "Opinion of the Independent Accountant - Certification of Operation" page to the address included in the DAL…

 

SSI Increase Legislation Letter of Support - Act Now!

Yesterday NYSCAL Government Affairs sent out a letter for members to use in an effort to urge the Governor to authorize the SSI increase for Adult Care Facilities (ACFs). As you are aware, this bill passed both houses of the legislature in 2017. This legislation must be delivered to the Governor for Executive action by the end of December and we are encouraging our members to advocate in the final weeks before a decision is reached...

Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending November 4, 2017

in Clinical & Quality

This Informational Message is being sent to you by the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC), which produces a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report from October through May. Attached is the influenza surveillance report for the week ending November 4, 2017 ...

SSI Increase Legislation Letter of Support - Act Now!

Lauren Pollow and Carla Erhartic

Yesterday NYSCAL Government Affairs sent out a letter for members to use in an effort to urge the Governor to authorize the SSI increase for Adult Care Facilities (ACFs). As you are aware, this bill passed both houses of the legislature in 2017. This legislation must be delivered to the Governor for Executive action by the end of December and we are encouraging our members to advocate in the final weeks before a decision is reached...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Act Now, Limited Vendor Space Still Available! 22nd Annual Fall Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

DAL: DHCBS 17-05 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical and Hospice Utilization Reports

Carla Erhartic

The Department has just posted the 2016 CHHA/LTHHCP Statistical Report and the 2016 Hospice Cost and Utilization Report on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…..

Act Now, Limited Vendor Space Still Available! 22nd Annual Fall Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

NYS DOH ACF Association Meeting October 31, 2017

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL staff Stephen Hanse, Lauren Pollow and Carla Erhartic attended the ACF Association meeting today with Val Deetz, Director of Division of Adult Care Facility and Assisted Living Surveillance.  Topics discussed at the meeting are listed on the following page…..

 

Register Today for Free! - Emergency Preparedness & Life Safety Training Central Region November 8th

in Clinical & Quality

On Wednesday, November 8th at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the NYSDOH Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management (OPCHSM) and the Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP), with sponsorship of their colleagues at New York State Long Term Care associations*, are delivering a technical assistance workshop covering Emergency Preparedness (EP) and Life Safety Code (LSC). The workshop will provide training, discuss ongoing preparedness activities and resources already available to nursing homes that can help facilities be prepared for disasters and be compliant with new regulatory requirements put forth by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for EP and LSC. There are two parts to the workshop program, each covering unique, though related content. Part One will address EP and Part Two will cover Life Safety Code, Fire Safety and Certificate of Need requests…

Preventing the Flu Begins with You: Flu Vaccination and Healthcare Personnel Webinar

in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health will host a webinar on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the above subject matter. Please see attached for details and registration link ...

Act Now, Limited Vendor Space Still Available! 22nd Annual Fall Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Don't Miss NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner address the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Membership!

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow on November 14th where NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner Dan Sheppard will address the membership and kick off the 2-day education packed schedule...

Oral Health Matters!

The oral cavity plays a very important role in the health of the entire body. Free Webinar – CEUs Offered...

Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending October 14, 2017

in Clinical & Quality

This Informational Message is being sent to you by the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC), which produces a weekly statewide influenza surveillance report from October through May. Attached is the influenza surveillance report for the week ending October 14, 2017. This will be the final surveillance report for the 2017-18 season ...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offer Silver Quality Award Workshops

Now that your facility has achieved the Bronze Award for its commitment to quality, it may be time to apply for the Silver Award to recognize your achievement in quality...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offer Bronze Quality Award Workshop

It may be time to apply for the Bronze Quality Award to recognize your facility’s commitment to quality...

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

Audio Conference - Preparing Acceptable Plans of Correction and the Department's Expectations

NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Preparing Acceptable Plans of Correction and the Department's Expectations" on Tuesday November 14th at 3:00pm...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Act Now, Limited Vendor Space Still Available! 22nd Annual Fall Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner to address NYSHFA/NYSCAL Membership!

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow on November 14th where NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner Dan Sheppard will address the membership and kick off the 2-day education packed schedule...

Attention HCBS Provider Staff: Achieving Community Integration Webinar Training Invitation

On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group will be conducting a training session for HCBS provider staff on “Achieving Community Integration.” This training will include an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centeredness, staff roles in person-centered thinking and planning, balancing what’s  “important to” and “important for” recipients, and the LifeCourse framework….

DOH: DAL - NYC Impacted Homes

in Legal

On July 23, 2013, the State of New York entered into a Settlement Agreement ("the Agreement") with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs representing residents with serious mental illness living in Impacted New York City Adult Homes, United States v. State of New York, CV-13-4165 (EDNY), O'Toole et al. v. Cuomo CV-13-4165, (EDNY). Under the Agreement ...

Audio Conference - Preparing Acceptable Plans of Correction and the Department's Expectations

NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Preparing Acceptable Plans of Correction and the Department's Expectations" on Tuesday November 14th at 3:00pm...

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Audio Conference - 2017 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends

On November 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "2017 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends"....

Act Now, Limited Vendor Space Still Available! 22nd Annual Fall Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

CEU MP3s Available for Order!

Audio Conference MP3s are now available for purchase from NYSHFA/NYSCAL...

NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner to address NYSHFA/NYSCAL Membership!

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow on November 14th where NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner Dan Sheppard will address the membership and kick off the 2-day education packed schedule...

Audio Conference - Preparing Acceptable Plans of Correction and the Department's Expectations

Scott Jackson

NYSCAL will host an Audio Conference entitled "Preparing Acceptable Plans of Correction and the Department's Expectations" on Tuesday November 14th at 3:00pm...

Attention HCBS Provider Staff: Achieving Community Integration Webinar Training Invitation

On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group will be conducting a training session for HCBS provider staff on “Achieving Community Integration.” This training will include an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centeredness, staff roles in person-centered thinking and planning, balancing what’s  “important to” and “important for” recipients, and the LifeCourse framework….

DOH: DAL - NYC Impacted Homes

in Legal

On July 23, 2013, the State of New York entered into a Settlement Agreement ("the Agreement") with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs representing residents with serious mental illness living in Impacted New York City Adult Homes, United States v. State of New York, CV-13-4165 (EDNY), O'Toole et al. v. Cuomo CV-13-4165, (EDNY). Under the Agreement ...

Audio Conference - 2017 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends

On November 3rd NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "2017 Annual Update: Fraud, Waste & Abuse Enforcement Trends"....

NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner to address NYSHFA/NYSCAL Membership!

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow on November 14th where NYS DOH Deputy Commissioner Dan Sheppard will address the membership and kick off the 2-day education packed schedule...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio conference entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

Attention HCBS Provider Staff: Achieving Community Integration Webinar Training Invitation

Carla Erhartic

On behalf of the Department of Health, Public Consulting Group will be conducting a training session for HCBS provider staff on “Achieving Community Integration.” This training will include an overview of the foundational beliefs of person-centeredness, staff roles in person-centered thinking and planning, balancing what’s  “important to” and “important for” recipients, and the LifeCourse framework….

DOH: DAL - NYC Impacted Homes

in Legal

On July 23, 2013, the State of New York entered into a Settlement Agreement ("the Agreement") with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs representing residents with serious mental illness living in Impacted New York City Adult Homes, United States v. State of New York, CV-13-4165 (EDNY), O'Toole et al. v. Cuomo CV-13-4165, (EDNY). Under the Agreement ...

New Requirement for Submission of Administrative Actions for Category 1-3 Substantiated Findings of Reportable Abuse/Neglect

in NYSCAL Notes

DOH currently requires submission of corrective actions taken in response to investigations of reportable abuse and neglect. This requirement is set forth in 18 NYCRR Part 487.15(a-i) and 18 NYCRR Part 488.14(a-i}, which govern investigations involving facilities subject to the Justice Center. This response should also include information about subject-specific administrative actions. To ensure consistent monitoring and tracking of actions taken by both state-operated and non­state-operated providers, effective October 13, 2017, providers will be required to ...

New Requirement for Submission of Administrative Actions for Category 1-3 Substantiated Findings of Reportable Abuse/Neglect

Esq. Stephen B. Hanse in NYSCAL Notes

DOH currently requires submission of corrective actions taken in response to investigations of reportable abuse and neglect. This requirement is set forth in 18 NYCRR Part 487.15(a-i) and 18 NYCRR Part 488.14(a-i}, which govern investigations involving facilities subject to the Justice Center. This response should also include information about subject-specific administrative actions. To ensure consistent monitoring and tracking of actions taken by both state-operated and non­state-operated providers, effective October 13, 2017, providers will be required to ...

DOH: DAL - NYC Impacted Homes

Esq. Stephen B. Hanse in Legal

On July 23, 2013, the State of New York entered into a Settlement Agreement ("the Agreement") with the U.S. Department of Justice and private plaintiffs representing residents with serious mental illness living in Impacted New York City Adult Homes, United States v. State of New York, CV-13-4165 (EDNY), O'Toole et al. v. Cuomo CV-13-4165, (EDNY). Under the Agreement ...

EQUAL Funds Update

Carla Erhartic

DOH notified NYSCAL that EQUAL funds are being processed now. However, no information is provided as to the date of check disbursements....

Home Care Agency (LHCSA) Minimum Wage Reconcilation Survey Letter Posted to HCS dated 9/27/17

Carla Erhartic

If you limit use of your LHCSA to the ALP, even though you recently submitted the ALP Minimum Wage Survey you still must access the LHCSA Home Care Provider Minimum Wage Reconciliation Survey. This survey is due by Oct. 16th. The letter has guidance to assist you in how to complete the survey....

HCS Training for Beginners

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH offers online training for those new to the Health Commerce System (HCS). Register through the Learning Management System (LMS)...

eMedNY Training Seminars and Webinars

Carla Erhartic

The eMedNY Training Schedule for October through December is now available and registrations for seminars and webinars are currently being accepted....

HERDS Critical Asset Survey Update - for all Hospitals/NHs/ACFs Statewide

in Clinical & Quality

NYSDOH is requesting a review (and update) of Critical Asset Survey data by all Hospitals, Nursing Homes (NHs) and Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) statewide.

ALL facilities are directed to review their Critical Asset Survey data to ensure that it contains accurate and UTD information - AND to answer any newly added questions. This includes the Baseline form PLUS the two supplemental forms (Surge and Resilience) included in this HERDS Activity.

At the bottom of each form, an Attestation has been added. This attestation MUST be completed on each of the three forms in order to Submit them and provide DOH with an updated Completion Date for all forms.

The Attestation will also serve as confirmation that all data was reviewed and updated if/when necessary - even on a form where no changes are made otherwise.

For this update period, the following changes have been made to the survey forms: 

  1. the Baseline form for all facility types has been updated to now include a section on Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
  2. the Baseline form for Hospitals/ACFs now contains a section on Collective Bargaining Agreements. 

This update should be completed and ALL THREE forms Submitted by Friday October 6, 2017.

For questions please send an e-mail to ohep@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

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

CDC Recommendation for Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines 2017-2018

in Clinical & Quality

Please see link below for complete summary of groups recommended for vaccination, composition, timing, guidance for use, storage and adverse event reporting ...

Register today! 22nd Annual Fall Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

IMPORTANT: AHCA / NCAL National Quality Award Recertification Policy

If you are a Bronze or Silver Quality Award recipient, AHCA / NCAL maintains a Recertification Policy for when your facility must apply to the next higher award level...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offer Silver Quality Award Workshops

Now that your facility has achieved the Bronze Award for its commitment to quality, it may be time to apply for the Silver Award to recognize your achievement in quality...

HERDS Critical Asset Survey Update - for all Hospitals/NHs/ACFs Statewide

in Clinical & Quality

NYSDOH is requesting a review (and update) of Critical Asset Survey data by all Hospitals, Nursing Homes (NHs) and Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) statewide.

ALL facilities are directed to review their Critical Asset Survey data to ensure that it contains accurate and UTD information - AND to answer any newly added questions. This includes the Baseline form PLUS the two supplemental forms (Surge and Resilience) included in this HERDS Activity.

At the bottom of each form, an Attestation has been added. This attestation MUST be completed on each of the three forms in order to Submit them and provide DOH with an updated Completion Date for all forms.

The Attestation will also serve as confirmation that all data was reviewed and updated if/when necessary - even on a form where no changes are made otherwise.

For this update period, the following changes have been made to the survey forms: 

  1. the Baseline form for all facility types has been updated to now include a section on Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
  2. the Baseline form for Hospitals/ACFs now contains a section on Collective Bargaining Agreements. 

This update should be completed and ALL THREE forms Submitted by Friday October 6, 2017.

For questions please send an e-mail to ohep@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

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

CDC Recommendation for Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines 2017-2018

in Clinical & Quality

Please see link below for complete summary of groups recommended for vaccination, composition, timing, guidance for use, storage and adverse event reporting ...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offer Bronze Quality Award Workshop

It may be time to apply for the Bronze Quality Award to recognize your facility’s commitment to quality...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offer Silver Quality Award Workshops

Now that your facility has achieved the Bronze Award for its commitment to quality, it may be time to apply for the Silver Award to recognize your achievement in quality...

IMPORTANT: AHCA / NCAL National Quality Award Recertification Policy

If you are a Bronze or Silver Quality Award recipient, AHCA / NCAL maintains a Recertification Policy for when your facility must apply to the next higher award level...

Register today! 22nd Annual Fall Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

DAL: DHCBS 17-02 2016 LHCSA Statistical Report

The DHCBS has activated the 2016 annual statistical report for LHCSAs and it is posted on the HCS.  It will be available to complete between now and November 3, 2017. After November 3, 2017, the 2016 LHCSA Statistical Report will no longer be available…..

HERDS Critical Asset Survey Update - for all Hospitals/NHs/ACFs Statewide

in Clinical & Quality

NYSDOH is requesting a review (and update) of Critical Asset Survey data by all Hospitals, Nursing Homes (NHs) and Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) statewide.

ALL facilities are directed to review their Critical Asset Survey data to ensure that it contains accurate and UTD information - AND to answer any newly added questions. This includes the Baseline form PLUS the two supplemental forms (Surge and Resilience) included in this HERDS Activity.

At the bottom of each form, an Attestation has been added. This attestation MUST be completed on each of the three forms in order to Submit them and provide DOH with an updated Completion Date for all forms.

The Attestation will also serve as confirmation that all data was reviewed and updated if/when necessary - even on a form where no changes are made otherwise.

For this update period, the following changes have been made to the survey forms: 

  1. the Baseline form for all facility types has been updated to now include a section on Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
  2. the Baseline form for Hospitals/ACFs now contains a section on Collective Bargaining Agreements. 

This update should be completed and ALL THREE forms Submitted by Friday October 6, 2017.

For questions please send an e-mail to ohep@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

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

IMPORTANT: AHCA / NCAL National Quality Award Recertification Policy

If you are a Bronze or Silver Quality Award recipient, AHCA / NCAL maintains a Recertification Policy for when your facility must apply to the next higher award level...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offer Silver Quality Award Workshops

Now that your facility has achieved the Bronze Award for its commitment to quality, it may be time to apply for the Silver Award to recognize your achievement in quality...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offer Bronze Quality Award Workshop

It may be time to apply for the Bronze Quality Award to recognize your facility’s commitment to quality...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio confernece entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

DAL: DHCBS 17-03 Guidance on Implementation of Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements

The NYS DOH has issued a DAL related to the CHHA and home health benefits for Medicaid recipients.  It has been posted on the Health Commerce System….

DAL: DHCBS 17-02 2016 LHCSA Statistical Report

The DHCBS has activated the 2016 annual statistical report for LHCSAs and it is posted on the HCS.  It will be available to complete between now and November 3, 2017. After November 3, 2017, the 2016 LHCSA Statistical Report will no longer be available…..

HERDS Critical Asset Survey Update - for all Hospitals/NHs/ACFs Statewide

in Clinical & Quality

NYSDOH is requesting a review (and update) of Critical Asset Survey data by all Hospitals, Nursing Homes (NHs) and Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) statewide.

ALL facilities are directed to review their Critical Asset Survey data to ensure that it contains accurate and UTD information - AND to answer any newly added questions. This includes the Baseline form PLUS the two supplemental forms (Surge and Resilience) included in this HERDS Activity.

At the bottom of each form, an Attestation has been added. This attestation MUST be completed on each of the three forms in order to Submit them and provide DOH with an updated Completion Date for all forms.

The Attestation will also serve as confirmation that all data was reviewed and updated if/when necessary - even on a form where no changes are made otherwise.

For this update period, the following changes have been made to the survey forms: 

  1. the Baseline form for all facility types has been updated to now include a section on Electronic Health Records (EHRs).
  2. the Baseline form for Hospitals/ACFs now contains a section on Collective Bargaining Agreements. 

This update should be completed and ALL THREE forms Submitted by Friday October 6, 2017.

For questions please send an e-mail to ohep@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

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

DAL: DHCBS 17-02 2016 LHCSA Statistical Report

Carla Erhartic

The DHCBS has activated the 2016 annual statistical report for LHCSAs and it is posted on the HCS.  It will be available to complete between now and November 3, 2017. After November 3, 2017, the 2016 LHCSA Statistical Report will no longer be available…..

DAL: DHCBS 17-03 Guidance on Implementation of Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH has issued a DAL related to the CHHA and home health benefits for Medicaid recipients.  It has been posted on the Health Commerce System….

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio confernece entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Emergency Preparedness Talking Points for ACFs & SNFs

Carla Erhartic

Our entire profession join in expressing our deepest sympathy to the families of the residents who lost their lives in the tragic wake of Irma. However, it is clear that this is an isolated incident and is not indicative of the overall emergency response efforts across the long term care profession….

 

CMS Delays Compliance Date for HCBS Rule

Carla Erhartic

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recently released an informational bulletin announcing that it would be extending the timeline for compliance with the HCBS rule by three years to March 17, 2022….

Shelley Wagar Moving to New Position

Stephen Hanse, Esq., NYSHFA/NYSCAL President & CEO has announced that Shelley Wagar, Executive Director of the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSCAL), has accepted a new position and will be leaving the Association.  Shelley will be the Director of the Ulster County Office for the Aging, starting October 2, 2017.  Her last day with NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be September 12th.  “Shelley has a passion for New York’s aging population and will be sorely missed,” stated Mr. Hanse.  “We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:
Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President/CEO
518-462-4800 x11

EMedNY Training Seminars and Webinars

Carla Erhartic

The eMedNY Training Schedule for September is now available. Registrations for seminars and webinars are currently being accepted….

“What’s New with the Flu 2017-2018” Webinar

Carla Erhartic

NYS Department of Health is hosting a webinar, presented by Betsy Rausch-Phung, MD, MP on Thursday, September 14, 2017…

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

DOH: Update on New Survey Process and Emergency Preparation Regulations

in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA staff followed up with DOH late last week related to training efforts on the new survey process as agreed upon in July. DOH noted they have made progress on the education plan for this fall. They are planning a full day in-person training ...

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio confernece entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL to Offer Quality Award Workshops This Fall

These workshops, designed for skilled nursing and assisted living providers, will assist participants as they prepare to apply for the Bronze and Silver Level AHCA / NCAL National Quality Awards...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

11th Annual NCAL Day Is Good Bet in Vegas

Kick off the AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention with NCAL Day! A full slate of programming offers assisted living professionals CEUs, inspiring speakers, engaging discussions, priceless networking, and updates on all the most important assisted living topics you need to know...

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

ALP Minimum Wage Survey

On August 9, 2017, a minimum wage survey was sent to providers with a required due date for submission of COB August 23, 2017 (please refer to the email below).  This is to inform you that, based on inquires from providers, an extension has been granted to COB August 30, 2017 for the submission of the survey.  Please be advised that there will be no extensions granted after the August 30th date due to the need to begin analyzing the data for rate development.....

 

 


Central NY Regional Training Center (RTC) Training Calendar

Carla Erhartic

An interim web site has been created to include current Central NY RTC offerings. Please note that more training opportunities will be listed as the Central NY HEPC Training Plan is developed and as additional trainings become available….

 

Health Care Emergency Preparedness Update

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services just sent out their August edition of The Express. It contains pertinent information related to hurricane emergencies, pre- and post- events and fact sheets, new tools and resources...

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL to Offer Quality Award Workshops This Fall

These workshops, designed for skilled nursing and assisted living providers, will assist participants as they prepare to apply for the Bronze and Silver Level AHCA / NCAL National Quality Awards...

11th Annual NCAL Day Is Good Bet in Vegas

Kick off the AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention with NCAL Day! A full slate of programming offers assisted living professionals CEUs, inspiring speakers, engaging discussions, priceless networking, and updates on all the most important assisted living topics you need to know...

ALP Minimum Wage Survey

On August 9, 2017, a minimum wage survey was sent to providers with a required due date for submission of COB August 23, 2017 (please refer to the email below).  This is to inform you that, based on inquires from providers, an extension has been granted to COB August 30, 2017 for the submission of the survey.  Please be advised that there will be no extensions granted after the August 30th date due to the need to begin analyzing the data for rate development.....

 

 


OMIG Update – August 2017

Carla Erhartic

New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General posts Compliance Program Assessment Results. As part of its ongoing efforts to provide information and guidance to the state’s Medicaid provider community, OMIG posted on its website Compliance Program Assessment Results January 2015 through June 30, 2017 (Results). The Results detail statistics that identify the percentage of times OMIG observed, in the course of compliance program reviews, required providers to be insufficient in meeting any of the requirements under each of the eight elements of a mandatory compliance program…

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

LTC Trend Tracker Webinar

Carla Erhartic

LTC Trend Tracker is a powerful tool that can help your organization better meet its quality goals. You can monitor your progress on quality measures, Five-Star, AHCA /NCAL Quality Initiative goals, hospital readmission, and more. LTC Trend Tracker enables you to:

  • Identify organizational areas for improvement and set your own performance targets.
  • Quickly download reports with specific data that engages staff members and area providers.
  • Use the Dashboard to evaluate your organization on key metrics in comparison with your peers.
  • Benchmark yourself to those of your peers and keep your organization ahead of the curve….

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

DAL 17-16 ACF, ALP Onsite Evaluation of HCBS Compliance

DOH has posted DAL 17-16 on the Health Commerce System (HCS).The NYS DOH, Division of Adult Care Facility and Assisted Living Surveillance, and the Public Consulting Group will be conduction a scheduled onsite evaluation of Home and Community Based residential settings, specifically select Adult Care Facilities, including those with Assisted Living Program capacity, those with pending applications for ALP beds, and those homes that have residents who receive HCBS series to Medicaid recipients……

 

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio confernece entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

11th Annual NCAL Day Is Good Bet in Vegas

Kick off the AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention with NCAL Day! A full slate of programming offers assisted living professionals CEUs, inspiring speakers, engaging discussions, priceless networking, and updates on all the most important assisted living topics you need to know...

36th Annual Health Care Open

On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

ALP Minimum Wage Survey

On August 9, 2017, a minimum wage survey was sent to providers with a required due date for submission of COB August 23, 2017 (please refer to the email below).  This is to inform you that, based on inquires from providers, an extension has been granted to COB August 30, 2017 for the submission of the survey.  Please be advised that there will be no extensions granted after the August 30th date due to the need to begin analyzing the data for rate development.....

 

 


DAL 17-16 ACF, ALP Onsite Evaluation of HCBS Compliance

DOH has posted DAL 17-16 on the Health Commerce System (HCS).The NYS DOH, Division of Adult Care Facility and Assisted Living Surveillance, and the Public Consulting Group will be conduction a scheduled onsite evaluation of Home and Community Based residential settings, specifically select Adult Care Facilities, including those with Assisted Living Program capacity, those with pending applications for ALP beds, and those homes that have residents who receive HCBS series to Medicaid recipients……

 

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2017 Scholarship Program

in Membership

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2017 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in member facilities...

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio confernece entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

36th Annual Health Care Open

On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

11th Annual NCAL Day Is Good Bet in Vegas

Kick off the AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention with NCAL Day! A full slate of programming offers assisted living professionals CEUs, inspiring speakers, engaging discussions, priceless networking, and updates on all the most important assisted living topics you need to know...

DAL 17-14- 30 Day Notice: Posted on the HCS

The department has posted a new DAL 17-14 “30 Day Notice of Termination” on the Health Commerce System….

 

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

11th Annual NCAL Day Is Good Bet in Vegas

Kick off the AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention with NCAL Day! A full slate of programming offers assisted living professionals CEUs, inspiring speakers, engaging discussions, priceless networking, and updates on all the most important assisted living topics you need to know...

NYSHFA/NYSCAL 2017 Scholarship Program

in Membership

Attached is NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s 2017 Scholarship Application Packet. NYSHFA sponsors this Scholarship program to provide financial help to the career-minded who are working in member facilities...

36th Annual Health Care Open

On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

DAL 17-14- 30 Day Notice: Posted on the HCS

Carla Erhartic

The department has posted a new DAL 17-14 “30 Day Notice of Termination” on the Health Commerce System….

 

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

DAL 17-16 ACF, ALP Onsite Evaluation of HCBS Compliance

DOH has posted DAL 17-16 on the Health Commerce System (HCS).The NYS DOH, Division of Adult Care Facility and Assisted Living Surveillance, and the Public Consulting Group will be conduction a scheduled onsite evaluation of Home and Community Based residential settings, specifically select Adult Care Facilities, including those with Assisted Living Program capacity, those with pending applications for ALP beds, and those homes that have residents who receive HCBS series to Medicaid recipients……

 

NYSCAL Staff Completes Train-the-Trainer on Alzheimer’s Disease

NYSCAL staff have completed a six-hour session on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association....

 

ALP Minimum Wage Survey

This serves as a notification that the 2018 Minimum Wage Survey has been released. You can access the survey by following the link provided in the attached memorandum. Surveys must be completed by COB August 23, 2017 ...

NYC ACFs – Register for the Free Emergency Preparedness Continuity Planning Program

Carla Erhartic

Over the last two years, some of NYC ACFs participated in the Long Term Care (LTC) Emergency Management and Exercise Programs, which set new standards for LTC facility emergency preparedness in New York City.  Now, you are invited to join a select cohort of facilities in elevating preparedness to the graduate level, by joining the LTC Continuity Planning Program.   This unique opportunity will apply the learning gained from the previous experiences in planning for your facility’s continuity of care and operations during and following a disaster....

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

22nd Annual Fall Conference: Exhibit & Sponsor Opportunities Available

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 22nd Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow, November 14-15, 2017 at the Albany Marriott...

Art from the Heart Program Winners Selected

in Foundation for Quality Care News

On behalf of the Foundation for Quality Care and the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living, we are pleased to announce that the artists have been selected for the 2018 Art from the Heart wall calendar...

2017 Coastal Storm and Flood Planning Activities and Timeline PA Users' Guide Release!

in Clinical & Quality

The Users' guide is attached, and all resources are now available on the PA HELP tab. The PA Users Guide is a component of NYSDOH HCF evacuation guidance, including the Facility Profile Training Participant Guide, (Commerce Training Institute, May 2017) and the Healthcare Facility Evacuation Center (HEC) Facility Guidance Document. Both are accessible on the HELP screen of the PA, on the Health Commerce System (HCS) ...

DOH UPDATE: Coalition Member Training Needs Assessment Survey

This survey has been designed to capture a comprehensive picture of regional training needs and gaps for the next grant cycle (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). The survey must be completed by all providers by August 4, 2017. This survey will guide the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and HEPCs in the development of a training plan and the delivery of regional training for ACF and LTC Providers. Please note all ACF and LTC providers are required to complete this survey except for NYC.

There are four Regional Training Centers in New York State. They are tasked with developing and providing emergency preparedness training for all healthcare provider entities in the State, with the exception of New York City....

 

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

DOH UPDATE: Coalition Member Training Needs Assessment Survey

This survey has been designed to capture a comprehensive picture of regional training needs and gaps for the next grant cycle (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). The survey must be completed by all providers by August 4, 2017. This survey will guide the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and HEPCs in the development of a training plan and the delivery of regional training for ACF and LTC Providers. Please note all ACF and LTC providers are required to complete this survey except for NYC.

There are four Regional Training Centers in New York State. They are tasked with developing and providing emergency preparedness training for all healthcare provider entities in the State, with the exception of New York City....

 

Audio Conference - The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law

On October 25th NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host an audio confernece entitled "The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law"....

2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invite you to our 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference...

Medicaid Update - July 2017

in Finance & Reimbursement

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the July 2017 Medicaid Update...

Drug Take Back Program: Attention all Class 3A facilities

DEC wants to help you safely collect and dispose of your unused pharmaceuticals. Toward this end, DEC encourages you to reach out to your pharmacies and ask them to partner with you by their applying for and participating in DEC’s Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program. DEC covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years…..

 

DOH UPDATE: Coalition Member Training Needs Assessment Survey

This survey has been designed to capture a comprehensive picture of regional training needs and gaps for the next grant cycle (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). The survey must be completed by all providers by August 4, 2017. This survey will guide the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and HEPCs in the development of a training plan and the delivery of regional training for ACF and LTC Providers. Please note all ACF and LTC providers are required to complete this survey except for NYC.

There are four Regional Training Centers in New York State. They are tasked with developing and providing emergency preparedness training for all healthcare provider entities in the State, with the exception of New York City....

 

Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Course

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care is launching the first in New York,Assisted Living Executive Director Leadership Program” beginning this October 2017….

 

Drug Take Back Program: Attention all Class 3A facilities

Carla Erhartic

DEC wants to help you safely collect and dispose of your unused pharmaceuticals. Toward this end, DEC encourages you to reach out to your pharmacies and ask them to partner with you by their applying for and participating in DEC’s Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program. DEC covers the costs of consumer drug collection boxes and disposal for two years…..

 

DOH: HEC Facility Guidance Document 2017

in Clinical & Quality

DOH sent out this email yesterday with a copy of the Healthcare Facility Evacuation Center (HEC) Facility Guidance Document, 2017 ...

State Affiliate Convention Partners: NCAL Day Promotion

Rishi Manchanda, physician and public health innovator, believes in finding the root causes of illness, or looking “upstream,” rather than simply treating the symptoms. His forward looking approach to health care considers the social and environmental sources of our health problems—the places we live, work, eat, and play…

 

DOH UPDATE: Coalition Member Training Needs Assessment Survey

Carla Erhartic

This survey has been designed to capture a comprehensive picture of regional training needs and gaps for the next grant cycle (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). The survey must be completed by all providers by August 4, 2017. This survey will guide the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and HEPCs in the development of a training plan and the delivery of regional training for ACF and LTC Providers. Please note all ACF and LTC providers are required to complete this survey except for NYC.

There are four Regional Training Centers in New York State. They are tasked with developing and providing emergency preparedness training for all healthcare provider entities in the State, with the exception of New York City....

 

DOH: HEC Facility Guidance Document 2017

in Clinical & Quality

DOH sent out this email yesterday with a copy of the Healthcare Facility Evacuation Center (HEC) Facility Guidance Document, 2017 ...

Webinar: Section 232 Mortgage Insurance Program for Residential Care Facilities

Carla Erhartic

At this webinar, representatives of HUD's Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF) will discuss the Section 232 program, which provides mortgage insurance for residential care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and board and care homes….

Senior Citizens Check Kayaking off Bucket Lists

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL Member Dave Tosetto, Owner/Developer of Cobbs Hill Manor Assisted Living in Fairport, NY has a unique way of marketing his community….

State Affiliate Convention Partners: NCAL Day Promotion

Carla Erhartic

Rishi Manchanda, physician and public health innovator, believes in finding the root causes of illness, or looking “upstream,” rather than simply treating the symptoms. His forward looking approach to health care considers the social and environmental sources of our health problems—the places we live, work, eat, and play…

 

Cyberattack on Medical Software

Carla Erhartic

Many doctors still can't use a transcription service made by Nuance Communications Inc. three weeks after the company was hit by a powerful, debilitating computer attack….

DOH Posts HERDS Mandatory Survey on the HCS: Coalition Member Training Needs Assessment

Carla Erhartic

This survey has been designed to capture a comprehensive picture of regional training needs and gaps for the next grant cycle (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). The survey must be completed and submitted by COB on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Additionally, this survey will guide the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and HEPCs in the development of a training plan and the delivery of regional training for ACFs and LTC Providers.

Please take the time to confer with appropriate emergency preparedness staff within your organization so your responses reflect an organizational need rather than an individual staff person’s needs.

Although grant funds cannot be used to meet Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conditions of participation, Regional HEPC workgroups can provide technical assistance to assist certain mandated healthcare entities in meeting CMS requirements…..

 

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Repeal and Replace Update

in Legislative

On July 25, 2017 the Senate voted to debate a repeal and replace of the ACA, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell achieved by a narrow margin (more below from AHCA). The vote to proceed was split 50 to 50 with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote.

There will now be 20 hours of debate during which amendments can be introduced and voted on. Importantly, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), the amendment containing the most harmful Medicaid cuts for long-term care providers, failed to pass last evening. *Please note that this is a change from the AHCA bulletin represented below.

AHCA and NYSHFA will continue to provide daily updates as the vote moves forward. Members are expected to return today at 11:30 AM and we anticipate that amendments will be introduced by both parties until there is a final bill. At this time, we expect this process to conclude on Friday.

Please see the overview from AHCA below for more information:

THE SENATE SECURED THE VOTES TO DEBATE THE BILL

A threshold question was whether the Senate could even debate the bill. For that to happen, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needed 50 of his 52 Republican colleagues to vote yes. That is exactly the number he received. Senator John McCain (Arizona) made a dramatic and heroic entrance and provided the final vote needed for that motion. But there was much more to Senator McCain's entrance than just his vote. He then spoke on the bill and indicated that he just wanted to open debate, but ultimately he would join the list of four other Republican senators and vote against the BCRA when the final vote takes place.

THE SENATE IS NOW DEBATING A STRAIGHT REPEAL

To get their votes on the motion to proceed, Leader McConnell promised Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky) and other conservatives that the first amendment the Senate would take up will be a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the amendment is the 2015 language that both the House and Senate passed and that President Obama vetoed.

This is likely to fail. It requires 50 votes, but already, four Republicans have indicated they will vote no - and I suspect three or four more will join them.

AFTER THAT THE SENATE IS LIKELY TO CONSIDER THE BCRA *(See Edit Above)

The current plan is that if the straight repeal fails, the next amendment for consideration will be the BCRA. Again, this is the version that contains the two provisions that hurt us. It lowers the growth of the per capita cap to CPI Urban, and it restricts provider assessments to only 5 percent. The most important part of this entire debate is that we need this amendment to fail.

We currently believe that it will fail. The following Republican senators have indicated opposition to it: Paul, Lee (Utah), Moran (Kansas), Collins (Maine), and now McCain. Others that may vote against include Capito (West Virginia), Murkowski (Alaska), and Heller (Nevada). There could be others. To fail, we need just three no votes, and we have pretty good confidence in the five publicly-stated above and some confidence in at least two or three more.

THEN WHAT? SKINNY REPEAL?

Assuming those two major amendments fail, the House Bill is left. It does not touch provider assessments and has a slightly more generous growth rate. But it won't pass. There are even more no votes in the Senate on the House Bill than the two prior discussed amendments.

The current discussion is that Leadership will then offer a "skinny" version of an ACA repeal. It may just include a repeal of the individual and employer mandates. It is not at all clear if that would pass. If it does not pass, that is the likely end of this round of the repeal and replace attempts. If it does pass, then the House could either take it to conference or just vote on it without going to conference. A conference committee would give us the chance to demand that the House stand firm in its growth rates. Even better would be a straight House vote. That would be better because this "skinny" repeal will likely have no changes to traditional Medicaid.

THE BOTTOM LINE

This still very fluid. The process is likely to take from now until early Friday morning. In the meantime, we will continue our lobbying efforts, particularly focusing on those that have committed to help us or are on the fence.

We will update you any time there is key information or when we think you could be receiving misinformation from the press.

The current state is that we face an enormous risk but have the votes to succeed. We will continue to do everything we can to end up with that result.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

You can help. I've said this many times. The Affordable Care Act repeal and replace effort is the biggest threat we have faced to Medicaid in the history of our sector. The 100,000-plus contacts we have made thus far have made a difference, and we cannot let up. We must keep fighting to protect the millions of patients and residents who depend on Medicaid for long term care.

Call every Senate and House Republican that you have any connection to and use the state-specific talking points to explain the devastating impacts proposed Medicaid cuts in the BCRA would have. You can register for our online grassroots Care Advocacy resource to easily locate and contact them.

We appreciate everything you do.

Sincerely,

Mark Parkinson
President and CEO

NYSHFA CONTACTS:

Lauren Pollow
Director, Government Affairs
518-462-4800 x25

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

Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) Fingerprinting Process Change

When you arrange for a fingerprint appointment with IdentGO via the Health Commerce System (HCS), you will encounter a new screen.  According to Department of Health CHRC officials, there are some changes that you should make note of.

  1. You will be asked to insert a "Service Code" to "get started". For all CHRC submissions (both for Adult Care Facilities and for LHCSAs associated with Adult Care Facilities because they operate an Assisted Living Program), the service code is 154552.
  2. You will now be required to enter the prospective employee's date of birth.
  3. Since the new process has been launched, CHRC representatives indicate that they have identified some technical issues with regard to scheduling for the fingerprint check. They report that they are working on it and that it should be resolved soon....  

OSHA Launches Application to Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data on August 1

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage…..

August 2017 Aware Prepare Newsletter

The 2017 Emergency Preparedness “Aware Prepare” newsletter has been posted on the Health Commerce System….

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Non-emergency eFINDS Request Process

V2. Effective 7/17/2017

The following information is provided for all NYSDOH-regulated facilities, currently required to use the Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters System (eFINDS) application during evacuations. NOTE: ALL Requests for eFINDS support must be emailed to efinds@health.ny.gov, and cc your respective New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Regional Office (RO) Representative (see attached list of RO Contacts)....

OSHA Launches Application to Electronically Submit Injury and Illness Data on August 1

Carla Erhartic

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will launch on Aug. 1, 2017, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage…..

Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) Fingerprinting Process Change

Carla Erhartic

When you arrange for a fingerprint appointment with IdentGO via the Health Commerce System (HCS), you will encounter a new screen.  According to Department of Health CHRC officials, there are some changes that you should make note of.

  1. You will be asked to insert a "Service Code" to "get started". For all CHRC submissions (both for Adult Care Facilities and for LHCSAs associated with Adult Care Facilities because they operate an Assisted Living Program), the service code is 154552.
  2. You will now be required to enter the prospective employee's date of birth.
  3. Since the new process has been launched, CHRC representatives indicate that they have identified some technical issues with regard to scheduling for the fingerprint check. They report that they are working on it and that it should be resolved soon....  

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Non-emergency eFINDS Request Process

V2. Effective 7/17/2017

The following information is provided for all NYSDOH-regulated facilities, currently required to use the Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters System (eFINDS) application during evacuations. NOTE: ALL Requests for eFINDS support must be emailed to efinds@health.ny.gov, and cc your respective New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Regional Office (RO) Representative (see attached list of RO Contacts)....

August 2017 Aware Prepare Newsletter

Carla Erhartic

The 2017 Emergency Preparedness “Aware Prepare” newsletter has been posted on the Health Commerce System….

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Non-emergency eFINDS Request Process

Carla Erhartic

V2. Effective 7/17/2017

The following information is provided for all NYSDOH-regulated facilities, currently required to use the Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters System (eFINDS) application during evacuations. NOTE: ALL Requests for eFINDS support must be emailed to efinds@health.ny.gov, and cc your respective New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Regional Office (RO) Representative (see attached list of RO Contacts)....

DOH DAL – Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) Regulation

Carla Erhartic

Adult Care Facility (ACF) providers received a "Dear Administrator" letter from Anne Schettine, Acting Director of the Department of Health's Office of Quality and Patient Safety.  The letter alerts providers to an obligation to comply with and contribute to the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).  This is to clarify which providers are, and are not, subject to compliance with the regulation....

  

2017 AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award Recipients Announced

AHCA/NCAL has announced the recipients of the 2017 Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. This year, 191 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities in 43 states earned the Silver Award, sponsored by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).  A total of seven NYSHFA/NYSCAL members received the award...

Resources for Development of LHCSA Policies and Procedures

The Department has issued on its website resources that we find helpful in the very important area of developing or revising LHCSA policies and procedures. Policies and procedures are central to LHCSA operations and to the Department's regulatory and survey review. The Department expects providers to follow their policies/procedures; to review them within the Quality Improvement Committee and to make recommendations for any changes to the Governed Authority for approval. Many aspects of a DOH LHCSA survey are driven by the LHCSA policies and procedures; whether they're being followed; and whether they're being changed when necessary using a formal and documented process......

 

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NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

DAL 17-12- Checklist for New Administrators

Carla Erhartic

DOH has published a checklist and informational guide for new administrators.....

 

DOH Presentation Posted from 2017 Annual Convention

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL thanks all of the attendees at our 2017 annual conference for their commitment and ongoing support of the Association.... 

EQUAL Application Due July 7th

NYS DOH has contacted NYSCAL about incomplete or not started their EQUAL Applications….

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

Advisory: NYSDOH Cyber Awareness Guidance for Providers

Please review the attached letter from the NYSDOH providing guidance and recommended informational resources for preventing and responding to cyber disruptions...

NYSDOH Announces Delay for ALP and Managed Care

Shelley Wagar

At this time the publicly announced date for Assisted Living Program (ALP) carve in to Managed Care Organizations is July 1, 2017.  The Department of Health has convened an internal Office of Health Insurance Programs / Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management implementation workgroup to discuss a realistic strategy for proposed new dates, cognizant of other concurrent Managed Care initiatives and work plan steps that need to commence...

SSI Bill Passes Both Houses June 20, 2017

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL is happy to report that Senate Bill -S.6732 (Serino)/Assembly Bill A.6715-B (Brindisi) amends the Social Services Law to change the standard of monthly need for determining eligibility for and the amount of additional state payments for those receiving enhanced residential care in $4.00 per day increments. The first incremental increase takes lace April 1, 2018, followed by increases annually through 2022 for a total increase of $20.00 per day....

 

NYSCAL Submits Testimony to Social Services Committee

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL submitted written testimony for the Assembly Social Services Committee hearing on SSP, held on June 14, 2017.....

 

EQUAL Application Due July 7th

NYS DOH has contacted NYSCAL about incomplete or not started their EQUAL Applications….

NYSCAL Staff Completes Train-the-Trainer on Alzheimer’s Disease

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL staff have completed a six-hour session on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association....

 

Audio Conference - Case Management: A Critical System for Assisted Living

On June 27th, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm, NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference on Case Management.  For additional information you may contact Shelley Wagar at 518-462-4800, Ext. 17 or at swagar@nyscal.org To register, please…..

Advisory: NYSDOH Cyber Awareness Guidance for Providers

Please review the attached letter from the NYSDOH providing guidance and recommended informational resources for preventing and responding to cyber disruptions...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

2017 Coastal Storm Planning Healthcare Evacuation Center Webinar Training

Carla Erhartic

The NYSDOH and its planning partners have continued to streamline and enhance healthcare facility coastal storm planning. The updated and revised 2017 HEC HCF Guidance is designed to provide Health Care Facilities…..

 

Audio Conference - Case Management: A Critical System for Assisted Living

On June 27th, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm, NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference on Case Management.  For additional information you may contact Shelley Wagar at 518-462-4800, Ext. 17 or at swagar@nyscal.org To register, please…..

Advisory: NYSDOH Cyber Awareness Guidance for Providers

Please review the attached letter from the NYSDOH providing guidance and recommended informational resources for preventing and responding to cyber disruptions...

EQUAL Application Due July 7th

NYS DOH has contacted NYSCAL about incomplete or not started their EQUAL Applications….

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

EQUAL Application Due July 7th

Carla Erhartic

NYS DOH has contacted NYSCAL about incomplete or not started their EQUAL Applications….

Advisory: NYSDOH Cyber Awareness Guidance for Providers

Please review the attached letter from the NYSDOH providing guidance and recommended informational resources for preventing and responding to cyber disruptions...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Congratulates New York’s Bronze Quality Award Winners

AHCA/NCAL has announced the recipients of the 2017 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. This year 520 long term and post-acute care providers in 46 states achieved the Bronze Award, sponsored by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).  A total of six NYSHFA/NYSCAL members received the award...

Audio Conference - Case Management: A Critical System for Assisted Living

On June 27th, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm, NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference on Case Management.  For additional information you may contact Shelley Wagar at 518-462-4800, Ext. 17 or at swagar@nyscal.org To register, please…..

Seminar: The Shift is ON! Preparing for Payment Reform

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting a seminar “The Shift is ON! Preparing for Payment Reform” at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 26th at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino.

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

Free Webinar - A Period of Adjustment...What is Next for Managed Care?

Monday June 19, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Presented by Deanna Stephenson and Carla Williams.  Medicaid continues to gain in scale and importance...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Congratulates New York’s Bronze Quality Award Winners

AHCA/NCAL has announced the recipients of the 2017 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. This year 520 long term and post-acute care providers in 46 states achieved the Bronze Award, sponsored by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).  A total of six NYSHFA/NYSCAL members received the award...

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

Free Webinar - A Period of Adjustment...What is Next for Managed Care?

Monday June 19, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Presented by Deanna Stephenson and Carla Williams.  Medicaid continues to gain in scale and importance...

Seminar: The Shift is ON! Preparing for Payment Reform

NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be hosting a seminar “The Shift is ON! Preparing for Payment Reform” at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 26th at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino.

Audio Conference - Case Management: A Critical System for Assisted Living

On June 27th, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm, NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference on Case Management.  For additional information you may contact Shelley Wagar at 518-462-4800, Ext. 17 or at swagar@nyscal.org To register, please…..

OMIG Issues 2017-2018 Work Plan

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) today announced the release of its 2017-2018 Work Plan. The Plan details OMIG’s program integrity focus areas in the Medicaid program for the State Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. For providers, suppliers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders, the Work Plan provides a roadmap of OMIG’s intended areas of review for the year….

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update….

Medicaid Update - May 2017

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the May 2017 Medicaid Update...

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

Nurses Impact Mental Health in Residents of Assisted Living

Carla Erhartic

In this webinar, you will learn from three different professional perspectives about how nurses can impact resident mental health in the Assisted Living setting. To have maximum positive impact, understanding that depression and anxiety are NOT a normal part of aging and what you can do to address symptoms will be our focus.  You will learn what signs and symptoms to look for, options for intervention and treatment, and how to support and engage the resident and AL team members in the process....

Audio Conference - Case Management: A Critical System for Assisted Living

On June 27th, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm, NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference on Case Management.  For additional information you may contact Shelley Wagar at 518-462-4800, Ext. 17 or at swagar@nyscal.org To register, please…..

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

New Guidance for Distribution - Relief from Justice Center Multiple Reporting Requirement

The Justice Center has issued the attached guidance to all state oversight agencies under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction (OPWDD, OMH, OASAS, OCFS, SED, DOH).  This guidance relieves mandated reporters from the need to make multiple reports of reportable incidents to the VPCR in certain circumstances. 

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update….

OMIG Issues 2017-2018 Work Plan

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) today announced the release of its 2017-2018 Work Plan. The Plan details OMIG’s program integrity focus areas in the Medicaid program for the State Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. For providers, suppliers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders, the Work Plan provides a roadmap of OMIG’s intended areas of review for the year….

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

2017 Coastal Strom Planning NYC HealthCare Facility Webinar Training

in Clinical & Quality

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) – Facility Profile Application (PA) is a planning tool that provides health care facilities (HCF) (adult care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes) with an easy process to assess and maintain information on key preparedness capabilities and capacities. This includes detailed information about ...

Audio Conference - Case Management: A Critical System for Assisted Living

On June 27th, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm, NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference on Case Management.  For additional information you may contact Shelley Wagar at 518-462-4800, Ext. 17 or at swagar@nyscal.org To register, please…..

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Member On-Line Portal

The NYSHFA/NYSCAL Member On-line Portal went live in February. The Portal allows Members to manage their contact information with the Association, as well as register online for our events...

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

OMIG Issues 2017-2018 Work Plan

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) today announced the release of its 2017-2018 Work Plan. The Plan details OMIG’s program integrity focus areas in the Medicaid program for the State Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. For providers, suppliers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders, the Work Plan provides a roadmap of OMIG’s intended areas of review for the year….

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update….

New Guidance for Distribution - Relief from Justice Center Multiple Reporting Requirement

The Justice Center has issued the attached guidance to all state oversight agencies under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction (OPWDD, OMH, OASAS, OCFS, SED, DOH).  This guidance relieves mandated reporters from the need to make multiple reports of reportable incidents to the VPCR in certain circumstances. 

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Audio Conference - Case Management: A Critical System for Assisted Living

Carla Erhartic

On June 27th, 2017 from 2pm - 4pm, NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference on Case Management.  For additional information you may contact Shelley Wagar at 518-462-4800, Ext. 17 or at swagar@nyscal.org To register, please…..

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

New Guidance for Distribution - Relief from Justice Center Multiple Reporting Requirement

The Justice Center has issued the attached guidance to all state oversight agencies under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction (OPWDD, OMH, OASAS, OCFS, SED, DOH).  This guidance relieves mandated reporters from the need to make multiple reports of reportable incidents to the VPCR in certain circumstances. 

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update….

NYSCAL ALP Bootcamp a Success

On May 16, 2017, NYSCAL held a regional meeting for Central and Western NYS ACF providers who either currently operate or have recently been awarded ALP beds.  The NYSCAL ALP Bootcamp was presented by Carla Williams, Director of Healthcare Consulting for O’Connell and Aronowitz, David Ross, Esq. and Kathleen Evers Brown, Esq.; all from O’Connell & Aronowitz , and subject matter experts on assisted living program operations. NYSCAL thanks Tanya McNaughton of DePaul Senior Living for hosting and the more than 40 providers who attended the program....

OMIG Issues 2017-2018 Work Plan

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) today announced the release of its 2017-2018 Work Plan. The Plan details OMIG’s program integrity focus areas in the Medicaid program for the State Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. For providers, suppliers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders, the Work Plan provides a roadmap of OMIG’s intended areas of review for the year….

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

New Guidance for Distribution - Relief from Justice Center Multiple Reporting Requirement

Carla Erhartic

The Justice Center has issued the attached guidance to all state oversight agencies under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction (OPWDD, OMH, OASAS, OCFS, SED, DOH).  This guidance relieves mandated reporters from the need to make multiple reports of reportable incidents to the VPCR in certain circumstances. 

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

OMIG Issues 2017-2018 Work Plan

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) today announced the release of its 2017-2018 Work Plan. The Plan details OMIG’s program integrity focus areas in the Medicaid program for the State Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. For providers, suppliers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders, the Work Plan provides a roadmap of OMIG’s intended areas of review for the year….

NYSCAL ALP Bootcamp a Success

On May 16, 2017, NYSCAL held a regional meeting for Central and Western NYS ACF providers who either currently operate or have recently been awarded ALP beds.  The NYSCAL ALP Bootcamp was presented by Carla Williams, Director of Healthcare Consulting for O’Connell and Aronowitz, David Ross, Esq. and Kathleen Evers Brown, Esq.; all from O’Connell & Aronowitz , and subject matter experts on assisted living program operations. NYSCAL thanks Tanya McNaughton of DePaul Senior Living for hosting and the more than 40 providers who attended the program....

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update….

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

NYSCAL ALP Bootcamp a Success

Carla Erhartic

On May 16, 2017, NYSCAL held a regional meeting for Central and Western NYS ACF providers who either currently operate or have recently been awarded ALP beds.  The NYSCAL ALP Bootcamp was presented by Carla Williams, Director of Healthcare Consulting for O’Connell and Aronowitz, David Ross, Esq. and Kathleen Evers Brown, Esq.; all from O’Connell & Aronowitz , and subject matter experts on assisted living program operations. NYSCAL thanks Tanya McNaughton of DePaul Senior Living for hosting and the more than 40 providers who attended the program....

OMIG Issues 2017-2018 Work Plan

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) today announced the release of its 2017-2018 Work Plan. The Plan details OMIG’s program integrity focus areas in the Medicaid program for the State Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. For providers, suppliers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders, the Work Plan provides a roadmap of OMIG’s intended areas of review for the year….

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update

Carla Erhartic

Important Incontinence Supply Management Program Rate Change Update….

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

Save the Date! 36th Annual Health Care Open

Save the Date! On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

An Update from AHCA and NCAL May 2017

Carla Erhartic

AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson reported that association membership continues to be strong. AHCA now represents more than 13,500 member facilities in the country. It is also exciting to share that we continue to see an increase in independent owner and assisted living growth…..

 

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

DOH Posts DAL 17-10 EQUAL Program for 2017-2018

Carla Erhartic

The Department posted the EQUAL funding application on the Health Commerce System....

NYSCAL Regional Meeting & ALP Bootcamp

NYSCAL invites members and non-members to attend our 2017 Western Regional Meeting and ALP Bootcamp.  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP Providers about OMIG Compliance and structure of your operations…

 

2017 Recipient of the NYSHFA Nurse Leadership Award for Excellence - Karen Morris, RN, MS

in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA/NYSCAL is honored to recognize Karen Morris for her dedication to the profession of nursing, her outstanding work and “excellence in leadership ...” 

2017 Art from the Heart Program

in Foundation for Quality Care News

The Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., and the New York State Health Facilities Association, Inc./New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) are thrilled to launch the 13th Annual “Art from the Heart” program, which is designed to spotlight the artists who live in member facilities...

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

New York State Department of Health has requested we send you an invitation to participate in their upcoming webinars about their free training for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program…. 

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

Save the Date! 36th Annual Health Care Open

Save the Date! On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

DAL: DHCBS 17-01 Posted on Health Commerce System

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Health has posted new In-Service requirements for Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides…

 

NYSCAL Regional Meeting & ALP Bootcamp

NYSCAL invites members and non-members to attend our 2017 Western Regional Meeting and ALP Bootcamp.  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP Providers about OMIG Compliance and structure of your operations…

 

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

NYS DOH Has Activated Critical Assest Survey on HCS for ACFs Statewide

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, OHEP activated an updated version of the adult care facility Critical Asset Survey in HERDS for facilities statewide.  OHEP is conducting four Q&A webinar sessions to field questions from facilities looking for clarification on how to complete the survey.  The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) has activated the full version of the revised Critical Asset Survey for adult care facilities (ACFs) statewide. Please continue to find out the dates, times and webinar instructions…..

Save the Date! 36th Annual Health Care Open

Save the Date! On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

Become a Certified CARES® Dementia Specialist

Become a CARES® Dementia Specialist™ (C.D.S.) and get recognized for successfully completing the entire HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia training curriculum (6 courses/32 modules/32 hours) and passing the C.D.S. credentialing exam. By completing these requirements, submitting your training documentation, and being approved, you will be able to use the C.D.S. credential after your name, on your resume, or on a business card. You will also be placed on our national registry….

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

New York State Department of Health has requested we send you an invitation to participate in their upcoming webinars about their free training for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program…. 

NYS DOH Has Activated Critical Assest Survey on HCS for ACFs Statewide

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, OHEP activated an updated version of the adult care facility Critical Asset Survey in HERDS for facilities statewide.  OHEP is conducting four Q&A webinar sessions to field questions from facilities looking for clarification on how to complete the survey.  The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) has activated the full version of the revised Critical Asset Survey for adult care facilities (ACFs) statewide. Please continue to find out the dates, times and webinar instructions…..

NYSCAL Regional Meeting & ALP Bootcamp

NYSCAL invites members and non-members to attend our 2017 Western Regional Meeting and ALP Bootcamp.  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP Providers about OMIG Compliance and structure of your operations…

 

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)

Carla Erhartic

New York State Department of Health has requested we send you an invitation to participate in their upcoming webinars about their free training for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program…. 

State Commissioner of Health Declares Influenza No Longer Prevalent in New York State

Carla Erhartic

Declaration Lifts Requirement that Unvaccinated Health Care Workers Wear Masks

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 4, 2017) - New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker today declared influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State. This declaration means that New York State health care workers who are not vaccinated against influenza are no longer required to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present…..

 

Health Commerce System Maintenance Saturday, May 6th

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be conducting system maintenance on Saturday, May 6th beginning at 3:00PM...

Message From NYS DOH Regarding Medical Evaluations

Carla Erhartic

Medical Evaluations must be completed in their entirety consistent with previous guidance…..

 

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

Become a Certified CARES® Dementia Specialist

Become a CARES® Dementia Specialist™ (C.D.S.) and get recognized for successfully completing the entire HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia training curriculum (6 courses/32 modules/32 hours) and passing the C.D.S. credentialing exam. By completing these requirements, submitting your training documentation, and being approved, you will be able to use the C.D.S. credential after your name, on your resume, or on a business card. You will also be placed on our national registry….

Save the Date! 36th Annual Health Care Open

Save the Date! On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

NYSCAL Regional Meeting & ALP Bootcamp (Duplicate)

NYSCAL invites members and non-members to attend our 2017 Western Regional Meeting and ALP Bootcamp.  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP Providers about OMIG Compliance and structure of your operations…

 

Become a Certified CARES® Dementia Specialist

Carla Erhartic

Become a CARES® Dementia Specialist™ (C.D.S.) and get recognized for successfully completing the entire HealthCare Interactive CARES® online dementia training curriculum (6 courses/32 modules/32 hours) and passing the C.D.S. credentialing exam. By completing these requirements, submitting your training documentation, and being approved, you will be able to use the C.D.S. credential after your name, on your resume, or on a business card. You will also be placed on our national registry….

WARNING! HCS to Discontinue Access for PCs Using Windows XP and Microsoft IE9 and Older Web Browsers on June 1, 2017

The Health Commerce System (HCS) will be discontinuing access for computers running Windows XP and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and older web browsers as they pose a security risk to HCS applications...

Save the Date! 36th Annual Health Care Open

Save the Date! On September 18th, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will host the 36th Annual Health Care Open...

NYSCAL Regional Meeting & ALP Bootcamp (Duplicate)

NYSCAL invites members and non-members to attend our 2017 Western Regional Meeting and ALP Bootcamp.  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP Providers about OMIG Compliance and structure of your operations…

 

DAL 17-07 – ACF 1ST Quarter Statistical Report Posted on the HCS (Duplicate)

The Department has posted the 1st Quarter Statistical Report on HCS a long with two attachments….

 

 

NYS DOH Has Activated Critical Assest Survey on HCS for ACFs Statewide

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, OHEP activated an updated version of the adult care facility Critical Asset Survey in HERDS for facilities statewide.  OHEP is conducting four Q&A webinar sessions to field questions from facilities looking for clarification on how to complete the survey.  The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) has activated the full version of the revised Critical Asset Survey for adult care facilities (ACFs) statewide. Please continue to find out the dates, times and webinar instructions…..

New York City ACF Providers – Registration is Open for 4th Annual Emergency Conference

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, designed specifically for New York City adult care facility and assisted living providers. This full day program will provide education and resources to assist providers in emergency preparedness planning and activities. This event is offered free of charge due to the support of DOHMH grant funding from DOHMH from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response....

 

NYSDOH Publishes DAL on ACF Closure Guidelines

Shelley Wagar

The Department of Health published DAL 17-08 on Revised ACF Closure Guidelines.  The DAL may be found on the NYSCAL website...

Time is Running Out to Register for NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s Nurse Leadership Conference

Shelley Wagar

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017 being held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY...

Join us at NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Convention and Hear Lee Woodruff as Opening Keynote Speaker!

Shelley Wagar

As co-author of the New York Times best seller In an Instant, Lee Woodruff chronicled her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The couple helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning war veterans, as well as the millions who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction...

New York City ACF Providers – Registration is Open for 4th Annual Emergency Conference

Shelley Wagar

Attention NYC ACF providers- please join us for this free conference on Emergency Preparedness. While complimentary, registration is required...

New York City ACF Providers – Registration is Open for 4th Annual Emergency Conference

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, designed specifically for New York City adult care facility and assisted living providers. This full day program will provide education and resources to assist providers in emergency preparedness planning and activities. This event is offered free of charge due to the support of DOHMH grant funding from DOHMH from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response....

 

NYSCAL Regional Meeting & ALP Bootcamp (Duplicate)

NYSCAL invites members and non-members to attend our 2017 Western Regional Meeting and ALP Bootcamp.  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP Providers about OMIG Compliance and structure of your operations…

 

NYS DOH Has Activated Critical Assest Survey on HCS for ACFs Statewide

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, OHEP activated an updated version of the adult care facility Critical Asset Survey in HERDS for facilities statewide.  OHEP is conducting four Q&A webinar sessions to field questions from facilities looking for clarification on how to complete the survey.  The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) has activated the full version of the revised Critical Asset Survey for adult care facilities (ACFs) statewide. Please continue to find out the dates, times and webinar instructions…..

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report: Due Date May 1, 2017 (Duplicate)

This is a one-month reminder that the annual required Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report is due to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by close of business May 1, 2017. If you are not responsible for submitting this report for your healthcare facility or agency, then please send this message to the individual responsible for submitting the report....

Learn How To Attract Only The Very Best Team Members for Every Position - Free Webinar

Carla Erhartic

Steve Moran and the Senior Housing Forum are offering a free webinar on how to retain and recruit great team members for your community…

 

May 2017 Free Emergency Preparedness Training: Course Catalog

Carla Erhartic

The May 2017 Aware Prepare training guide has been posted to the Health Commerce System (HCS)….

 

DAL 17-07 – ACF 1ST Quarter Statistical Report Posted on the HCS (Duplicate)

The Department has posted the 1st Quarter Statistical Report on HCS a long with two attachments….

 

 

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference (Duplicate)

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 68th Annual Convention for the compelling and humorous chronical of Lee Woodruff’s and her family’s journey to recovery … 

New York City ACF Providers – Registration is Open for 4th Annual Emergency Conference

Carla Erhartic

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, designed specifically for New York City adult care facility and assisted living providers. This full day program will provide education and resources to assist providers in emergency preparedness planning and activities. This event is offered free of charge due to the support of DOHMH grant funding from DOHMH from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response....

 

NYSCAL Regional Meeting & ALP Bootcamp (Duplicate)

NYSCAL invites members and non-members to attend our 2017 Western Regional Meeting and ALP Bootcamp.  There is no charge for this event and we look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP Providers about OMIG Compliance and structure of your operations…

 

OMIG Update April 2017 - OMIG Posts 2017-2018 Work Plan

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) today announced the release of its 2017-2018 Work Plan. The Plan details OMIG’s program integrity focus areas in the Medicaid program for the State Fiscal Year April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

For providers, suppliers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other stakeholders, the Work Plan provides a roadmap of OMIG’s intended areas of review for the year.

The Work Plan is informed by OMIG’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, which focuses on three overarching goals: enhancing compliance; fighting fraud, waste, and abuse; and promoting innovative analytics....

NYSCAL Awards Program Application Due April 21, 2017 (Duplicate)

The New York State Center for Assisted Living is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards Packet for 2017.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work at the Awards Banquet on June 27, 2017 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino at our 68th Annual Conference…

 

 

DAL 17-07 – ACF 1ST Quarter Statistical Report Posted on the HCS (Duplicate)

The Department has posted the 1st Quarter Statistical Report on HCS a long with two attachments….

 

 

Get Music For Any Mood, And Receive a Special Discount

Carla Erhartic

“There is no question that music strikes a common cord with everyone at any age.  Often, music especially for people with dementia – is a common form of communication that they don’t forget.  It can be uplifting, celebratory, calming, or comforting,: say David Kyllo, AHCA/NCAL, vice president of insurance and member programs…..

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report: Due Date May 1, 2017 (Duplicate)

This is a one-month reminder that the annual required Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report is due to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by close of business May 1, 2017. If you are not responsible for submitting this report for your healthcare facility or agency, then please send this message to the individual responsible for submitting the report....

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference (Duplicate)

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 68th Annual Convention for the compelling and humorous chronical of Lee Woodruff’s and her family’s journey to recovery … 

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

E-Mail Fraud Alert

NYSHFA / NYSCAL has received word that some of our Members may have recently received a Database Sales List - Fraud E-mail.  The e-mail subject was:  Business List – NYSHFA….

Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 68th Annual Convention for the compelling and humorous chronical of Lee Woodruff’s and her family’s journey to recovery … 

NYSCAL Awards Program Application Due April 21, 2017

The New York State Center for Assisted Living is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards Packet for 2017.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work at the Awards Banquet on June 27, 2017 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino at our 68th Annual Conference…

 

 

E-Mail Fraud Alert

Carla Erhartic

NYSHFA / NYSCAL has received word that some of our Members may have recently received a Database Sales List - Fraud E-mail.  The e-mail subject was:  Business List – NYSHFA….

April Webinar: LTC Trend Tracker 101: Back to Basics

Carla Erhartic

Improving quality care is a journey, and LTC Trend Tracker is the tool you need to ensure your organization stays on track. Monitor your progress on quality measures, Five-Star, AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals, hospital readmission rates and more. Identify areas your organization should address in order to improve and set your own performance targets. Demonstrate your dedication to quality to your patients and residents with verifiable results…..

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report: Due Date May 1, 2017

This is a one-month reminder that the annual required Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report is due to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by close of business May 1, 2017. If you are not responsible for submitting this report for your healthcare facility or agency, then please send this message to the individual responsible for submitting the report....

DAL 17-07 – ACF 1ST Quarter Statistical Report Posted on the HCS

The Department has posted the 1st Quarter Statistical Report on HCS a long with two attachments….

 

 

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 68th Annual Convention for the compelling and humorous chronical of Lee Woodruff’s and her family’s journey to recovery … 

2017 Durante/Stafford Nursing Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

The Foundation for Quality Care and NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s Nurse Leadership Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 James D. Durante/Ruth E. Stafford Nursing Scholarship Program.

This Scholarship Fund Program was established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care.

Two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category I LPN and RN students; two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category II Advanced RN students; and one (1) scholarship for $2,000 will be awarded to the Assisted Living student....

DAL 17-07 – ACF 1ST Quarter Statistical Report Posted on the HCS

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted the 1st Quarter Statistical Report on HCS a long with two attachments….

 

 

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report: Due Date May 1, 2017

Carla Erhartic

This is a one-month reminder that the annual required Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report is due to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by close of business May 1, 2017. If you are not responsible for submitting this report for your healthcare facility or agency, then please send this message to the individual responsible for submitting the report....

2017 Durante/Stafford Nursing Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

Carla Erhartic

The Foundation for Quality Care and NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s Nurse Leadership Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 James D. Durante/Ruth E. Stafford Nursing Scholarship Program.

This Scholarship Fund Program was established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care.

Two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category I LPN and RN students; two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category II Advanced RN students; and one (1) scholarship for $2,000 will be awarded to the Assisted Living student....

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 68th Annual Convention for the compelling and humorous chronical of Lee Woodruff’s and her family’s journey to recovery … 

2017 April Aware Prepare Posted

Carla Erhartic

The Health Commerce System (HCS) has posted April Emergency Preparedness Training Calendar…

April 6th Audio Conference - The Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 6th for the Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's: Rights, Regulations and Requirements Audio Conference...

Lee Woodruff Confirmed as NYSHFA/NYSCAL Opening Keynote Speaker

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL at the 68th Annual Convention for the compelling and humorous chronical of Lee Woodruff’s and her family’s journey to recovery … 

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Medicaid Funding is in Jeopardy- Contact Congress

The "repeal and replace" plan Congress is currently considering contains an unprecedented cut to Medicaid. Plans are moving quickly and lawmakers are making decisions now on the future of Medicaid...

Registration Now Open! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Registration for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017 is now open!...

DAL 17-06: Notification to Operate Respite Program

Carla Erhartic

NYS DOH has posted the Notification to Operate a Temporary Residential Services Respite Program on the Health Commerce System….

NYSCAL Member Tammy Marshall Honored in Nassau County

Carla Erhartic

Tammy Marshall, Executive Director at Maple Pointe Assisted Living was honored by the South Nassau Communities Hospital for her support of breast cancer prevention and her fundraising efforts since 2009 that have netted more than $72,000 to benefit breast services at South Nassau Hospital…

 

NYSCAL Awards Program

The New York State Center for Assisted Living is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards Packet for 2017.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work at the Awards Banquet on June 27, 2017 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino at our 68th Annual Conference…

 

 

March 30th Audio Conference - Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 30th Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Audio Conference...

April 6th Audio Conference - The Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 6th for the Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's: Rights, Regulations and Requirements Audio Conference...

14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYSCAL Awards Program

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Center for Assisted Living is pleased to publish the NYSCAL Awards Packet for 2017.  The Awards program will recognize an Administrator, Nurse, and frontline caregiver for their work at the Awards Banquet on June 27, 2017 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino at our 68th Annual Conference…

 

 

National Drug Take-Back Day: Deadline for Participation is March 10, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be conducting our Thirteenth National Prescription Pill Take-Back Day.  On October 22, 2016, the DEA worked with our partners throughout the country to collect 336 tons of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs.   Locally, the DEA New York Division collected over 19.3 tons of discarded prescription drugs from our designated collection sites.  I hope you will consider having your facility participate in this worthy public safety endeavor….

 

NCAL/AALNA Caring Together Webinar

Carla Erhartic

Chronic conditions affect quality of life for residents in assisted living communities nationwide.  As providers face an increasingly older population of residents who live in their communities they are challenged to implement best practices that preserve or improve a quality of life for residents and reduce the risks associated with hospitalization and functional decline….

 

March 17th Audio Conference - Understanding the Updated Life Safety Code & Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 17th for the Understanding the Updated Life Safety Code & Emergency Preparedness Requirements Audio Conference...

March 30th Audio Conference - Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 30th Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Audio Conference...

April 6th Audio Conference - The Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 6th for the Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's: Rights, Regulations and Requirements Audio Conference...

14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

National Drug Take-Back Day: Deadline for Participation is March 10, 2017

Carla Erhartic

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be conducting our Thirteenth National Prescription Pill Take-Back Day.  On October 22, 2016, the DEA worked with our partners throughout the country to collect 336 tons of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs.   Locally, the DEA New York Division collected over 19.3 tons of discarded prescription drugs from our designated collection sites.  I hope you will consider having your facility participate in this worthy public safety endeavor….

 

March 17th Audio Conference - Understanding the Updated Life Safety Code & Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 17th for the Understanding the Updated Life Safety Code & Emergency Preparedness Requirements Audio Conference...

March 30th Audio Conference - Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 30th Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Audio Conference...

April 6th Audio Conference - The Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 6th for the Challenges of Today's Changing Nursing Home Population: Balancing the Three R's: Rights, Regulations and Requirements Audio Conference...

14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYSCAL Testifies at NYS Budget Hearing on SSI Increase

Carla Erhartic

On Thursday, February 16th, 2017, Shelley Wagar, the Executive Director testified at the NYS 2017-2018 Budget Hearing in Albany, NY....

DOH Posts DAL 17-04 – Inspection Review Process (IRP)

Modifications have been made to the current adult care facility Inspection Review Process (IRP) as outlined in Dear Administrator Letter DAL 15-04…

2017 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

in Foundation for Quality Care News

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2017...

14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

DOH Posts DAL 17-04 – Inspection Review Process (IRP)

Carla Erhartic

Modifications have been made to the current adult care facility Inspection Review Process (IRP) as outlined in Dear Administrator Letter DAL 15-04…

NYSCAL Attends Monthly DOH Association Meeting

Carla Erhartic

NSYCAL participated in the monthly DOH Association meeting on Wednesday, February 23 and the following is a summary of the discussion.

  • The IRP process will only be held in the DOH Central Office, effective immediately. A DAL will be posted to the HCS regarding this change.
  • The DAL regarding the new Respite form (DOH 5241) will also be posted for soon, as will a model addendum for the residency agreement for respite care.
  • DOH stated the 2016 first and second quarters CHRC reimbursement have been paid.  The 2016 third and fourth quarter payments are currently being reconciled…

 

OMIG Update February 2017

Carla Erhartic

Continuing Education Credits Now Available for OMIG Webinar # 36The Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) has approved 1.8 credits for OMIG Webinar #36: OMIG’s CERTIFICATION PROCESS: MANDATORY COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS & DEFICIT REDUCTION ACT OF 2005. If you wish to apply for these credits, please email your request - including your name, contact information, and the three codes provided in Webinar #36 - to information@omig.ny.gov  Please include the following in the subject heading of your email: CEC CREDITS WEBINAR #36

Free Webinar! Long Term Care and Cultural Competence: What to Know, What to Do - CEU's Offered!

Long Term Care and Cultural Competence: What to Know, What to Do

Thursday – March 2, 2017 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

1.5 credits have been approved by NAB for LNHA/ALA...


March Aware Prepare

Carla Erhartic

The March Aware Prepare Training Courses have been posted to the HCS…

 

2017 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

in Foundation for Quality Care News

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2017...

NYSDOH Announcement of Upcoming Exercise for Certified Home Health Agencies/Long Term Home Health Care Programs

Over the next several weeks, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will be conducting a major, statewide exercise named Outbreak Unchecked (OUREx) simulating the spread of an influenza pandemic across the State in which Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHAs) and Long Term Home Health Care Programs (LTHHCPs) will participate. Although agencies will not know the exact date of the exercise, this announcement provides all information the agencies need to know in order to respond to this exercise….

 

14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Registration is Now Open! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYC (ONLY) ACF Providers – Register For New Efinds Version 3.0 Webinar

Register now for the new Efinds Version 3.0 free webinar offered by NYSCAL to be held on February 23, 2017…

 

Guidance for Developing Policies and Procedures for a LHCSA

DOH has recently posted to its website, guidance materials and procedures for filing LHCSA P&P manuals going forward…..

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

NYSDOH Announcement of Upcoming Exercise for Certified Home Health Agencies/Long Term Home Health Care Programs

Over the next several weeks, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will be conducting a major, statewide exercise named Outbreak Unchecked (OUREx) simulating the spread of an influenza pandemic across the State in which Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHAs) and Long Term Home Health Care Programs (LTHHCPs) will participate. Although agencies will not know the exact date of the exercise, this announcement provides all information the agencies need to know in order to respond to this exercise….

 

2017 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

in Foundation for Quality Care News

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYSCAL Testifies at NYS Budget Hearing on SSI Increase

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL’s Shelley Wagar, Executive Director testified on Thursday, February 16, 2017 to represent the needs of adult home/assisted living providers. The testimony highlighted the needs for SSI reimbursement reform for providers delivering services to the SSI population….

 

NYC (ONLY) ACF Providers – Register For New Efinds Version 3.0 Webinar

Carla Erhartic

Register now for the new Efinds Version 3.0 free webinar offered by NYSCAL to be held on February 23, 2017…

 

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule Statewide Transition Plan (STP) Webina

Carla Erhartic

The HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan Webinar that was scheduled for February 16, 2017 was not accessible via the link that was provided, however NYSCAL has obtained a copy of the slides from DOH website.  The Department has not indicated when they will be offering another webinar, but we will let you know once it is posted....

 

NYSDOH Announcement of Upcoming Exercise for Certified Home Health Agencies/Long Term Home Health Care Programs

Carla Erhartic

Over the next several weeks, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will be conducting a major, statewide exercise named Outbreak Unchecked (OUREx) simulating the spread of an influenza pandemic across the State in which Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHAs) and Long Term Home Health Care Programs (LTHHCPs) will participate. Although agencies will not know the exact date of the exercise, this announcement provides all information the agencies need to know in order to respond to this exercise….

 

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Guidance for Developing Policies and Procedures for a LHCSA

DOH has recently posted to its website, guidance materials and procedures for filing LHCSA P&P manuals going forward…..

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

2017 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

in Foundation for Quality Care News

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan Webinar

Carla Erhartic

The HCBS Final Rule Statewide Transition Plan webinar will be presented February 16, 2017, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. State staff will provide an overview of New York State’s recently amended State Transition Plan. Included in the webinar will be a discussion of next steps in order to come into compliance with this federal regulation. The State’s efforts to address areas noted in CMS’ response to the State’s initial Statewide Transition Plan will be reviewed….

Guidance for Developing Policies and Procedures for a LHCSA

Carla Erhartic

DOH has recently posted to its website, guidance materials and procedures for filing LHCSA P&P manuals going forward…..

NYC Providers - SAVE THE DATE: Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar

NYSCAL, LeadingAge, Argentum and ESAAL in conjunction with NYC DOHMH are providing free webinars to Assisted Living Providers in New York City. The first webinar in the series is: “e-Finds Overview of the New Version 3.0 Upgrade”, the second in the series is “Hazard Vulnerability Analysis”, the third webinar is “HCS Communications Directory Certification” and the final in the series is “Are you Really Ready for an Emergency?”…..

NYS Department of Labor Webinar on Minimum Wage Increase

New York State's minimum wage increased on December 31, 2016. This is the first step in the statewide $15 minimum wage plan enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget.

The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of their employer's business. As part of a state-wide educational campaign to help businesses identify pay rates for their employees (including tipped employees), and to help protect employees, the Department of Labor will be hosting a live webinar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM that began Tuesday January, 24, 2017....

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

2017 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

in Foundation for Quality Care News

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

in Legislative

NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

DOH Provides Response on Topics Discussed at January 2017 Association Meeting

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL attended the monthly Department of Health/Association meeting on January 25th and reported on the topics in our January 27th NYSCAL Notes mailing. Since then, the Department has issued its own summary of the topics discussed at the meeting….

NYC Providers - SAVE THE DATE: Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar

NYSCAL, LeadingAge, Argentum and ESAAL in conjunction with NYC DOHMH are providing free webinars to Assisted Living Providers in New York City. The first webinar in the series is: “e-Finds Overview of the New Version 3.0 Upgrade”, the second in the series is “Hazard Vulnerability Analysis”, the third webinar is “HCS Communications Directory Certification” and the final in the series is “Are you Really Ready for an Emergency?”…..

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

National Grid Energy Efficiency Program

in Clinical & Quality

The National Grid Energy Efficiency Program which started in NYC but has expanded to all National Grid territory, including Long Island and the Upstate area. This program is managed and implemented by RISE Engineering. This energy efficiency program was designed specifically for commercial customers, who may be eligible for incentives related to high-efficiency gas heating equipment or other upgrades. Interested providers ...

2017 Nursing Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

in Foundation for Quality Care News

Once again we are pleased to announce the Foundation for Quality Care Nursing Scholarship Program. The Foundation for Quality Care, the research and education affiliate of the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA), will administer the Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program for 2017...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Announces Member On-Line Portal

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC is pleased to announce that on Monday, February 13, 2017 all our Members will now have an opportunity to register on-line for many of our future Education Events...

ACFs Need to Register for Updated Version of DOH Secure File Transfer (SFT)

Carla Erhartic

Some documents that providers receive from the Department of Health on the Health Commerce System (HCS), such as survey reports and the Department's responses to Plans of Correction, are transmitted via Secure File Transfer (SFT). In early January, the Department upgraded the SFT software, and it is necessary for providers to register for the upgrade to continue to receive such documents….

NYS Department of Labor Webinar on Minimum Wage Increase

New York State's minimum wage increased on December 31, 2016. This is the first step in the statewide $15 minimum wage plan enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget.

The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of their employer's business. As part of a state-wide educational campaign to help businesses identify pay rates for their employees (including tipped employees), and to help protect employees, the Department of Labor will be hosting a live webinar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM that began Tuesday January, 24, 2017....

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYC Providers - SAVE THE DATE: Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL, LeadingAge, Argentum and ESAAL in conjunction with NYC DOHMH are providing free webinars to Assisted Living Providers in New York City. The first webinar in the series is: “e-Finds Overview of the New Version 3.0 Upgrade”, the second in the series is “Hazard Vulnerability Analysis”, the third webinar is “HCS Communications Directory Certification” and the final in the series is “Are you Really Ready for an Emergency?”…..

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

in Legislative

NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

January 2017 Medicaid Update

in Finance & Reimbursement

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the January 2017 Medicaid Update...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC Announces Member On-Line Portal

NYSHFA / NYSCAL / FQC is pleased to announce that on Monday, February 13, 2017 all our Members will now have an opportunity to register on-line for many of our future Education Events...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

NYS Department of Labor Webinar on Minimum Wage Increase

New York State's minimum wage increased on December 31, 2016. This is the first step in the statewide $15 minimum wage plan enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget.

The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of their employer's business. As part of a state-wide educational campaign to help businesses identify pay rates for their employees (including tipped employees), and to help protect employees, the Department of Labor will be hosting a live webinar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM that began Tuesday January, 24, 2017....

Foundation for Quality Care Offers Webinar on Cultural Competence

Carla Erhartic

Please join NYSHFA/NYSCAL and The Foundation for Quality Care (FQC)  for our webinar :Long term Care and Cultural Competence: What to Know, What to Do” on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 10 am – 11:30 am. …..

 

2016 Annual Census Report Due January 31, 2017

The deadline for submission of the 2016 Annual Census to the Department is January 31, 2017DOH contacted NYSCAL and indicated 275 Providers have not submitted their census report….

 

Revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Available

A revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification with a revised date of November 14, 2016, must be used beginning January 22, 2017…

Responding to Plan of Correction That is Pending an IRP

Carla Erhartic

 

It has been unclear how a provider is to submit a POC when there is something they are challenging.  The Department has indicated that responding by referring to a pending IRP is not an acceptable plan of correction and will be rejected…..

 

 


Is ACA (Obamacare) Compliance still necessary?

Carla Erhartic

With all the discussion in Washington about the "repeal and replacement" of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some members have asked whether they need to continue to be compliant with the ACA in 2017. At this time, the simple answer is yes. Members should continue to comply with the law. Congress is considering legislation to repeal and replace the ACA, but its outcome is still uncertain. 

What efforts are currently underway to repeal the ACA?

In mid-January, the House and Senate passed a 2017 budget resolution, which began the process of repealing the ACA through budget reconciliation. This allows for expedited consideration of tax, spending, and debt limit legislation. The reconciliation process does not allow for the full repeal of the ACA, but it does allow legislators to address the ACA provisions that relate to the budget (e.g., the employer mandate). Additional "repeal and replace" proposals are expected…..

NYS Department of Labor Webinar on Minimum Wage Increase

New York State's minimum wage increased on December 31, 2016. This is the first step in the statewide $15 minimum wage plan enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget.

The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of their employer's business. As part of a state-wide educational campaign to help businesses identify pay rates for their employees (including tipped employees), and to help protect employees, the Department of Labor will be hosting a live webinar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM that began Tuesday January, 24, 2017....

CHRC Update and HCS Communications Directory Issues with CHRC Role

Changes in CHRC staffing in the Department has resulted in further delays in reimbursements. At the meeting it was reported that CHRC indicated that the "pay list" for the first two quarters of 2016 should be finalized by the end of January, and payments to ACFs should follow within a couple of weeks….  

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Secure File Transfer (SFT) 2.0

To be included in the SFT 2.0 Address book, you must register with the application. If you are not registered other users will not be able to send an SFT to you….

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

2016 Annual Census Report Due January 31, 2017

Carla Erhartic

The deadline for submission of the 2016 Annual Census to the Department is January 31, 2017DOH contacted NYSCAL and indicated 275 Providers have not submitted their census report….

 

Revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Available

Carla Erhartic

A revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification with a revised date of November 14, 2016, must be used beginning January 22, 2017…

SSA/SSP Payment Processing Problems

Carla Erhartic

A number of our members have reported Social Security Administration (SSA) and Social Security and SSI (SSP) processing problems that continue to exist.  NYSCAL contacted Val Deetz at DOH to make her aware of the issues.  In an effort to find a solution to the problems at both federal and state levels, NYSCAL is asking members for the following information….

Secure File Transfer (SFT) 2.0

Carla Erhartic

To be included in the SFT 2.0 Address book, you must register with the application. If you are not registered other users will not be able to send an SFT to you….

CHRC Update and HCS Communications Directory Issues with CHRC Role

Carla Erhartic

Changes in CHRC staffing in the Department has resulted in further delays in reimbursements. At the meeting it was reported that CHRC indicated that the "pay list" for the first two quarters of 2016 should be finalized by the end of January, and payments to ACFs should follow within a couple of weeks….  

NYS Department of Labor Webinar on Minimum Wage Increase

Carla Erhartic

New York State's minimum wage increased on December 31, 2016. This is the first step in the statewide $15 minimum wage plan enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget.

The minimum wage increases are calculated based on where an individual works, their industry, and, in some cases, the size of their employer's business. As part of a state-wide educational campaign to help businesses identify pay rates for their employees (including tipped employees), and to help protect employees, the Department of Labor will be hosting a live webinar every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM that began Tuesday January, 24, 2017....

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

Attention: NYC ACF Providers – SAVE THE DATE for a Free Emergency Preparedness Webinar with CEUs

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL is offering a free webinar for NYC Providers under the NYCDOHMH Emergency Preparedness Grant…

Free Active Shooter Awareness Training for Western Region ACF Providers

Carla Erhartic

Summary: Unfortunately, we hear about active shooter incidents regularly in the news. While the details of the incidents vary, many happen in the workplace. Given the vulnerable population that adult care facilities (ACFs) and assisted living (AL) facilities serve, it is important that you receive training on how to respond to such an event…..

 

Responding to Plan of Correction That is Pending an IRP

Carla Erhartic

It has been unclear how a provider is to submit a POC when there is something they are challenging.  The Department has indicated that responding by referring to a pending IRP is not an acceptable plan of correction and will be rejected…..

 

Regulatory Rewrite Workgroup

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL the Board of Directors and Members have been reviewing and providing input on all regulatory change proposals…

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

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NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

Registration Open! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

March 17th Audio Conference - Understanding the Updated Life Safety Code & Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on March 17th for the Understanding the Updated Life Safety Code & Emergency Preparedness Requirements Audio Conference...

DOH Posts February 2017 Aware Prepare on HCS

Carla Erhartic

The February 2017 Emergency Preparedness training schedule has been posted on the HCS....

 

 

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

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NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

Secure File Transfer 2.0 Instructions & Information Revised: 1/09/17

Carla Erhartic

Since the old SFT version was turned off Jan 9th, 2017, you must register for your name to be listed in the new SFT 2.0 address book. Go to My Contents > All Applications > S > Secure File Transfer 2.0 for more information. This does not affect the group uploads at this time. The Secure File Transfer utility has a new look and feel. The SFT is a utility that provides solutions for the handling of sensitive information, including financial files, medical records, legal documents, personal data, etc. SFT securely collects, stores, manages, and distributes information between the NYS Health Commerce System (HCS) users. The utility will securely and easily transfer files and folders of up to 2GB in size between two or more users...

OSHA Form 300A Must be Posted February 1st

in Clinical & Quality

Beginning February 1st each year, employers are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that the summary, OSHA Form 300A, remains posted from February 1 through April 30 ...

DAL 17-03 ACF Resident Advocacy Services Guide

The Department has updated the Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Guide and it is now posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…. 

Save the Date! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Save the Date for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Proposals

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Governor Cuomo delivered his six 2017 State of the State Addresses this week. During each address, the Governor unveiled various legislative proposals. Attached is a link to his 36 proposals for New York State ...

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Legislative Visitation Days

in Legislative

NYSHFA and NYSCAL will be holding targeted legislative visitation days to meet with key elected officials and policymakers regarding issues and concerns related to the proposed 2017 - 18 Executive Budget. Specifically, NYSHFA will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning skilled nursing providers on Tuesday, February 28th. NYSCAL will be holding a legislative visitation day to discuss issues concerning assisted living providers on Monday, March 6th ...

OSHA Form 300A Must be Posted February 1st

in Clinical & Quality

Beginning February 1st each year, employers are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that the summary, OSHA Form 300A, remains posted from February 1 through April 30 ...

DAL 17-03 ACF Resident Advocacy Services Guide

The Department has updated the Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Guide and it is now posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…. 

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Save the Date for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

DAL 17-03 ACF Resident Advocacy Services Guide

Carla Erhartic

The Department has updated the Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Guide and it is now posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS)…. 

State Information Clearinghouse Posted by AHCA/NCAL

Carla Erhartic

The AHCA/NCAL State of the States Clearinghouse is a one stop shop for key Medicaid and Medicare information impacting the long term care profession. Exclusively for AHCA/NCAL members, this website includes state-specific data on demographics, spending in both programs, state certificate of need and licensure requirements, Medicaid program structure, links to state Medicaid payment policies for nursing centers, overall Medicaid program structure, and more….

Attention ALP Providers

Carla Erhartic

ALP rates sent via email from Russell Simmons - NYS DOH on Friday, January 6th are incorrect.  It included a DAL reporting on adjustments made to ALP rates to partially offset the increase in the minimum wage....

 

National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Releases 2016 Assisted Living State Regulatory Review

Carla Erhartic

Each year, NCAL publishes the "Assisted Living State Regulatory Review," to summarize key selected state requirements for assisted living licensure or certification. For every state and the District of Columbia, this report includes information on topics such as which state agency licenses assisted living, recent legislative and regulatory updates affecting assisted living, and requirements for resident agreements, admission and discharge requirements, units serving people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, staffing, and training….

 

 

New HIPAA Rules for Communicating with Patients by Unencrypted Email and Text Messages

Carla Erhartic

Overview: This webinar focuses on HIPAA Rules for transmitting informational email and text messages to patients over an electronic communications network…

 

Medicaid Update - December 2016

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the December 2016 Medicaid Update...

Save the Date! 14th Annual Social Service and Activities Conference

Save the Date for the 14th Annual Social Service and Activites Confernece March 30-31, 2017...

Save the Date! 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference

Save the Date for the 15th Annual Nurse Leadership Conference May 4-5, 2017...

Save the Date! 68th Annual NYSHFA/NYSCAL Convention & Expo

Save the Date for the 68th Annual Convention & Expo June 25-28, 2017...

NYS DOH Commissioner Declares Influenza Prevalent for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declares influenza to be prevalent in New York State for the 2016-17 influenza season, as of the date of this announcement….

OMIG Compliance Program Certification Due December 2016

Carla Erhartic

Compliance Program Certification information and forms for 2016 are now available on the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General’s (OMIG) Certification Page. As a reminder, all New York State Medicaid providers (and managed care plans) who are subject to the mandatory compliance program obligation set out in NYS Social Services Law Section §363-d and 18 NYCRR Part 521 must certify annually during the month of December that they have adopted and implemented a compliance program that meets all statutory and regulatory requirements via the certification form on the OMIG website….

 

The January 2017 Emergency Training Aware Prepare Newsletter is Available

Carla Erhartic

Issued by the New York State Department of Health, Office of Public Health, this monthly electronic newsletter is your guide to upcoming trainings related to emergency preparedness. These trainings may be provided in one or more of the following formats, including: live webcasts, webinars and in-person training; archived webcasts, webinars and on demand eLearning….

2016 Compliance Program Certification Information And Forms Now Posted On Omig's Website

2016 Compliance Program Certification information and forms for the December 2016 certification period are now posted on the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) website at: www.omig.ny.gov/compliance/certification.

NOTE: Certifying providers are reminded to complete and submit the 2016 Certification Form; 2015 Certification forms are no longer applicable and will not be accepted for the 2016 annual certification….

 

2017 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Application Portal Now Open

The application portal for the 2017 Quality Award Program cycle is now open. The application deadline for Bronze, Silver and Gold is January 26th 2017 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time...

DAL DHCBS 16-11 for Home Care Agencies Regarding Emergency Preparedness Requirements

The NYS Department of Health Division of Home and Community Based Services has issued DHCBS 16-11 that outlines emergency preparedness requirements for home care providers. NYSCAL’s Assisted Living Program (ALP) members must meet the requirements set forth in the DAL because they operate a Licensed Home Care Services Agency (LHCSA)...

 

FAQs concerning Medicaid Beneficiaries in HCBS who Exhibit Unsafe Wandering Behavior

Carla Erhartic

As states, providers, beneficiaries and other stakeholders determine a strategy for complying with the setting requirements during a transition period that ends March 17, 2019, questions have arisen on how to adhere to the individualized nature of service provision for individuals with dementia or other conditions in which unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior is exhibited….

 

2016 Compliance Program Certification Information And Forms Now Posted On Omig's Website

2016 Compliance Program Certification information and forms for the December 2016 certification period are now posted on the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) website at: www.omig.ny.gov/compliance/certification.

NOTE: Certifying providers are reminded to complete and submit the 2016 Certification Form; 2015 Certification forms are no longer applicable and will not be accepted for the 2016 annual certification….

 

2017 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Application Portal Now Open

The application portal for the 2017 Quality Award Program cycle is now open. The application deadline for Bronze, Silver and Gold is January 26th 2017 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time...

Hotel Deadline Approaching! 2017 Midwinter Executive Education Conference

The 2017 Conference will be held January 8th - 15th, 2017....

2017 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Application Portal Now Open

The application portal for the 2017 Quality Award Program cycle is now open. The application deadline for Bronze, Silver and Gold is January 26th 2017 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time...

2016 Compliance Program Certification Information And Forms Now Posted On Omig's Website

2016 Compliance Program Certification information and forms for the December 2016 certification period are now posted on the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) website at: www.omig.ny.gov/compliance/certification.

NOTE: Certifying providers are reminded to complete and submit the 2016 Certification Form; 2015 Certification forms are no longer applicable and will not be accepted for the 2016 annual certification….

 

Hotel Deadline Approaching! 2017 Midwinter Executive Education Conference

The 2017 Conference will be held January 8th - 15th, 2017....

Free Webinar: Legionella Mandate on Water Testing and Management

in Clinical & Quality

LiquiTech has offered to provide a free webinar on Thursday, December 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm to assist members with their Water Testing and Management plans. These plans needed to be enacted by December 1, 2016 to prevent Legionella contamination in facilities ...

General NYSDOH Guidance for Facility Preparations for Severe Winter Weather

in Clinical & Quality

Please review attached document providing general guidance from the New York State Department of Health regarding preparing for winter weather ...

2016 Compliance Program Certification Information And Forms Now Posted On Omig's Website

Carla Erhartic

2016 Compliance Program Certification information and forms for the December 2016 certification period are now posted on the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) website at: www.omig.ny.gov/compliance/certification.

NOTE: Certifying providers are reminded to complete and submit the 2016 Certification Form; 2015 Certification forms are no longer applicable and will not be accepted for the 2016 annual certification….

 

DAL 16-21 Protecting Resident Privacy

Carla Erhartic

This DAL supplements DAL 15-10, dated June 23, 2015 regarding security/surveillance cameras in which we indicated facilities must have policies and procedures that included ensuring resident privacy. Facilities should be reminded that written permission is required from any resident prior to any photographs or recordings, such as those used for activities or advertising…

 

DAL DHCBS 16-11 for Home Care Agencies Regarding Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Carla Erhartic

The NYS Department of Health Division of Home and Community Based Services has issued DHCBS 16-11 that outlines emergency preparedness requirements for home care providers. NYSCAL’s Assisted Living Program (ALP) members must meet the requirements set forth in the DAL because they operate a Licensed Home Care Services Agency (LHCSA)...

 

Advanced Home Health Aides in Enhanced Assisted Living Residences

Carla Erhartic

Advanced home health aides working at some assisted living communities in New York will be allowed to perform certain advanced tasks, such as administering routine or prefilled medications and helping with medical equipment, under a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo himself had proposed creating the new job category in his 2013 budget, although the provision was rejected, and had introduced a related program bill in 2014….

DOH Webinar: What’s New with the Flu, Part II – Surveillance and Flu Updates

in Clinical & Quality

NYS DOH Bureau of Immunization presents “What’s New with the Flu, Part II” Surveillance and Flu Updates. Please see attached for further information ...

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) December 4-10

in Clinical & Quality

NIVW is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) observance. It was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season. Please see attached for more information ...

NYSCAL Offers Two Trainings on Emergency Preparedness- Active Shooter

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL was pleased to offer two trainings for assisted living providers on how to respond to an active shooter event in a community. Funded through our grant with the New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness Hospital Preparedness Program, NYSCAL held two training opportunities on November 30 and December 1.  Our presenter, J, David Weidner, director of Emergency Preparedness for the Health Care Association of New Jersey,  trained 34 people in FEMA’s IS-907 Active Shooter training and included a situational awareness table top exercise for all attendees….

LOVE, AFFECTION and SEXUALITY in ASSISTED LIVING

Carla Erhartic

A major challenge facing Assisted Living communities is inappropriate sexual behavior among cognitively impaired residents and the impact on other residents, their families and staff. Learn about sexual issues with cognitively impaired residents; successful tactics for families and spouses; and positive outcomes achieved through family involvement…

2017 AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Application Portal Now Open

The application portal for the 2017 Quality Award Program cycle is now open. The application deadline for Bronze, Silver and Gold is January 26th 2017 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time...

ACF Annual Financial Report Deadline

Carla Erhartic

The deadline for submission of the 2015 ACF Financial Report, for facilities using a calendar year (January 1- December 31) as their fiscal year is January 6, 2017. Facilities using a fiscal year period that differs from a calendar year are required to file their report by the 15th day of the sixth calendar month following the close of their fiscal year [refer to 18 NYCRR 487.10(e)]. For example, the report for a facility using a fiscal year of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 would be due December 15, 2016…

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

Efinds Training for Lower Hudson Valley ACFs

Carla Erhartic

There is an eFINDS TtT class scheduled for 22 Dec, 2016 from 9 am- 4pm at St. Luke’s of Cornwall Hospital (70 Dubois St., Newburgh, NY 12550). As of 13 Dec, 2016 eFINDS will have revisions made to it, and this will be the first class for the Lower Hudson Valley region that includes the revisions to the eFINDS program. For those who are interested in attending, you can register for this class on the New York State Learning Management System (LMS)… 

Assisted Living Leadership Program for LPNs and RNs

This four-day course serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff. Research has demonstrated that communities with successful nurse leaders, who manage daily operations and staff with critical leadership skills such as effective communication, conflict management and resolution, coaching and mentoring skills, have both highly satisfied residents and staff and lower employee turnover...

 

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

DAL 16-25 ACF 2015 Annual Financial Report Posted on HCS

The New York State Department of Health (Department) has activated the 2015 Adult Care Facility (ACF) Financial Reports on the Health Commerce System (HCS). The regulations governing ACF Financial Reports are included in Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) §487.10(e) and §488.10(e), for Adult Homes (AH) and Enriched Housing Programs (EHP), respectively…

 

DAL 16-25 ACF 2015 Annual Financial Report Posted on HCS

The New York State Department of Health (Department) has activated the 2015 Adult Care Facility (ACF) Financial Reports on the Health Commerce System (HCS). The regulations governing ACF Financial Reports are included in Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) §487.10(e) and §488.10(e), for Adult Homes (AH) and Enriched Housing Programs (EHP), respectively…

 

DOH issues (DAL) for Architectural Waivers

Carla Erhartic

DAL 16-19 dated October 19, 2016 and its attachment (Architectural Waiver Form DOH-5226) describe a new process to request architectural waivers. The new form must be filed in addition to the standard DOH Waiver Request Form (DOH-4235), and must be completed and signed by a licensed architect. Information on where to send the forms is provided within the DAL.

 

Active Shooter Awareness Program: Free to ACF Providers

NYSCAL is offering a free presentation that will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter in an assisted living community.  Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

CMS’ Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Carla Erhartic

Next week Grainger is hosting an education webcast focused on the new CMS’ Emergency Preparedness Rule. During this no cost, one hour educational webinar, we will examine this past September major announcement, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The final rule requires CMS participating providers and suppliers to meet four common and well-known industry best practice standards by November 15, 2017. This interactive webinar will discuss the steps that should be taken to help you stay in compliance with the new rule…

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

Assisted Living Leadership Program for LPNs and RNs

This four-day course serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff. Research has demonstrated that communities with successful nurse leaders, who manage daily operations and staff with critical leadership skills such as effective communication, conflict management and resolution, coaching and mentoring skills, have both highly satisfied residents and staff and lower employee turnover...

 

SSI and SSP Benefit Levels Chart Effective January 1, 2017

Carla Erhartic

The federal government has announced that there will be a very slight COLA of 0.3% for 2017. For your convenience we are sending you the link to print the new benefit chart for 2017...

 

 

Complying with the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP)

Carla Erhartic

Last week the NYS Department of Health notified all ACFs/ALRs/ALPs of the need for providers to comply with the CLEP requirement if they perform laboratory tests on materials obtained from the human body. This is a federal requirement that the NYS Department of Health implements and oversees in New York State. According to Department representatives their notice to ACFs/ALRs/ALPs results from an assisted living provider's inquiry to the federal government….

Active Shooter Awareness Program: Free to ACF Providers

NYSCAL is offering a free presentation that will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter in an assisted living community.  Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

Assisted Living Leadership Program for LPNs and RNs

This four-day course serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff. Research has demonstrated that communities with successful nurse leaders, who manage daily operations and staff with critical leadership skills such as effective communication, conflict management and resolution, coaching and mentoring skills, have both highly satisfied residents and staff and lower employee turnover...

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

ALP Providers – Durable Medical Equipment & Supplies

Carla Erhartic

A list of the durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics, and supplies covered are located in a manual located on the EMEDNY site…

 

eFinds Version 3.0 – New Release

Carla Erhartic

eFinds has been upgraded and training is now available. The New York State Evacuation of Facilities in Disasters System (NYS eFINDS ®) is a secure, confidential, fast and easy-to-use system…

 

Flu Prevention

Carla Erhartic

It is important to educate assisted living providers, their residents and staff on the importance of getting a flu vaccine. National Influenza Vaccination Week will be observed December 4-10.  This is a great opportunity to promote and advertise the importance of all staff and residents to get the flu shot...

 

Justice Center Disability Resource Clearinghouse

Carla Erhartic

The Justice Center has a new online source of information on disability-related programs, services, information and laws.  The Disability Resource Clearinghouse connects people with disabilities in all settings, their families, caregivers, advocates and other stakeholders with links to dozens of state and federal agencies and national non-profit organizations… 

 

21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show - November 15-16, 2016

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invited you to attend our 21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow... 

Last Chance to Register! Key Issues in the Life Cycle of An Employee Audio Conference

Join us on November 15th at 3pm for Key Issues in the Life Cycle of an Employee... 

2016 Election Update

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The final results of all the elections are now becoming clear with a few exceptions. Attached are election results for the US Senate/House of Representatives, the New York State Senate, and the New York State Assembly.

Once the final results are in on these close races, NYSHFA/NYSCAL will send out an updated report on all elected officials.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
VP & Counsel
518-462-4800 x25

Active Shooter Awareness Program: Free to ACF Providers

NYSCAL is offering a free presentation that will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter in an assisted living community.  Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

Assisted Living Leadership Program for LPNs and RNs

This four-day course serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff. Research has demonstrated that communities with successful nurse leaders, who manage daily operations and staff with critical leadership skills such as effective communication, conflict management and resolution, coaching and mentoring skills, have both highly satisfied residents and staff and lower employee turnover...

 

2017 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Application

Carla Erhartic

The Intent to Apply (ITA) process for the 2017 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award application cycle is now open. The deadline to submit an ITA payment is November 17th at 8pm EST. The ITA is not mandatory to apply for the Quality Award, but members who submit an ITA benefit by saving money on their overall application fee and receive weekly tips on submitting a successful application...

21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show - November 15-16, 2016

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invited you to attend our 21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow... 

Active Shooter Awareness Program: Free to ACF Providers

NYSCAL is offering a free presentation that will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter in an assisted living community.  Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

Assisted Living Leadership Program for LPNs and RNs

This four-day course serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff. Research has demonstrated that communities with successful nurse leaders, who manage daily operations and staff with critical leadership skills such as effective communication, conflict management and resolution, coaching and mentoring skills, have both highly satisfied residents and staff and lower employee turnover...

 

21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show - November 15-16, 2016

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invited you to attend our 21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow... 

November 15 - Key Issues in the Life Cycle of An Employee Audio Conference

Join us on November 15th at 3pm for Key Issues in the Life Cycle of an Employee... 

Assisted Living Leadership Program for LPNs and RNs

Carla Erhartic

This four-day course serves the nurse leader in the assisted living community to enhance the quality of care and life for both the residents and the staff. Research has demonstrated that communities with successful nurse leaders, who manage daily operations and staff with critical leadership skills such as effective communication, conflict management and resolution, coaching and mentoring skills, have both highly satisfied residents and staff and lower employee turnover...

 

Keynote Speaker Announced! Fall Education Conference & Trade Show

NYSHFA/NYSCAL is please to announce Sandi Toll, Esq., First Assistant Counsel to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as our Keynote Speaker at the Fall Education Conference...

Active Shooter Awareness Program: Free to ACF Providers

NYSCAL is offering a free presentation that will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter in an assisted living community.  Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

Medicaid Update - October 2016

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the October 2016 Medicaid Update...

New Program Added! 2017 Midwinter Executive Education Conference

The 2017 Conference will be held January 8th - 15th, 2017....

NYS Office of Emergency Management Regional Contacts

Carla Erhartic

NYSHFA and NYSCAL are sharing of copy of the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services contact information by region…

Emergency Preparedness Safety Tips

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL has additional links to emergency preparedness resources. Please save and share with staff…

 

Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP) Update from NYSDOH

Carla Erhartic

Val Deetz has been in close contact with Stephanie Shulman and James Holland from Wadsworth Labs Program- They apologize for the glitch in the link provided in the October 27th DAL. They have asked that we forward this information to you. Also, please find attached an FAQ document...

 

Active Shooter Awareness Program: Free to ACF Providers

NYSCAL is offering a free presentation that will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter in an assisted living community.  Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show - November 15-16, 2016

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invited you to attend our 21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow... 

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Available November 1, 2016

This is an informational message from the New York State Department of Health regarding the annual mandated Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report. Please ensure that the individual responsible for completing and submitting the report at your facility reads this message…

 

November 15 - Key Issues in the Life Cycle of An Employee Audio Conference

Join us on November 15th at 3pm for Key Issues in the Life Cycle of an Employee... 

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

New Program Added! 2017 Midwinter Executive Education Conference

The 2017 Conference will be held January 8th - 15th, 2017....

Active Shooter Awareness Program: Free to ACF Providers

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL is offering a free presentation that will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter in an assisted living community.  Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP)

Carla Erhartic

It recently came to the attention of NYS DOH, that adult care facilities performing specific testing onsite, must register with Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program. This is to advise you about those requirements. Adult care facilities that perform laboratory tests on materials obtained from the human body for the purpose of providing information for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of any disease or impairment must meet federal and state requirements to do so. Simple laboratory tests including, but not limited to fingerstick glucose, urine dipstick, occult blood, and influenza testing are subject to oversight by the New York State Department of Health’s Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP)….

 

2016 3RD Quarter Statistical Report Due 10-31-16

DOH has posted the 2016 3rd Quarter Statistical Report on the HCS encompassing the time period from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016… 


 

Increased Data Security for the UAS-NY

Carla Erhartic

It has just been brought to our attention that DOH sent out a letter to ACFs back in September 2016 indicating the Department was implementing a Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) security process effective October 2016….

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Available November 1, 2016

This is an informational message from the New York State Department of Health regarding the annual mandated Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report. Please ensure that the individual responsible for completing and submitting the report at your facility reads this message…

 

21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show - November 15-16, 2016

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invited you to attend our 21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow... 

November 15 - Key Issues in the Life Cycle of An Employee Audio Conference

Join us on November 15th at 3pm for Key Issues in the Life Cycle of an Employee... 

OMIG Releases 2015 Annual Report

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has released its 2015 Annual Report, which details New York’s Medicaid program integrity efforts for 2015….

 

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

NCAL Announces Addition of Assisted Living Measures in LTC Trend Tracker at Convention

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Before hundreds of assisted living professionals, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced an expanded national effort to demonstrate the profession’s commitment to quality care through data. NCAL added four new assisted living measures to its online data collection tool LTC Trend Tracker: hospital admissions, hospital readmissions, the off-label use of antipsychotic medications, and occupancy rates…

HCS Required Roles in Communications Role Directory

This is a reminder that your HCS Communications Role Directory needs to be populated with the current names of employees that are

responsible for specific roles/tasks in your community.  NYSDOH has indicated that Surveyors will be asking staff to demonstrate how to login to their HCS accounts and they will checking to make sure the roles are populated with the correct contact person….

 

 

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers SILVER Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL is offering AHCA / NCAL National Quality Award Workshops for members interested in applying for the SILVER Level Award...

NYSCAL Offers Active Shooter Training for Assisted Living Providers

Carla Erhartic

This presentation will explore the complexities associated with response to an Active Shooter event in an assisted living community. Attendees will understand the key response options for an Active Shooter event and be able to evaluate the facility plans, policies and procedures to respond to such an event….

 

NYSCAL Offers Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp

Carla Erhartic

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 NYSCAL will be conducting our ALP Bootcamp.  The Assisted Living Program (ALP) Bootcamp is Basic Training (and Beyond) for newly approved Assisted Living Programs and any ALP that wants or needs a refresher on key program and compliance issues…

HCS Required Roles in Communications Role Directory

Carla Erhartic

This is a reminder that your HCS Communications Role Directory needs to be populated with the current names of employees that are

responsible for specific roles/tasks in your community.  NYSDOH has indicated that Surveyors will be asking staff to demonstrate how to login to their HCS accounts and they will checking to make sure the roles are populated with the correct contact person….

 

 

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Available November 1, 2016

This is an informational message from the New York State Department of Health regarding the annual mandated Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report. Please ensure that the individual responsible for completing and submitting the report at your facility reads this message…

 

21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show - November 15-16, 2016

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invited you to attend our 21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow... 

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

November Aware Prepare Training Calendar

Carla Erhartic

NYS DOH issues November Aware Prepare Training Calendar for Assisted Living Providers….


NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers SILVER Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL is offering AHCA / NCAL National Quality Award Workshops for members interested in applying for the SILVER Level Award...

New Program Added! 2017 Midwinter Executive Education Conference

The 2017 Conference will be held January 8th - 15th, 2017....

December 9 - How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit

Join us on December 9th at 10am for How to Prepare for, Respond to, and Survive an OMIG Audit Audio Conference...

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Available November 1, 2016

Carla Erhartic

This is an informational message from the New York State Department of Health regarding the annual mandated Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report. Please ensure that the individual responsible for completing and submitting the report at your facility reads this message…

 

NCAL Announces Addition of Assisted Living Measures in LTC Trend Tracker at Convention

Carla Erhartic

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Before hundreds of assisted living professionals, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced an expanded national effort to demonstrate the profession’s commitment to quality care through data. NCAL added four new assisted living measures to its online data collection tool LTC Trend Tracker: hospital admissions, hospital readmissions, the off-label use of antipsychotic medications, and occupancy rates…

Psychological First Aid Free Training

Carla Erhartic

Tuesday Oct 25 – PFA Technical Assistance Training, Ramada, Fishkill, NY.   The first training targets people with mental health backgrounds and provides them with skills necessary provide technical assistance to facilitate one-on-one PFA practice sessions with staff.  This is a great training for volunteers and staff with a mental health, social work or counseling background (including clergy). Social work credits are available for this training….

 

21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Trade Show - November 15-16, 2016

NYSHFA/NYSCAL invited you to attend our 21st Annual Fall Education Conference & Tradeshow... 

NYS DOH Training Offered: Achieving Sustainable Compliance & Outcomes

NYS DOH is offering training on “Applying Quality Assurance to Adult Care Facility Daily Operations” and “Inspection and Supervision Regulatory Requirements” at the Department of Health Office located at 90 Church Street in NYC on November 9th from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm….

 

 

 

NYSCAL To Hold Regional Meeting December 8th for NYC and LI Providers

Please join NYSCAL at its downstate Regional Meeting on December 8th for an ALP Bootcamp.  This program is for newly approved Assisted Living Programs (ALP), or for those providers looking for a refresher, on key program and compliance issues.  This five-hour session will provide intensive materials to assist new providers to start their ALP with confidence.  It will also provide existing ALPs with the latest information and best practices to support current operators…. 

 

 

 

ALP Medicaid Provider Required Revalidation

The federal regulation 42 CFR 455.414 requires providers to revalidate their enrollment with the New York State Medicaid Program. Providers have already received individual written reminders to revalidate, although thousands of providers have not done so. The deadline for submission of revalidation packages was September 25, 2016. We are writing to you because some providers in your association may be affected.

Effective for eMedNY claims processing starting October 27, 2016, all claims from non-revalidating billing providers will be pended until the provider's revalidation package is received. To avoid interruption of claims payment, providers must revalidate immediately

 

NYSHFA / NYSCAL Offers BRONZE & SILVER Quality Award Workshops

NYSHFA / NYSCAL is offering AHCA / NCAL National Quality Award Workshops for members interested in applying for the BRONZE or SILVER Level Award...

CMS Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements Audio Recording

Carla Erhartic

You are receiving this email because NYSCAL & NYSHFA registered for the October 5th MLN Connects® Call on Emergency Preparedness Requirements.  The audio recording and transcript are now available.   This call discussed the new requirements in the final rule, as well as how to plan for both natural and man-made disasters, while coordinating with other emergency preparedness systems…

NYC ACF & SNF Facility Profile Application Training

Carla Erhartic

NYSDOH has developed the Facility Profile Application in an effort to streamline and consolidate information gathered for health care coastal storm planning. Free webinars are being offered and you should have already received an email from NYSDOH listing the dates…

FLSA Overtime Exemptions Rule: Free Webinar

Carla Erhartic

As you know, the Department of Labor (DOL) earlier this year issued a final rule updating the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new regulations revise the overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees, commonly known as the "white collar" exemptions. Provisions of this final rule are effective on December 1, 2016...

Emergency Preparedness & Cyber Security Workshop

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL’s Carla Erhartic attended the 2016 Regional Cyber Security Workshop on Tuesday, October 11th, held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY…

October is The 13th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Carla Erhartic

Cyber Security Awareness Month is a nationally recognized effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center to raise cyber security awareness across the country and to empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness….