Issue: NYSCAL Notes 09-02-16

Published on September 1, 2016

Articles in this issue:

NYSCAL Regional Meeting - ALP Updates


NYSCAL invites Members and Non-members to attend our 2016 Fall Regional Meeting. There is no charge for this event. We look forward to sharing updates as well as speaking to new and seasoned ALP providers about compliance and the structure of your operations. Click on the link to view the Registration Flyer.


1st Annual Emergency Preparedness Symposium for Assisted Living & Skilled Nursing Providers


NYSCAL and NYSHFA invite you to our 1stAnnual Emergency Preparedness Program for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Providers. “Embracing Adversity & Emerging Stronger”, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Albany Marriott on Wolf Road, Albany, NY.  Please click here to view the registration brochure.

Scott Jackson
Director, Education & Conference Planning
518-462-4800 x27


September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

Author: Carla Erhartic

During National Emergency Preparedness month, agencies are encouraging companies to enhance their staffs’ ability to be resilient during an emergent event.

We have attached resources for you to share with your employees. We hope this information will help your staff and their families be better prepared during an emergent event.

Week 1: September 11-17th, Making a Plan                                                         Week 2: September 18-24th,  Individual Preparedness

Emergency Supply Checklist                                                                                                                                               Family Emergency Plan Wallet Size                                                                                                                                     FEMA Plan for Family                                                                                                                                                    Individuals with Disabilities & Others with Access & Functional Needs                                                                       Business Emergency Supplies

More information is available at the website;  Also, more materials and information are available at the website.

The September 2016 Aware Prepare Update Has Been Posted

Author: 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. Click here to view the training schedule.


Emergent Event Social Media Guidance Packet

Author: Carla Erhartic

he role of social media before, during, and after an emergent event can be a challenge for any agency.  Strategies and best practices are being adapted to the variety and unique attributes of the various social media platforms.

One consistent element is that users of media will seek reliable sources of information on the platforms they use, if they exist.  Most agencies report having at least one account in the social media realm.  Most common platforms include Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.  To learn more about utilizing social media as a resource during and emergent event, please see the attached documents below.

Social Media Guidance Packet                                                                                                                                               Social Media Tracking Form

Nurse Delegation vs. Assignment Training September 20, 2016


What is nurse's role in Delegation vs Assignment?
Course Description: Health care is continuously changing and this includes the roles and responsibilities of licensed health care providers and assistive personnel. When certain aspects of nursing care need to be delegated beyond the traditional role and assignments of a care provider, it is imperative that the delegation process and the state nurse practice act (NPA) be clearly understood so that it is safely and effectively carried out. This program will explain the differences between assignment and delegation and the responsibilities of the employer, nurse leader, delegating nurse, and delegatee in the process of delegation. An overview of the National Guidelines for Nursing Delegation will also be discussed.

Short Bio: Rebecca Adelman  is a founding shareholder with Hagwood Adelman Tipton, PC with offices throughout the Southeast. For over 25 years, Rebecca has concentrated her practice in insurance defense litigation with a specialty in healthcare law. She has active practices in the areas of general liability, professional liability, premises, and employment law. She is also a trained mediator. She is a member of the prestigious Claims & Management Litigation Alliance, the American Society for Healthcare Risk management and serves as Legal Advisor for the American Assisted Living Nurses Association. She authors a monthly column, The HAT Advantage and is a regular contributor to other healthcare publications.
Rebecca was recognized as a 2015 Super Women in Business by the Memphis Business Journal and named an "MBQ Power Player" in the area of defense litigation by Memphis Business Quarterly. Her strong beliefs in peace education guided her to found a non-profit Montessori School that serves over 100 families.

Short Bio: Terri Berrigan, LPN is Executive Director with Brookdale Senior Living. 25 years experience in Senior Care. Serving a second term on the Arizona State Board of Nursing and continues to serve on AALNA Board of Directors as Vice President.  Click on the link to register

ACF Statewide Survey Process Training


The DAL provides information on the registration process and identifies the training sites and times.

Note: ACF Providers attending the NYC training must arrive 30 minutes early and have a photo ID in order to pass through security.   Click here to read the DAL in its entirety.

NYSCAL Offers Three-Part Series on ALP Operations


Please join NYSCAL for three different classes on the Assisted Living Program- “Getting Started, Operations and OMIG.

The first session is September 14, 2016 at NYSCAL’s Fall Regional Meeting.  This session is free and open to both members and non-members.  Carla Williams, MPA, Director of Healthcare Consulting, O’Connell and Aronowitz, will provide valuable information on ALP requirements for new start-ups; real life compliance issues; quality recording keeping; and billing.... 

To view the brochure, click (  Contact & registration information is located on the back of the brochure.

The second part of this series will be held during the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Fall Conference, November 15-16, 2016 at the Albany Marriott, Albany, NY.  The brochure and registration materials for this conference are in development and will be sent to all providers no later than early September and will be posted on our website.

The third and final part of the series is an Audio Conference on December 8, 2016 (10 am-noon) on the Office of the Medicaid Inspector (OMIG) and its role in ALP operations and audits.  This session will be presented by David Ross, Esq,. O’Connell and Aronowitz.  Again, the brochure and registration materials are in development and will be sent to all providers in early Fall and will be posted on our website. Please mark your calendar for these three events to assist you in successful ALP operations!

EQUAL Payments


NYS Department of Health reports that the EQUAL payment list has been forwarded for processing. DOH anticipates that payments will begin being generated sometime in September.


AHCA/NCAL Strikes Agreement with Motion Picture Licensing Corporation


“Movie Night” is a time honored tradition at an assisted living community or skilled nursing center – an expected social activity for many residents. This week, AHCA/NCAL announces a formal agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) to help long term and post-acute care providers continue to offer this cherished event while adhering to federal copyright laws.

Motion picture showings within senior living and health care communities have always required a public performance license in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act. As a result, AHCA/NCAL (and all other leading industry associations including, LeadingAge, National Association of Activity Professional [NAAP], American Senior Housing Association [ASHA], and Argentum) has entered into a new agreement with MPLC. 

Click on the link to read the story in its entirety

DHCBS 16-06 posted on HCS – RE: LHCSA Statistical Report Due October 15,


This is to notify you the Department of Health has posted DAL DHCBS 16-06 regarding the 2015 LHCSA Statistical Report. The report, including the one specific for ALPS will be activated on August 22 through October 15, 2016.

The following documents are provided below for easy access:

DAL DHCBS 16-06 re: 2015 LHCSA Statistical Report
DHCBS 16-06 Attachment 1 Instructions on How to Access Surveys on HERDS
DHCBS 16-06 Attachment 2 LHCSA Statistical Report FAQ

Reminder:  If your LHCSA exclusively serves ALP patients, you should submit the ALP LHCSA Statistical Report which is a separate activity from the LHCSA Statistical Report.  If your LHCSA serves both ALP patients and non-ALP patients, you must submit both reports.