Issue: NYSCAL Notes 06-24-2020

Published on June 24, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Provider Relief FAQs / Medicaid Allocation Webinar

Author: * Published in Finance & Reimbursement

AHCA has released updated Provider Relief Fund FAQs, as well as an HHS notice of a Medicaid allocation application webinar to be offered Thursday, June 25, 2020. Below is the AHCA bulletin:

HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund FAQs

On June 22, made several updates to the Provider Relief Fund FAQs. Additionally, later today (Tuesday, June 23) and on Thursday, June 25, HHS will be offering webinars on the Medicaid Allocation application process. To register for one of the webinars, click here.

Below is a summary of changes to the FAQs specific to long term care providers. 
 
HHS added detail on calculating lost revenue and revenue (page 7) 

“You may use any reasonable method of estimating the revenue during March and April 2020 compared to the same period had COVID-19 not appeared. For example, if you have a budget prepared without taking into account the impact of COVID-19, the estimated lost revenue could be the difference between your budgeted revenue and actual revenue. It would also be reasonable be the difference between your budgeted revenue and actual revenue. It would also be reasonable to compare the revenues to the same period last year.”  

On page 38, HHS also notes that patient out-of-pocket costs should be counted as revenue. Later on page 39, HHS indicates that revenue lost under Medicaid value-based purchasing programs may be counted as lost revenue.  

Duration of Terms and Conditions (page 9) 

“Some Terms and Conditions relate to the provider’s use of the funds, and thus they apply until the provider has exhausted these funds. Other Terms and Conditions apply to a longer time period, for example, regarding maintaining all records pertaining to expenditures under the Provider Relief Fund payment for three years from the date of the final expenditure”. 

Change in Ownership Additional Detail (page 9)

HHS elaborates upon scenarios in which sellers may not transfer funds.  

Medicaid Allocations (page 38) 

HHS notes that even a small General Distribution payment makes a provider ineligible for the Medicaid Allocation. The Department also added detail on who may apply noting that if a provider did not bill Medicaid/CHIP during the eligibility window, providers may apply  for Medicaid allocation funding as long as they provided diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19 after January 31, 2020 and can produce evidence of such care.  

Additionally, HHS limits on page 39 which providers who enrolled as Medicaid/CHIP providers in 2020 may apply. Also, on page 39, the Department notes that providers who bill under Medicaid Managed Care may apply.  

Tax Information 

On pages 38 and 41, HHS clarifies needed tax documentation information.  

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

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Town Hall Call Canceled this Week

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

The Town Hall conference call for this week has been cancelled. Our next Town Hall conference call will be next Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11:00 am.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

2020 Nursing Scholarship Program Deadline Extended to June 30

Author:

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

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. The Durante/Stafford Scholarships will now be awarded to students/nurses in three categories:

Skilled Nursing

Category I:  Students pursuing licenses as a practical nurse or registered nurse.  Two scholarships for $2,000 each are available for the Category I Scholarship.

Category II:  Registered nurses pursuing advanced degrees in nursing (Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Specialist).  Two scholarships for $2,000 each are available for the Category II Scholarship.

Assisted Living

Students pursuing licenses as a practical nurse or registered nurse.  One scholarship for $2,000 is available.

The winners will be selected by NYSHFA’s Nurse Leadership Advisory Committee and awarded their Scholarship at the Annual Nurse Leadership Conference on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Verona, New York.

Scholarship Criteria and Submission Information:
Attached are the Scholarship Brochure and Application and Recommendation Forms. At the time of application, and when the scholarships are awarded, applicants must be employed by a long term care facility that is a member in good standing of the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living. Applicants must be applying to or enrolled in / accepted to an accredited school of nursing program for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Applications are due by June 30, 2020. Send your completed application and materials to Joanne O'Connor at joconnor@nyshfa.org.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Joanne O'Connor at the Foundation.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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