Issue: September 2, 2020

Published on September 2, 2020

Articles in this issue:

RHCF 2/4 Cost Report Run Time Errors

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

The Bureau of Residential Heal Care Reimbursement (BRHCR) has received a number of calls regarding ‘run-time errors’ from facilities running the RHCF cost report software in a network or file-sharing environment. The RHCF software was built to run in a stand-alone workstation environment and will not perform well when on a network or in a file sharing environment. 

BRHCR recommends that providers save the cost report software to the computer being utilized directly.   

If you have questions, please email: NFRates@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Effective Today: CMS' New COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Author: Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

AHCA wanted to share a reminder that CMS’ interim final rule on testing goes into effect today, September 2, 2020. We wanted to call your attention to the resources AHCA has developed to help skilled nursing facilities understand and meet these new requirements. AHCA also shared this in a blog post yesterday which you are encouraged to share with your colleagues.

 AHCA Summary of Testing and Reporting Requirements  

This resource summarizes the QSO memos and the guidance established by CMS for testing and reporting.  

This resource is geared toward providers who are not routinely testing and need to quickly implement a testing program.  

AHCA will host a series of “office hours” with staff experts Dr. David Gifford, Courtney Bishnoi and Jill Sumner to briefly review the new requirements and guidance and answer any questions providers may have. The office hours are scheduled for September 2, 3 and 4 at 4:00 pm Eastern. Web-ex information is as follows: 

Quidel will be hosting a webinar for AHCA on Thursday, September 3 at 3:00 pm Eastern to explain how providers can conduct a high volume of tests in a short period of time using the Sofia2 batch testing functionality.  

This resource offers steps providers need to take when they receive their rapid point-of-care antigen devices from HHS.   

Finally, AHCA has a list of labs that can provide testing with a 48-hour turnaround time. Please direct your members to this list if they are seeking assistance in finding a suitable lab partner. 

Questions can be directed to covid19@ahca.org.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

NYS DOH Issues DAL 20-11 Amended PPE Requirements for Nursing Homes

Author: Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 2020 a new regulation was adopted creating personal protection equipment (PPE) requirements for the nursing homes. September 1st is deadline stated under this regulation.  This letter serves as reminder of regulatory requirements and creates a process for nursing homes to seek additional time to ask for an exemption, or to file for an extension. See full DAL attached.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

Department of Health Announces New Regulations Requiring Increased and Postmortem COVID-19 and Influenza Testing to Ensure Data Integrity

Author: Lisa Volk and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 31, 2020) - The New York State Department of Health today announced that confirmatory COVID-19 and Influenza testing will be required whenever a hospital patient or nursing home resident has a known exposure or symptoms consistent with either disease. Testing must also be performed on any hospital patient or nursing home resident where the person is suspected of having died of such disease, within 48 hours after death, if that individual had not previously received a COVID-19 and influenza test in the 14 days prior to death. This emergency regulation also applies to funeral directors and medical examiners for individuals suspected of having died from either disease, but were not in the care of a hospital or nursing home. This process will ensure integrity in data reporting as the State continues its COVID-19 pandemic response and as we prepare for another flu season.

The emergency regulations can be found here.

Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "While the human toll this virus has taken on New Yorker is immeasurable, these regulations will ensure we have the most accurate death data possible as we continue to manage COVID-19 while preparing for flu season. Good quality health data helps inform good quality public health decisions, and this information will strengthen our contact tracing efforts and slow the spread of this virus."

Any facility or local health department that lacks the ability to perform testing within the required timeframe can request that the New York State Health Department perform the test.

For more information on New York State's COVID-19 response click here.

For information on how to prepare for the upcoming flu season click here.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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