Issue: April 7, 2020

Published on April 7, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Audio Conference April 8th: Coping Mechanisms for All Staff on Dealing with Anxiety and Stress in Your Facility

Author:

Our next NYSHFA-NYSCAL audio conference on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm will be Coping Mechanisms for All Staff on Dealing with Anxiety and Stress in Your Facility. Dr. Robert Figlerski, an expert Mental Health Practitioner, will provide you with practical ways to manage the disbelief and anger staff may be experiencing with the onset of COVID-19.  Dr. Figlerski will share simple strategies to build staff morale, help with resiliency and recognize when staff need to step away for a break. Attached are Dr. Figlerski's slides for this audio. Conference Call in Information for the audio on Wednesday April 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm is 800-220-9875  Code is 14227658 #.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

Reminder – Nursing Home COVID-19 Fiscal Survey Due

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

A reminder that the nursing home COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Fiscal Survey is due this Friday, April 10, 2020. We strongly urge members to complete this important cost survey which will provide aggregate information to assist NYSHFA in advocating for additional reimbursement on your behalf. 

The survey link is found in NYSHFA Priority Alert

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Alert: NYSDOH, Depart. of Homeland Security and Emergency Svcs, NYS Intelligence Center-Presentation Briefing on Citrix Vulnerabilty Threat

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

Please find attached slides to further brief your IT staff and vendors regarding the vulnerability for serious attack related to Citrix Gateway Management Devices.

DOH first alerted you to this threat this past Saturday, April 4th and shared the NYS Intelligence Center Cyber Bulletin as well at that time. Please share with your IT staff and vendors.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Calls

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk* Published 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 next Town Hall Call will be on Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 11:00 am - 11:30 am and will continue every Thursday at 11:00 am until further notice. Agendas listing topics will be sent at the beginning of each week. For future topics most important to your needs, please send us the top 2-3 topics and/or concerns you want information on at this time.  Please send your ideas to Jackie Pappalardi (jpappalardi@NYSHFA-NYSCAL.org).

DOH: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Non-Emergency Transportation

Author: Stephen B Hanse* Published in Clinical & Quality

The Department of Health today issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guidance pertaining to non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) providers in response to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

This guidance is posted on the COVID-19 Guidance for Medicaid Providers webpage, which is updated regularly with guidance and information.

Thank you. 

Medicaid Redesign Team Updates
Office of Health Insurance Programs
New York State Department of Health
Albany, NY 12237
mrtupdates@health.ny.gov 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

DOH Advisory: Hospital Discharges and Admissions to ACFs

Author: Linda O'Connell

The attached guidance is being issued to clarify expectations for ACFs receiving residents returning from hospitalization, and for ACFs accepting new admissions. Hospital discharge planning staff and ACFs should carefully review this guidance with all staff directly involved in resident admission, transfer, and discharges. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

Amy Kennedy
Executive Director, NYSCAL
518-462-4800 x17

DOH: In Response to COVID-19 - CMS Has Released a Waiver to Address the High Need for Paid Feeding Assistants in Nursing Homes

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

Due to the immediate and critical needs in skilled nursing facilities related to COVID-19, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has received a waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the eight (8) hour training requirement for Feeding Assistants. The feeding assistant must work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). The facility must maintain a record of all Feeding Assistants who have successfully completed training and proven competency under this advisory

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

CMS: COVID-19 List Serve: Dear Clinician Letter and Updated Elective Surgery Recommendations

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

CMS posted a letter to clinicians that outlines a summary of actions CMS has taken to ensure clinicians have maximum flexibility to reduce unnecessary barriers to providing patient care during the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19. The summary includes information about telehealth and virtual visits, accelerated and advanced payments, and recent waiver information.  Letter

CMS recently updated recommendations to postpone non-essential surgeries and other procedures to conserve critical healthcare resources and limit exposure of patients and staff to COVID-19. Developed in collaboration with medical societies and associations, the recommendations outline a tiered approach for state and local officials, clinicians, and delivery systems to consider to prioritize services and care to those who require emergent or urgent attention to save a life, manage severe disease, or avoid further harms from an underlying condition.

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NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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