Issue: April 17, 2020

Published on April 17, 2020

Articles in this issue:

April 17, 2020 DOH HERDS Webinar Summary

Author: Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

A mandatory webinar for all Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities was held today by the NYS DOH. The webinar covered how to respond to the revised HERDS COVID-19 survey. This survey will be reopened today at 2:00 pm for revisions.

As you answer the survey, complete each box with the items listed below:


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

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

Governor Cuomo's Executive Order Update

Author: Allie Gold* Published in Legislative, Clinical & Quality

Governor Cuomo posted an updated version the Executive Orders (EO_202.18.) related to COVID-19 this morning.

On the last page, the orders require nursing home and adult care providers to notify next of kin within 24 hours of a COVID-19 positive test result or COVID-19 related death.


Allie Gold, Esq.
Director of Policy & Reimbursement
518-462-4800 x25

AHCA: COVID-19 Update #42 & 43

Author: Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

In This COVID-19 Update:

Where to Turn for Help

AHCA/NCAL has developed brief guidance for facilities facing PPE and staffing shortages, as well as other challenges in receiving assistance. It is critically important that you raise the alarm and you document your efforts to obtain support.

Suspension of Standard Surveys Continues

CMS announced on its national call with nursing homes on April 15 that the suspension of standard surveys will continue until further notice. This means the CMS guidance released on March 23 has been extended until CMS states otherwise. CMS will continue to conduct surveys for immediate jeopardy situations and additional infection control focused surveys using this tool.
Use this tool to perform self-assessments of your infection control policies, plans, and practices, including visitor entry and screening; infection surveillance; education, monitoring, and screening of staff; handwashing, donning and doffing of PPE, and other transmission-based precautions. You can find additional information to help you with AHCA’s Action Brief and on ahcancalED

Surveyors entering the building should bring their own PPE; be sure to screen surveyors as you would any visitor to the building, which now includes temperature checks. Surveyors should spend as little time onsite as possible for these surveys and are instructed not to investigate routine issues.

Long Term Care Administrator Exams

National Administrator Board (NAB) exams are now available as of April 14, 2020 and are considered an essential business need. Testing centers and dates are still somewhat limited, but candidates can go to the PSI scheduling site as they normally would following the link in their approval letters, and they will be able to see what sites and dates are available. This information is now posted on the NAB website.

CDC Updated Criteria for Return to Work

On April 13, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new interim guidance on return to work criteria for healthcare personnel (HCP) with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Centers are to use the test-based strategy as the preferred method for determining when HCP may return to work. If test-based strategy cannot be used, the non-test-based strategy may be used for determining when HCP may return to work. HCP with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms should be excluded from work until 10 days have passed since the first date of their positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

Hilton’s Rooms Donation Program to Frontline Medical Workers

Hilton and American Express have partnered to donate up to one million free hotel nights to our association and other frontline medical professionals, so you can have a safe and welcoming place to stay as you support those impacted by COVID-19. 

Bookings can be made for up to 7 consecutive nights at a time and are currently open through May 9th. The program will run through May 31st with rooms being added through the end of May on a rolling basis, subject to availability. 

To search available hotels and book, log in on AHCA/NCAL’s website, and go to to find a link to the program. Hilton has required that participating associations limit the offer to members to help ensure that the offer gets to who it was intended to reach – frontline health care workers treating COVID-19. 

Having trouble logging into our website? Go to our Member Dashboard for assistance.

Please email for additional questions, or visit for more information.


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

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

NYS Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) Spring 2020

Author: Nancy Leveille and Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

The DOH sent out the following notice earlier today regarding Electronic Death Registration Systems (EDRS). Please review with your Medical Directors and Physicians.

Important information on:

Review the newsletter, along with other updates, training, and resources on the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Records EDRS website at


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Director, Special Projects and Educational Development
518-462-4800 x20

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

ACF Infection Control Self-Assessment Tool and Control Measures to be Distributed Today via IHANS

Author: Amy Kennedy* Published in Clinical & Quality, NYSCAL Priority Alert

DOH just released Guidance for Adult Care Facilities today for COVID-19 Infection and Prevention and Control Self-Assessment Tool and Control Measures


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

Updated: IPRO Request for NHs to Join the Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

IPRO has been reaching out to nursing homes across the state with requests to join the CMS initiative: Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC). By joining the NHQCC your organization will receive technical support and assistance, at no cost, to help you transform the quality of care provided by your nursing home and improve resident outcomes.

The opportunity to partake in the collaborative is time sensitive ending April 2020 - your quick response is critical to ensure your nursing homes participation into this valuable program.

Sign up now to participate

For additional information or assistance with signing up for this important collaborative please contact
Maureen Valvo - (New York)