Issue: May 4, 2020

Published on May 4, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Education from the Convenience of Your Office! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL for one or more of our upcoming Distance Learning Programs. Earn CEUs from the convenience of your office! We will host the following programs each approved for CEUs!

Modifying Therapeutic Activity and Psychosocial Services to Meet the Individual Needs of All Residents
Audio Conference (1.5 CEUS)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00am

Treatment Options for Delusions and Hallucinations Associated with Parkinson’s Disease
Webinar (2.0 CEUS)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10:00am


Click here
for additional program details and registration options. 

Coronavirus Pandemic Response: PPE Packages for Nursing Homes

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

Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA will coordinate two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 15,000 nursing homes across the Nation.

The mission will supplement existing efforts to ensure nursing homes across the country have PPE during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FEMA will ship PPE to Medicaid- and Medicare-certified nursing homes based on input from the American Health Care Association to serve as a bridge between other PPE shipments.

See full release here: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/05/02/coronavirus-pandemic-response-ppe-packages-nursing-homes

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

Free Audio May 6th: Dietary/Nutrition - Back to” Normal”, Adapting what we have learned from COVID-19 and transitioning to the new normal

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

Presenter:    Carole DeBonte, Director of Nutrition & Wellness Morrison Living 

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Call-in Number: 1-800-220-9875       Passcode: 14227658#  

Carole DeBonte has over 30 years of experience in the long-term care communities. In this audio, Carol will discuss what has been learned in the dietary and nutrition areas from COVID-19. 

Audio Objectives:

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 5/04/20

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

CMS’s stakeholder calls are all listed below. The specific one for SNFs is on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Scroll down for full information.

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts.

Call details are below. Conference lines are limited so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and professional networks. These calls are not intended for the press.

Calls recordings and transcripts are posted on the CMS podcast page at: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/OpenDoorForums/PodcastAndTranscripts 

CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern)

Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to:

This week’s Office Hours:

Tuesday, May 5th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 3996146

Audio Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=de208abd-827493c1-de20bb82-0cc47adc5fa2-264d5d7499d0c504&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=c10a9042-9d5f9992-c10aa17d-0cc47a6a52de-5161a0c6663e1538&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=1994

 

Thursday, May 7th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 1181167

Audio Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=0a893d9b-56dd24e7-0a890ca4-0cc47adc5fa2-a722b200a096ca57&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=2ccba159-709ea889-2ccb9066-0cc47a6a52de-80625c0cb20a4e86&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2097

 

Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 (Fridays at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Lessons from the Front Lines calls are a joint effort between CMS Administrator Seema Verma, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Physicians and other clinicians are invited to share their experience, ideas, strategies, and insights with one another related to their COVID-19 response. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters.

 

This week’s Lessons from the Front Lines:

Friday, May 8th at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 877-251-0301; 

Access Code: 9146779

Web Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=80ae8159-dcfa9825-80aeb066-0cc47adc5fa2-f40e11b862131ff2&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=0ffb90f8-53ae99eb-0ffba1c7-0cc47adb5650-044bb37a61085446&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2039

 

Weekly COVID-19 Care Site-Specific Calls

CMS hosts weekly calls for certain types of organizations to provide targeted updates on the agency’s latest COVID-19 guidance. One to two leaders in the field also share best practices with their peers. There is an opportunity to ask questions of presenters if time allows.

 

Home Health and Hospice (Tuesdays at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Tuesday, May 5th at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 7844154

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=1c28bea5-407ca7d9-1c288f9a-0cc47adc5fa2-dfaafeed2477b091&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=4f7e794c-132b705f-4f7e4873-0cc47adb5650-b89e45e0a0ba9f93&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=9ee31aa2-c2b703de-9ee32b9d-0cc47adc5fa2-23d017543b452307&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=1872

 

Nursing Homes (Wednesdays at 4:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, May 6th at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 8899983

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=181b1eb6-444f07ca-181b2f89-0cc47adc5fa2-6209a00855c8d4f3&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=e8ea8d24-b4be9458-e8eabc1b-0cc47adc5fa2-77baa0d69b21359d&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2018

 

Dialysis Organizations (Wednesdays at 5:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, May 6th at 5:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 8278522

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=1e7c9b4f-42288233-1e7caa70-0cc47adc5fa2-3508e43e297bd045&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=e62cc441-ba79cd52-e62cf57e-0cc47adb5650-45519191404c9e79&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2087

 

Nurses (Thursdays at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Thursday, May 7th at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

Toll Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; 

Access Passcode: 5486361

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=4e7e5aac-122a43d0-4e7e6b93-0cc47adc5fa2-9542c2dda92da045&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=9b405274-c7155ba4-9b40634b-0cc47a6a52de-38181092909b8a29&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2092

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

IPRO COVID-19 SNF Workshop Series Begins Thursday, May 7!

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

IPRO is committed to helping NYSFHA-NYSCAL members provide the best care for your residents, a task even more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

IPRO invites you to a weekly workshop series to examine strategies that will help you address some of the real challenges you’re dealing with in your day-to-day work. 

The series will be held on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am, beginning May 7. The first webinar focuses on communication skills in light of COVID-19.   

Dr. Patricia Bomba will  present the first webinar, Crucial Elements of End-of-life Conversations, on May 7.  At the end of this session, attendees will be able to apply:

Register today!


NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

National Skilled Nursing Care Week May 10 -16, 2020

Author: Joanne O'Connor

Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967, National Skilled Nursing Care Week® (NSNCW) recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s frail, elderly, and disabled. 

This year, while it is more important than ever to celebrate NSNCW and recognize the staff and residents in our skilled nursing care centers across the nation, it is a challenge to figure out how best to do so. Current social distancing rules and the inability of friends and family to enter the buildings has changed much of the day to day life of the staff and the residents, and no one knows how long this is going to continue. One thing is certain, though, and that is that staff are playing a critical role in caring for residents and saving lives, and that deserves to be honored and celebrated. 

NSNCW is also a time to recognize your residents, their special relationships with staff, and the family members that all make up your unique and wonderful communities. Keeping your community connected through the use of technology and social media is a great way to prevent social isolation and lift everyone’s spirits. 

AHCA encourages you to explore the following resources for ideas and suggestions on how you might celebrate despite the limitations of social distancing. Check out our Suggested Activities for ideas and suggestions on ways you can celebrate NSNCW and the bookstore for special NSNCW products. You can also view, upload, and share messages of support at CareNotCOVID.com, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter using #NSNCW and #CareNotCOVID to share activity ideas, videos, and messages.​​ 

For the latest information and resources about COVID-19, visit the ahcancal.org/coronavirus​.

Deadline Extended for 2020 Nursing Scholarship Program

Author:

The deadline for the 2020 Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program has been extended to May 15, 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 May 15, 2020.

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