Issue: May 14, 2020

Published on May 14, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Sample May 15th Certification of Compliance Language

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse* Published in Clinical & Quality, Legal

Please find the attached sample Administrator/Operator Certification of Compliance prepared by NYSHFA/NYSCAL General Counsel Neil Murray. You may wish to consider replacing the current Department of Health Administrator/Operator Certification of Compliance language with the attached sample in its entirety when responding to the Friday, May 15th DOH requirement regarding compliance with E.O. 202.30 and all DOH directives. As always, please consult your local counsel prior to your utilization of this suggestion.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Update on Funding, Testing, and Certification Process

Author: Esq. Stephen B. Hanse

NYSHFA/NYSCAL is actively working on numerous issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting providers, including the following:

  1. Funding for COVID-19 costs: There is $100B still available at the federal level to support this pandemic. AHCA actively seeking $10B for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) to help offset the significant COVID-19 expenses and loss of revenue. Money is expected to be distributed as early as the end of this week. This will be an initial payment to facilities. Then as specific SNF data is uploaded to CDC’s National Health Care Safety Network (NHSN), they will determine payments based on the numbers of COVID-19 cases and their estimate of costs. AHCA is also identifying the future financial support needed to meet ongoing infection control issues. 

  2. Administrator/Operator Owner Certificate of Compliance:  EO 202.30 directs the LNHA and the Owner/Operator of each SNF to sign a Certificate of Compliance by Friday, May 15, 2020. NYSHFA, with legal Counsel, is sending out in a separate e-mail sample Administrator/Operator Certification of Compliance language you may wish to consider replacing the current Department of Health Administrator/Operator Certification of Compliance language with the attached sample in its entirety when responding to the Friday, May 15th DOH requirement regarding compliance with E.O. 202.30 and all DOH directives.
     
  3. Research on COVID-19: AHCA also has been in contact with Harvard and Brown Universities who have been researching any correlation between potential poor care in SNF and outbreaks of COVID-19. Their research is not demonstrating this type of correlation. It is, however, demonstrating a correlation between the community an individual live in and the volume of individuals who live in communities. The higher the number of individuals living in a community, the higher levels of COVID-19.

  4. Family Visitation: AHCA is working on a plan with steps/phases to safely open resident visitation and will be working with CMS on this initiative.
     
  5. Testing: AHCA ‘s May 12, 2020 Update # 66, provides clear descriptions of the types of tests available and provides recommendations for COVID-19 testing. AHCA recommends providers use PCR tests to diagnose active COVID-19 infection by detecting the RNA genetic material in the COVID-19 virus. PCR tests are collected though a nasal or throat swab and the testing of the specimen is usually done in a lab (with the exception of several point of care devices on the market). DOH noted today, on their infection control webinar, that PCR testing is the most valid test for detecting the active COVID-19 virus. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

CMS Issues Nursing Homes Best Practices Toolkit to Combat COVID-19

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

CMS released a new toolkit developed to aid nursing homes, Governors, states, departments of health, and other agencies who provide oversight and assistance to these facilities, with additional resources to aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic within nursing homes.

The toolkit builds upon previous actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which provide a wide range of tools and guidance to states, healthcare providers and others during the public health emergency. The toolkit is comprised of best practices from a variety of front line health care providers, Governors’ COVID-19 task forces, associations and other organizations, and experts, and is intended to serve as a catalogue of resources dedicated to addressing the specific challenges facing nursing homes as they combat COVID-19. 

Read the full Press Release


COVID-19 Workshop Series Updates

Don't forget to register for our webinar tomorrow. Learn how to enroll in and report data for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 module.

Missed last week's webinar? View our May 7 webinar recording and slides

Stay tuned! Our workshop series continues next Thursday, May 21.

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

DOH Advisory: Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Associated with COVID-19 Interim Case Definition in NYS

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

Recently a possible link has been reported between COVID-19 and Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) temporally associated with COVID-19. See full Advisory for details.

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

IPPS/LTCH PPS: FY 2021 Proposed Rule

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

On May 11, the Trump Administration proposed changes for acute care and long term care hospitals that build on the progress made over the last three years and further the agency’s priority to transform the health care delivery system through competition and innovation while providing patients with better value and results. The proposed rule would update Medicare payment policies for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for FY 2021.See more info below:

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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

Last Chance to Register! Modifying Therapeutic Activity & Psychosocial Services Audio Conference

Author: * Published in Education

Last Chance to Register! Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on May 19th for the "Modifying Therapeutic Activity & Psychosocial Services to Meet the Individual Needs of All Residents" Audio Conference.

The moratorium on visitation and social distancing within the facility environment will require a modification of therapeutic activity programming from groups to an individual focus. Likewise, social workers and psychologists will need to increase psychosocial services to residents struggling with the restrictions of this pandemic. This session explores the most efficient methods of ensuring the behavioral health needs of residents and staff are addressed successfully through improved coordination and teamwork.

Click here for additional program details and registration options. 

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!

Untapped Innovation: Using Telehealth to Improve Resident Care & Gain the Edge over the Competition Part I
Webinar (1.5 CEUS)
Wednesday, May 27, 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

Untapped Innovation: Using Telehealth to Improve Resident Care & Gain the Edge over the Competition Part II
Webinar (1.5 CEUS)
Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10:00am

Professional Liability: The Trials & Tribulations in Preparing for Covid Claims
Webinar (1.5 CEUS)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00am 

Click here for additional program details and registration options.