Issue: May 16, 2020

Published on May 16, 2020

Articles in this issue:

NHSN Enrollment Webinar Slides have been Posted

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

Yesterday, the National Health Care Safety Network (NHSN) held an additional webinar for Long Term Care COVID-19 Enrollment. It reviewed the 3-step process to enroll into the NHSN, the Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) and then to enter your facility (facilities). You can find the new educational program materials at: https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/covid19/ltcf/covid19-enroll-refresh-508.pdf. CDC will also post their audio webinar within a couple days if you prefer to listen to the session provided on Friday, May 15 at 3 pm.

The NHSN emphasized that the first two stages of the enrollment process may take between 3-5 days to process. The first two steps require providers to agree to a certification process and then providers receive a ticket from CDC/NHSN to be able to progress to the next step. Therefore, if you have not started this process yet, you must begin asap to meet the deadlines of data submission.

As noted in previous NYSHFA/NYSCAL Priority Alerts, the first data upload is due by May 17, 2020, but does have a grace period to May 24, 2020. The NHSN is processing provider registrations and enrollments seven days a week to accomplish the deadline requirements.                                                                                  

NHSN is answering emails for assistance as fast as possible and requests that providers do not send in the same request multiple times, as this is dramatically slowing down the ability to respond.

The NHSN educational materials will guide you through the process.

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

DOH: NYS is Sending Testing Supplies, PPE and Materials to Assist with Your Facility's Compliance with Executive Order #202.30

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

As a result of your facility's response to the recent survey concerning Executive Order (EO) #202.30, New York State will be sending necessary testing supplies, PPE and materials directly to your facility starting Monday, May 18, 2020. These supplies, PPE and materials are intended to be used to assist with your facility's compliance with the EO. We ask that you be prepared to accept delivery of these items and safeguard these supplies according to manufacturer's instructions. We will provide additional information about the testing initiative and will provide further guidance regarding compliance with the EO in coming days.

Should you have any questions, please contact nursinghometesting@health.ny.gov.

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

NYSDOH Health Advisory: Nursing Home Cohorting FAQs

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

Please review the attached, "Health Advisory: Nursing Home Cohorting FAQs."

For questions, please send an e-mail to nursinghometesting@health.ny.gov.

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

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. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Call – May 21st

Author: Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

The next Town Hall Call will be on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 from 11:00 am - 11:30 am. The meeting agenda listing topics will be posted early in the week. The Town Hall Calls provide information on key topics and give you an opportunity to get questions answered and/or clarified. 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).