Issue: June 1, 2020

Published on June 1, 2020

Articles in this issue:

DOH: Updated Interim Guidance - Protocol for COVID-19 Testing Applicable to All Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments

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

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) continues to monitor the situation and work to expand COVID-19 diagnostic and serologic testing for New Yorkers. This updates the guidance issued on April 26, 2020. See attached guidance.

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

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

IPCO Extension, Renewals & Updates

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

Due to the COVID pandemic, AHCA is extending the expiration date of the specialized training certificate for IPCO by three months for all IPCO 1 certificate holders whose certificates expire in 2020. Therefore, the initial July 2017 group of certificate holders will not need to renew their certificates until October 2020. The August group will have an extension until November and so on through the final group whose certificates expire in December 2020. AHCA will determine later this year whether extensions will be granted to those IPCO certificate holders whose certificates expire in 2021.

There are two options for certificate renewal. Option one is to register for and successfully complete the IPCO competency renewal exam with a score of 80 or greater. The cost of the IPCO certificate renewal exam is $200 for members and $450 for non-members. No CEs are awarded for taking the renewal exam.

Individuals are permitted three attempts to pass the recertification exam. Current certificate holders will receive a new certificate good for another three years upon successfully completing the renewal exam with a score of 80 or greater.

If they fail all three attempts, they will be required to register for IPCO Version 2 online course and complete that program and exam with a score of 80 or greater to receive a new certificate. AHCA/NCAL members who fail the certificate renewal exam three times will receive a $100 credit toward the purchase of the IPCO Version 2 online course. Non-members who fail the recertification exam three times will receive a $50 credit toward the purchase of the IPCO Version 2 online course.

The second option for certificate renewal is skip the certificate renewal exam and simply register for and take the IPCO Version 2 course and pass the final exam with a score of 80 or greater.

AHCA/NCAL is notifying all IPCO certificate holders whose certificates expire in 2020 of their options for certificate renewal and the 3-month extension. AHCA/NCAL is advising individuals to keep a copy of this extension notification with their original 2017 certificates should they be asked by surveyors to provide documentation of their specialized training to be designated Infection Preventionists.

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

NYSHFA | NYSCAL Town Hall Meeting moved to Wednesday, June 3rd, 10:00 - 10:30 am

Author: Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

This week’s NYSHFA | NYSCAL Town Hall Meeting has been moved to Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 10:00 am. David Gifford, MD, MPH - Senior Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, American Health Care Association will be our guest speaker. The Town Hall Agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

AHCA/NCAL Offers New Online Training for Improving Functional Outcomes

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

AHCA/NCAL has released a new online training titled Functional Outcomes Improvement and designed for all staff who have a role in improving patient functional outcomes quality and services, including nurses, CNAs, therapists, activities staff and recreational therapists.  

This course advances knowledge and skills about functional improvement through an array of learning tools and resources designed to meet the educational needs of various staff and departments. This includes learning about daily care best practices and real-world tools that improve functional outcomes.  

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the IMPACT Act, and CMS called for the development of functional improvement measures based on the self-care and mobility sections of the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) tool.  

The program is flexible and can be completed in one sitting or one module at a time. The training is delivered in five modules, including: 

The cost for the training program is $199 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members and offers 6.5 NAB CE credits for administrators and 6.5 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing. There is a quiz at the end of four of the five modules and participants must pass a final exam with a score of 80 or higher to receive credit.  Click here to register or go to ahcancal.org/functionaloutcomes.   

Members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords to register.  For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, members should e-mail educate@ahca.orgwith their name and facility contact information.  

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

New Programs Available! Upcoming NYSHFA/NYSCAL Distance Learning Opportunities

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!

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 

QAPI: Maximizing the Impact Your Data Can Have on Future Outcomes!
Webinar (2.0 CEUS)
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 10:00am 

Click here for additional program details and registration options. 

DOH Advisory: Symptom-Based Strategy to Discontinue Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19

Author: Lisa Volk

On Saturday, May 31st the NYSDOH issued a Health Advisory providing updated guidance on releasing individuals from home isolation as a result of COVID-19 illness. The information contained herein supersedes NYS DOH guidance issued on March 28, 2020, and is not intended to be applied to settings such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or adult care facilities.


For questions: Please send an e-mail to bcdc@health.ny.gov, as notify01 is a non-monitored mailbox.



NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

2020 Nursing Scholarship Program Deadline Extended to June 30

Author:

The deadline for the 2020 Ruth E. Stafford and James D. Durante Nursing Scholarship Program has been extended to June 30, 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 June 30, 2020. Send your completed application and materials to Joanne O'Connor at joconnor@nyshfa.org.

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