Issue: July 21, 2020

Published on July 21, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Town Hall Call Canceled this Week

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

The Town Hall conference call for this week has been cancelled. Our next Town Hall conference call will be next Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11:00 am.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

NYS DOH has finalized the Week 10 NH/ACF Staff Testing Survey. There are no changes to the survey questions for this week

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

The Week 10 survey will be released (via IHAN alert through HCS) Wednesday (tomorrow), 7/22 at 9am. As always, the survey will close promptly Thursday, 7/23 at 5pm. 

All facilities will still receive the normal IHAN alerts:

1)   Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Notice that Weekly STS will be released Wednesday, 7/15

2)   Wednesday, July 22, 2020: 9am message with link to the survey

3)   Thursday, July 23, 2020: 12pm reminder that survey will close at 5pm

Remember the following: 

1)   If the survey is not completed, the facility will not receive Test Kits or PPE from NYS for the upcoming testing period

2)   If a confirmation email is not received, then the system did not log the survey submission

If you or your facilities have any questions, our team stands ready to help. Please email either covidadultcareinfo@health.ny.gov or covidnursinghomeinfo@health.ny.gov as soon as a question or an issue appears, so that we can troubleshoot the problem together.

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

AHCA: COVID-19 Update | CDC Updates Transmission Based Precautions, Duration of Isolation, and Return to Work Criteria

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

On July 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted substantial changes to the transmission-based precautions, duration of isolation and return to work criteria . As the CDC continues to learn more about the COVID-19 virus, they continue to revise prior guidance. AHCA/NCAL offers a summary of these updates.

READ MORE

Other COVID-19 Updates

NHSN Updates Instructions for Completing the Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment Pathway: Download the updated instructions and read more to find a summary from AHCA/NCAL. Read More

CMS Call for Nursing Homes – July 22: CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. The next call for nursing homes is Wednesday, July 22nd at 4:30-5:00 p.m. Eastern. Read More

PPE Supplier List: Download our updated resource to connect with vetted suppliers. 

READ MORE COVID-19 UPDATES

Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more 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

CMS Webinar: Is Your Nursing Home Ready to Handle the Demands of the COVID-19 Pandemic? Assessing Readiness: Advice from the CDC

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

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Advance Registration Required: Register here.

Note: Once you register, you will receive an email with your individual link to join the webcast. The link you receive will only work for one user. Please forward this email to other team members if you would like them to attend so they can register.

The webcast audio will stream through your computer speakers. For the best experience, be sure to have headphones or your volume turned up. We recommend closing any other applications that may be open, especially those that use up bandwidth. 

Audience:

Open to nursing home leaders, clinical and administrative staff members and others interested in nursing home infection prevention in the era of COVID-19.

Series Description:

The National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Training is brought to you by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the QIO Program, a national network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) serving every state and territory.

Invitations are distributed weekly for each training in the series. Sign up here for updates.

Miss a training? View recordings, slides and resources on QIOProgram.org

This Week’s Topic: Is Your Nursing Home Ready to Handle the Demands of the COVID-19 Pandemic? Assessing Readiness: Advice from the CDC

In this session, CDC staff will discuss the COVID-19 Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) tool that was developed to support nursing homes preparing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Health departments, QIN-QIOs and other partners can use this tool to help assess infection prevention practices and guide quality improvement activities through technical assistance to providers. During the discussion, the CDC will share examples of ways that providers and partners have worked together to identify opportunities and strategies to improve Infection Prevention Control (IPC) implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Session Objectives:

  1. Review key COVID-19 Prevention Strategies for nursing homes
  2. Describe frequently identified concerns and challenges identified during implementation of IPC practices
  3. Discuss opportunities to strengthen prevention activities based on provider feedback and experiences

Meet the Speaker:

Nimalie Stone, MD, MS

Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care

Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Continuing Education Credits:

The National Nursing Home Training Series is not accredited by CMS. You can follow up with your association or accrediting body to see if it awards credit for participation in these trainings. Continuing education credits may be awarded by some organizations for participation in CMS trainings. 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Continuing Education (CMSCE) Accreditation Statements:

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the U.S. are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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

Relias Webinar- Developing Strategic Community Relationships for Hospice Providers

Author: Nancy Knapp* Published in Clinical & Quality

This webinar will explore potential partnerships with home health and PCA agencies, as well as how to develop programs focused on ACO, IPA, and insurance partnerships. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of developing community partnerships and the role of the business development team/physicians and C-suite leadership members.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
3:00 pm EST

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to

Register Online: http://go.relias.com/pac-wbn-developing-strategic-relationships-for-hospicereg.html?utm_source=partner_silver&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pac_wbn_2020-07-29_cvd-19-dvlping-strategic-community-relationships-hospice