Issue: May 18, 2020

Published on May 18, 2020

Articles in this issue:

DOH Certification Guidance

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

NYSHFA/NYSCAL is aware of the letter sent today to all skilled nursing and adult care facilities from Jennifer Treacy (see attached) setting a deadline of 7:00 pm this evening for the submission (without any changes) of the executed original certification form sent out last week by DOH (see attached) pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order # 202.30. 

If administrators and operators are comfortable that they can truthfully state that they are in compliance with the Order, as well as all other applicable Executive Orders and directives of the Commissioner of Health, then they can sign the certification form and submit it. If they submit such a form, however, and the statements turn out to be proven false, they could be subject to criminal penalties for having made a false statement. Note that any such certification applies only to matters up through today and does not apply to future actions. Neither NYSHFA/NYSCAL nor any lawyer can counsel a person to knowingly sign a certification that is false.

As you are aware Ms. Treacy’s letter also threatens that if facilities fail to submit the certification, DOH will initiate legal proceedings before an Administrative Law Judge that could result in fines and or potential licensure revocation. We do not believe, however, that a person or entity can be penalized for merely refusing to sign any such certification. If and when DOH initiates any such proceeding, facilities will be given the opportunity to raise their legal defenses before any final determination sanctions could be imposed. 

In the meantime, NYSHFA/NYSCAL remains in discussions with the Governor’s office and the DOH regarding this matter and will keep you advised.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

COVID-19 Staff Testing Kit Deliveries to SNF and Al Today

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

NYSHFA/NYSCAL participated on a call today with staff from NYSDOH and the Governor’s Office. It was announced that Nursing Home and Assisted Living providers will be receiving COVID-19 testing kits for employees from DOH as early as today. This set of testing kits was based on the number of employees submitted via HERDS survey and should accommodate the testing required for this week.  The test supplies in the kits are for the collection of a Nasopharyngeal swab. 

Earlier today each provider should have received the name of a lab in your geographic region who has agreed to partner with you to process your employee’s lab specimens. A group of staff at DOH are working to procure and identify supplies for possible future delivery of test kits. No commitment was stated for future deliveries. 

The question of payment of the tests was addressed by NYS as still under discussion but recommendations shared included looking into the employee’s insurance and possibly under federal funding. NYS did state if other funding sources are not available, it is the responsibility of the facility to pay for testing.

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 - Please Review Immediately: Assistance for NHs and ACFs for Laboratory Molecular Testing Capacity Needed for Staff Testing

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

NYSDOH released a Notification today in response to facility feedback on the recent survey concerning Executive Order (EO) #202.30 regarding staff testing and the concern about available laboratory capacity for SARS-CoV-2 molecular testing (diagnostic testing), New York State has reserved capacity at several laboratories to assure that laboratory services will not be a barrier to nursing home and adult care facilities compliance with the EO.

New York State has matched facilities with potential laboratory partners based on geographic and prior relationship considerations, which are outlined in the attached document. Please note that designated laboratories are merely identified to facilitate the testing needs. If you have already obtained sufficient lab testing capacity, please let us know as soon as possible. Facilities may continue to explore and utilize other laboratories at their own discretion and please inform us if you discontinue. Further, it is the responsibility of the nursing home or adult care facility to connect with the laboratory to discuss the specific needs of your facility and to make billing arrangements. Please use the contact information below.

Quest Diagnostics 
Amy Pisone
Amy.R.Pisone@questdiagnostics.com 

Boston Heart Diagnostics
Alex Abramov
Cell: +1-201-919-5115
AAbramov@BostonHeartDx.com 

BioReference
Susan Faccone
Cell: 201-819-7191
Office: 800-229-5227 x7427
sfaccone@bioreference.com 

Lenco
Dennis Tilman
office: 718.232.1515 x111
cell: 718.757.7117 

Northwell
Mike Eller
516.286.3292
Meller@northwell.edu 

Lab Corp
Alissa S. Farrier
Cell: 518-321-1932
Email: farriea@labcorp.com 

Should you have any questions, please contact nursinghometesting@health.ny.gov or the Nursing Home Assistance and Coordination Center at (518) 474-6512.

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

EO #202 – Extended until June 6, 2020 by EO #202.28

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

The attached NYSDOH COVID 19 Diagnostic Sampling Training is intended to train licensed and unlicensed individuals in New York State in the collection of specimens for SARS-CoV-2 testing in order to facilitate the public health response to the COVID-19 outbreak

EO #202.28 Allows the Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law to permit unlicensed individuals, upon completion of training deemed adequate by the Commissioner of Health, to collect throat or nasopharyngeal swab specimens from individuals suspected of being infected by COVID-19, for purposes of testing; and to the extent necessary to permit non-nursing staff, upon completion of training deemed adequate by the Commissioner of Health, to perform tasks, under the supervision of a nurse, otherwise limited to the scope of practice of a licensed or registered nurse.

Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to permit individuals who meet the federal requirements for high complexity testing to perform testing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in specimens collected from individuals suspected of suffering from a COVID-19 infection.

Temporary Suspension and Modification of Education law and Regulations to permit physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue a non-patient specific regimen to nurses or any such other persons authorized by law or by executive order to collect throat or nasopharyngeal swab specimens from individuals suspected of suffering from a COVID-19 infection, for purposes of testing, or to perform such other tasks as may be necessary to provide care for individuals diagnosed or suspected of suffering from a COVID-19 infection.

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

Facility Evacuation Planning Application (FEPA) Reminder for NYC Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

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

The deadline to complete your FEPA is May 31, 2020. Attached you will find the Notification, information on a recorded FEPA Training Session and the NYC FEPA User Guide. We encourage you to complete your FEPA by the May 31st due date.

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 5/18/20

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

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 19th at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

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

Access Passcode: 1908409

Audio Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=09fc7f83-55a866ff-09fc4ebc-0cc47adc5fa2-ada45e7b8400e93b&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=073fc33b-5b6bda47-073ff204-0cc47adc5fa2-806686646b270a86&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=1e549051-4200892d-1e54a16e-0cc47adc5fa2-63541640698195d2&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2006

Thursday, May 21st at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern

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

Access Passcode: 9984433

Audio Webcast link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=cb805d64-97d44418-cb806c5b-0cc47adc5fa2-827790b4a094996f&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=6c83cf89-30d7d6f5-6c83feb6-0cc47adc5fa2-86a4364857e7d293&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=4769142b-1b3c1d38-47692514-0cc47adb5650-8175472158c1c1e5&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2144

 

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 22nd at 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern

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

Access Code: 6086125

Web Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=dd1535f7-81412c8b-dd1504c8-0cc47adc5fa2-7c66b3f431ce34d4&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=549289e3-08c6909f-5492b8dc-0cc47adc5fa2-64ce810eb68fcff4&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=b92189e9-e57480fa-b921b8d6-0cc47adb5650-efec10ba75e45c4c&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2051

 

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 19th at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

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

Access Passcode: 6477704

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=69f09acf-35a483b3-69f0abf0-0cc47adc5fa2-2522b409f1eaeacb&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=c1e07765-9db46e19-c1e0465a-0cc47adc5fa2-9d4759407d350a40&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=e24032d4-be141bff-e24003eb-0cc47a6d17cc-a5eafb495b2e4808&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=1903

 

Nursing Homes (Wednesdays at 4:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, May 20th at 4:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern

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

Access Passcode: 4879622

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=2a7f0a85-762b13f9-2a7f3bba-0cc47adc5fa2-599d400ef3036f09&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=c6deb2d8-9a8aaba4-c6de83e7-0cc47adc5fa2-693c6d0fb64c2fd8&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=41325d76-1d6754a6-41326c49-0cc47a6a52de-645af6aadf95cd26&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2029

 

Dialysis Organizations (Wednesdays at 5:30 PM Eastern)

Wednesday, May 20th at 5:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern

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

Access Passcode: 3287645

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=46c54d71-1a91540d-46c57c4e-0cc47adc5fa2-5082d19ead3631f4&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=458afcf9-19dee585-458acdc6-0cc47adc5fa2-060b7a2cf233781c&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=4ff272bc-13a66bc0-4ff24383-0cc47adc5fa2-548f7ed5170f18ba&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2117

 

Nurses (Thursdays at 3:00 PM Eastern)

Thursday, May 21st at 3:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern

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

Access Passcode: 2874976

Audio Webcast Link: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=f2f94fee-aead5692-f2f97ed1-0cc47adc5fa2-fcf785ba46305cb4&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=cb895ecb-97dd47b7-cb896ff4-0cc47adc5fa2-4ffe1822c181f255&u=https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=9e7d0483-c2280d53-9e7d35bc-0cc47a6a52de-da03add85c165992&u=https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms2/index.jsp?seid=2133


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

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.