Issue: June 9, 2020

Published on June 9, 2020

Articles in this issue:

DOH: Webinar for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities Regarding Weekly Staff Testing Survey – Wednesday, June 10th at 10 am

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

The Department of Health is hosting a 45-minute webinar for adult care facilities and nursing homes regarding the weekly Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility staff testing survey related to measures taken by the facility to meet the terms of Executive Order #202.30 and specifically staff testing. Please secure your space by registering at: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=eaea1e8b04f18bfc2d2c1c2e25c247fad

Questions for NYSDOH can be referred to: covidadultcareinfo@health.ny.gov or covidnursinghomeinfo@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

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Weekly Town Hall Call – June 11th

Author: Jackie Pappalardi* Published in Clinical & Quality

The next NYSHFA-NYSCAL weekly Town Hall Call will take place on Thursday, June 11th from 11:00 am - 11:45 am. Topics include an Update on Federal Policy Initiatives by Clif Porter, Sr. VP, Government Relations AHCA/NCAL and 1135 Waivers related to Life Safety and Fire Drills by David Hood from RPA a Jensen Hughes Company.

Call-in Number: 1-800-220-9875; Passcode: 14227658#

We are listening to your requests to receive information as quickly as possible. The weekly Town Hall Calls provide you with information on key topics as well as, to offer you an opportunity to get questions answered and/or receive clarification. 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).

CMS Issued New In-Person Treatment Recommendations As Guidance to Health Systems and Individuals As COVID-19 cases Decline

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

CMS is providing these recommendations to ensure that non-emergency healthcare resumes safely and that patients are receiving needed in-person treatment that may have been postponed due to the public health emergency. To aid patients in making a decision that is right for them, CMS issued recommendations to help guide patients as they consider seeking in-person, non-emergency treatment. See full article below. 

Trump Administration Encourages Reopening of Healthcare Facilities

New recommendations provide guidance to health systems and patients as COVID-19 cases decline

Today, under the direction of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a guide for patients and beneficiaries as they consider their in-person care options. During the height of the pandemic, many healthcare systems and patients postponed non-emergency, in-person care in order to keep patients and providers safe and to ensure capacity to care for COVID-19 patients. As states and regions across the United States see a decline in cases of COVID-19, CMS is providing these recommendations to ensure that non-emergency healthcare resumes safely and that patients are receiving needed in-person treatment that may have been postponed due to the public health emergency.

“Thanks to President Trump’s unprecedented expansion of telehealth, many patients have been able to access their clinicians while staying safe at home.  But while telehealth has proven to be a lifeline, nothing can absolutely replace the gold standard: in-person care,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Americans need their healthcare and our healthcare heroes are working overtime to deliver it safely. Those needing operations, vaccinations, procedures, preventive care, or evaluation for chronic conditions should feel confident seeking in-person care when recommended by their provider.”   

On April 19, CMS issued Phase 1 recommendations to safely resume in-person care in areas with low incidence or relatively low and stable incidence of COVID-19 cases. CMS is also providing more information as healthcare systems, providers, and facilities further expand in-person care delivery. Recommendations cover a range of topics to ensure patient and clinician safety, including facility considerations, testing and sanitation protocols, personal protective equipment and supplies, and workforce availability. As with Phase 1 recommendations, decisions to reopen should be consistent with federal, state, and local orders, CDC guidance, and in collaboration with state and local public health authorities.

As the country continues to reopen, patients have questions about when to resume in-person visits with their clinicians. To aid patients in making a decision that is right for them, CMS issued recommendations to help guide patients as they consider seeking in-person, non-emergency treatment. Ultimately, patients should rely on their providers’ suggested course of treatment.

Today’s recommendations can be found here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-recommendations-reopening-facilities-provide-non-emergent-care.pdf

The new patient guide can be found in English here: https://cms.gov/files/document/covid-what-patients-should-know-about-seeking-health-care.pdf and in Spanish here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-what-patients-should-know-about-seeking-health-care-spanish.pdf

To keep up with the important and ongoing work of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in response to COVID-19, visit www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

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