Issue: April 1, 2020

Published on April 1, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Requesting PPE

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

As your PPE supplies diminish, it is important to conduct an inventory of supplies located in your building to compare with the number of PPE/supplies your staff use each day over 3 shifts.  Before your supply drops to less than one week supply on site, please submit your request by phone and email to the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEM) within your County. 

Please use the attached NYSDOH Request Form request PPE and/or other supplies needed to submit to your County OEM. Be sure you list a phone number that is answered 24/7 in case your OEM has any follow up questions.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

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

Weekly Town Hall Calls – in Support of COVID-19 Topics of Concern - April 2nd

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA-NYSCAL has set up weekly Town Hall Calls to provide you information on key topics as well as, to offer you an opportunity to get questions answered and/or receive clarification. This weeks Town Hall Call is on Thursday April 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM and will continue every Thursday at 11:00 AM until further notice. Agendas listing topics will be sent at the beginning of each week. 

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).

DOH Informational Message: Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call – April 2nd

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

Please join the NYS Department of Health Thursday, April 2nd at 1-2 PM for a COVID-19 update for healthcare providers.

To accommodate the large number of participants, our webinar will be streaming via YouTube Live:

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/weekly-healthcare-provider-update

For AUDIO ONLY, please dial in: 844-512-2950

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 #27

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Amy Kennedy* Published in Clinical & Quality

In This COVID-19 Update:

AHCA/NCAL Revised Screening Checklist for Visitors and Staff

AHCA/NCAL has updated the screening checklist for visitors and staff based on the latest guidance from CMS and CDC. Revisions include changes to Section 3B to reflect when a staff person has worked in facilities or locations with recognized COVID-19 cases, and the staff person has worked with a person with confirmed COVID-19. They should be required to wear PPE including masks, gloves, gown before any contact with residents. Section 4 was also expanded to include CDC guidance for health care provider use of PPE when there are cases of COVID-19 present or not in the facility, as well is in the community. Please replace the prior version of this checklist with this revised version. 

CMS ICF/IIDs and PRTFs COVID-19 Guidance Released

Yesterday, CMS released guidance for infection control and prevention of COVID-19 in Intermediate Care Facilities and for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs) and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs).

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

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

Amy Kennedy
Executive Director, NYSCAL
518-462-4800 x17

DOH: Emergency Contacts

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

The New York State Department of Health has asked us to stress the importance of the facility Administrator or the facility Director to be listed as the 24/7 emergency contact on the Health Commerce System, and to ensure that the appropriate phone numbers and e-mail addresses are up-to-date. 

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