Issue: September 18, 2020

Published on September 18, 2020

Articles in this issue:

AHCA: COVID-19 Update | CMS Memo on Nursing Home Visitors

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

CMS released a new QSO memo (20-39-NH) that greatly improves the ability for nursing home residents to receive visitors. In short, it allows for more outdoor and indoor visits, including parameters where indoor visits are required to be permitted. CMS also announced that they will allow for CMP funds to be used to help visitation through the purchase of tents and clear barriers (e.g., Plexiglas). 

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Other COVID-19 Updates

Additional Details on Nursing Home Incentive Payment Program Released: Today, HHS released additional information on how $2 billion in incentive payments will be distributed to nursing homes under the CARES Act. Here is a summary of those details. Read More

An Update on Potential “False Positive” Tests – Differences Between Antigen and PCR Tests: Starting last week, we heard concerning reports of differences between the antigen tests and PCR confirmation test results (e.g. potential false positives) from the antigen testing machines HHS has sent to nursing homes. To better understand what’s going on across the country, AHCA and Leading Age collaborated on a survey to understand the use of the BD Veritor and Quidel Sofia-2 Antigen Point of Care analyzers in member communities.  Read More

Update to Paid Leave of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: On Friday, September 11, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an update to the temporary rule they issued in April regarding coronavirus leave. This update changes the definition of health care workers. Employees defined as health care workers are not required to have paid sick leave and extended family and medical leave under the Act. Other employees of providers are required to have paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave. Read More

READ MORE COVID-19 UPDATES

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

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

Revision to the DOH: Health Advisory on Family Visitation for Nursing Homes

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

NYSHFA participated today on a call with the Department of Health to discuss changes in the Revised Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation requirements announced in the September 17, 2020 Health Advisory. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/protecting-public-health-all-new-yorkers#long-term-care-facilities 

Several revisions are listed below:

NYSHFA will provide additional updates as received from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Health.

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

NYS DOH MDS Update

Author: Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

CMS is delaying the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 v1.18.1 release, which had been scheduled for October 1, 2020, in response to stakeholder concerns. The MDS item sets are used by Nursing Home and Swing Bed providers to collect and submit patient data to CMS. This MDS data informs payment, quality, and the survey process. 

In December of 2019, CMS posted a draft of the MDS 3.0 item set v1.18.0 and received feedback from our stakeholders. We would like to thank the stakeholders for sharing their concerns regarding the proposed changes to the MDS 3.0 item sets and more specifically the removal of the Section G items from OBRA assessments. 

The MDS changes CMS planned for October 1, 2020 will now be delayed. CMS staff are actively engaged in discussions with various stakeholders, regarding the various changes, the impacts of these changes, as well as, the compressed timeline to educate and train facility staff and update software and IT systems. 

Please direct any comments or questions regarding the above information to MDSCodinganswers@cms.hhs.gov mailbox.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Extra Town Hall Call – September 22nd

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA-NYSCAL will be hosting an extra Town Hall Call to answer your questions and concerns about general and professional liability. This Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 11:00 am. Josephine Bottitta from OneGroup will be our guest speaker. 

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

Attached is the agenda for the call.

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).