Issue: March 10, 2020

Published on March 10, 2020

Articles in this issue:

Cancellation of NYSDOH Nursing Home Webinar Providing Guidance for COVID-19 Originally Scheduled for 3:00 PM Today

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk

Unfortunately the NYSDOH must cancel and reschedule the webinar for nursing homes that was scheduled for 3:00 PM today to discuss COVID-19 guidance.

DOH will reschedule that webinar as soon as possible for a date later this week and will send out an announcement for the revised date.

Please share word of the cancellation and plan to reschedule with any colleagues.

ALERT: Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility HERDS Survey Due Daily at 3PM

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk

This is to advise all nursing homes and adult care facilities statewide that the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) is requiring the completion of HERDS survey no later than 3 p.m. daily with no exceptions until further notice. 

Questions on the survey will include information to assess: 

• Total Capacity

• Total In-house census

• Number of residents with:

• Number of residents:

Lastly, please ensure that all roles in the Communication Directory are up to date with working telephone numbers and email addresses. 

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

AHCANCAL Issues Guidance to Restrict Visitors and Keep the Virus Out of SNFs and ALs

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk

Steps to prevent COVID-19 from entering your facility includes template letters for staff, residents and family, guidance for nursing homes and assisted living, visitation recommendations as well as a screening tool

Our top priority at this point is to prevent COVID-19 from getting into long term care facilities. AHCA/NCAL has developed new guidance documents for nursing facilities and for assisted living communities to take reasonable efforts to prevent the entry of the virus.  

The SNF guidance includes a recommendation to restrict all non-essential visits. This includes restricting family visits, school groups, bands, and other outside group activities. As we learn more about how serious this virus is for the elderly-particularly the experience in facilities caring for the elderly and how it can spread once it's in a facility-we believe this new guidance is prudent to help achieve our collective goal to prevent the entry of the virus and to put our residents first.  

The AL guidance recognizes that assisted living communities vary in size, scope of care, and residents and families' ability to enter and exit the building freely. Therefore, the AL guidance includes some possible suggestions for the limitation of visitors, including asking residents to encourage their loved ones not to visit, establishing specific visiting hours, limiting the number of entrances, and enacting a sign-in policy for all visitors at a central entry point. 

Local or State Public Officials may make additional restrictions depending on data about the local spread of COVID-19, which you should follow. Also, CMS and CDC may issue additional guidance in the future. We will keep you informed of any changes that impact SNF and AL guidance.  

Please see the guidance documents for additional details for:

Our recommendations go beyond the CMS guidance issued on March 4th in QSO 20-14-Nursing Homes but are consistent with the guidance and regulations that we should restrict persons entering the building who pose a health risk to the residents. 

To reflect this new guidance, we have also created a screening checklist for SNF visitors and updated our communication materials, including template letters to employees and residents & family members, as well as talking points for facilities without any confirmed cases currently.  

Please email COVID19@ahca.org with any questions.  

For additional information and resources on the virus, visit our dedicated website on this issue: www.ahcancal.org/coronavirus.

Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call

Author: Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk

Join the New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a Healthcare Provider COVID-19 Weekly Call on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 1PM-2PM. 

For the WebEx registration link and further details, please see the attached document. For audio, please call 844-512-2950. 

Link to WebEx Registration - https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=ef61991e42713f96ec4c737936df65f3a

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