HHS Announces Private Pay Assisted Living may apply for Provider Relief Funds

Linda O'Connell

HHS announced that Private Pay Assisted Living may apply for funding through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund under Phase 2 of the General Distribution round of funding.  NYSCAL has been working closely with our National affiliate, NCAL, to secure this necessary funding after securing previous funding for ALPs.   Eligible assisted living communities will receive 2 percent of their annual revenue.  Providers will have until September 13, 2020 to begin their application.  

In addition, HHS announced that the federal government has plans to ship rapid COVID-19 tests to assisted living communities across the country within the next two to three weeks.   See the notification below for details. 

 

Federal Funding and Testing Coming to Assisted Living

HHS Approves Funding Allocation for Private Pay Assisted Living  

This evening, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that private-pay assisted living/memory care providers will be eligible to apply for CARES Act Provider Relief Funds under the current Phase 2 General Distribution round of funding.  

Like other providers applying for Phase 2 funding, eligible assisted living communities will receive 2 percent of their annual revenue from patient care and will have until September 13, 2020 to begin their application. Please visit the Provider Relief Fund webpage for more information. 

We will carefully review this announcement and follow up with specific details to help you with your potential application.  

 Rapid, Antigen Tests to be Delivered to Assisted Living Communities 


It was also announced by an HHS official today that the federal government plans to ship rapid COVID-19 tests to assisted living communities across the country.  The tests will come from a supply of 150 million ordered from test maker Abbott Laboratories, and are expected to be delivered in the coming two to three weeks.  

As we learn more about these tests and the shipments, we will keep you informed.  

This is certainly an exciting day for the assisted living profession and much-welcomed news. You’ve fought for over six months to keep your residents safe and stay afloat during this unprecedented crisis. We will continue to advocate on your behalf and offer any assistance we can as these and other developments proceed.

 

Scott Tittle
NCAL Executive Director

 

NYSCAL Contact:

Stephen Hanse, President and CEO
(518) 462-4800, extension 11

Linda O'Connell, Coordinator, NYSCAL Member Support
(518) 462-4800, extension 13

DOH POSTS REVISED ALP RATES

Linda O'Connell

DOH has posted revised ALP rates which include minimum wage adjustments for 2017, 2018 and 2020.  Payments will be made in Medicaid cycle #2242 (check release 8/26/20). The following link will provide you with the DAL as well as the rates: https://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/long_term_care/reimbursement/alp/   

 

Adult Day Health Care Program Suspension

Attached, please find a directive from the Department of Health imposing an immediate temporary suspension of Statewide Adult Day Health Care programs. This suspension pertains to medical model adult day health care programs only. The DOH will be issuing a separate temporary suspension of social model adult day programs shortly.

Email Address for COVID-Related Inquiries

Amy Kennedy in NYSCAL Notes

Effective immediately, all ACF COVID-related inquiries should be sent to the following address: 

covidadultcareinfo@health.ny.gov

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

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

Adult Care Guidance

Jackie Pappalardi and Lisa Volk

Attached please find Adult Care Guidance that was released yesterday...

DOH Issues Minimum Wage Survey - ALP

Carl J. Pucci in Finance & Reimbursement

DOH has issued a DAL which includes required survey information related to the States Minimum Wage increase from January 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Note: NYC Region (as defined in the DAL) is not required to complete the survey as the statutory minimum wage of $15/hour has been reached. 

Below is the notification sent to Providers: 

Dear Administrator/Controller, 

This serves as a notification that the 2020 Minimum Wage Survey has been released. You can access the survey by following the link provided in the attached memorandum. Surveys must be completed by COB Thursday, October 17, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please e-mail: Alp-rates@health.ny.gov

Please include the following information when you submit an inquiry:  Agency Corp ID, agency name and contact information. 

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5247763/7f29d19e080b


NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

Carl J. Pucci
Chief Financial Officer
518-462-4800 x36

OTDA/SSA/SSI Audio Conference 9-20-18

Carla Erhartic

I’m sharing the Q&A NYSCAL provided to our speakers as well as the answers and slides they will be using.  Please print the slides so you may follow along.  We would prefer that participants hold all questions until after the last presentation....

DOH Files Emergency Regulations for ACFs and ALPs

Carla Erhartic

The Department of Health (DOH) filed emergency regulations on May 25, 2018 regarding the admission and retention standards for all adult care facilities (ACFs). The regulatory amendments come as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Fair Housing Justice Center alleging that DOH and four New York City ACFs discriminate against current and prospective residents who use wheelchairs, thereby violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. The emergency regulatory changes address the issue of the lawsuit without significantly changing the retention standard and are effective immediately....

 

DAL DHCBS 18-03 LHCSA Regulatory Requirement & LHCSA Moratorium

Carla Erhartic

The Department has issued a Dear Administrator Letter (DHCBS 18-03) to LHCSA operators to remind them of their responsibilities as the Department implements requirements of the moratorium…

 

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for Incident Reporting Best Practices Audio Conference

On August 31, 2018 from 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m., NYSCAL will be hosting an audio conference about “Best Practices for Incident Reporting”…. 

DAL 18-09 New Reporting of Deaths, Suicide & Felony Crimes-Effective Immediately

Carla Erhartic

The Department has posted a new DAL to the HCS that is effective immediately.  Please click here to read the DAL.

NYSDOH Issues Emergency Regulation Impacting Admission/Retention Standards

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL has learned that a lawsuit has been filed against several Adult Care Facilities and Assisted Living Programs as well as the New York State Department of Health claiming violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws pertaining to admission and/or retention of residents that use wheelchairs….

Governor Vetoes Bill Increasing the SSI for ACFs and Bill Creating a CON Process for ALP

Lauren Pollow in Legislative

As you are aware, NYSHFA/NYSCAL had several key ALP/ACF priorities closing out last legislative session, namely the SSI increase for Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) as well as a Certificate of Need (CON) process for the creation of new ALP capacity. As of December 18, 2017, the Governor has made the decision to veto these bills. Please see below for full summary and next steps:

Governor Vetoes Bill Increasing the SSI for ACFs

NYSHFA/NYSCAL has been advocating for an increase in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Adult Care Facilities for several years. An increase in the SSI rate was included in the 2017-18 Senate and Assembly one-house Budget proposals, but unfortunately was not included in the Enacted Budget. In response to this measure having been cut from the Enacted Budget, NYSHFA/NYSCAL advocated for A.6715-B (Brindisi)/ S.6732 (Serino), a stand-alone bill that was passed by both the Senate and Assembly and would increase the SSI rate for ACFs by $20 per resident per day over five-year period beginning on April 1, 2018.

The bill was delivered to the Governor on December 6th, 2017 and the legislation was vetoed (message #241) on December 18th, 2017. NYSHFA/NYSCAL will be now advocating for this legislation to be included in the 2018-19 Budget this year based on the clear inadequacy of the State’s SSI reimbursement rate of $41 per day. Operational costs in terms of wages, health insurance, goods, and services continue to increase yet the current rate has only been adjusted one time in the last 25 years. In the Governor’s veto message, he indicates that due to the ongoing costs associated with this legislation it must be discussed in the context of the annual budget negotiations.

Governor Vetoes Bill Creating a CON Process for ALP

NYSHFA/NYSCAL has been advocating in support of the creation of a needs-based process for ALP beds in lieu of the current competitive solicitation process. A.7727-A (Lupardo)/ S.5840 (Hannon) would have created a Certificate of Need (CON) process for ALP beds that is based on community need and allows existing providers to expedite approval for nine beds in response to such need. ALP has expanded as a program since the early 1990’s to meet the needs of our aging population, but there is a measure of inconsistency with the approval process that can inadvertently favor providers with more resources than small/rural providers that do not have the means to compete in a statewide solicitation process.

While this legislation would have created some measure of consistency for the approval of ALP beds, the Governor’s office is concerned about expanding the number of ALP slots without a budget allocation/source of funding attached. As such, the Governor has decided to veto this bill in its current form and is directing the DOH to work with the Legislature on the availability of ALP, and ways in which the review and approval process can be approved.

Veto messages can be viewed here.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Lauren Pollow
Director, Government Affairs
518-462-4800 x25

URGENT FROM DOH: 3RD QUARTER STATISICAL REPORT DUE OCTOBER 31ST

Carla Erhartic

Please see attached, a list of those facilities who have not yet submitted the 3rd QSIR for 2017 on the Health Commerce System.  Please note, the 2017 3rd QSIR is due by October 31, 2017….

 

DAL 17-16 ACF, ALP Onsite Evaluation of HCBS Compliance

Carla Erhartic

DOH has posted DAL 17-16 on the Health Commerce System (HCS).The NYS DOH, Division of Adult Care Facility and Assisted Living Surveillance, and the Public Consulting Group will be conduction a scheduled onsite evaluation of Home and Community Based residential settings, specifically select Adult Care Facilities, including those with Assisted Living Program capacity, those with pending applications for ALP beds, and those homes that have residents who receive HCBS series to Medicaid recipients……

 

SSI Bill Moves In Senate. Contact Your Assemblyperson Today

Lauren Pollow

Bill S.2137 (Serino)/ A.6715-A (Brindisi), legislation seeking to increase the Social Security Income (SSI) rate for those receiving enhanced residential care in Adult Care Facilities has passed the Senate in the final days of legislative session. This bill increases the rate in $4.00 per day increments each year until 2021 for a total increase of $20.00 per day. This bill has now passed the Senate, but has not moved in the Assembly since being amended in April. Legislative session ends on June 21st, to pass this bill in the Assembly we need your support!

Please call your Assembly member, the sponsor of the bill (Anthony Brindisi) and the Chair of Social Services Committee (Andrew Hevesi) as soon as possible! If you are not familiar with your Assembly member, they can be found at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/ by typing in your zip code.

Contact Information:
Assembly Sponsor Anthony Brindisi, 518-455-5454.
Assembly member Andrew Hevesi, 518-455-4926.
Speaker Carl Heastie, 518-455-3791.

 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL Contact:
Lauren Pollow
Director, Government Affairs
518-462-4800 x25

CMS Publishes Informational Bulleting on HCBS

Shelley Wagar

This morning CMS released an Informational Bulletin extending the timeline for compliance with the home and community-based settings rule. CMS indicates that states should continue progress with their statewide transition plan to be approved by March 17, 2019, but the agency is extending the transition period for states to demonstrate compliance with the settings criteria by 3 years to March 17, 2022. NYSCAL has forwarded this bulletin to the Department of Health.  The bulletin may be found on the NYSCAL website (https://www.nyscal.org/files/2017/05/CMS-Informational-Bulletin.pdf).

NYS DOH Has Activated Critical Assest Survey on HCS for ACFs Statewide

Carla Erhartic

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, OHEP activated an updated version of the adult care facility Critical Asset Survey in HERDS for facilities statewide.  OHEP is conducting four ($) Q&A webinar sessions to field questions from facilities looking for clarification on how to complete the survey.  The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) has activated the full version of the revised Critical Asset Survey for adult care facilities (ACFs) statewide. Please continue to find out the dates, times and webinar instructions…..

NYSCAL Continues to Lobby for SSI Increase

Carla Erhartic

Today, in collaboration with ESAAL and LeadingAge-NY, NYSCAL continued our lobbying efforts for an SSI increase....

 

Help Achieve an SSI Increase Today!

Carla Erhartic

Our budget summary was emailed to all members yesterday evening.  If you haven’t read it yet, you may find it on the home page of NYSCAL's website or http://budgetupdate.nyshfa.org/en/420/1/6129/Senate--Assembly-One-House-Budget-Proposals.htm ....

 

NYSCAL Pushes for SSI Increase

Shelley Wagar

NYSCAL delivered the following letter (http://www.nyscal.org/files/2017/03/SSI-Letter-3-9-17.pdf) to all 213 state legislators this morning, explaining the desperate need for an SSI increase. This follows our NYSHFA/NYSCAL Legislative Visit Day on Feb 28 where staff and members made more than 30 visits about SSI. The talking points for that day can be accessed here (http://www.nyscal.org/files/2017/03/NYSCAL-SSI-talking-points-2017-LVD.pdf).  NYSCAL was fortunate to have the opportunity to testify before the joint Senate/Assembly Health budget hearing on February 16. The testimony may be found here (http://www.nyscal.org/files/2017/02/2017-NYSCAL-Budget-Testimony-002.pdf).  NYSCAL encourages all of its members to reach out to your local representatives and convey the need for an SSI increase.

DAL#: 17-01 Dated January 1, 2017 is Posted on HCS – ACF Annual Statistical Report

Carla Erhartic

All ACFs are required to complete the 2016 ACF Annual Statistical Information Report, encompassing the time period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.  Failure to submit the report by January 31, 2017 may result in enforcement action and the imposition of civil penalties….

 

DAL 16-26 SSI COLA Adjustment and Resident Notice

Carla Erhartic

The DOH has posted the SSI COLA Adjustment and Resident Notice on December 23rd to the Health Commerce System. Please review and provide notices to your residents…

 

Advisory: Severe Cold Weather and Carbon Monoxide Advisory for Providers from NYSDOH

The coldest air mass of the season arrived today and is anticipated to continue into Friday night across the region.  The very cold temperatures combined with strong gusty winds will allow for wind chill values to reach dangerous, to potentially life threatening levels. Frost bite and hypothermia which can occur within 15 minutes if precautions are not taken. Please see attached advisory from the NYSDOH.

Free Webinar: Legionella Mandate on Water Testing and Management

in Clinical & Quality

LiquiTech has offered to provide a free webinar on Thursday, December 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm to assist members with their Water Testing and Management plans. These plans needed to be enacted by December 1, 2016 to prevent Legionella contamination in facilities. Recently, in the Capital Region, we have experienced a few deaths related to Legionella and want to ensure your facility has an effective plan. LiquiTech’s representative was at our Fall Conference and after speaking with a number of participants offered this assistance. The target audience would be Administrators and your Director of Maintenance. See link for registration information.

NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Carla Erhartic
Coordinator, Assisted Living Member Support & Services
518-462-4800, ext. 13

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

DAL 16-24 ACF Plan of Correction Checklist

Carla Erhartic

The ACF POC Checklist has been posted to the Health Commerce System (HCS).  The checklist is to assist ACF/Assisted Living Administrators/Operators when developing their POC in response to violations identified on survey….

 

DAL 16-25 ACF 2015 Annual Financial Report Posted on HCS

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Department of Health (Department) has activated the 2015 Adult Care Facility (ACF) Financial Reports on the Health Commerce System (HCS). The regulations governing ACF Financial Reports are included in Title 18 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) §487.10(e) and §488.10(e), for Adult Homes (AH) and Enriched Housing Programs (EHP), respectively…

 

Social Security and SSI 2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

Carla Erhartic

Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2014 through the third quarter of 2016, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 0.3 percent COLA for 2017….

 

2016 3RD Quarter Statistical Report Due 10-31-16

DOH has posted the 2016 3rd Quarter Statistical Report on the HCS encompassing the time period from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016… 


 

DOH Alert For NYC: HERDS Survey Issued on HCS - Hurricane Matthew planning

Carla Erhartic

This morning an Alert notification was sent out from the New York State Department of Health indicating HERDS has been activated for select  NYC healthcare facilities, home care agencies and hospices to complete one or more survey forms in advance of Hurricane Matthew and must be submitted within three hours of receipt….

DOH Informational Instructions for NYC Home Care Emergency Survey for Hurricane Matthew

Carla Erhartic

This morning an Alert notification was sent out from the New York State Department of Health indicating HERDS has been activated for select NYC healthcare facilities, home care agencies and hospices to complete one or more survey forms in advance of Hurricane Matthew ….

 

DOH Posts Critical Asset Survey on HCS – Due October 14, 2016

Carla Erhartic

The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) has activated a Critical Asset Survey for adult care facilities (ACFs) statewide.

 

DAL 16-17 – 2016 3RD Quarter Statistical Report Posted on HCS

Carla Erhartic

DOH has posted the 2016 3rd Quarter Statistical Report on the HCS encompassing the time period from July 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016… 


 

Michael C. McPartlon, Chairman of the Board, Names Stephen B. Hanse, Esq. as President and CEO of NYSHFA/NYSCAL Effective January 1, 2017

On behalf of the Board of Directors of NYSHFA/NYSCAL, I am pleased to announce that Stephen B. Hanse has been named to succeed Richard J. Herrick as President and CEO of NYSHFA/NYSCAL effective January 1, 2017.

“Stephen is a proven leader for skilled nursing and assisted living providers throughout New York,” said Michael C. McPartlon, NYSHFA/NYSCAL Board Chair. “His knowledge, experience and commitment to protecting and advancing the interests of our members and the residents we serve will ensure that providers are able to meet the challenges of New York’s ever evolving healthcare landscape well into the future,” continued McPartlon.

Mr. Hanse who currently serves as the Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Counsel of NYSHFA/NYSCAL will succeed Richard J. Herrick who has been President and CEO of NYSHFA/NYSCAL for the past fourteen years and will retire the end of December.  Mr. Herrick said, “Given the dynamic nature of healthcare in New York, NYSHFA/NYSCAL is fortunate to have an experienced leader and association professional in Stephen. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work together with Stephen over the past four years. He has continually ensured that the concerns of providers and their residents are recognized and addressed and our members will be well served with Stephen as President and CEO. I look forward to supporting Stephen and all of our members during this transition in leadership.”

Prior to joining NYSHFA/NYSCAL in 2013, Mr. Hanse was with the law firm of Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne in Albany for 8 years where he represented healthcare organizations, healthcare providers and professionals, and Fortune 500 companies before New York’s Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government.

Mr. Hanse previously served as Vice President of the Energy Association of New York State. Earlier in his career, Stephen served in several policy positions in the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly.

Mr. Hanse is active in the American Health Care Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Board of the Albany Law School Government Law Center and the Board of the Albany Law Elder Law and Special Needs Subcommittee. Mr. Hanse is admitted to the Bar in New York State, the United States District Court for the Northern District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Among other things, Mr. Hanse serves as a Trustee for the Village of Coxsackie, Attorney Coach for the Coxsackie-Athens High School Mock Trial Team and a Coach for Henry Hudson Youth Soccer. Stephen is married to Maureen Hanse and together they have four boys.

Contact:     Michael C. McPartlon at Chair@nyshfa.org

DAL-16-20 HCS Contact Information Just Posted to Commerce

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH has determined it is imperative to improve the quality and completeness of contact information in the HCS Communications Directory. DOH requests immediate action to review and update your business and emergency contact information on the HCS no later than close of business Friday, October 7, 2016….

 

 

 

 

Provider Guidance: Preparation for Potential Impacts of Tropical Storm Hermine

Shelley Sabo and Carla Erhartic

The New York City (NY EM) and New York State (NYSOEM) Offices of Emergency Management are closely monitoring the forecasted path of Tropical Storm Hermine. Although it is too early to determine the final track of the storm, it is anticipated that Tropical Storm Hermine may bring high surf, storm surge flooding, tropical-storm force winds and power outages to areas of New York City, Long Island shoreline and the Lower Hudson Valley.  Please see attached advisory for guidance ….  

NYSCAL Contacts:

Shelley Wagar Sabo, Executive Director
518-462-4800, ext. 17

Carla Erhartic, Coordinator, Assisted Living Member Support & Services
518-462-4800, ext. 13

ALP HCBS Self-Assessment Due July 29, 2016

Carla Erhartic

Per NYS DOH DAL 16-15 issued July 5, 2015, the Assisted Living Program Home and Community Based Settings Rule Self-Assessment Survey is due July 29, 2016…

 

 

NYSDOH Posts DAL 16-15: 2016 ALP HCBS Self-Assessment

The federal Department of Health and Human Services promulgated the Home-and-Community-Based Settings (HCBS) Rule, effective March 17, 2014. The HCBS Rule requires the NYSDOH to ensure the residential setting of an ALP meets the established requirements set forth in the Rule.  Compliance with this Rule must occur by March 31, 2019. 

SSI Bill Passes Senate: Contact Your Assembly Member for Their Support

Carla Erhartic

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT- A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried; Ways & Means) S.7333 (Serino; Passed Senate)

The New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (“NYSHFA/NYSCAL”), a statewide association of providers of long term care services, caring for individuals of all ages in proprietary, not-for-profit, and government-sponsored skilled nursing, post-acute, rehab, adult care and assisted living communities across New York supports A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried) which would increase the Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) rate adult care facilities receive in order to ensure that needed services continue to be available to low income SSI recipients.

Specifically, this legislation will provide a three-year phased-in SSI increase as follows:  $2.50 per day increase effective January 1, 2017, an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2017, and an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2018. 

This legislation is essential given that New York has not increased the State portion of the SSI rate for low income elderly and disabled individuals in adult care facilities in 9 years.  While the State portion of the SSI rate has remained frozen for 9 years, facility costs for food, labor, health insurance and utilities, among other things, have increased year after year.

Consequently, New York’s current $40 per day is clearly insufficient to provide room, meals, activities, case management, supervision and medication assistance for our SSI recipients.

In order for providers caring for SSI residents in New York to continue to provide high quality care and services, it is imperative that the State increase the SSI rate to a level sufficient to meet the needs of these residents. By providing incremental increases in the daily rate over a two year period, A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried) will ensure continued access to care, allow low income seniors and disabled individuals to remain in the community and avoid higher Medicaid costs which result when residents are displaced.

Given the foregoing, the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living respectfully requests your support for A.10224 (Brindisi, Gottfried) and urges its passage by the Assembly....

Assemblyman Gottfried Sponsors Assisted Living Nurse Bill at NYSCAL’s Request

At the request of NYSCAL, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, recently introduced legislation (A.10384), that would allow an adult home, enriched housing facility, assisted living residence or special needs assisted living residence operator to provide for nursing services in the facility either by arrangement with a provider of nursing services or by employment. The purpose of this legislation is to more easily provide incidental nursing services to residents of these facilities in order to avoid unnecessary transfers to hospitals and nursing homes.

A.10384 also provides that adult homes, enriched housing, assisted living residences and special needs certified programs who choose to take advantage of this opportunity may not represent themselves as enhanced assisted living residences and will operate within the admission and retention standards of their licensure category.

NYSCAL requests that its members across New York State reach out to your Assembly Member and request their support for A10384. NYSCAL is also working with Senator Hannon on this legislation as well....

 

SSI Rate Increase Action Needed

Carla Erhartic

On Thursday, June 9th, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.7333) increasing the Social Security Income (“SSI”) rate adult care facilities receive in order to ensure that these services continue to be available to low income SSI recipients.

Specifically, this legislation will provide a three-year phased-in SSI increase as follows:  $2.50 per day increase effective January 1, 2017, an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2017, and an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2018. 

New York has not increased the State portion of the Supplemental Security Income SSI rate for low income elderly and disabled individuals in adult care facilities in 9 years.

As you are well aware, the current $40 per day is clearly insufficient to provide room, board, meals, activities, case management, supervision and medication assistance for our SSI recipients.

While the State portion of the SSI rate has remained frozen for 9 years, facility costs for food, labor, health insurance and utilities, among other things, have increased year after year.

NYSCAL respectfully requests that you call your Assembly Member ASAP and urge their support for the Assembly to pass A.10244. Please click the following link if you need assistance in identifying your Assembly member and/or their contact information. http://nyassembly.gov/mem/

The legislative Session ends Thursday, June 16th so your timely advocacy is critical to NYSCAL’s efforts to help ensure the quality of care and services to low income SSI recipients and prevent closures of needed SSI facilities...

 

EQUAL Application Due Today - June 10, 2016

The EQUAL application is posted on the HCS. It must be submitted electronically and the deadline for submission is 5 pm on June 10, 2016...

EQUAL Application Due Today - June 10, 2016

The EQUAL application is posted on the HCS. It must be submitted electronically and the deadline for submission is 5 pm on June 10, 2016...

New York State DOH Issues 3400 ALP Awardee List

Carla Erhartic

The NYS DOH posted the awardee list for the ALP 3400 Initiative on their website…

 

Assemblyman Gottfried Sponsors Assisted Living Nurse Bill at NYSCAL’s Request

Carla Erhartic

At the request of NYSCAL, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, recently introduced legislation (A.10384), that would allow an adult home, enriched housing facility, assisted living residence or special needs assisted living residence operator to provide for nursing services in the facility either by arrangement with a provider of nursing services or by employment. The purpose of this legislation is to more easily provide incidental nursing services to residents of these facilities in order to avoid unnecessary transfers to hospitals and nursing homes.

A.10384 also provides that adult homes, enriched housing, assisted living residences and special needs certified programs who choose to take advantage of this opportunity may not represent themselves as enhanced assisted living residences and will operate within the admission and retention standards of their licensure category.

NYSCAL requests that its members across New York State reach out to your Assemblyperson and request their support for A10384. NYSCAL is also working with Senator Hannon on this legislation as well.  NYSCAL will be sending specific templates for support letters to each facility to make it easier for you to connect with your Assemblyperson and support this bill.  

Assemblyman Brindisi and Assemblyman Gottfried Introduces Legislation to Raise SSI Rate for ACF Residents

Carla Erhartic

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, together with Assembly Health Committee Chairman Dick Gottfried, recently introduced legislation (A.10224) at NYSCAL's request to increase the Social Security Income (SSI) rate adult care facilities receive.  NYSCAL held an Assisted Living Advocacy Day on May 11th seeking support for this legislation and applauds both Assemblymen Brindisi and Chairman Gottfried for their leadership and support.

NYSCAL asks that all members who serve SSI residents contact your Assemblyperson for support of A10224.  NYSCAL will also be sending support letter templates to facilitate your advocacy of this legislation. 

Department of Labor Publishes Final Overtime Rule

Carla Erhartic

Today, the Department of Labor’s final rule Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees was published. Below is a brief summary of the rule prepared by Reed Smith…

DOH Posts DAL 15-15 Revised ACF DSS Forms 2900 and 3026 With Attachments

Carla Erhartic in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Adult Care Facility Daily Resident Census Report (DSS 2900) and the Chronological Admission and Discharge Register (DSS 3026) were revised to eliminate content that is no longer applicable, to standardize information contained in the forms and to improve their overall appearance...

Health Commerce System (HCS) Access for ACFs and SNFs

Carla Erhartic

We were just notified by NYS DOH that there is a new security change to be implemented for accessing the HCS. Providers are asked to be prepared for the upcoming changes...

DOH Issues Statewide Storm Guidance for all Healthcare Facilities

Karen Morris and Shelley Sabo

DOH has issued a statewide storm guidance for all healthcare facilities in New York State. Please note there is great uncertainty in the track of this storm and “there may be impacts to numerous parts of New York State (similar to storms Irene and Lee in 2011)” per this guidance. Facilities should anticipate power outages and transportation shutdowns (NYC) based on their location...

Hurricane Joaquin, HCS and Adult Home Providers in NYS

Carla Erhartic

NYSCAL and NYSDOH strongly encourage you to make sure your roles in the Communications Role Directory are populated with the most current contact information.  You are also advised to make sure you access the Health Commerce System HCS frequently over the next several days as the Atlantic Storm is being tracked...

REMINDER-DEA DRUG TAKE BACK DAY FOR ACFs and SNFs

Carla Erhartic in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) has partnered with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to assist in getting the message out about the agencies’ Tenth National Prescription Pill Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26th, 2015.  This no-cost opportunity is a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs (non-controlled and controlled).  Adult care/assisted living and long term care facilities licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) as Class 3a Institutional Dispensers, Limited will be eligible to participate in this event...

NEW UPDATE: DRUG TAKEBACK DAY SEPTEMBER 26TH

Carla Erhartic in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation contacted us today with a change in what will be collected for destruction...

ACFs - 2015 2nd QUARTER STATISTICAL REPORTS NOW DUE: Violations Forthcoming

Carla Erhartic in NYSCAL Priority Alert

Attached is a list of ACFs that are late with their reports that were due on July 31st...

DEA Tenth National Prescription Pill Take-Back Day September 26

Carla Erhartic in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) has partnered with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to assist in getting the message out about the agencies’ Tenth National Prescription Pill Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26th, 2015.  This no-cost opportunity is a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs (non-controlled and controlled).  Adult care/assisted living and long term care facilities licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) as Class 3a Institutional Dispensers, Limited will be eligible to participate in this event...

ESF-8 Heat Advisory Situational Awareness Info - NYC

Karen Morris

The New York City Heat Emergency Plan has been activated as of 12:00PM today. Select staff from the New York City Emergency Management Department (NYCEM) are supporting NYCEM’s Watch Command, in which the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is not currently activated...

DOH Publishes DAL 15-10: Security/Surveillance Cameras

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The Department of Health has posted DAL 15-10 regarding the use of security and surveillance cameras in adult care and assisted living communities.  Adult care and assisted living communities wishing to use, or currently using surveillance equipment, must have policies and procedures for the use of these devices.  These policies and procedures should address retention of the surveillance, how the resident and their family or representative will be informed of the surveillance equipment, at admission and thereafter, the installation, placement and use of the devices, all applicable facility rules governing resident conduct and responsibilities as well as training, annually or more often as necessary, for facility staff regarding resident privacy. Surveillance equipment should be limited to public areas within the facility and not private resident rooms.

NYSCAL encourages all members to read the DAL in its entirety.  The DAL may be viewed on the NYSCAL website, http://www.nyscal.org/files/2015/07/DAL_15-10_on_Security_Cameras.pdf, or on the Health Commerce System.

HealthCare Facility (HCF) Profile Application for NYC ACFs

Carla Erhartic

The HealthCare Facility Profile Application has gone live as of Wednesday, July 22, 2015!

NYSCAL Reminds Providers About NYSDOH DAL 15-12: Warm Weather Advisory

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

A reminder the NYS Department of Health issued DAL 15-12: Warm Weather Advisory in May.  During periods of warm temperatures you are expected to provide your residents with a comfortable and safe environment throughout the summer months and to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat related conditions...

NYSCAL Regional Meeting August 17

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

Please join us on August 17, 2015 from 2:00pm-4:00pm for the NYSCAL Regional Meeting for the Capital District, Mid-Hudson Valley, Southern Tier & Central New York regions. See the attached flyer for further information.

Application Deadline Extended for Special Needs – Assisted Living Programs

Carla Erhartic in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The application deadline for Special Needs – Assisted Living Programs (SN-ALPS) Component A and B has been extended to July 29th, 2015. Application musts be submitted online via the Grants Gateway by July 29th, 2015 no later than 6:00 PM...

DOH Publishes DAL 15-09: Implementation of Electronic Plan of Correction (ePOC)

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

DAL 15-09, Implementation of Electronic Plan of Correction (ePOC), was posted to the HCS late last week.  In an effort to streamline communications with adult care providers, the implementation of ePOC will be implemented in a staged effort beginning July 15...

CMS Released New Guidance on HCBS Final Rule Heightened Scrutiny Process

Shelley Wagar Sabo

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released late last week new guidance on the HCBS Final Rule implementation...

NYSDOH Posts New DAL 15-08 ALP Eligibility Requirements

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The NYS Department of Health has published New DAL 15-08: ALP Eligibility Requirements. The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify participant eligibility requirements for the Assisted Living Program (ALP)...

May Medicaid Update Posted

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The State has posted the May 2015 Medicaid update.  Of particular interest to adult care/assisted living providers are two articles...

NYSDOH Publishes DAL 15-06: Safe Recordkeeping

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The NYS Department of Health has published DAL 15-06:  Safe Recordkeeping.  The purpose of this letter is to emphasize and clarify the Department of Health’s (DOH) expectations regarding storage and maintenance of facility and resident records...

NYSCAL Members Receive 2015 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award

Shelley Sabo in AHCA / NCAL News, NYSCAL Priority Alert

NYSCAL is pleased to congratulate the following members on receiving a 2015 Bronze AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award! As a Bronze award recipient, these communities have demonstrated their commitment to a rigorous quality improvement program...

Q & As ALP 3400

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

This email is notification that the Assisted Living Program 3400 Initiative Modifications, Questions and Answers, the Revised Attachment 4 – Application Sections 1, 2 and 3 and Attachment 5 – Certification have been posted to the Department of Health website and can be accessed here:

http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/assisted_living/program_application/

NYSDOH Webinar May 19 on Hurricane Preparedness Overview for Adult Care Facilities

Carla Erhartic in NYSCAL Priority Alert

Please join NYSDOH tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th at 1 pm for their next webinar and audio conference, Hurricane Preparedness Overview for Adult Care Facilities. The featured guest speaker will be Frank Lowe, Senior Outreach Specialist of the Ready New York Unit within New York City Emergency Management.  Attached are the PDF versions of the program evaluation and the presentation...

ALP 3400 Initiative Addendum 1

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The NYSDOH has posted Addendum #1 for the Assisted Living Program 3400 Initiative to the DOH website. It is also available on the NYSCAL website at www.nyscal.org.  NYSCAL encourages members to read the addendum it its entirety.

OTDA Sends Letter to ACF Providers Serving SSP Residents

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) mailed a letter today to providers requesting their assistance in gathering data on State Supplement Program (SSP) recipients...

NYSDOH Publishes DAL 15-03: Electronic Plan of Correction (ePOC)

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

We encourage you to stay current with the ePOC information provided through the HCS in order to be prepared and in compliance with the new requirements...

March 2015 Medicaid Update: The Billing of Hearing Aides and Repairs for ALP Participants

Shelley Wagar Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The Durable Medical Equipment provided to ALP Participants article in the DOH Medicaid Update, March 2007, Vol. 22, No.3, provides clarification regarding the provision of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and medical supplies that are included in the daily Medicaid ALP rate. As outlined in the article, the ALP operates in adult homes and enriched housing programs and provides a combination of residential services and home care services to Medicaid and private pay residents...

ALP OFD Release

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

This email is notification that the Assisted Living Program 3400 Initiative has been posted to the Department website...

Carla Erhartic Joins NYSCAL As Coordinator for Assisted Living Member Support Services

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

NYSCAL is pleased to have Carla Erhartic join the association today as the Coordinator for Assisted Living Member Support Services...

Budget Support Letter

Esq. Stephen B. Hanse in Legislative, NYSCAL Priority Alert

Included within both the Senate’s 2015-16 one-house Budget are several proposals that are beneficial to New York’s assisted living providers.

Given the April 1st deadline to complete the Budget, please contact your Senator and Assemblyperson A.S.A.P. by personalizing the attached support letter, placing it on facility letterhead and faxing it to their respective Albany offices. If you are not familiar with your Senator or Assemblyperson, they may be found at http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/search/ and http://www.nysenate.gov/ by typing in your zip code.

Additionally, please personalize the attached letter and fax it to the following legislators:

Speaker Carl Heastie, 932 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-455-5459
Senator David Carlucci, 311 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-426-6737
Senator Hannon, 420 Capitol, f) 518-426-6954
Senator Catharine Young, 307 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-426-6905
Senator Gustavo Rivera, 408 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-426-6858
Senator Martin Golden, 409 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-426-6910
Senator David Valesky, 512 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-426-6885
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, 716 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-455-5576
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, 824 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-455-5738
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, 844 Legislative Building, f) 518-455-5173
Assemblyman Andrew Raia, 629 Legislative Office Building, f) 518-455-5804

The proposals referenced in the support letter include the following:

  • Increase the Supplemental Security Income rate for Adult Care Facilities (S.4206, Part I, Sections 1 & 2); and
  • Restore the approximately $6.5 million in funding that sustains the Enhancing the Quality of Adult Living or “EQUAL” Program (S.4207, Part A, Section 6).


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

NYSHFA CONTACT:
Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
Vice President & Counsel, Governmental Affairs
518-462-4800 x25

Change in Payment Schedule for SSP Payments for March 2015

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The OTDA has sent a notice to ACFs that the State Supplement Program (SSP) direct deposit payments will be deposited early due to the budget closeout. The notice can be found on the NYSCAL website at www.nyscal.org.

NYS Publishes New Draft Transition Plan for HCBS Settings

Shelley Wagar Sabo

The Department of Health has published their revised Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings. The document provides a brief overview of the HCBS rule as well as background material about New York State and its waiver programs.  The plan outlines the interagency workgroup and provides an assessment of the State’s framework and existing settings.  The revised plan is in Appendix C of the document.  Members may find the new transition plan on the MRT website at http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/home_community_based_settings.htm.  Comments must be submitted to the Department, at the following email address OLTCDHCBS@nyhealth.gov,  no later than March 3, 2015.

 

Shelley Wager Sabo

Executive Director

New York State Center for Assisted Living

33 Elk Street, Suite 300

Albany, NY 12207

p. 518-462-4800, ext. 17

c. 518-703-1089

f. 518-426-4051

e. ssabo@nyscal.org

CMS Issues Final Guidance Documents for Medicaid Home and Community-based Services

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

Final guidance documents on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) settings final rule were issued earlier this week by the agency.

NYSDOH Publishes DAL 14-27: SSI COLA Adjustment

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The Department of Health published DAL 14-27 regarding the SSO COLA Adjustment. The purpose of the letter is to inform Adult Home and Enriched Housing providers of the impending increases in 2015 SSI and Safety Net benefits.  To view the DAL, Notice to Residents, and the Regional Offices contact information, please go to the NYSCAL website.  The information may also be found on the HCS.

NYSCAL encourages all of its members to read the DAL and related materials in their entirety.

Capital Restructuring Financial Program

Richard Herrick Stephen Hanse and Carl Pucci in Finance & Reimbursement

NYSHFA/NYSCAL attended a public hearing on the Capital Restructuring Financial Program held on 11/21/14.  We submitted specific questions related to the availability of funding for proprietary providers, as well as requesting additional time for application submissions (currently due on 12/22/14) ...

NYS DOH Extends Deadline for Transitional Adult Home Compliance Plans Extended

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

Transitional Adult Home (TAH) providers should have received an email on Friday, November 28th regarding the TAH Compliance  Plan submission deadline of December 1, 2014 extension. The newly extended Adult Home Compliance Plan submission deadlines will be in accordance with the following schedule...

OMIG to Post 2014 Dec. Compliance Certification Forms Today

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General will post 2014 Compliance Program Certification information and forms for the December 2014 Certification period on the OMIG website at 10 AM, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

NYS DOH Publishes DAL 14-07: ALP Chairfast Bill

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The purpose of the letter is to provide guidance to ALP operators regarding new legislation that was enacted on October 23, 2013, authorizing ALPs to admit or retain residents who are chairfast under certain circumstances.

Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report Opens Tomorrow

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The Department of Health has issued guidance regarding the Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report.  NYSCAL encourages all members to read the attached guidance in its entirety.

SSI and SSP Benefit Levels Chart Effective January 1, 2015

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The new SSI and SSP Benefit Levels Chart, effective January 1, 2015, is now available on the NYSCAL website.

NYS DOH Publishes DAL 14-01 Regarding ISPs in EHPs

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The Department has published DAL 14-01 regarding the use of Individualized Service Plans (ISP) in Enriched Housing Programs (EHP).

EQUAL Applications Are Due This Friday, November 7

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

A reminder to all members that completed EQUAL applications are due no later than this Friday, November 7.

Congratulations to Five NYSCAL Members for Achievement of Quality Goals

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

NCAL's Quality Initiative Recognition Program is designed to recognize those NCAL members that demonstrate the attainment of one or more of the four Quality Initiative Goals.

NYS DOH Publishes DAL on Legal Services and Community Resources

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The NYS Department of Health has published DAL 14-18 regarding ACF Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Providing Resident Advocacy Services Guide.  The letter informs providers that the Adult Care Facility (ACF) Legal Services Agencies and Community Resources Providing Resident Advocacy Services Guide has been updated with the most current information as of September 9, 2014...

NYSCAL Receives Guidance from NYC Fire Department Regarding False Alarms

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

NYSCAL staff and provider leadership met with the New York City Fire Department via conference call earlier this week regarding the issue of false alarms in adult care facilities and the fees and penalties imposed upon providers as a result of the false alarms...

NYS DOH Publishes ALP Awardee List for Transitional Adult Homes

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The award letters in response to the ALP 4500 Conversion Initiative have been emailed to each applicant. In addition, the awards are publicly posted on the Department’s Funding Page under the SOI for this initiative. Providers may also find the list on the NYSCAL website.

NYSDOH Publishes DAL 14-21: EQUAL Program for SFY 2014-2015

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

Please be advised that the DAL for Enhancing the Quality of Adult Living (EQUAL) Program SFY 2014-2015 has been posted to the Health Commerce System.  The application is an electronic application that is also accessed through the Health Commerce System. The DAL can also be found on the NYSCAL website at www.nyscal.org. NYSCAL encourages members to read the DAL in its entirety.

NYS DOH Publishes New ACF Common Application

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The New York State Department of Health has published the newly revised “ACF Common Application” for applicants seeing licensure to become an adult home, enriched housing, assisted living program, and/or an assisted living residence, with or without special needs or enhanced certification.

NYS Department of Health Publishes DAL 14-05 with Five Attachments

Shelley Wagar Sabo

  The Department of Health posted DAL 14-05 and related attachments today...

DOH Publishes DAL# 14-16: Adult Care Facility Quarterly Statistical Information Report

Shelley Wagar Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The NYSDOH has posted DAL 14-16:  Adult Care Facility Quarterly Statistical Information Report, along with two attachments.  The letter concerns the quarterly statistical information report required for submission by all Adult Care Facilities.  Please note that failure to submit this report by August 26, 2014 may result in enforcement action and the imposition of civil penalties...

NYS Publishes Draft Statewide Transition Plan for CMS HCBS Rule Implementation for Public Comment

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

New York State announced the publication of the draft statewide transition plan for the implementation of the new CMS HCBS rule during a webinar on July 7. NYSCAL requests that all members review the draft plan and send their comments and feedback to Shelley Sabo, ssabo@nyscal.org, no later than July 14.  NYSCAL will compile the feedback into one formal letter to submit to the State...

NYS DOH Publishes Two DALs

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The Department has issued two DALs. The first, DAL 14-15, is a warm weather advisory. The DAL outlines the expectations of the Department with respect to resident safety and level of comfort during the summer months.  The letter outlines heat-related conditions, signs, symptoms and management of those conditions as well as the steps to be taken by adult care facilities in warm weather. Readers may find this DAL on the NYSCAL website at http://www.illuminweb.com/wp-content/uploads/ill-mo-uploads/72/2744/mm14-344a.pdf...

Transitional Adult Home Compliance Plan Deadline Extension

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

As referenced in the Dear Adult Home Administrator Letter (DAL 14-04), the Transitional Adult Home Compliance Plan submission deadline is being extended to COB August 4, 2014.

MRT Update: Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule webinar - July 7, 2014

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The Division of Long Term Care has scheduled an informational webinar on the HCBS Settings rule and the State’s HCBS transition plan for Monday, July 7, 2014.

Today's ICS Training Webinar Cancelled

Shelley Sabo in Emergency Readiness, NYSCAL Notes

NYSDOH has postponed the webinar on “ICS Training for ACFs,” that was scheduled for today, June 25 at 1:30.  They had extremely few participants registered, so they will plan to meet internally and with the association partners to determine how to increase participation. We will be sure to alert you to the new date.

NYS Department of Health Posts Additional FAQ for ALP 4500 Conversion Initiative for Transitional Adult Homes

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Priority Alert

The New York State Department of Health has posted additional guidance for Transitional Adult Home providers in regards to the ALP 4500 Conversion initiative.  The additional FAQ may be found at http://www.health.ny.gov/funding/soi/alp_4500_solicitation/, as Attachment 9.

A reminder that responses to the Solicitation of Interest by Transitional Adult Home providers are due no later than June 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Department of Health Extends Deadline for Assisted Living Program 4500 Conversion Initiative for Transitional Adult Homes

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The Department has extended the deadline for applications until June 13th, 2014 at 5:00 pm.  To view the materials and related guidance, go to http://www.health.ny.gov/funding/soi/alp_4500_solicitation/.

DSRIP Update

Carl J. Pucci and Esq. Stephen B. Hanse in NYSCAL Notes

Register now for the Thursday, May 29th 10:30 am skilled nursing/assisted living DSRIP GoTo Meeting/Webinar being presented by Jason Helgerson. See inside for the registration link and other key DSRIP updates.

NYS DOH Publishes DAL 14-09: UAS-NY FAQ

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

NYSDOH has published DAL 14-09: UAS-NY FAQ. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide responses to questions received regarding the UAS-NY, as well as the use of the UAS-NY in the Assisted Living Program (ALP).

Criminal History Record Check Forms Posted on HCS

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The NYSDOH has posted three Criminal History Record Check forms on the HCS.

DAL 14-10: Revised ALP Medical Evaluation – Interim (DSS- 4568)

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The purpose of this letter is to inform providers that the Assisted Living Program (ALP) Medical Evaluation – Interim DSS- 4568 (Rev. 04/16) was revised.

DAL 14-12: Amended Regulations for Medical Evaluations

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

NYSDOH has published DAL 14-12: Amendment of Sections 487.4 and 488.4 of Title 18 NYCRR and Section 1001.7 of Title 10 NYCRR.

Reception for Senator Skelos on May 15

Shelley Sabo and Stephen Hanse in NYSCAL Notes, Legislative

Please find the attached Invitation to our joint association reception for Senator Skelos on May 15.

2013 ACF Annual Census and Rosters Due May 16th

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

This is to alert providers that the 2013 ACF Annual Census has been posted on the NYSDOH Health Commerce System (HCS) along with a Dear Administrator Letter (DAL 14-02) and three attachments.

DOH Posts Deadline Extensions for Transitional Adult Homes

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The Department of Health has extended two deadlines for Transitional Adult Home Providers. The deadline for application for the ALP-4500 Solicitation of Interest has been extended to May 30, 2014. The deadline to submit updated compliance plans is July 3, 2014.

Emergency Rule Published in NYS Register Regarding Justice Center

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

Today’s State Register includes an Emergency Rule for Adult Homes and Adult Care Facilities for Enriched Housing regarding The Justice Center.

New York State Department of Health Publishes TAH 4500 ALP Initiative FAQ and Sets Application Deadline

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The Department of Health has published the "Frequently Asked Questions" document for the Transitional Adult Homes.  The 16-page FAQ is divided into sections applicable to the 4500 ALP bed solicitation. It may be found on the Department's web page dedicated to the ALP solicitation,  http://www.planaheadnewyork.com/funding/soi/alp_4500_solicitation/index.htm.

As a result of the FAQ publication, the Department has set the application deadline for this solicitation as April 25, 2014.

ACF EPTA Pilot Program Webinar and Audio Conference

Shelley Sabo in Emergency Readiness, NYSCAL Notes

A webinar and audio conference will be held on Thursday, March 20 2014 at 1:00 pm for the ACF Emergency Preparedness Technical Assistance (ACF EPTA) pilot program.

NYS Register Publishes Notice of Adoption for Assisted Living Residences and Adult Care Facilities

Shelley Sabo

Published in the February 19, 2014 edition of the New York State (NYS) Register is the final notice of adoption amending sections 487.4 and 488.4 of Title 18 NYCRR; and section 1001.7 of Title 10 NYCRR.

NYS DOH Publishes DAL 14-04: Guidance for Transitional Adult Homes to Update Compliance Plans

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The Department has posted DAL 14-04 regarding Transitional Adult Homes previously submitted compliance plans.  The DAL requests all Transitional Adult Home providers to review the newly created guidance and to update their compliance plans as needed.  The date to resubmit revised compliance plans is March 21, 2014. This guidance documents supplements previous guidance published by the Department.

NYS DOH Publishes DAL HCBS 14-01: Home Health Services in Managed Care Plans

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The Department of Health published DAL HCBS 14-01 in response to numerous questions received by the Department related to licensed or certified home health agencies that provide home health services through agreements with Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans.  The DAL is intended to provide guidance and clarification to both managed care plans and home health providers.

Department of Health Posts DAL 14-03 EQUAL Program for SFY 2013-2014

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

The Department of Health is pleased to announce the availability of funding under the Enhancing the Quality of Adult Living (EQUAL) Program. Operators of Adult Homes and Enriched Housing Programs who provide services to individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Safety Net benefits (SN) are eligible for these payments.

2014-15 Executive Budget Summary

Stephen Hanse in Legislative

Governor Cuomo unveiled his 2014-15 Executive Budget today. The following is a brief summary of certain initiatives affecting assisted living providers included within the Governor’s the Health and Mental Hygiene Article VII budget bill.  NYSHFA/NYSCAL will follow up with a more detailed discussion of these and other provisions included within the Executive Budget.

Specifically, the Governor’s 2014-15 Executive Budget proposes to...

CMS HCBS Waiver Rule Webinar Information is Posted

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

CMS has published the information for participating in the January 23, 2014 webinar on the final CMS rule on Medicaid waiver HCBS programs, including the new CMS definition of HCBS settings.  The webinar information is below.  Please note that the webinar will be repeated on January 30.  Both webinars are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. 

Messsage from Gov. Mark Parkinson, President & CEO of AHCA/NCAL about CMS Final Rule on HCBS

Shelley Sabo

CMS issued its much anticipated final rule defining Home and Community-Based (HCBS) settings under Medicaid waiver programs.  This rule has been a high priority of AHCA/NCAL over the past several years, as previous drafts denied or greatly restricted Medicaid access to seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on these services.  The final rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2014.

Home, Community-Based Care Centers Required to Develop Person-Centered Care Plans Under New Rule

Shelley Sabo in NYSCAL Notes

States will have to come up with person-centered care plans before they’ll be allowed to use Medicaid dollars for home- or community-based services (HCBS), the Obama administration announced Friday.