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(DSS 2900) and the Chronological Admission and Discharge Register (DSS 3026) were revised to eliminate content that is no longer applicable, to standardize information contained in the forms and to improve their overall appearance...

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...

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.

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

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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...

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

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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)

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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

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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.

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.

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

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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...

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

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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.

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...

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.

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.