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ADHCC Update - Jan, 31 2019

This week’s ADHC Update includes:

  • Nursing home Administrators: don’t forget to include ADHC in the nursing home minimum wage survey due Feb. 4th;
  • 2019-20 Executive Budget Summary;
  • Advocate for Method 1 ADHC transportation! Advocacy Day is Feb. 5;
  • PSR due Thurs., Jan. 31;
  • Embassy Suites taking reservations for the 2019 ADHC Annual Conference; and,
  • Have a question for ADHCC members?

Attention nursing home Administrators: the Department of Health (DOH) has posted a survey to collect data that will be used to reconcile 2017 minimum wage funding. ADHC data should be included in this survey. Submitted data of actual need will be compared to prior survey data indicating projected need. The survey must be completed and submitted along with an attestation by close of business on Mon., Feb. 4th. As part of the process, homes are required to complete and upload an Excel-based Minimum Wage Cost Calculation Supplement. Please note that ALL homes, whether impacted by minimum wage or not, are required to complete and submit the reconciliation supplement and attestation. As with prior minimum wage surveys, providers are required to report paid hours by wage band. Homes receiving minimum wage funding will see it indicated as a per-day amount on line 13 of page 1 of the nursing home rate sheet. Note that this funding can only be used to increase wages that are below minimum wage to the new minimum wage level and to pay for any accompanying wage-sensitive benefit cost increases.

The Dear Administrator Letter (DAL) explaining the survey is available here. The survey is accessible here. Questions should be addressed to nfrates@health.ny.gov with “Minimum Wage Reconciliation” in the subject line.

LeadingAge NY and ADHCC provide detailed summary of the Governor’s Proposed 2019-20 Executive Budget. In addition to the ADHC transportation carve out, the Executive Budget includes several proposals impacting nursing homes, managed care, home care and hospice, housing and adult care/assisted living facilities. The Executive Budget proposes a new chapter of State law, entitled the cannabis Law, that sets forth extensive provisions governing the cultivation, processing, distribution, and possession of medical cannabis, “adult use” (recreational use) cannabis, hemp cannabis, and industrial hemp. The summary provided includes some of the key provisions relevant to health care providers. Click here to read the entire memo prepared by LeadingAge NY policy staff.

Advocate for Method 1 transportation on Advocacy Day, Feb. 5! Advocacy Day is the day when ADHCC and LeadingAge NY members from across the state meet in Albany to advocate for or against proposals included in the Executive Budget. ADHCC will provide issue briefs and talking points related to protecting Method 1 transportation. Click here to identify your legislators. If you need assistance scheduling appointments, please call or email Drue BartonIf you have set up your meetings, we ask that you respond to this email and let us know which legislator(s) you will be meeting with and when. For those who register, there will be a prep call on Fri., Feb. 1st from 1:30-3 p.m. to review our materials, go over logistics, and answer questions. We hope you will be able to join.

If you cannot attend Advocacy Day, we ask that you schedule meetings in your home district. Please notify us when you schedule these appointments and we will be sure to provide you with talking points and an issue brief. We also strongly encourage ADHCC staff, family members or registrants to make phone calls to your local Senate and Assembly office. A phone script to assist you with your advocacy is attached to this email. Please let Drue know how many phone calls you made. We need to be able to track which legislators we are contacting and how often. Thanks to everyone in advance for advocating for ADHC transportation!

Finally, if you have had a negative experience with MAS that you would like to share with ADHCC, please email us. We will collect your stories and use them in our advocacy efforts. Please be sure to exclude protected health information from your summaries, but do include details of your (registrant) experience. Thank you!

The 2018 PSR for ADHC providers must be completed and sent to your DOH regional office by Thurs., Jan. 31, 2019. For more information on the PSR, please see the ADHCC memo attached to this email.

The Saratoga Springs Embassy Suites by Hilton is now accepting hotel room reservations for the 2019 ADHC Annual Conference, April 3-5, 2019. The Embassy Suites loves our conference and is offering an even cheaper rate than last year at $126/night! Reserve your room(s) today on our Embassy Suites conference website: https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/A/ALBESES-AGE-20190403/index.jhtml. Pre-conference and conference registration will be out soon.

Have a question for ADHCC members? We will post your question in the ADHC Update, collect the responses, and then post the results in the following Update. Let’s give it a try! Here is your first question asked by an ADHCC member:

What percentage of referrals do you receive turn into actual admissions? Please send us your answers and we will post in the next ADHC Update (questions and responses will remain anonymous).