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Dec. 20th COVID-19 Update

New updates pertaining to the COVID-19 emergency continue to be announced by both the state and federal government on a regular basis. The latest developments for providers of long-term/post-acute care (LTPAC) and senior services are outlined below.

As a reminder, LeadingAge NY continues to convene weekly webinars on Mondays at 11 a.m. to address emerging questions on COVID-19. A recording of our most recent webinar, held on Dec. 19th, is available here, and a list of the items shared by LeadingAge NY staff in the webinar chat can be accessed here. If you have questions for next week’s update, which will be held on Tues., Dec. 27th at 1 p.m. due to the Christmas holiday, or would like the access information, please contact Jeff Diamond.

Cross-Sector Updates

Save the Date: Feb. 2nd Webinar on Provider Relief Funding Reporting

LeadingAge National is sponsoring a webinar on Thurs., Feb. 2nd from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on revised reporting requirements for recipients of federal Provider Relief Funding (PRF) as well as American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments. These will impact reporting periods that start on or after Jan. 1, 2023. Providers who receive more than $10,000 during a specified period are required to report. The next reporting window is open from Jan. 1, 2023 through March 31, 2023 for funds received in the second half of calendar year (CY) 2021. The webinar will:

  • Provide a reporting refresher on what expenses and lost revenues can be funded with PRF and ARP Rural payments;
  • Review the new reporting requirements and the interplay between ARP Rural and PRF payments;
  • Discuss strategies providers should consider for the remaining reporting periods; and
  • Highlight common reporting mistakes and audit findings seen to date.

LeadingAge members can register for this valuable event (nominal fee) here.

Nursing Home and Adult Care Facility (ACF)/Assisted Living (AL) Updates

LeadingAge NY Urges DOH to Rightsize and Fund PPE Stockpile Requirements

LeadingAge NY called for rightsizing of government and nursing home personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpiles and an adjustment in nursing home Medicaid rates to account for stockpile costs in comments requested by the Department of Health (DOH) on its nursing home stockpile requirements. DOH requested input into its methodology for calculating the required quantities of PPE under the nursing home stockpile regulations after LeadingAge NY submitted several rounds of comments in response to emergency regulations, criticizing the existing methodology. Click here for more information.

Harvard Healthy Buildings Program, Lancet COVID-19 Commission Host Webinar on Improving Indoor Air Quality in LTC Facilities

On Dec. 16th, the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Lancet COVID-19 Commission Task Force on Safe Work, Safe School, and Safe Travel held a webinar providing practical guidance on how to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in long term care facilities. Click here for more information.

TOMORROW: DOH to Host Webinar on Nursing Home Medical Director Partnership in Relation to Improving Vaccination Rates

DOH will be hosting a webinar on nursing home medical director partnership in relation to improving vaccination rates tomorrow, Dec. 21st, from 5 to 6 p.m. More information is provided below.

Date: December 21, 2022

Time: 5- 6 PM.

Subject: Medical Director Partnership and Collaboration Integral to Improving Vaccination Rates and other Concerns

Audience- Medical Directors, Nursing Home Administrators, Operators, Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Director of Social Work, Infection Preventionist

The presenters will be Dr. Dallas Nelson, President, New York Medical Directors Association (NYMDA) and Dr. James McDonald, Medical Director, Office of Public Health, New York State Department of Health

Medical Director Partnership and Collaboration Integral to Improving Vaccination Rates and other Concerns

  • Welcome
  • Current nursing home vaccine data
  • COVID case numbers, Flu case numbers
  • Paxlovid and Molnupivir review
  • Dialogue with nursing home medical directors about what is working well, barriers and challenges

Meeting link:



Meeting number:

161 241 8889





Join by video system

Dial 1612418889@meetny.webex.com

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.


Join by phone

+1-518-549-0500 US (English Menu)

Access code: 161 241 8889

No HERDS Required on Observed Christmas and New Year’s Holidays

LeadingAge NY would like to ensure that nursing home and ACF/AL members saw the notice from DOH last week indicating that the daily Health Emergency Response Data System (HERDS) survey will not be required on the observed Christmas and New Year’s holidays (Dec. 26th and Jan. 2nd). Reporting had already been paused on Christmas and New Year’s Day due to those days falling on the weekend.

The survey will resume on the Tuesday following the observed holiday (Dec. 27th and Jan. 3rd).