November 4, 2020
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Don't leave $ on the table
CARES Act Provider Relief Funding applications due this Friday, Nov. 6
There is $20 billion in Phase 3 funding available for behavioral health organizations and less than two days left to apply.
Stakeholders shared feedback with HHS on reporting requirements and we are pleased to report our voices did not go unheard.
HHS released updated reporting requirements for Phase 3 to increase flexibility around how providers can apply PRF money toward lost revenues attributable to coronavirus. Now, after reimbursing healthcare related expenses attributable to coronavirus that were unreimbursed by other sources, providers may use remaining PRF funds to cover any lost revenue, measured as a negative change in year-over-year actual revenue from patient care related sources.
Applications for Phase 3 funding are being accepted now through November 6, 2020. We cannot stress enough the importance of applying.
Telehealth flexibility extended to Dec. 3
On November 3, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.72 which extends telehealth regulatory flexibility for OMH-licensed, funded, and designated programs, as detailed in Executive Order 202.1, until December 3, 2020.
The telehealth section of 202.1 reads:
  • Section 2999-cc of the Public Health Law and any regulatory provisions promulgated thereunder by the Department of Health, the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, to the extent necessary to allow additional telehealth provider categories and modalities, to permit other types of practitioners to deliver services within their scopes of practice and to authorize the use of certain technologies for the delivery of health care services to established patients, pursuant to such limitations as the commissioners of such agencies may determine appropriate;
DOH hosting webinar on 1115 MRT Waiver
The New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs (DOH) will host an informational webinar regarding the renewal of the State’s 1115 Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Waiver. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the webinar. New York’s 1115 MRT Waiver Renewal webinar will be held on November 18, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. 
Following the webinar, the presentation will be posted to the DOH MRT II website.
Western NY seeing higher COVID positivity rates
Governor Cuomo issued the following press release this afternoon providing an overview of New York’s COVID-19 tracking data from Tuesday, November 3. The Western New York region reported a 3.4% positivity rate, which the State will combat by expanding testing capacity, enforcing compliance, and continuing the “micro-cluster” strategy.
"The surge in cases around the country and the globe is a stark reminder that this pandemic is far from over, and while we are doing a good job keeping our positivity rate comparatively low, the numbers in Western New York are a caution flag," Governor Cuomo said. "We're staying on top of this situation by continuing our aggressive micro-cluster strategy, expanding testing capacity and enforcing compliance of the public health law. But New Yorkers must continue to practice the basic daily behaviors that make such a difference in our ability to slow the spread. Be vigilant, wear a mask, stay socially distanced and wash your hands. We can beat this virus but only if we work together and stay New York Tough."
November 9, 1-3 PM
DQI hosting webinar on COVID-19 Proactive Testing and IRMA Entry, OPWDD Revised Guidance
Please note: On October 30, OPWDD issued Revised-IRMA Entry of Proactive COVID-19 Coronavirus Testing Data to accompany the webinar information. This post reflects that change.
As noted at the DQI Fall 2020 Provider Training on October 21, OPWDD will be requiring agencies to enter information on the proactive testing of individuals and staff into the Incident Report and Management Application (IRMA). 
This change will be in effect in IRMA on Monday, November 02. 
In addition, OPWDD is providing written instructions for IRMA Entry of Proactive COVID-19 Coronavirus Testing Data. Click here for IRMA proactive entry information. 
On Monday, November 09, 1-3 p.m., The Division of Quality Improvement will be hosting COVID-19 Proactive Testing Reporting and IRMA Entry and OPWDD Revised Guidance.
This event will be conducted using a WebEx webinar format. Click here to register.
  • Event number: 171 343 5760
  • Event password: DQI123
Once registered, you will receive an approval email with a link to “Join event” and information for the audio portion.
Protect your agency from ransomware
Ransomware is on the rise!
Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts a victim's files. The attacker then demands payment for the victim to regain access to them. In addition to the massive interruption to operations this would cause, the protected health information that could be released by the attackers could lead to large fines.
One Affiliate has taken the following approach which you might consider:
  1. Reiterating to staff the risks of attachments and links in emails. Don't click on them unless you are sure they are legitimate. This is being done via emails to staff and a required online training.
  2. Review/revamp all existing security protocols: firewalls, spam detection, password strength, password update requirements, dual authentication implementation, hiring a company to review security protocols, system backups, etc.
  3. Create a ransomware disaster plan. What will you do if your system including your email system is locked down? How would you communicate with staff and public?