Routine Testing

Staff routine testing of unvaccinated staff should be based on the extent of the virus in the community. Fully vaccinated staff do not have to be routinely tested. Facilities should use their county positivity rate in the prior week as the trigger for staff testing frequency.

To see reports of COVID-19 county-level positivity rates, click the link on the right. Scroll to the section “COVID-19 Testing” to view positivity rates.

Opinion: Action Needed as Nursing Homes are Running out of Caregivers 

Michael Balboni, Executive Director, GNYHCFA

August 20, 2020

We wanted to inform NYC Facilities of a learning opportunity.  CCLC is putting forward a webinar titled “Flu Vaccination During COVID + Citywide Immunization Registry.”  This webinar will be held on August 25th from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  Registration link, and additional information, can be found in the attachment.

August 19, 2020

Dear GNYHCFA Member,

Please register for this  NYSDOH Pandemic Emergency Plans Webinar ASAP.   We have been awaiting this key information from the NYSDOH.  The webinar is scheduled for Friday, August 21st  from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The registration link can be found within the attached PDF.

Thank you,


July 29, 2020

New Resources to Protect Nursing Home Residents Against COVID-19

July 27, 2020

The NYS DOH informed facilities via letter on July 22, 2020 that they were utilizing HERDS data for PPE analysis.  The NYS DOH looked at facility information from April 19-27, 2020.  We are attaching the analysis results as some members have reported they did not receive directly.   In addition, if you have issues with data that does not match what your facility submitted to HERDS please email  You can include the Association in your correspondence.

Thank you

July 24, 2020

Visitation Clarification

July 6, 2020


June 30, 2020

NYS Travel Advisory and Exemptions

June 29, 2020

New DOH Guidance on the use of COVID-19 Sick Leave for Health Care Employees

June 29, 2020

CMS Guidance: Resubmission of Medicare Claims

Medicare Fee-for-Service Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus

June 25, 2020

NYS Nursing Home Testing Update

June 2, 2020

NYC Mayor DeBlasio has issued a Citywide Curfew that is in effect nightly, beginning tonight at 8:00 pm until 5:00 am on June 8th.  During this time, no persons or vehicles may be in public between the hours of 8:00pm and 5:00am.  Essential workers, including healthcare workers, are exempt from this curfew.

Please ensure that all staff who may be traveling during these hours travels with their work identification.  Additionally, it may be beneficial to supply your employees with a copy of the executive order (attached) and a letter from the facility indicating that they are working at the facility.

May 18, 2020

NYS DOH Updates – COVID-19 Employee Testing

DOH Testing and PPE

Greater New York Health Care Facilities Association is pleased to announce that the IPRO Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is currently inviting nursing homes to join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC).
By joining the Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) your organization will receive
technical support and assistance, at no cost, to help you transform the quality of care provided by your nursing home and improve resident outcomes.

Over the next five years, the IPRO quality improvement teams will work with participating
nursing homes on evidence-based and data-driven methodologies to support improvements in CMS
identified topic areas that include:

  • Reducing Re-admission and ED visits in the sub-acute population
  • Improving Quality Measure Scores
  • Reducing Healthcare Acquired Infections
  • Reducing Adverse Drug Events

IPRO has been reaching out to nursing homes across the state regularly with NHQCC participation information. If you have not received or responded to information from IPRO, you can sign up to participate at this direct link:

For additional information, please email: (New York & New Jersey)

The opportunity to partake in the collaborative is time sensitive ending April 2020 – your quick response is critical to ensure your nursing homes participation into this valuable program.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Event:

Event: Alzheimer’s Disease From “A to Z”

Date: October 3, 2018