Public Health Agency Vaccination Guidance

Information concerning COVID-19 vaccination planning and distribution is moving rapidly. Below is a compilation of guidance materials specifically on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Please also refer to the COVID-19 Tracking and Regulatory Waivers page for updates on implementation of the State’s vaccination program and the COVID-19 Community, Patient, and Health Care Worker Health Education Material...
May 25, 2021
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Improving Specialty Access Using Enhanced Referrals

This guide is designed to help hospital-based ambulatory care practices improve patient access to specialty services using enhanced referrals, which provide point-of-care decision support for referring health care providers through condition- and specialty-specific templates within the electronic medical record. The guide details how hospitals and health systems can implement and scale enhanced referrals across specialties....
May 17, 2021
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Vaccination Information

This page is a compendium of New York State vaccine information. Due to limited vaccine supply, appointments may not be widely available but will increase as more vaccines are allocated to New York State providers. Please use the below links to schedule appointments with vaccine providers. GNYHA does not provide or schedule vaccine appointments. Scheduling...
February 24, 2021
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Reminder: CDC COVID-19 Resident & Staff Vaccination Data Submission Requirements

Long term care facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities must submit required staff and resident vaccination data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) by midnight on Sunday, June 13, to avoid financial penalties. GNYHA’s review of the most recently available publicly-reported data showed...
June 14, 2021
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FDA Approval of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf-Life Extension

Johnson & Johnson announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized an extension of the shelf life for its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from three months to 4.5 months. The FDA issued a concurrence letter noting that Johnson & Johnson’s amendment provides information and data to support extending the vaccine shelf life. The FDA’s...
June 14, 2021
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HHS Extends Deadline for Use of Provider Relief Funds, Updates Reporting Requirements and FAQs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released revised Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements and updated FAQs. Importantly, HHS extended the deadline for the use of PRF distributions based on the date the funds were received (see chart below). GNYHA and other stakeholders had advocated for HHS to extend...
June 14, 2021
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DOH Reminder on FDA Guidance Against Use of SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Test to Evaluate Immunity to COVID-19

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued an information message (attached) to highlight for providers Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance against the use of the SARS-CoV-2 antibody test results to evaluate immunity or protection from COVID-19 after vaccination. The guidance notes that a negative or low result from a SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin G...
June 11, 2021
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NYS Legislature Concludes Challenging Session

The New York State Legislature has concluded its official 2021 session after approving scores of bills that will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his approval or veto. This historic session marked the first time that Democrats held veto-proof supermajorities in both houses of the State Legislature. This, coupled with relentless attacks on the...
June 11, 2021
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State Relaxes COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Staff

As per NH-21-13 on nursing home COVID-19 testing requirements, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) released the attached “Dear Administrator Letter,” relaxing the twice weekly staff testing requirement for vaccinated staff, consistent with Federal guidance. DOH states that nursing homes must continue to test personnel who have not been fully vaccinated for COVID-19...
June 10, 2021
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Biden Administration COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

The Biden Administration made several announcements yesterday that reinforce its commitment to increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS Increases Payment for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday it will pay providers an additional $35 per dose for administering at-home COVID-19 vaccinations to certain Medicare...
June 10, 2021
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