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June 16, 2008 News Headlines

Home Care Worker Training Registry Bill Introduced

A bill (A.11468, Gottfried/S.8449, Hannon) to create a home care worker training registry was recently introduced in the State Legislature. The bill provides additional protections for New Yorkers accessing home care services through the establishment of a central registry of home health and personal care aides that will include employment background and training information.

HANYS has supported the home care worker registry proposal--along with the New York State Home Care Association and the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging--to promote accountability and patient safety and enable providers to access reliable, timely information to verify the credentials of potential home care employees and to better facilitate hiring decisions.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, legislative leaders and several associations held a press conference June 11 to announce the introduction of legislation. – Julia Donnaruma


FEMA Releases 14 Emergency Preparedness Objectives for Health Care Organizations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Incident Management Systems Integration division has released the grant year 2008-2009 NIMS Implementation Objectives for Healthcare Organizations.

The grant year 2007-2008 National Incident Management System (NIMS) implementation objectives included 17 items. However, a health care working group formed last year further streamlined them to 14 objectives for grant year 2008-2009. Health care organizations that receive grant year 2008-2009 federal funding will be required to implement and report on all 14 NIMS objectives by September 30, 2009.

The Department of Homeland Security created NIMS so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together to better respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism. – Christopher Smith


Rural Conference Sessions at Annual Conference Open to All Members

Members registered to attend HANYS’ Annual Membership Conference next week are urged to arrive early on Wednesday, June 25, to take advantage of two programs of special interest to rural members and open to all.

At 10 a.m., Steve V. Worthy, Senior Partner, MaxWorth Consulting, will discuss strategies for maintaining an emergency department on-call roster in an environment where physicians are increasingly concerned with quality-of-life issues and compensating for on-call service can be prohibitively expensive. This session will discuss strategies providers have successfully adopted to address this issue.

At 11:15 a.m., Edward S. Salsberg, M.P.A., Director, Center for Workforce Studies, Association of American Medical Colleges; and Jean Moore, M.S.N., Director, New York Center for Health Workforce Studies at the State University of New York at Albany School of Public Health, will provide national and state perspectives on existing and emerging physician shortages.

The presenters will share data on changing physician supply and distribution, and will identify potential strategies to address physician shortages.

HANYS encourages members to arrive early at the Conference to take advantage of these programs. – Karen Roach


New Yorker to Lead AMA

Nancy H. Nielsen, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified internist from Buffalo, will be sworn in this week as President of the American Medical Association (AMA). She has served in numerous leadership positions at AMA. In addition to her work with AMA, Dr. Nielsen is Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Chief Medical Officer for Independent Health. Dr. Nielsen is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York-based Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company. Dr. Nielsen has long been active in health care issues important to New York. She was a trustee of the State University of New York, and a Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health’s Western Region. She has served as an officer with the Medical Society of the State of New York, the New York State Society of Internal Medicine, and the Erie County Medical Society. – Chris Pellnat