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August 17, 2010 News Headlines

HANYS and the Allied Associations Urge Flexibility in HIT Design

HANYS and New York’s allied hospital and health care associations this week urged the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) to allow for flexibility in the design of regional health information exchanges as it develops the state’s overall health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE) strategic plan. NYeC is a public-private partnership that serves to build consensus on state HIT policy priorities and collaborate on state and regional health HIT implementation efforts.

NYeC and Department of Health’s Office of Health Information Technology Transformation, with the support and investment of the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY), has led the development of Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) and Community Health Information Technology Adoption collaboratives (CHITAs), which are considered the technological underpinnings of the developing Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).

In their letter to NYeC, HANYS and New York’s allied associations stated that, “While RHIOs and CHITAs have served many communities in New York well, HIT stakeholders in other communities are looking to newer models such as Health Information Organizations to enable the exchange of electronic health data and connectivity to the SHIN-NY.” HANYS and the allied associations believe there needs to be flexibility in the way in which a community builds its HIE infrastructure to ensure its sustainability to the community’s providers, patients, and other stakeholders.

HANYS’ HIT Strategy Group, comprised of 40 hospital and health system chief information officers from around the state, is conducting monthly discussions with NYeC and DOH to weigh in on this and other critical issues. Contact: Susan Van Meter

HANYS Works With SED to Speed Physician Licensure Applications

The State Education Department (SED) informed HANYS of new changes aimed at reducing delays in processing applications for physician licenses, and is strongly encouraging hospitals to avoid delays by ensuring that the physician’s application packet is complete before submitting to SED. It is helpful if the package is submitted as a single application (not piecemeal), clearly demarcated with sections and an index. HANYS intervened with SED because of member concerns regarding the length of time it takes for newly recruited physicians to obtain their license.

The Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) must verify international credentials of international medical graduates (IMGs) before the package can be reviewed by SED. SED has no control over FCVS’ timeframe for approvals, but encourages applicants to submit complete materials to FCVS to expedite the process. IMGs who complete their residencies abroad are credited for one year for every two years in overseas residencies. Since IMGs are required to have three years of a completed residency to obtain New York State licensure, they need a total of six years of training abroad.

HANYS will continue to work with SED to assist members with the physician licensure process. Contact: Sherry Chorost