A Publication of the Healthcare Association of New York Statehttp://www.hanys.org/news/http://www.hanys.org/news/http://www.hanys.org/news/images/hanys_logo_56x51.pngHANYS NewsHANYS News Citizenship Verification in ACA’s Federal Exchange Separate from New York <p> National headlines have been made in recent days regarding the federal government's announcement that several hundred thousand newly insured who have received healthcare coverage through <a href="http://healthcare.gov" target="_blank">healthcare.gov</a>, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, are being asked to provide additional information to address citizenship or immigration data matching issues.</p> <p> New Yorkers who applied for insurance through New York State of Health (NYSOH), the state's official health insurance marketplace, may receive similar requests from NYSOH.&nbsp; The state has a process in place for marketplace staff to manually review the identification documents of consumers who cannot be verified by federal databases; insurance coverage does not begin until that process has been completed.&nbsp;</p> <p> If the state later identifies inconsistencies in personal or immigration information, consumers will be contacted directly.&nbsp; Newly-insured individuals who are contacted for more information to verify their citizenship or immigration status must reply with requested documentation by the date provided to them in the request letter.&nbsp; Failure to provide this documentation may result in a loss of coverage and/or tax credits. &nbsp;Contact: <a href="mailto:jlee@hanys.org">Jennifer Lee</a></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=3642 2014-08-25T14:00:00-04:00 Government Affairs CMS to Proceed with New RAC Contracts <p> A federal court has ruled that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may proceed with awarding its new contracts for the Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs).&nbsp; CMS hopes to award the new RAC contracts by the end of this year.&nbsp;</p> <p> The delay of the awards is due to one of the current RACs, CGI who protested the proposed terms of the new contract.&nbsp; Due to the continued delay, CMS recently modified the current RAC contracts to allow limited reviews to be conducted while the court decision was pending.&nbsp; HANYS will notify members when more details are released on the new RAC contracts. &nbsp;Contact: <a href="mailto:mgraham@hanys.org">Melanie Graham</a></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=3643 2014-08-25T14:00:00-04:00 HHS Issues Proposed Rule on Birth Control Coverage <p> The Obama Administration on Friday published proposed regulations in response to recent court decisions regarding religious objections against the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; The Administration has taken steps to help ensure women, whose coverage is threatened, receive coverage for recommended contraceptive services at no additional cost.&nbsp; Under the proposed rule, a religious college or other nonprofit group could inform the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of its religious objection and HHS would then contact insurance companies and arrange for the contraceptives to be covered at no cost to the employer or its employees.&nbsp;</p> <p> In addition, the proposed rule includes private companies by providing accommodations for a company if it meets the definition of a small, privately held company as defined by the Supreme Court.&nbsp; Such private companies whose owners have religious objections to providing contraceptives for women would also be able to contact HHS to express their religious objections.&nbsp;</p> <p> Currently, New York State Insurance Law makes available a narrow exception to providing such coverage for certain religious, nonprofit organizations and allows the employer to offer such coverage to its employees through a rider.&nbsp; Contact: <a href="mailto:jlee@hanys.org">Jennifer Lee</a></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=3644 2014-08-25T14:00:00-04:00 Government Affairs,Executive Suite,navigator NIH Announces Free Temporary Access to Full Text Articles from Major Biomedicine Titles to Assist with Ebola Outbreak <p> The National Library of Medicine, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Association of American Publishers, and other publishers have partnered to provide the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) which provides <a href="http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/docs/captcha/test.pl?url=">free access to full text articles</a>, such as the Journal of Infectious Diseases, during emergencies.&nbsp; In response to the current Ebola outbreak, free access will be offered until September 11, 2014.&nbsp; Contact: <a href="mailto:sduvall@hanys.org">Sarah DuVall</a></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=3645 2014-08-25T14:00:00-04:00 emergency,Executive Suite,Quality Value-based Contracts in Community-Based Palliative Care Models <p> The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) will conduct an audioconference on Wednesday, September 24, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., to discuss the successful integration of the Advanced Illness Management Program in the North Shore-LIJ Health System through several different financing models.</p> <p> Kristofer Smith, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Medical Director, Care Solutions, North Shore-LIJ Health System, will discuss the challenges faced and opportunities discovered as he collaborated with several payers to support Advanced Illness Management services to people with complex care needs. More information and registration details are <a href="http://www.capc.org/capc-resources/web-conferences/09-24-2014">available online</a>. Contact: <a href="mailto:mpoleto@hanys.org">Molly Poleto</a></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=3646 2014-08-25T14:00:00-04:00 Quality,Long-Term NYS Triple Aim: HANYS Highlights How Albany Med Fights Childhood Obesity with Innovative Program <p> This week, HANYS is highlighting Albany Medical Center's program to improve access to healthier foods in Albany's South End neighborhood.&nbsp; To learn more, <a href="http://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/case-studies/index.cfm?a=vs&amp;s=Albany_Med_Fights_Childhood_Obesity_with_Innovative_Program#Albany_Med_Fights_Childhood_Obesity_with_Innovative_Program">read the full story here</a>.&nbsp; This is just one of the many initiatives profiled on <a href="http://www.hanys.org/tripleaim/">HANYS' NYS Triple Aim website</a> that shares how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care, and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.&nbsp; Contact: <a href="mailto:skroll@hanys.org">Steve Kroll</a></p> http://www.hanys.org/news/index.cfm?storyid=3648 2014-08-25T14:00:00-04:00 All