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Continued threats to healthcare require our constant advocacy

Driving home from HANYS’ Healthcare Advocacy Day in Albany on March 5, I was inspired. The outpouring of support from healthcare workers and New York’s state legislators was encouraging, their participation and voices critically important to our efforts to reverse proposed cuts that would amount to $657M for hospitals and more than $400M for nursing homes. But we knew that our advocacy couldn’t end when the buses left the Capitol. Our advocacy – in Albany and statewide – continued.

Some cuts never heal: Healthcare workers urge New York’s legislators to reject funding cuts

On Tuesday, March 5, healthcare workers from hospitals, health systems and other care providers throughout New York came together in Albany. United, they rallied, they marched, and they implored New York’s state legislators to protect healthcare funding, to invest in healthcare, and to recognize the impact of the healthcare system on people and communities statewide. But most critically, they urged New York’s legislators to reject the largest state budget healthcare reductions proposed in years.

New reports: See how hospitals impact their local communities

Quality care. Jobs. Economic activity ... and so much more. The benefits hospitals provide their local communities cannot be overstated. Hospitals serve as anchor institutions in communities throughout New York state and their positive impact goes far beyond the quality patient care they provide.

Tech and healthcare: What move should Apple make next?

On Jan. 15, Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” suggested Apple purchase Epic Systems in order to strengthen its standing in the healthcare arena. Responding to intense feedback (which included the point that Epic founder Judy Faulkner intends to keep the company privately held), Cramer followed up on Jan. 23 to say Apple could instead purchase Cerner.

Public policy forum recap: Addressing the social determinants of health

On Jan. 24, HANYS held a special public policy forum to explore the impact of social determinants of health. Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, president of the United Hospital Fund, began the forum by outlining the existing challenges in addressing these many social, environmental, educational and economic factors.