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Gotta Know the Rules

One of the best lessons I learned in law school came from my civil procedure professor. He often reminded our class that every lawyer lived by the same set of rules — it was how well you understood those rules that provided your advantage.

Healthcare Shortfall Fund is Prudent Planning

If you know hard times are coming, you prepare. That’s why Governor Cuomo has taken precautionary steps to protect New York’s healthcare system by proposing to establish the Healthcare Shortfall Fund. Learn why this fund is critically needed.

Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios are the Wrong Approach to Patient Safety

Proponents of mandated nurse-to-patient staffing ratios would have state policymakers believe these ratios are the best way to keep patients safe. Not only is this wrong, but this outdated, myopic proposal would take New York backward on the progress underway with other broadly-supported, evidence-based approaches to improve patient safety.

Protecting a Vision

Staying the course on longer-term policy priorities is difficult under any circumstances, but especially so in today’s divisive political atmosphere. With healthcare reform, which is an incredibly complex issue, it’s hard to understand the course, much less stay on it.

In New York, however, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers deserve credit for their drive to improve access to quality healthcare while reducing per capita spending, and for staying on this course even as Washington makes abrupt policy changes.

A Step Forward in Combating the Opioid Crisis

While the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh dominated the news, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive bill to combat the opioid crisis. The Support for Patients and Communities Act will help address opioid addiction, which kills 115 Americans each day.

Boston Globe Says No to Staffing Ratios

HANYS believes that experienced clinical leaders should determine staffing levels in clinical settings – not government. The Boston Globe agrees.

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.

Healthcare is #1 Issue in the Mid-term Elections

With election season in full gear, healthcare is again the top issue on the minds of voters. In congressional races across the nation, candidates are sparring over health coverage. Democrats have seized upon Republican incumbents’ votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and with it, important consumer protections, particularly for people with preexisting conditions.

Hospitals Improve Health by Helping Patients Enroll in Health Insurance

Applying for health coverage can be overwhelming. Complicated financial situations, family dynamics, and medical needs can make understanding and selecting plans difficult for many people.

Is Single Payer the Answer?

Years ago, an economist friend of mine and I would take long walks in the woods to talk about healthcare reform. As we navigated dozens of thorny topics, he often reminded me that having the right answer was far less important than asking the right questions. His advice is still worth heeding.

Laying the Foundation for a Constructive Discussion of Healthcare in 2019

Exit polls show that healthcare was the driving issue for most Americans in Tuesday’s midterm elections. In fact, twice as many people cited concern about healthcare as any other matter.

Midterms Highlighted the Need to Work Together to Improve Healthcare

Exit polls show that healthcare was the driving issue for most Americans in Tuesday’s midterm elections. In fact, twice as many people cited concern about healthcare as any other matter.

New York’s Impressive Healthcare Track Record

Collaboration and innovation by Governor Cuomo, legislative leaders, and healthcare providers in recent years have resulted in better care, expanded coverage and access, unprecedented investments, preserved federal funding, and lower per capita Medicaid spending in New York. Not coincidentally, New York was recently cited as the “most improved state” in national health rankings.

New York’s surprise billing law works. The nation can learn from it.

Transparency with regard to healthcare costs is important, and that’s why New York and its hospitals and health systems are already leaders in advancing productive transparency initiatives, including those that protect patients from unexpected “surprise bills.”"

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.

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.

Rural Hospitals Under Pressure: They Need Our Support

A recent article in The New York Times, “A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing” highlights the implications of rural hospital closures, including diminished access to care in many parts of the country. 

Short-term Health Plans are Cheap, but They’re No Bargain

The Trump administration recently touted new regulations they claimed would provide affordable health insurance coverage to five million “forgotten” Americans who do not qualify for federal subsidies.

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.

Update on current measles activity in New York

New York continues to experience a surge in measles activity, including in the lower Hudson Valley and parts of New York City.

When Guns Get into Hospitals: How Hospitals Protect Employees, Patients, and Visitors from Gun Violence

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout New York State and nationwide remain focused on preventing active shooter incidents and preparing to execute quick and effective responses should one occur. Learn more about what these prevention and preparation efforts include.

Consumers Need Better (Not More) Information to Make Healthcare Decisions

Hospitals and health systems are eager to ensure patients have access to pricing information that is transparent, clear and useful. Unfortunately, newly updated Medicare price transparency rules that originated with the Affordable Care Act requiring hospitals to post to the internet their standard charges for each item or service they provide, will result in more information, not better information for consumers.  

Keeping an eye on coverage

While the end of March brought us the Trump administration’s move to overturn the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, there are several other recent developments that impact access to health insurance for millions of Americans.

Innovation Center Director Shares Insights with Capital Region Healthcare Leaders

HANYS, in partnership with CDPHP, was pleased to co-sponsor a July 13 forum featuring Adam Boehler, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (more commonly known as The Innovation Center), and senior adviser for value-based transformation and innovation for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

VBP Alphabet Soup: So Many Recipes - What's the Secret Sauce?

APM, ACO, CPC, BPCI, MSSP, MIPS, CJR - all are acronyms for some kind of value-based program or payment (VBP) arrangement. Each shares the goal of improving healthcare outcomes while reducing costs. In this blog post, we explore three questions that come to mind when you look at this list of value-based acronyms.

Say YES to Healthcare Stabilization

Proposed and existing federal funding cuts, as well as inadequate Medicaid payment levels, threaten New York’s hospitals and health systems’ ability to provide care and critical services. See why the healthcare-focused fund proposed within the Governor, Assembly, and Senate budgets is a healthcare investment that must be made by New York State.

Embracing technology: “Platforms” in healthcare

In technology, a platform refers to the underpinning systems and operations that allow multiple products, events, services, vendors, applications and/or technologies to work together. Each platform’s building blocks or services, used in many products, provide a standardized experience for the consumer.

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.


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