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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.


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.  


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. 


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