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April 22, 2020

Statement from HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, on DFS Supplemental Circular Letter

HANYS thanks Governor Cuomo and Superintendent Lacewell for recognizing how the COVID-19 crisis has put enormous clinical and financial strains on hospitals.

We appreciate DFS taking this strong action to eliminate administrative barriers to care for all hospital-based treatment during this crisis. Furthermore, requiring plans to infuse cash through expedited payment of monies owed and to work with hospitals to provide additional financial assistance is the right thing to do and an important step toward hospitals being able to continue providing care during this crisis.

HANYS advocated strongly for the removal of preauthorization, concurrent, retroactive and medical necessity reviews, as they impose unnecessary burdens on hospitals at a time when all their resources should be devoted to urgent patient care.

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.