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February 16, 2018 News Headlines

HANYS Announces Establishment of "The Adell Y. Smith HANYS Healthcare Leadership Scholarship"

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) announces the establishment of "The Adell Y. Smith HANYS Healthcare Leadership Scholarship." This scholarship will support graduate students of University at Albany's School of Public Health.

Adell Y. Smith, an executive assistant employed by HANYS since 1988, established this endowed scholarship to help women of underrepresented populations prepare for leadership roles in healthcare and healthcare management.

"I want to help young people–women, especially," said Ms. Smith. "I was so inspired to see Bea Grause become the first female president of HANYS, and I thought wouldn't it be great if we found an African-American version of Bea? I hope more minority women will see the opportunity for leadership roles in healthcare policy."

Learn more about Ms. Smith, the scholarship, and the internship on HANYS’ website. Contact: Nick Henley

HANYS Testifies to Legislators: Protect and Strengthen Healthcare

On Monday, HANYS President Bea Grause delivered testimony on the Governor’s proposed State Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget at a joint legislative hearing of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees in Albany, urging legislators to first, protect healthcare, and second, to strengthen the healthcare system.

Ms. Grause emphasized the importance of critical proposals in the proposed budget that support healthcare, but stressed that the proposed hospital and long-term care Medicaid cuts are not good policy and would further diminish inadequate payment levels and/or are inconsistent to previous policy imperatives.

Specifically, Ms. Grause highlighted HANYS’ support for the $1 billion Healthcare Shortfall Fund, new capital dollars, supportive funding for distressed and safety net hospitals, and regulatory modernization. She stressed HANYS’ opposition to proposed Medicaid reductions, including cuts aimed at potentially preventable emergency room, long-term care, quality pools, and the transfer of $425 million from the global cap to the state general fund. Ms. Grause also underscored that unprecedented reductions in federal payments to New York State threaten to undermine New York’s healthcare system, all of which threaten access and coverage for many New Yorkers.

See HANYS' testimony for more details. Contact: Robin Frank

Innovation Spotlight—Triple Aim: Ellenville Regional Hospital Achieves Opiate Reduction

At Ellenville Regional Hospital, a small percentage of patients (“super utilizers”) relied excessively on the hospital’s emergency department (ED) for chronic pain relief. In response, they initiated a community-wide Opiate Reduction Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) Series project with The Institute for Family Health.

To learn more about this program and see its results, read the full story here. This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' NYS Triple Aim website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, enhancing the quality of patient care, and reducing the cost of healthcare despite fiscal constraints.