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October 5, 2018 News Headlines

Members of Congress Urge CMS to Rescind Site-Neutral Proposal

Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) are asking their colleagues to join them in sending a letter to CMS.  The letter urges the agency to rescind its proposal to implement drastic site-neutral payment reductions to off-campus, provider-based departments designated “excepted” or grandfathered under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 for basic clinic visits.

HANYS strongly opposes CMS’ proposal, which would cut Medicare fee-for-service funding to hospitals and health systems in New York by $41 million in just one year and $760 million nationally. Factoring in the effect of this policy on services to Medicare Advantage patients, New York State’s impact grows from $41 million to over $70 million in the first year and would total more than $785 million across the next decade. See HANYS’ Fact Sheet on this issue for more information.

HANYS has been in close communication with members of the New York Delegation regarding this harmful proposal, working closely with the AHA and our state and regional advocacy partners to build support for the Roskam-Thompson letter in the House. HANYS appreciates the support of Senators Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D) who both signed a similar letter initiated by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that was sent to CMS last week.

Contact: Cristina Batt


Senate Passes Opioid Package with Key HANYS-Supported Provision

The U.S. Senate this week approved the House-passed Opioid Crisis Response Act, sending the package to the President’s desk for his signature. As HANYS reported last week, the final legislation contains key HANYS-supported measures. These include a provision that would allow states to receive federal Medicaid matching funds for up to 30 days per year for services at an institution for mental disease provided to adults between 21-64 years of age for substance use disorders. There were also other important provisions aimed at stemming the nation’s opioid crisis. A summary of the package is available online.

Contact: Elyse Oveson


New Blog Post: 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.

In a new blog post, HANYS President Bea Grause highlights how New York State hospitals and health systems are keeping patients and communities healthy by helping consumers understand, secure and use health insurance.


New Blog Post: Short-term Health Plans are Cheap, but They’re No Bargain

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

But let the buyer beware! This idea of affordable “choice” really means coverage that offers much less.     

In a new blog post, HANYS President Bea Grause cautions against enrollment in short-term health plans that undermine comprehensive consumer coverage under the guise of affordability.


Innovation Spotlight—Flushing Hospital Medical Center Fights Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is preventable and manageable, making early recognition and handling of pre-diabetic symptoms by providers essential to complete care. In 2015, Flushing Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) launched a community-based initiative, in accordance with the National Diabetes Prevention Program, to reduce diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in pre-diabetic patients.

To learn more about this initiative and its results, read the full story here.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Member Innovation Spotlight 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.


New DataGen Article: Making the Most of MSPB

As quality becomes the new watchword in healthcare, organizations must find the means to meet CMS' metrics. Among the various ways quality is measured—and used to pay participants—the Medicare Spend per Beneficiary (MSPB) measure can have real financial impacts on hospitals' bottom lines. Yet, many hospitals do not have a strategy for succeeding under this measure.

DataGen’s new article details the importance of and offers key insight on what healthcare organizations can do to address this measure.


Register Now for Nov. 8 Health Equity Training Symposium

HANYS and HTNYS will host a #123forEquity Training Symposium Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at HANYS’ offices in Rensselaer in partnership with the AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and the Disparities Solutions Center. AHA’s #123for Equity Pledge is a campaign to eliminate healthcare disparities. The full-day workshop will provide tools and strategies for improving quality and safety, addressing disparities, and moving diversity inclusion forward in your organization. Registration is now open.  See the Institute’s webpage for the full agenda and additional details.  Contact: Donna Evans


Innovation Spotlight—Greater Hudson Valley Health System Promotes Worksite Wellness

There are many benefits to a robust worksite wellness program, including lower healthcare costs, increased productivity and improved workplace culture. Hoping to inspire a culture of health at local worksites, Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) created Health Means Business—a campaign to create regional worksite wellness movements and foster discussion on the interdependency of health and the economy.

To learn more about this initiative and its results, read the full story here.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Member Innovation Spotlight 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.  


Earn CNE Credits at the 2018 Healthcare Innovations Conference

Learn about new technologies in healthcare at Pandion Optimization Alliance’s second annual Healthcare Innovations Conference on Nov. 14.

Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) credits are pending from Rochester Regional Health System’s (RRHS) Department of Clinical Education and Nursing Research. RRHS is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by ANA Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Student discounts are available. Save $25 per student ticket when you use code STUDENT25 at check out and save $200 for a table of 10 students when you use code TABLE200 at check out.

Contact: Valerie Alhart


Upcoming Events

Date

Event

Time/Location

Oct. 9

Implementing Antibiotic Stewardship During Care Transitions

Webinar
3 – 4 p.m.

Oct. 10

NYS PCMH Practice Transformation––Strategies for Success

Garden City Hotel
Garden City, NY

Oct. 11

HANYS Opioid Lunch and Learn Series: Improving Pain Management in the ED; Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Webinar
Noon – 1 p.m.

Oct. 15

Health Information Management (HIM) User Group Meeting - Fall 2018, Cheektowaga

Sisters of Charity Hospital–
St. Joseph Campus

Oct. 15

Planetree Office Hours

Webinar
10 – 11 a.m.

Oct. 16

Health Information Management (HIM) User Group Meeting - Fall 2018, Rochester

Pandion Optimization Alliance

Oct. 16 – 17

HANYS’ Quality Bootcamp

HANYS’ Headquarters

Oct. 17

Health Information Management (HIM) User Group Meeting - Fall 2018, East Syracuse

Iroquois Healthcare Association

Oct. 19

Health Information Management (HIM) User Group Meeting - Fall 2018, Rensselaer

HANYS

Oct. 23

Health Information Management (HIM) User Group Meeting - Fall 2018, Manhattan

The Graduate Center

Oct. 24 – 25

52nd Annual Conference for Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteer Leaders

Saratoga Hotel and Casino

Oct. 25

Health Information Management (HIM) User Group Meeting - Fall 2018, Hauppauge

Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council

Oct. 30

Market Expert® User Group Meeting, Buffalo

Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Oct. 31

Market Expert® User Group Meeting, Rochester

Pandion Optimization Alliance

Nov. 1

Health Information Management (HIM) User Group Meeting - Fall 2018

Webinar
9 – 11 a.m.

Nov. 1

Market Expert® User Group Meeting, East Syracuse

Iroquois Healthcare Association

Nov. 6

Market Expert® User Group Meeting, Hauppauge

Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council

Nov. 7

Market Expert® User Group Meeting, NYC

The Graduate Center

Nov. 7 – 8

SWAT: Medicare Advantage Academy

Tarrytown

Nov. 9

Market Expert® User Group Meeting, Rensselaer

HANYS’ Headquarters

Nov. 13

Rochester Trustee Education Program

The Strathallan, Rochester

Nov. 14

2018 Healthcare Innovations Conference

Hosted by Pandion Optimization Alliance

Rochester Riverside Hotel

Nov. 15

HANYS’ Opioid Lunch and Learn Series; Information Age Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic

Webinar
Noon – 1 p.m.

Dec. 13

HANYS’ Opioid Lunch and Learn Series; Improving Buprenorphine Induction and Monitoring in Hospital and Outpatient Settings

Webinar
Noon – 1 p.m.

To view more events, visit our Online Events Calendar.

For recorded events, visit HANYS’ Event Recordings Archive.