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February 8, 2019 News Headlines

HANYS President Bea Grause urges Legislature to protect and invest in New York’s healthcare system

HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, delivered testimony Tuesday to a legislative public hearing on the healthcare provisions of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2019-2020 state budget. She urged legislators to protect and invest in New York’s healthcare system.

Speaking before the Joint Legislative Hearing of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees, Ms. Grause applauded Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for their leadership in supporting the transformation of healthcare delivery in the state. In partnership with the state, New York’s healthcare providers are creating a healthcare delivery system that is more patient-centric, with care coordinated across the continuum, while improving quality and bending the cost curve.

Ms. Grause expressed support for the governor’s initiatives to establish a commission to study options for achieving universal access to healthcare in New York and explained HANYS’ stance on numerous provisions in the executive budget proposal, detailed in HANYS’ written testimony. Contact: Jim Clancy

New blog post: “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.

The real question here is not which EMR vendor Apple should purchase, but: Why would Apple purchase one of these vendors now? Tom Hallisey, HANYS’ director, health information technology, explores this question in our latest blog post.

Antibiotic stewardship and emerging drug-resistance in New York: HANYS brings the experts to you in three 20-minute conversations

Using podcasts as a model for busy healthcare professionals, HANYS convened leaders in antibiotic stewardship and epidemiology to discuss progress, challenges and activities impacting healthcare organizations in New York for three 20-minute audio recordings. Each session is recorded separately and can be accessed at a place and time convenient to the listener.

Conversation 1: Emerging Drug-Resistance in New York
Priya Nori, MD, medical director, antibiotic stewardship program, Montefiore Medical Center and Belinda Ostrowsky, MD, MPH, medical field officer, New York division of healthcare quality promotion, CDC, discuss high-priority emerging drug-resistant infections and how public health and clinicians are responding.

Conversation 2: Antibiotic Stewardship in New York
Elizabeth Dufort, MD, medical director, division of epidemiology, DOH and Daniel Pollock, MD, surveillance branch chief, division of healthcare quality promotion, CDC, discuss the current state of antibiotic stewardship at the state and federal levels, and resources available to continue accelerating this important work.

Conversation 3: Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes
Ghinwa Dumyati, MD, professor, department of medicine, infectious diseases, University of Rochester Medical Center, shares details about her extensive work assisting nursing homes with antibiotic stewardship programs and practical advice for implementing programs.

HANYS is committed to providing valuable programming in a variety of formats, and we appreciate your feedback. Contact: Sarah Duvall

HANYS Solutions expands partnership with Nuance to offer quality management solutions

HANYS Solutions is pleased to announce the expanded partnership with Nuance Communications to bring Nuance Quality Measures and Nuance Performance Analytics to New York’s healthcare providers.

Nuance Quality Measures is a turn-key, web-based solution that simplifies core measures abstraction and submission and provides daily updates to help improve core measure monitoring and compliance. Quality Measures helps achieve full payment updates and positive, value-based payment.

Nuance Performance Analytics helps improve clinical, financial and patient outcomes by providing real-time data analytics and decision support systems to track, analyze and benchmark performance. This web-based solution incorporates the latest regulatory, payment and reporting rules to provide comprehensive, customizable options to help analyze risks and identify improvement opportunities.

The addition of the quality management solutions builds on a long-standing partnership established in 2005 to offer Clintegrity Coding Solutions to New York hospitals and health systems.  

Watch your email for information on an upcoming HANYS Solutions/Nuance webinar introducing Nuance Quality Measures and Performance Analytics over the next several weeks. Contact: Terry August

Register now for March 5 Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is just around the corner; if you have not already, we encourage you to register now.

We absolutely must have a strong presence at our March 5 Advocacy Day in Albany – your participation is vital. Our collective and persistent advocacy will be required to combat threats to healthcare, advance our proactive agenda and secure the investments necessary to provide patients with the services they rely on every day.

Advocacy Day’s complete agenda and accommodations details are available online. Contact: Amy Nickson

Community Benefit Spotlight – Westchester Medical Center Health Network promotes good nutrition

There is a well-established link between good nutrition and good health. A healthy diet is essential to treating certain chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, and coping with obesity and food allergies that can lead to health complications and consequently increase healthcare costs for patients and providers.

In 2018, the Westchester Medical Center Health Network initiated its Faith & Flavor series to promote well-being in their community through healthy food preparation and lifestyle choices. To learn more about this initiative and its results, read our full story.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Community Benefit Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, addressing regional health disparities and delivering valuable benefits to local communities.