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February 22, 2019 News Headlines

HANYS comments on proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

This week, HANYS submitted comments on HHS’s Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020 proposed rule, raising concerns about proposed changes that may erode key consumer protections and result in lost coverage. HANYS is committed to ensuring that consumers have access to comprehensive coverage through federal and state marketplaces. Contact: Victoria Aufiero


HANYS Benefit Services named a PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Adviser for the 3rd time

PLANADVISER has named HANYS Benefit Services as one of its 2019 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers. PLANADVISER’s Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers is an annual list of the retirement plan advisers and adviser teams at the top of their respective peer groups in terms of assets under advisement or number of retirement plan clients—including sponsors of defined contribution, defined benefit and nonqualified plans.

“HBS is honored to be again recognized by PLANADVISER,” said James J. Kelley, president, HBS. “We are also grateful to our clients for continuously placing their trust in us. We strive to build real relationships with our clients, creating a shared fiduciary responsibility with the companies we advise.” 

HBS is categorized by PLANADVISER as a large team, having met this year’s eligibility standards of $3.5 billion or more retirement plan assets under advisement or 200 or more plans. HBS was previously named to PLANADVISER’s list in 2017 and 2016.

HBS has been providing retirement services to HANYS members for more than four decades. We provide trusted advisory and consulting services, including plan design, vendor management, investment selection and monitoring, operational oversight, and on-site education and communication. HBS also provides services in support of employer mergers and acquisitions, defined benefit plan de-risking strategies and other complex matters, including DOL and IRS audits. HBS conducts business in accordance with our values, in a manner that is in the best interests of our clients, with an ultimate goal of assuring our clients’ employees are ready for retirement. Contact: Kenya James


Register now: Advanced Executive Leadership for Physicians

HANYS and Cornell continue their successful collaboration by offering education and training in the skill sets needed to succeed as a physician leader.

Advanced Executive Leadership for Physicians is an intense, effective and efficient way to support the career development of physician leaders interested in evaluating and elevating their executive leadership skills. The program combines essential policy and program review, advanced learning, peer interaction, and, new in 2019, individual executive coaching connected to a Leadership Action Plan.  

Advanced Executive Leadership for Physicians offers a distinctive program designed to enhance and advance an individual’s ability to lead self, lead others and lead the organization.

The 2019 program will be delivered in two sessions, May 5 to 8 and June 2 to 5, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Registration is available online. Contact: Terry August


Community Benefit Spotlight – Ellis Medicine aids patients in crisis

Almost half of emergency department users in the U.S. have a mental health diagnosis. In 2018, Ellis Medicine initiated a program to reduce ED-based treatment for its behavioral health patients, improving their healthcare access and quality while reducing costs.

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.


New York State Department of Health expands NYS Provider and Health Plan Look-Up tool

DOH has expanded the NYS Provider and Health Plan Look-Up tool to include provider network information for the New York State Health Insurance Plan’s Empire Plan, which will provide more comprehensive information to state and local government employees enrolled in the Empire Plan. The Look-Up tool was developed to help New Yorkers using the NY State of Health marketplace search for their preferred providers among the health plans offered on the marketplace.  The tool now includes information on providers who participate in all plans on the marketplace, including qualified health plans, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, commercial insurance products and the Empire Plan. Contact: Anna Sapak


HHS announces Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport payment model

Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport is a voluntary, five-year payment model designed to provide greater flexibility to ambulance care teams to address emergency healthcare needs of Medicare beneficiaries following a 911 call.

The key participants in the ET3 model will be Medicare-enrolled ambulance service suppliers and hospital-owned ambulance providers.

CMS anticipates releasing a request for applications this summer. Additional information is available online. Contact: Christopher Smith