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March 29, 2019 News Headlines

TODAY: Use HANYS’ new advocacy tool to submit your comments to CMS

CMS is considering several updates to its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. HANYS has submitted its star rating comment letter addressing the most significant methodology changes proposed by CMS.

Our interactive advocacy tool explains the impact of proposed changes and provides a vehicle for members to submit comments. The new tool specifically focuses on a proposal that would allow consumers to customize the star ratings, which would skew the already flawed ratings further.

HANYS encourages members to leverage our advocacy tool to learn more this proposal and submit comments to CMS by end of today, Friday, March 29. Contact: Loretta Willis

New blog post: Update on current measles activity in New York

New York continues to experience a surge in measles activity, including in the lower Hudson Valley and parts of New York City. Rockland County declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, March 26, barring unvaccinated minors from being in public places for 30 days or until they receive their immunization.

Read our latest blog post to learn more about measles, vaccinations and what to do if you have questions about measles or potential exposure.

Community Benefit Spotlight – Catholic Health Services of Long Island champions preventive health

Catholic Health Services of Long Island established its Healthy Sundays outreach network and its Bishop McHugh Health Centers in 2005 to combat health disparities identified in its community, specifically access to and investment in preventive and primary care.

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.

Attorney general’s Health Care Helpline reports more than $2 million in consumer restitution

The Office of the New York State Attorney General released a report on the Health Care Bureau’s Helpline, a free service that responds to consumer healthcare complaints. In 2018, the Helpline handled nearly 2,000 complaints, resulting in more than $2.3 million in savings or restitution to consumers. Consumer complaints included incorrect medical billing, wrongful health plan rejection, improper processing of insurance claims and wrongful denials of prescription medication and healthcare services. The Helpline also provides information about health insurance to help New York consumers navigate the healthcare system. Consumers who believe that they may have been treated unfairly by a healthcare provider, HMO or insurance plan, or health-related business should contact the attorney general’s Health Care Helpline by calling 1.800.428.9071 or by submitting a complaint form online or by mail. Contact: Anna Sapak

Nassau town hall forum on behavioral health Insurance Ombudsman Program

The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office of Mental Health, Families In Support of Treatment and Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services are co-hosting a town hall forum on April 3 at the YES Community Counseling Center’s Levitown office. The town hall forum will focus on the new behavioral health Insurance Ombudsman Program and other issues related to coverage for substance use disorder and mental healthcare.

There will be two separate presentations. The first one, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., is for professionals, while the one from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is for consumers and families.

Register here. Please contact Anthony Rizzuto of Families In Support of Treatment at anthony@fist-familiesinsupportoftreatment.com with any questions. Contact: Victoria Aufiero

NYAHQ Spring Conference 2019: Crisis! Concerns! Courses of Action in Healthcare!

The New York Association for Healthcare Quality Inc. will hold its annual conference on Friday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the Regina McGinn MD Medical Education Center in Staten Island, New York.  

The conference addresses current important issues and practices around the opioid crisis, patient and family involvement, exercise and lifestyle medicine and human trafficking led by top subject matter experts in the state. 

CPHQ credits will be available. Breakfast and lunch will be included. HANYS NYSPFP education lead Maria Sacco will be a speaker. The program will be valuable for quality improvement experts as well as clinicians, nurses and wellness program leads. Visit the NYAHQ website to register online and view the brochure.