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May 3, 2019 News Headlines

Innovation Spotlight – Long Island Community Hospital reduces healthcare-associated infections

Healthcare-associated infections result in thousands of deaths each year and billions of dollars in added costs to providers.  Hoping to lessen instances of preventable HAIs in their facility, Long Island Community Hospital began a team-based reduction initiative.

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' 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.


CMS issues final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

CMS has issued its Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020 final rule. The agency also released a fact sheet, the final letter to insurers in the federal marketplace and key dates for calendar year 2019. The rule finalizes a number of policies, including changes to the navigator program, a change in the methodology for calculating subsidies and decreases in the administrative fee health plan issuers pay to the government for operating the exchanges.

HANYS had submitted comments raising concerns about proposed changes that could erode key consumer protections and result in lost coverage. We appreciate that CMS did not include any changes to silver-loading and automatic re-enrollment polices. Contact: Victoria Aufiero


House Rules Committee makes foray into Medicare-for-all

This week, a House committee held a hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384), legislation introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and supported by 13 of New York’s 21 House Democrats that would establish a national health insurance program. The high-profile hearing took place in the typically low-profile House Committee on Rules, which does not have primary jurisdiction over healthcare legislation in the way that the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means do.

The hearing, the first ever official congressional hearing on Medicare-for-all, underscored the political challenges associated with any major overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system. HANYS appreciates the thoughtful comments of Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-Irondequoit), New York’s sole representative on the House Rules Committee, who raised questions during the hearing about provider reimbursement levels under the bill and highlighted the importance of going into the debate with a clear understanding of how a single-payer system would be financed.

While Democratic leadership continues to prioritize efforts to strengthen the ACA before advancing broader reforms, additional hearings on this topic could be held soon, including in the House Ways and Means Committee, where Chairman Richie Neal (D-MA) is said to have promised progressive Democrats a hearing.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report that examines the potential structure and financing of various Medicare-for-all proposals. The report was requested by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) ahead of an anticipated hearing in the House Budget Committee, which he chairs. Contact: Elyse Oveson


Save your seats for our conference breakout sessions

There's a session for everyone at HANYS' 2019 Annual Membership Conference! As part of this year's jam-packed agenda, we're excited to offer our attendees two sets of educational breakout sessions on Thursday, June 20, addressing the following topics:

  • Digital Transformation and Consumerism
  • Innovating for the Workforce of Tomorrow
  • Trajectories: A Risk-Modeling Approach for Targeted Clinical Improvements
  • New Developments and Strategies for Being Age-Friendly (just added!)
  • Social Media and Healthcare: Legal Compliance Issues
  • Pivoting to Value: Physician Engagement, Medicare Advantage and Aligned Incentives
  • Improving the Care Experience and Transitions for Complex Patients

Seats are limitedregister now to save your place at your two preferred sessions.  

Find our complete agenda, including session descriptions and speakers, on our conference website. All breakout sessions are centered around one of HANYS' four strategies for resilience, the focus areas guiding HANYS' 2019 conference programming. Contact: Allison Manny


Continue to celebrate your auxilians

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed May 1, 2019, as Health Care Auxilian Day in New York. We encourage you to continue to celebrate and applaud the many accomplishments of New York hospitals’ auxiliaries and highlight the valuable work they do for organizations and communities. HANYS congratulates all auxilians for their continued leadership and volunteer efforts. Contact: Sue Ellen Wagner


Commissioner declares flu no longer prevalent in New York

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, today declared influenza is no longer prevalent in New York.

This declaration means New York’s healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against influenza are no longer required to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.

According to DOH, flu activity in the state peaked during the week ending February 23, when there were more than 9,600 laboratory-confirmed cases in one week. As of April 27, there were 106,755 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and 18,513 hospitalizations, along with six pediatric influenza-associated deaths.

New York regulations require healthcare workers in certain facilities to wear surgical or procedure masks if they have not had a flu vaccine while influenza is prevalent in the state.

Although flu is no longer prevalent, Commissioner Zucker cautioned that flu season is not over and continued to urge New Yorkers to get vaccinated. Contact: Karen Roach


Governor Cuomo announces release of first suicide prevention task force report

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the release of the first report from the New York State Suicide Prevention Task Force. Established by the governor in November 2017, the task force serves to increase awareness of and access to supportive services with a special focus on high-risk groups including veterans, Latina adolescents and members of the LGBTQ community. Recommendations from the report include strengthening public health prevention efforts, integrating suicide prevention in healthcare, timely sharing of data for surveillance and planning and infusing cultural competence throughout suicide prevention activities. Contact: Victoria Aufiero


Register now for behavioral health value-based payment forums

The Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York and the National Council for Behavioral Health are hosting a series of forums around the state focused on value-based payment for behavioral health providers. The forums will present behavioral health providers an opportunity to engage with payers and better understand their goals and objectives for a VBP environment. All sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact: Victoria Aufiero


Justice Center Regional Conferences: Registration open for all sessions

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs will be holding a series of five conferences around the state, with multiple sessions throughout the day. The morning general session, from 10 a.m. to noon, will provide updates and information on current initiatives, an overview of data and trends based upon reports to the Justice Center’s Vulnerable Person’s Central Register, upcoming training opportunities and Justice Center resources available to provider agencies. The afternoon breakout sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m., will focus on the Justice Center’s individual and family support services, pre-employment checks for service providers, abuse prevention resources and the Justice Center’s processes. Registration for each event is available online.

If you have questions about registration, please contact Jean Skanes at jskanes@welfareresearch.org or 518.713.4726 x201. Contact: Victoria Aufiero