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June 14, 2019 News Headlines

New post: New York’s regulations limit what a pharmacy technician can do. That’s hurting hospitals – and workers.

Certified pharmacy technicians are critically important to the operation and success of hospital pharmacies.

But right now, New York is one of only four states that do not recognize certified pharmacy technicians in statute or regulation. The Legislature and governor can resolve this issue – and it’s critically important that they do so.  

Learn more about this issue in our latest blog post, which HANYS is actively working to resolve as the legislative session winds down.

One week remains to nominate trustees for HTNYS’ annual award

Know a healthcare trustee who has demonstrated a profound impact? Nominate them for HTNYS’ 2019 Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Award! Don’t delay – nominations are due next Friday, June 21.

Last year, HTNYS presented its award to two deserving trustees: Deena Giltz McCullough, University of Vermont Health Network—Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital; and David Prince, Olean General Hospital/Upper Allegheny Health System. 

HTNYS looks forward to celebrating healthcare trustees again this year at the Annual Trustee Conference on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Saratoga Springs!

Visit our website to see who qualifies and how to apply. Contact: Sue Ellen Wagner

Community Health Spotlight – NewYork-Presbyterian Queens addresses antibiotic stewardship in the community

In 2018, NewYork-Presbyterian Queens established its Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Program, which aims to decrease inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, antibiotic resistance and future development of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms, adverse drug events and onset of infections through community- and hospital-based programming.

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 Health Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, addressing regional health disparities and delivering valuable benefits to local communities.

HANYS Benefit Services expands into the small to mid-sized market

After 40 years of providing retirement plan advisory services to large institutions, HANYS Benefit Services is taking its experience and expertise to the smaller end of the market.

Though employers with assets under $10 million may not have the same resources as larger organizations, they do have the same responsibilities and objectives: a fiduciary duty to conduct plan business in a prudent fashion and the need to offer an attractive and competitive retirement plan for their employees.

“We believe sponsors in the smaller end of the market are often underserved and may not be getting the proper fiduciary oversight,” said James Kelley, president of HBS. “With our new service offering, we are looking to relieve some of their administrative burden, fiduciary responsibilities and operating expenses.” HBS has created a solution that largely shifts the fiduciary and administrative burdens to third parties while crafting a lower cost, institutionally structured retirement program. Contact: Kenya James

HANYS’ 2019 Annual Conference to take place next week in Saratoga

We look forward to hosting our members in Saratoga Springs June 19-21 at HANYS’ 2019 Annual Membership Conference, Resilience in Healthcare: Building a Sustainable Future! Online registration is closed, but you can still register by contacting learning@hanys.org or by calling 518.431.7867. See you next week!

Share your community health improvement story

The American Hospital Association celebrated Community Health Improvement Week from June 2-8 with the theme, “One Voice to Activate Partnerships.” This national event raises awareness, demonstrates impact and celebrates the individuals, hospitals, health systems and other organizations that are working together to advance the health and well-being of their communities.

Every day, New York hospitals and health systems are working beyond facility walls to provide their communities wellness and prevention programs free of charge, to improve population health, address regional health disparities and deliver valuable benefits to local communities. These programs demonstrate our hospital and health systems’ financial commitment to improving the health of their communities.

HANYS encourages members to promote their wellness and prevention programs in our Community Health Spotlight. Share with others how you are successfully serving patients in any setting, from the classroom to the workplace. Submit your story to Ashley Tanzillo, HANYS communications specialist, at atanzill@hanys.org. Click here for submission guidelines. Contact: Kristen Phillips

New United Hospital Fund resource assists primary care providers in addressing social needs

To bridge gaps in patient care, the United Hospital Fund has released a framework designed for physicians to not only screen and identify their patients’ social determinants of health but also guide the process of partnering with community-based organizations that can respond to those needs. The framework includes guidance for operational issues and steps before screening, developing partnerships between practice and CBOs, contextual challenges and real-world examples of patients navigating this system.

The full report, Complex Construction: A Framework for Building Clinical-Community Partnerships to Address Social Determinants of Health, can be downloaded from United Hospital Fund’s website. Contact: Christopher Bradley