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January 31, 2020 News Headlines

HANYS testifies on state budget: Protecting patients and providers is our top priority

HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, testified this week before a joint legislative state budget hearing of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees. She emphasized HANYS will remain committed throughout the governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team process to protecting provider funding levels, our patients and the dedicated healthcare professionals who serve them.

Ms. Grause spoke of the central importance of hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers in New York’s communities, remarkable quality improvement progress and the critical frontline role HANYS members play in emergency preparedness, as evidenced in the current coronavirus outbreak.

Ms. Grause also reminded lawmakers of the many challenges providers face, including threats from Washington, fragile financial conditions, challenging workforce issues and the need for continued infrastructure investment.

Read HANYS’ complete 2020 state budget testimony online. Contact: Amy Nickson

Novel coronavirus outbreak: What you need to know about New York’s preparedness

New York’s hospitals are taking every measure to maintain preparedness for emerging infections, including the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Read our latest blog post to see how hospitals are maintaining preparedness, the experience they have tackling emerging infections and what resources you should follow if you want to learn more about 2019-nCoV.

CMS releases Medicaid Block Grant guidance to states

This week, CMS released its much anticipated guidance that would allow states to receive a “defined budget,” or block grant, to cover services for certain healthy adults using Section 1115 waiver authority. Effective immediately, the so-called Healthy Adult Opportunity ultimately seeks to cut back on federal Medicaid spending through a lump-sum or per-capita funding cap. HANYS appreciates efforts to expand flexibility for states to best administer their individual Medicaid programs; however, this should not be done in a way that erodes support for this critical safety net. We are reviewing the guidance closely and will continue to work with the state to ensure that access to care for vulnerable populations is preserved and protected.

In other federal Medicaid news, HANYS submitted comments to the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation. The proposed rule, if adopted, would put significant constraints on a state’s ability to finance its Medicaid program. Contact: Kevin Krawiecki

HANYS comments on the transparency in coverage proposed rule

HANYS submitted comments this week to the Trump administration on the legal and public challenges of requiring health plans to publicly disclose their negotiated rates and their allowed amounts for all in-network and out-of-network providers. 

HANYS submitted similar comments in September in response to a separate proposal that required public disclosure of hospitals’ “gross charges” and “payer-specific negotiated charges” in multiple formats. The American Hospital Association and other national healthcare associations filed a legal challenge on the hospital price transparency requirements set for implementation on Jan. 1, 2021.  HANYS fully supports this litigation. Contact: Melanie Graham

Registration opens for Advanced Executive Leadership for Physicians program

Registration for HANYS' Advanced Executive Leadership for Physicians’ class of 2020 is now open. HANYS and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University continue their successful collaboration again this year, offering education and training in the skill sets needed to succeed as a physician leader.

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

The 2020 program will be delivered in two sessions, May 3 to May 6 and May 31 to June 3, at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. Registration is available online

Supreme Court will allow administration to implement devastating public charge rule

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling this week to remove the nationwide injunction preventing the Trump administration from enforcing its public charge rule while litigation challenging the rule continues. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on the merits of the rule by the end of the current term.

HANYS is extremely disappointed with the decision and we remain concerned that the policy will harm patients, increase healthcare costs and deter entire populations from accessing critical programs and services for which they are currently eligible. We will continue to work with our members to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the care they need when they need it. Contact: Sandi Toll

House committee examines maternal mortality

The House Education and Labor Joint Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions and Workforce Protections held a hearing this week entitled "Expecting More: Addressing America’s Maternal and Infant Health Crisis."

Rep. Joe Morelle (D-Irondoquit) highlighted the significant investments and progress made by in New York state to improve maternal health outcomes. Rep. Morelle specifically noted initiatives in which HANYS’ member hospitals and health systems are active participants, including the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative, which focuses on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality by improving the assessment, identification and management of obstetric hemorrhage. 

HANYS and our members remain committed to addressing maternal mortality and disparate racial outcomes and look forward to continuing to collaborate with policymakers and stakeholders in both Albany and Washington toward this important goal. Contact: Elyse Oveson

Member Spotlight – United Health Services keeps kids healthy

Childhood obesity continues to be a pervasive public health issue, the prevalence of which has continued to increase over the past decades, posing short- and long-term impacts on children’s physical, psychological, social and economic well-being. In 2018, United Health Services revamped their Stay Healthy Kids program to better address childhood obesity in their community.

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 Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are investing in forward-looking initiatives that improve care quality and health outcomes.