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March 13, 2020 News Headlines

Update on COVID-19 outbreak

This week saw an escalation of cases and activity with regard to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, including Gov. Cuomo’s state of emergency declaration on Saturday, March 7, and President Trump’s declaration today of a national state of emergency.

HANYS continues to be in constant contact with state and federal policymakers to support the response of New York’s healthcare providers to this unprecedented and dynamic outbreak. We continue to work with members and key decision-makers to answer questions and facilitate problem solving related to COVID-19. Our COVID-19 webpage contains our latest Member Updates and information from trusted sources.

We are tremendously proud of the work our hospitals, health systems, nursing homes and affiliated providers are doing to serve their patients and protect their workforce during these difficult times. Contact: Chris Smith


Member Spotlight – Jamaica Hospital Medical Center halts hospital-acquired pressure injuries

Hospital-acquired pressure injuries are associated with increased morbidity, negative health outcomes and increased costs. In 2016, after an inpatient prevalence study revealed an opportunity to improve HAPI rates at the facility, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center initiated a robust program to prevent and eliminate HAPIs. 

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. 


HANYS C2X Summit now a six-month webinar series; first session is April 1

HANYS has rescheduled our C2X Summit as a series of virtual meetings because of the COVID-19 outbreak. HANYS remains committed to member education, but it's more important that participants be in their communities providing care at this time.

The C2X Summit webinar series will bring together policymakers, healthcare clinical and operational leaders, physicians, nurses, quality management professionals, technology experts and patient experience specialists to discuss the most pressing issues and promising strategies in quality and patient safety.

This change in format means HANYS member providers can bring this high-impact program to their entire team over the next six months. Registration and payment is per connection and we encourage members to bring multiple staff together to participate in each webinar. All attendees who view the live webinar events may claim continuing education credits. Please register online by March 25. Contact: Christina Miller-Foster


March 19 DataGen webinar to review findings of value-based care market report

The value-based care movement has expanded in recent years and the adoption of value-based payment models has shown signs of accelerating. However, organizations still face critical challenges when entering VBP arrangements. Hurdles include balancing fee-for-service and fee-for-value mindsets, the amount of investment necessary to effectively participate and the ability to ensure adequate volume to protect against risk.

DataGen has released new market survey findings that explore how healthcare organizations are planning for and navigating these challenges. Data reveal insight into how healthcare leaders view the current state and future of VBC. Read DataGen’s press release for complete details.

Join DataGen for an interactive webinar on Thursday, March 19, at 1 p.m. for a discussion and analysis of the findings. Expert panelists from across the industry will examine the current state of VBC and what lies ahead. Registration is now open. Contact: Kenya James


Technical support available for nursing homes through IPRO’s new Quality Care Collaborative

The Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization program is offering new opportunities for HANYS member nursing homes to participate in Medicare quality initiatives. This new CMS program, led by the IPRO QIN-QIO in New York state, provides free technical support and assistance to nursing homes that participate in the Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative, with an overarching goal to help improve care and delivery systems, enhance outcomes and attain organizational goals.

Over the next five years, the IPRO QIN-QIO’s quality improvement teams will work with participating nursing homes on evidence-based and data-driven methodologies to support improvements in CMS-identified topic areas, including decreasing opioid prescribing, infection prevention, reducing adverse drug events, emergency department visits and readmissions in the sub-acute population and improving quality measure scores.

Nursing homes that participate in the NHQCC will receive assistance to help transform the quality of care they provide, improve resident outcomes, increase satisfaction scores and elevate Star ratings. Members will have access to educational resources and tools, health information technology support, data analysis and reporting, peer to peer collaboration, person and family engagement insight and online learning at no cost.

Interested nursing homes can get more information, read frequently asked questions and complete the participation agreement online. Contact: Dora Fisher


Keep your family safe during Poison Prevention Month and Week

Take time to recognize the importance of poison safety in the home during Poison Prevention Month and next week, March 15-21, during National Poison Prevention Week. In 2019, the Upstate New York Poison Center managed 18,798 calls regarding children younger than 6 years old. Nearly half of these calls were due to unintentional exposures to medicines. Learn more about Poison Prevention Month and medication safety in Upstate New York Poison Center’s press release, website and video. Contact: Allison Mirabito