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March 27, 2020 News Headlines

Update on COVID-19 response

HANYS continues to be in constant contact with our members and state and federal policymakers to support New York healthcare providers’ response to COVID-19. We are deeply grateful to the efforts of all of our members and their frontline staff who are providing heroic care. As our president Bea Grause, RN, JD, said last week, our healthcare workers deserve enormous gratitude in this unprecedented time.

Federal response
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a third COVID-19 response package after days of intense negotiations between Senate leaders, the White House and House leadership. The $2 trillion bipartisan agreement contains major provisions advanced by HANYS. These include $100 billion in funding for hospitals, partial elimination of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment cuts, a delay of the Medicare sequestration cuts and increased payments for treatment of COVID-19 patients, among other provisions. The U.S. House passed the bill on Friday, and President Trump signed it into law this afternoon. 

HANYS greatly appreciates the strong leadership of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) in securing key support for hospitals and health systems. We thank Senator Schumer and the entire New York delegation for their constant efforts to address the urgent needs of our members on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. We will continue to communicate the needs of HANYS members with the delegation and advocate for additional assistance. Please reference our March 26 Member Update for more information about the third response package.

State response
Significant activity took place at the state level this week. We appreciate Gov. Cuomo’s continued leadership and efforts to address the current and projected influx of patients due to COVID-19, and we thank him for his efforts to date to increase supplies, staff and capacity.

HANYS is working closely with the governor to identify supplies shortages and facilitate expedited release of supplies to our members across the state. We are also working with the governor’s office to gather information about available healthcare providers across the state to respond to the anticipated surge in patients. We continue to address many other issues, including testing, transitions of care, capacity and workforce.

We were pleased to see a number of HANYS-requested waivers and modifications to address COVID-related workforce and capacity issues in Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.10, issued Monday, March 23. We continue to advocate for funding and flexibility that would allow our members to more nimbly respond to this crisis.

Resources and updates
Please see our COVID-19 Member Updates for information pertaining to our cost reporting tool; guidance for behavioral health services; post-acute and continuing care resources; COVID-19 drug trials; communications resources from ReviveHealth; supply requests; hospital discharges and admissions to nursing homes; telehealth; staffing; ventilator protocols and more.  

We continue to post resources for our members on our COVID-19 webpage. Please reach out to HANYS if you have any questions, need assistance or would like to make us aware of issues you are facing to inform our work with policymakers.