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September 4, 2020 News Headlines

State legislative activity update

Gov. Cuomo has approved 166 bills in 2020. Last week, the following bills of interest to HANYS and our members were signed into law:

Donate Life Registry – hunting, fishing and trapping licenses: Expands the methods of enrollment in the NYS Donate Life Registry to include an opportunity for individuals to register when applying for or renewing a hunting, fishing or trapping license. This new law (Chapter 149) takes effect Aug. 24, 2021.

Good Samaritan Law Expansion – opioid antagonists: Expands the Good Samaritan Law to authorize additional entities to possess, distribute and administer an opioid antagonist to reverse an opioid-related overdose without fear of criminal, civil or administrative liability. Additional entities include restaurants, bars, retail stores, shopping malls, barber shops, beauty parlors, theaters, sporting or event centers, inns, hotels and motels. This new law (Chapter 148) took effect Aug. 24.

There are currently 245 bills that have passed both houses and are awaiting delivery to the governor for consideration and action before the end of the year. Given New York State Legislature’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ability to vote on legislation remotely, it is possible the Legislature convenes again in 2020.

Should you have questions on the information provided or any other legislative activity or issues, please contact our state governmental affairs team: Amy Nickson, vice president, governmental affairs; Katie Gordon, director, research and legislation; and Scott Janke, director, state governmental affairs.

HANYS' new tool better navigates FAQs on Provider Relief Fund

HANYS created an interactive tool to help members better navigate the Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund frequently-asked questions. The tool improves the existing HHS FAQs by offering a user-friendly interface with enhanced sort and search features for easier accessibility of the latest FAQ updates. It is also mobile friendly.

This new tool is part of HANYS’ ongoing efforts to assist members in compliance with the PRF terms and conditions and prepare for future audits. Staying up to date on changes to these FAQs is critical to hospitals that have drawn down federal funding from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. These FAQs, along with the terms and conditions, will guide post-reporting payment requirements and future audits on the use of these funds. Contact: Melanie Graham

OASAS announces funding opportunity to advance regional networks for substance use disorder care

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports released a request for applications to develop and support regional care networks.

Regionalization of care has been a growing strategy in many healthcare areas. Goals of the initiative are to improve collaboration within the treatment continuum, provide evidence-based interventions, integrate criminal justice populations, support a peer workforce and advance services for youth, women and families.

Applications are due Oct. 5. Eligible applicants must be OASAS-certified providers who lead their regional or borough Regional Planning Consortium. A bidder’s conference will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Join by videoconference or phone at 518.549.0500, passcode 1715113037. Contact: Sarah DuVall

Fund established for Louisiana hospital heroes affected by Hurricane Laura

The Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation has established the Louisiana Care Fund to help hospital heroes rebuild after Hurricane Laura.

Visit LouisianaCareFund.org to make a donation to support Louisiana hospital employees who experienced significant property loss or personal hardship as a result of this devastating storm. Contributions are tax deductible, and all administrative services are being provided in kind. For more information about the Louisiana Care Fund, email louisianacarefund@lhaonline.org.

Member Spotlight – University of Rochester Medical Center pharmacy solves hand sanitizer shortage

As the COVID-19 epidemic ramped up in New York, the demand for hand sanitizer skyrocketed rapidly, resulting in a supply shortage. In an effort to meet the high demand for hand sanitizer, the department of pharmacy at the University of Rochester Medical Center began compounding its own FDA-approved alcohol-based solution for use within the organization.

Read our full story to learn more about this initiative and its results.

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.

Upcoming events

HANYS continues to closely monitor the governor’s reopening guidelines and assess how we can continue to best and safely offer our robust educational programming in this next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Upcoming programming includes:

Be sure to check out all of our current offerings in our events listing, including our wide array of COVID-19-related webinars aimed at helping our members recover from this unprecedented experience.