September 18, 2020 News Headlines
- New HANYS’ Litigation Tracker tool
- CMS withdraws HANYS-opposed Medicaid fiscal accountability rule
- 243 bipartisan House members voice opposition to drug company efforts to restrict 340B program
- Registration open for SWAT 2020
- Member Spotlight – NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln targets asthma-related ED usage
- Upcoming events
New HANYS’ Litigation Tracker tool
Take our new Litigation Tracker for a test drive. This tool tracks progress of critical litigation matters that impact HANYS’ advocacy and policy priorities including:
- 340B payment reductions;
- site-neutral payment reductions;
- CMS’ final rule requiring the disclosure of negotiated prices; and
- challenges to the Affordable Care Act.
The Litigation Tracker lets you scroll through each topic’s timeline, detailing action that occurred on that particular date and indicates action that HANYS took on litigation.
Let us know what you think. Contact: Sandi Toll
CMS withdraws HANYS-opposed Medicaid fiscal accountability rule
This week, as urged by HANYS, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced that the agency will withdraw its Medicaid fiscal accountability proposed rule.
We vigorously opposed the rule via a HANYS-led New York congressional delegation effort, comment letter and other activities in collaboration with the State of New York and partners in Washington. This rule would have substantially changed how state Medicaid programs are financed and how hospitals and other providers are reimbursed by Medicaid for care provided to beneficiaries.
HANYS appreciates that the administration listened to HANYS and the many other stakeholders who weighed in on this rule. We are particularly grateful for our congressional delegation’s support and engagement.
However, our work is not done. In her announcement, Administrator Verma stated that the rule requires further study. HANYS will continue to educate lawmakers on the importance of the state-federal Medicaid financing partnership and the impact it has on patients. Contact: Cristina Batt
243 bipartisan House members voice opposition to drug company efforts to restrict 340B program
In response to actions by some drug companies to limit the distribution of certain 340B drugs, 243 members of the House of Representatives signed onto a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter to HHS. The HANYS-supported letter urges HHS to use its authority to address these harmful actions by drug makers, which range from interfering with 340B discounts for drugs distributed through contract pharmacy arrangements and making superfluous requests for claims data from hospitals and health systems.
We appreciate the strong bipartisan showing from the 22 members of New York’s congressional delegation who signed onto the letter at the request of HANYS and our members.
HANYS, in coordination with the American Hospital Association and other advocacy organizations, and in partnership with our member-led 340B Strategy Group, will continue to push back against threats to the 340B program on all fronts. Contact: Cristina Batt
Registration open for SWAT 2020
Gather your team for this year's virtual Strategies, Weapons And Tactics program. We’ll explore the hospital experience with payers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and look ahead to how the new normal is changing the rules for how payers and providers interact and operate. Expert faculty from national law firms will identify lessons learned and strategies aimed at confronting plans in this new normal.
Join us Oct. 7, 15, 21, 28 and Nov. 4. Contact: Vic Aufiero
Member Spotlight – NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln targets asthma-related ED usage
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease and the third-leading cause of hospitalizations among patients under 18 years of age. The likelihood of asthma-induced emergency department admissions is increased by a patient’s lack of access to care, disease severity and socioeconomic factors, among other social determinants.
In 2019, through the Hospital-Community Partnership Initiative, OneCity Health’s Bronx Advisory Workgroup identified asthma as a high-risk catalyst for recurring visits to the ED. In response, they began The Bronx Asthma Peer Educator Project in collaboration with community stakeholders, including Health People, New York City Housing Authority, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care, Public Health Solutions and Community Service Society.
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.
- Sept. 21-Oct.15: Leading Through Turbulent Times
- Sept 23: Caring for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Sept. 23: How to Approach Reinforcement and Resistance to Change
- Sept. 29: Board Leadership in Times of Disruption and Crisis
- Sept. 30: Influenza in the Time of COVID-19
- Oct. 1: Reinvigorating Your Communication: How to Be Efficient and Effective
- Oct. 1: The Role of Quality in Alternative Payment Models
Be sure to check out 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.