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October 2, 2020 News Headlines

Without federal emergency funding some New York hospitals weigh layoffs, program cuts

As hospitals across New York state grapple with staggering financial losses while trying to ensure their ability to support their communities in the middle of a pandemic, the glaring lack of federal emergency funding looms over programs and staffing plans.

We talked with leaders of Catholic Health in Buffalo and UR Medicine’s Thompson Health in Canandaigua about the consequence a lack of federal emergency funding has had on their facilities and communities.

Read our latest blog post to learn why cost-cutting efforts are no match for the devastation left in the wake of COVID-19.


President signs short-term CR with improvements to Medicare Advance/Accelerated loans

This week, President Trump signed into law a Continuing Resolution funding the federal government through Dec. 11. The package includes significant improvements to the CARES Act Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program repayment terms, which has been a top HANYS advocacy priority in Washington.

 

HANYS thanks U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) for his tireless efforts to ensure that this priority issue was addressed in the funding package, and the entire New York congressional delegation for their unified support.

 

As HANYS reported last week, the CR also includes a short-term delay of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital cuts, which were set to take effect Dec. 1, and will now coincide with the expiration of federal funding, setting up the potential for an omnibus, comprehensive bill addressing outstanding issues before the end of the year. Contact: Elyse Oveson


Explore priority issues with HANYS' updated Legislative Tracker tool

Take our updated Legislative Tracker for a test drive.

 

This tool tracks progress of critical federal legislative matters that impact HANYS’ advocacy and policy priorities including COVID-related issues, rural priorities and beyond.

 

The Legislative Tracker lets you scroll through each priority and where it stands in the legislative process, identify HANYS’ position, determine the position of New York delegation members on our priorities and discover background information on each delegation member.

 

Let us know what you think. Contact: Cristina Batt


President signs healthcare executive order

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order that the administration says will improve care, increase choice and lower costs. 

 

The executive order includes numerous sections, the first of which provides an overview of healthcare actions the administration has taken to date, such as implementing site-neutral payment policies, finalizing the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule (effective January 2021) and cutting Medicare payment for 340B drugs. Additional sections include those related to:

  • pre-existing conditions: the EO states it is the policy of the U.S. to “ensure Americans with pre-existing conditions can obtain the insurance of their choice at affordable rates”;
  • increasing choice: the EO directs the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Health and Human Services to “expand access to and options for affordable healthcare”; and
  • lowering costs:
    • the Secretary of HHS is directed to work with the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to “expand access to affordable medicines”; and
    • the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor and Secretary of HHS are directed to “ensure consumers have access to meaningful price and quality information.” Specifically, the EO states that the Secretary of HHS shall “work with the Congress to reach a legislative solution by December 31, 2020” to end surprise medical billing. Additionally, within 180 days, the Secretary is instructed to update the Medicare.gov Hospital Compare website to include, among other information, whether the hospital is compliant with the price transparency rule and how often the hospital pursues legal action against patients to collect payment. 

 

HANYS believes legislative action would be required to implement most of the policy objectives identified in the EO. A White House document identifies how the president is implementing his “America-First Healthcare Plan.” Contact: Cristina Batt


Behavioral health resources are available for National Hispanic American Heritage month

National Hispanic American Heritage month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing racial and ethnic disparities for access to behavioral healthcare

 

In recognition of National Hispanic American Heritage month, several behavioral health organizations have released resources to help serve Hispanic and Latinx communities, including the following:

 

 

Contact: Sarah Duvall


Register for the last session of HANYS' Virtual Workshop for Executive Assistants to the C-Suite and Board Coordinators

Join HANYS and HTNYS for the last session of our free Virtual Workshop for Executive Assistants to the C-Suite and Board Coordinators:

Oct. 15: Project Management for Administrative Professionals
Rhonda Scharf, ON THE RIGHT TRACK – Training & Consulting Inc.

Face it, you didn’t study project management, yet you’re being asked to run small- to medium-sized projects while you learn on your feet. Save yourself the frustration and mistakes of learning on the go by attending this program designed specifically for administrative professionals running projects. Tie it all to crisis and crises management and you’ve got a workshop that you can immediately apply! Work as we know it has changed — how we achieve our goals must now change too.

 

Recordings of past sessions are available:

 

The virtual workshop programming is intended for all C-Suite executive assistants and board coordinators. Please share this information with your colleagues who also support the leadership teams at your facility. Contact: Madison Hubner


Member Spotlight – Upstate University Hospital tackles colon cancer disparities

Reducing health disparities requires an understanding of the affected communities and the various barriers they face in order to have effective intervention strategies. In 2016, Upstate University Hospital established the We Matter program, a peer-to-peer community outreach program to reduce colon cancer disparities among the community’s most vulnerable population.

 

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. 


Addiction treatment program for women opens on Long Island

Outreach opened Recovery Residence for Women, a new 25-bed residential treatment facility, on Long Island. The facility will provide comprehensive addiction services, such as early recovery supports, medication-assisted treatment and trauma informed care.

 

Watch a video walkthrough of the facility here.  A dashboard of treatment facilities in New York state is available here. Contact: Sarah DuVall


Upcoming events

 

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.