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October 9, 2020 News Headlines

HANYS announces 2020 award winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners of HANYS’ Community Health Improvement Award and Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety! Read profiles of each winning program on our 2020 awards webpage, featuring interviews with the healthcare professionals behind these excellent initiatives.

Community Health Improvement Award

Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety

We commend all winners and nominees for their continued innovation in the areas of community health, quality and patient safety.

State legislative activity update

Gov. Cuomo has approved 248 bills in 2020. There are currently 162 bills that have passed both houses and are still awaiting delivery to the governor. This week, the following bill of interest to HANYS and our members was signed into law:

Posting signage on professional misconduct reporting: This bill requires all physician practice settings to conspicuously post signage, visible to their patients, directing patients to the office of professional medical conduct's website for information about their rights and how to report professional misconduct. The bill also requires the office of professional medical conduct to post on its website information on patients' rights and reporting options regarding professional misconduct, which is required to specifically include information on reporting instances of misconduct involving sexual harassment and assault. This new law (Chapter 203 of 2020) takes effect immediately.


For questions on the above 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.

Waiver Amendment approved by CMS for home and community-based services

CMS has approved the final Oct. 1 1915-c Home and Community Based Services Waiver. Changes include revisions to rate setting methodologies, updates for implementing clinical review tools and elimination of the need for care managers and regional office staff to sign the Documentation of Choices form.

Learn key lessons from the COVID-19 surge at 7th Annual HILNNY conference

Help your organization prepare for a potential second wave or emergency situation.


Healthcare experts will share lessons learned from COVID-19 on topics like PPE preservation, bed flow optimization, efficient medication delivery, telehealth innovation and more at this two-day conference.

New this year – earn continuing education credits when you attend the conference.


Don’t miss the 7th Annual HILNNY Conference, Oct. 22-23, hosted by Mount Sinai Health System, HILNNY and HANYS.

New app lets individuals create plan to guide treatment during mental health crisis

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a new mobile app, My Mental Health Crisis Plan, which allows individuals who have serious mental illness to create a plan to guide their treatment during a mental health crisis.

The app walks individuals through a step-by-step process to create and share a psychiatric advance directive — a legal document that includes a list of instructions and preferences to be followed in case of a mental health crisis. The app includes state-specific requirements for completing the PAD and allows it to be shared via PDF or QR code with whomever the individual chooses.  

My Mental Health Crisis Plan is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Contact: Vic Aufiero

Managed care SWAT underway

The virtual series, Moving the managed care market forward in a post(ish) pandemic world, has kicked off with a deep dive into the negotiations and policy changes made during the height of the COVID-19 wave in New York. Register now to attend the rest of the sessions, Oct. 15 - Nov. 4, which feature speakers from the top health law firms in the nation looking candidly at the future of managed care. Contact: Vic Aufiero

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.