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October 30, 2020 News Headlines

Northwell Health’s Richard Miller earns 2020 Grassroots Champion Award

In partnership with HANYS, the American Hospital Association presents its 2020 New York state Grassroots Champion Award to Richard Miller, executive vice president and chief business strategy officer, Northwell Health, in recognition of his effective, persistent advocacy before the United States Congress. Miller demonstrates strong leadership in his work with the New York state congressional delegation to advance federal policies that enable New York’s hospitals to deliver high-quality care throughout the state.


Miller represents a Long Island-headquartered health system that spans multiple congressional districts throughout New York state. He has never hesitated to join HANYS and AHA’s advocacy efforts in Washington in the quest to ensure that all members of the delegation on both sides of the aisle are well informed about policy priorities impacting the entire hospital community.


Through frequent visits to Washington, D.C., and by serving on congressional panels on Capitol Hill, Miller has become a trusted resource for members of Congress, including delegation members on key health committees of jurisdiction, who regularly look to him as they tackle challenging issues in Washington like protecting patients from surprise medical bills. When congressional leaders were prepared to move forward with a flawed plan to address surprise medical bills by setting a benchmark rate, Miller helped push back against this policy, instead making the case in support of New York’s successful 2015 out-of-network law. While the debate over surprise billing is not over, Miller’s advocacy footprint will continue to reverberate throughout Washington.


AHA’s Grassroots Champion Award recognizes hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital’s vital role in the community, have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital and are tireless advocates for hospitals and patients. The award is presented annually to one individual from each state. Contact: Nick Henley

OASAS announces funding award to reduce risky behavior among youth

New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports awarded nearly $800,000 to nine providers to expand the “Triple P” Positive Parenting Program statewide. The Triple P program is proven to reduce risky behaviors, including substance use, among youth. Funding will also be used to provide other services geared toward parents and families affected by the opioid crisis. Contact: Sarah DuVall

Member Spotlight: Long Island Community Hospital improves ED buprenorphine access

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, addiction services and treatment remain at risk as funding, staff and resources are diverted to deal with the public health emergency. In 2018, Long Island Community Hospital had 571 patients present to the emergency department with a diagnosis of opiate overdose. Of the 65,000 patients treated at the hospital’s ED each year, at least 25% of those are affected by opioid use disorder. To more effectively manage this crisis, Long Island Community Hospital began increasing access to buprenorphine in the ED in 2019.


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. 

New York opioid trial to begin in 2021

Jury selection for the New York state opioid trial is slated for January, with proceedings to begin in February or March. New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a suit against opioid distributors and manufacturers in March 2019.


The lawsuit alleges that six manufacturers and the Sackler family engaged in false, deceptive marketing practices and holds them largely responsible for the opioid epidemic in New York. HANYS members can find behavioral health resources, including those for opioid addiction management and prevention, on our website. Contact: Sarah DuVall

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