December 11, 2020 News Headlines
- Healthcare Association of Western and Central New York announced
- HANYS 2020 Election Summary
- DOL issues proposed regulations on Paid Sick Leave
- Member Spotlight: Bassett Medical Center empowers patients to self-manage their health
- Upcoming events
Healthcare Association of Western and Central New York announced
This week HANYS announced the launch of the Healthcare Association of Western and Central New York, Inc., a HANYS-affiliated association serving hospitals and health systems from Western New York to the Finger Lakes. HAWCNY will assume the regional healthcare advocacy work of the Western New York Healthcare Association and Pandion Optimization Alliance. The new regional affiliate will serve 48 members.
Ken Schoetz, JD, has been named vice president, HAWCNY. Schoetz most recently served as president and chief executive officer of WNYHA.
HANYS 2020 Election Summary
At this time election results have been determined for all state Senate and Assembly races and all but one New York congressional race, District 22, which will be determined by the state Supreme Court ruling on about 2,000 disputed absentee and affidavit ballots. All results are reflected in HANYS’ state and federal 2020 election results charts as shared in our full Member Update provided earlier this week.
In the coming weeks, we expect to learn committee assignments for new members of Congress as House Democrats and Republicans organize. While the balance of power in the U.S. Senate will come down to the Georgia runoff elections, it has been determined that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer will maintain, at least, his current role in the 117th Congress.
On the state level an unprecedented number of absentee ballots proved beneficial for Democrats, giving them the edge needed to maintain control of the Senate and Assembly and achieve a supermajority in both houses. The leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly will remain the same with Assembly Member Carl Heastie serving as Speaker of the Assembly and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as the President Pro-Tempore and Majority Leader of the Senate.
In addition to the ongoing demands of COVID-19, HANYS will continue our advocacy on the many issues facing New York hospitals, nursing homes and the entire health system, such as nurse staffing ratios, inadequate reimbursement, administrative burdens and harmful funding reductions.
DOL issues proposed regulations on Paid Sick Leave
This week the Department of Labor issued proposed regulations in the New York State Register for New York’s Paid Sick Leave Law (Labor Law §196-b). Many of our initial concerns pertaining to the implementation of these regulations remain.
Enacted within the 2020-2021 executive budget, this new law requires all employers to provide employees paid sick leave each year as determined by the total number of employees. The Sept. 30 effective date began the process for accrual of sick time, however this time is not available for use by employees until after Jan. 1.
HANYS is conducting a full review and analysis of the proposed regulations with the intent to submit comments to address any outstanding concerns. The 60-day public comment period ends Feb. 7.
Member Spotlight: Bassett Medical Center empowers patients to self-manage their health
Providing health resources and education to communities helps patients be active and take charge of their own health and wellbeing. This focus on health in everyday life can help decrease risk of chronic disease and bring healthcare costs down for patients and providers. In 2018, Bassett Medical Center created the Living Well program to deliver accessible health management education to the community.
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.
- Dec. 16: Government Relations Advocacy Strategy Session
- Dec. 16: Practicing in a Pandemic - Addressing Liability Issues and Maintaining a Safe Environment of Care
- Dec. 17: Value-based Payment Series: What Impacts the Cost of Care?
- Dec. 17: Population Health Collaborative and Analytics Partnership
See all our current offerings in our events listing.