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March 19, 2021 News Headlines

HANYS awarded Mother Cabrini Health Foundation grant to address bias and disparities in healthcare

Through generous support from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, HANYS is partnering with Planetree International to offer Pathway to Person-centered Health Encounters: Reducing Bias and Disparities in Healthcare, a free seven-session webinar series beginning April 14. Learn more about this grant and partnership in our March 15 announcement.

Senate reintroduces bill addressing resident physician shortage

The HANYS-supported Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021 was reintroduced in the Senate this week. This bipartisan legislation would supplement the investments in Graduate Medical Education made last year by further increasing the number of Medicare-supported residency slots in teaching hospitals by 14,000 over seven years. The House companion bill is expected to be reintroduced in the coming days.

We encourage you to contact your members of Congress to urge them to sign on as original cosponsors of the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act.

Please use our GME policy scroller to help inform lawmakers on the importance of adequate Medicare-supported residency slots and GME funding and to secure co-sponsor support. Contact: Cristina Batt

Quality residency program prepares new healthcare professionals

HANYS’ Quality Residency Virtual Program provides immersive and practical training for healthcare quality professionals at the forefront of transitioning healthcare delivery toward high-value care. This program will run April through June. Register today. Contact: Erin Gretzinger

MedPAC recommends continued telehealth coverage, 2022 payment updates

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s March report to Congress recommended Medicare fee-for-service policies for 2022 including:

  • a 2.0% update for inpatient, outpatient and long-term care prospective payment systems;
  • an additional 0.8% increase to inpatient hospital payments to replace quality programs with its Hospital Value Incentive Program;
  • a 5.0% reduction for home health agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities;
  • eliminating the update for skilled nursing facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and hospice; and
  • updating physician and other health professional services payment rates by the amount specified under current law.

The report also recommends continued coverage of select telehealth services for one to two years after the public health emergency ends to collect data on the impact of telehealth on access, quality and cost. Contact: Melanie Graham

Member Spotlight: Catholic Health (Long Island) combats SUDs through community collaboration

Opioid and substance use disorder remains a crisis, intensifying as repercussions of COVID-19 continue to take their toll. Mobilizing community-based resources and creating awareness to the disease are essential to population health and timely treatment. In 2018, Catholic Health (Long Island) adopted a collaborative approach to help emergency department patients presenting with SUDs get the appropriate care.

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.

Upcoming events

March 24: COVID-19 Bacterial and Fungal Co-infections; Update for Clinicians, Antimicrobial Stewards and Infection Preventionists

March 24: Beyond the Behavioral Health Unit: Managing Mental Health

March 25: Health Information Management User Group Meeting

March 31: Leveraging the Acute Care Health System to Support Long-term Care During COVID-19

April 1: Innovative Technology in ER and Triage Care

April 9: HANYS Government Relations Update Call

See all of HANYS’ current offerings in our events listing.