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April 9, 2021 News Headlines

Statement from HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, on voting rights in America

"A hospital’s emergency room doors are always open to everyone as part of our promise to the communities we serve. Democracy must operate in the same inclusive way."

Read the full statement on our website.

Budget agreement rejects healthcare cuts, advances key policies

New York state’s $212 billion final budget agreement rejects hundreds of millions in proposed Medicaid cuts, restores other important funding support for healthcare and advances several HANYS-supported key policies.

We are grateful for our members’ hard work and advocacy, which helped ensure that many of our collective priorities were included in this agreement. Contact: Amy Nickson

President Biden announces executive actions to address gun violence

Yesterday, the Biden administration labeled gun violence a public health epidemic and announced six executive actions in response. The orders focus on red flag laws, limiting access to ghost guns, releasing gun violence data and investment in community violence prevention programs, including resources to reimburse hospital-based violence intervention programs through Medicaid.

Learn more about hospitals’ role in gun violence prevention in this 2020 HANYS webinar. Contact: Cristina Batt

Learn to leverage new Donate Life NYS portal

Your hospital can help save and heal the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in need of transplants by promoting the Donate Life Registry in your outreach campaigns and on your website.

Join Donate Life New York State and HANYS for a webinar April 12 to walk you through new and innovative tools for hospitals to increase enrollment in the Donate Life Registry. Contact: Kristen Phillips

Bias in healthcare: Explore person-centered solutions in new series

Examine bias in healthcare and explore possible solutions in the first of our new webinar series focused on solutions through person-centered health encounters. Learn more about the series, including continuing education credits, and register for the April 14 webinar online. Contact: Erin Gretzinger

State legislative activity

This week, the following bill of interest was approved by Gov. Cuomo:

  • Repealing the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act (Chapter 96 of 2021)

Please see our summary chart for a complete list of bills of interest that have passed both houses this year.

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 of state governmental affairs.

COVID-19 and telehealth cost-sharing waivers extended

DFS extended emergency regulations requiring insurers to waive all cost-sharing for telehealth services and COVID-19 tests through May 4. An additional extension requires plans to cover the COVID-19 vaccine and its administration through April 30. New York insurers are required to pay providers for all copayments, coinsurance or any deductibles that would otherwise be the patient’s responsibility. Contact: Anna Sapak

WCB adopts COVID-19 testing reimbursement rule

The Workers’ Compensation Board has permanently adopted a rule that allows reimbursement for COVID-19 testing when there is a claim from workplace exposure to COVID-19. The rule also allows reimbursement for COVID-19 testing as part of a required pre-operative protocol in accordance with DOH guidance for workers’ compensation claims. Contact: Vic Aufiero

Ebola advisory issued

DOH issued guidance this week on the screening and treatment of patients with Ebola in response to recent outbreaks in parts of West Africa.

Our April 22 webinar will cover essential knowledge for healthcare providers. Additional resources are available on the DOH and CDC Ebola webpages. Contact: Maria Sacco

New York chaplain scholarship application deadline extended

Qualified chaplains are invited to apply for one of 30 full scholarships to pursue certification through the Spiritual Care Association. Apply online through May 14. Contact: Nicholas Henley

Upcoming events

HANYS and Donate Life NYS Introduce Registry Partner Portals
April 12

The Impact of COVID-19 on Sexual and Reproductive Health Disparities
April 13

Post COVID-19: Caring for Patients with Long-term Symptoms
April 14

PAC Compliance - Legal Overview and Best Practices
April 14

The Language of Bias
April 14

HANYS Sepsis Platform Guide and Demonstration
April 15

Complex Case Discharge Delay: Leveraging the Data
April 20

Implementing Leader Standard Work in Ambulatory Clinics
April 21

Ebola: Essential Knowledge for the Clinician and Public Health Practitioner
April 22

HANYS Government Relations Update Call
April 30

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