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April 30, 2021 News Headlines

HANYS’ white paper sounds alarm on discharge delays affecting patients with complex care needs

Complex case discharge delays, also known as bed blocking or bed delays, are a longstanding and growing challenge. Learn more about the issue and explore possible solutions in HANYS’ new white paper. Contact: Sarah DuVall

New blog post: Infrastructure plan must include investments in hospitals, healthcare

Infrastructure is the talk of the town in D.C. as the Biden administration and Congress negotiate what may ultimately be a massive spending package. HANYS President Bea Grause’s latest blog post explores why investment in hospital and healthcare infrastructure must be a priority for our federal government this year.

Biden pitches American Families Plan

In his address to a joint session of Congress, President Biden pitched his American Families Plan, a $1.8 trillion proposal to expand family and medical leave, child care, healthcare coverage and education.

Among other changes, it would make enhanced subsidies for insurance purchased on the healthcare exchange permanent and introduce a public option.

It would also allow Medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs and lower the age of eligibility to 60. Contact: Elyse Oveson

HANYS-supported opioid GME bill introduced in Senate

The bipartisan Opioid Workforce Act of 2021, introduced in the Senate this week, would add 1,000 new Medicare funded residency positions in hospitals for programs in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry and pain medicine. Companion legislation in the House is expected soon.

HANYS is working to build support for this legislation, along with the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R.2256/S.834), to combat the growing physician shortage. Contact: Elyse Oveson

State legislative activity

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

  •  Residential healthcare facility CON applicants (Chapter 102 of 2021)

The following bill passed both houses of the Legislature and is awaiting delivery to Gov. Cuomo:

  • Caregiving visitation in nursing homes and adult care facilities (A.6966/S.6203)

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

Spotlight on Arnot Health

Working with community partners, Arnot Health is reaching traditionally underserved and special needs populations, removing barriers to receiving the vaccine for those groups. Learn more in our Member Spotlight.

Upcoming events

Medicare’s post-acute care and inpatient psychiatric facility proposed rules
May 3

Leading through turbulent times
May 3 - 11

Preventing and responding to aggressive patient behavior
May 5 - July 8

Behavioral telehealth solutions
May 6

Pinnacle award submission orientation
May 6

Black and Latinx mental health disparities: Telemental health services
May 11

Age and ability (or ageism and ableism)
May 12

Drivers and strategies for overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
May 12

HANYS government relations update call
May 14

Challenging HAIs with 100% UV-free germicidal overhead lighting
May 19

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