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May 14, 2021 News Headlines

Committee leaders press HHS secretary on PRF

Doubling down on a HANYS-supported congressional letter sent earlier this week, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders and members called on HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend the current June 30 deadline for providers to expend Provider Relief Fund money. Separately, members called for the protection of the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

During the HHS FFY 2022 budget hearing, Becerra acknowledged the need to support frontline providers, increase transparency in the PRF and ensure the remaining $25 billion be distributed to those in need. Contact: Elyse Oveson

HHS finalizes part 2 of 2022 benefit, payment parameters

Last week, HHS finalized Part 2 of the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2022. This notice does include many HANYS-opposed topics including codifying sub-regulatory guidance interpreting Section 1332 of the ACA and increased eligibility reviews for special enrollment periods. Additional rulemaking is expected to address 2022 user fee rates, direct enrollment state option and Section 1332 waiver regulations. Contact: Anna Sapak

Debt collection legislation passes through House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act this week, legislation that would, among other things, prohibit a consumer reporting agency from adding any information related to a debt arising from a medically necessary procedure to a consumer credit report. The legislation will now be sent to the U.S. Senate where its fate is unclear. Contact: Elyse Oveson

State legislative activity

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

  • Donate Life opportunities on state issued transactions (A.6392/S.5973)

The following bill was delivered to Gov. Cuomo:

  • Chapter amendment to caregiving visitation in nursing homes (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

Registration open for 2021 Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement

This seven-week Cornell certificate virtual program provides healthcare professionals with the skills, knowledge and expertise to effectively lead their organizations in today’s complex and changing healthcare environment. Learn more on the program website. Contact: Allison Manny

HANYS partner Vyv announces groundbreaking inactivation and killing of viruses

Vyv this week announced recent independent test results confirming efficacy of its antimicrobial white light LED technology for killing* viruses. Numerous previous studies have proven the effectiveness of Vyv’s visible light against bacteria, mold, fungi and yeast.

Join a panel of healthcare professionals for a webinar May 19 to discuss anticipated environmental wellness changes to healthcare facilities including use cases for continuous-use, UV-free antimicrobial light. Contact: Maria Sacco

*Testing on a non-enveloped virus (MS2 bacteriophage) showed a 99.985% reduction in controlled laboratory testing in 6 hours on hard surfaces. MRSA and E. coli showed 90%+ reduction in controlled laboratory testing in 24 hours on hard surfaces. Results may vary depending on the amount of light that is reaching the surfaces in the space where the product is installed and the length of time of exposure. Use of Vyv antimicrobial light is not intended to replace manual cleaning.

Board lessons learned during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital and health system governing boards developed crisis management strategies to ensure their organizations could provide proper care and safety, and adapted protocols to help them govern through crisis. HTNYS’ latest Trends explores key takeaways from AHA Committee on Governance members about board crisis management strategies. Contact: Kristen Phillips

Frontline nursing home staff recognized with McKnight Prize

The CDC Foundation is awarding the 2021 McKnight Prize for Healthcare Outbreak Heroes, which encourages and rewards those who serve and protect patients from harm related to healthcare outbreaks, to U.S. frontline nursing home staff.

“The heroism of all the nursing home staff that showed up and kept showing up day after day truly captures the spirit of the award,” said Thomas and Evelyn McKnight.

Spotlight on Cayuga Health System

Cayuga Health System partnered with its local health department and community volunteers to help vaccinate residents and reach underserved and vulnerable populations. Learn more in our Member Spotlight.

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Medicaid DSH audit tool walkthrough
May 18

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

How approaching vaccine hesitancy with compassion led a nursing home leader to success
May 19

Preventing and responding to aggressive patient behavior: Interventions
May 20

Key provisions in the IPPS proposed rule
May 24

Pathway to person-centered health encounters drop-in session
May 26

HANYS government relations update call
May 28

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